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Bartelt Barn Featured in a “Houzz Tour”

Our custom barn is proving to be quite popular both online and locally.  The latest feature is a “Houzz Tour” highlighting details about the entire project.

The timber frame barn features white board and batten siding, black windows, reclaimed pine, Douglas fir columns, a 73″ chandelier, nickel board walls, and other rustic details.  It is the perfect complement to the 1870s farmhouse on the property.

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Bartelt Modern Barn

Check out other features on this project.

New This Week: 4 Fresh Farmhouse-Inspired Kitchens

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Bartelt Barn Featured in MKE Lifestyle

Our custom barn is featured in the October 2018 issue of MKE Lifestyle Magazine, pages 45 and 59 – 54.

This timber frame barn has a modern farmhouse style with reclaimed pine floors, Douglas fir columns, nickel board walls, white board and batten siding, black windows, and two beautiful cupolas.  It is one of the most unique projects we have worked on!

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MKE Lifestyle October 2018

Bartelt Barn Kitchen Featured in Houzz Article

Our modern barn kitchen was recently featured in the Houzz article “New This Week: 4 Fresh Farmhouse-Inspired Kitchens.”

The project features reclaimed pine on the island top and floors, glossy subway tile, large pendant lights, Douglas Fir columns, and custom white cabinetry.

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Washington County Barn Kitchen

Bartelt Named Winner of the Journal Sentinel’s Top Choice Awards

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently announced the winners of the Top Choice Awards 2018, and we are excited to share that we were named the winner of the “Home Remodeler” category.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us!  And a huge thank you to our team and industry partners for helping us create exceptional remodeling experiences.  We are honored to work with the best!

Top Choice Awards 2018

Bartelt Kitchen Featured in “Kitchens That Shine”

Colgate Kitchen Highlighted in MKE Lifestyle Magazine

Not only did the July 2018 issue of MKE Lifestyle magazine feature our design team, but it also showcased one of our beautiful kitchen projects on pages 80-81.  We love the balanced mix of rustic and feminine details in the space!

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Bartelt Designers Featured In MKE Lifestyle Magazine

The Faces of Exceptional Design and Remodeling

The July 2018 issue of MKE Lifestyle magazine features the Bartelt design team in its “Faces of Metro MKE” special section.  Our designers are hanging out in a recently completed farmhouse kitchen remodel!  We love the warmth and natural light in this shot!

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FACES of MKE 2018

Why is an Interior Designer an Important Part of Your Project?

Choosing products and materials can be an overwhelming process, sometimes extending the project’s timeline or overreaching the budget if not done properly.  An interior designer works with homeowners to choose items based on quality, function, price and style, helping you bring your design goals to life.

At Bartelt, our in-house interior designers serve many roles – creator, project coordinator, a friendly ear – to guide you each step of the way and make the remodeling process enjoyable.  Why is it important to look to a professional interior designer for direction?  Let’s examine!

They have a process.

Your interior designer has a proven process to guide you through your project and selections, keeping you organized and using tools to help you visualize and understand how everything fits together.  They’ll ask the right questions to hone in on your style, and they’ll help you make decisions at the proper time in the project’s progression.  The designer is there to coordinate all the moving parts and make sure details don’t get missed.  There are a lot of steps between preliminary design ideas and the final space.

Pewaukee Kitchen Remodel

They keep you on track.

Your interior designer can help keep your project on time and on budget (they may even end up saving you money).  Homeowners don’t always realize the incredible amount of decisions that need to be made.  That’s where your designer is a huge asset.  They help you sort through all the options – lighting, paint colors, tile, flooring, countertops (this list goes on!) – and ensure that your selections are cohesive and within your allowance, leaving less room for errors and unnecessary spending.

They’ll also hold you accountable to make decisions in a timely manner, so your project’s timeline doesn’t get derailed.

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

They bring a new perspective.

A fresh eye is important!  It can be hard to step back and look at your home from a different perspective.  You often get accustomed to the layout, color scheme and other details.  An interior designer has a trained eye and can see the potential in your space and offer creative solutions that you may have never considered.

Beyond offering ideas you may have not examined, they can also share options you may not have known even existed.  Continuing education is an important aspect of the designer’s job, and they have a great pulse on new materials, tools and methods.

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They can bring you back down to Earth (if needed).

We all have big plans for our homes, and let’s face it – sometimes, we need a reality check.  Your designer will help you set realistic goals and educate you on any design limitations.  They can also help you practice restraint, or in other words, learn how to “edit.”  What’s important to incorporate into the design?  What isn’t necessary?  Where can you take design risks?  Where should you keep it simple?  This will ensure your final space is practical while still showcasing your personality and unique style.

Wauwatosa Sunroom Remodel

LAYERING | A Well-Lit Kitchen

When making plans for that new kitchen, it’s important to think about how you’ll be using the space and where specific light sources will be needed.  A well though out lighting plan has many layers to it.  Let’s explore those layers to help you create a cohesive and functional kitchen.

A M B I E N T | Lights for Navigating

Delafield Kitchen Remodel

Recessed cans, chandeliers, wall sconces, flush mount fixtures, even natural light – ambient lighting is your foundation, a general “blanket” of light for your kitchen.  It helps you navigate your space (without running into things), and it’s really the first step to your lighting plan, serving as the base for all other layers.

T A S K | Lights for Doing

Hartford Kitchen Remodel

Task lighting may arguably be the most important layer.  It helps you complete specific jobs, like meal prep and cooking, in the kitchen.  Under cabinet lights over the countertop, pendants above the island, lights at the range – it’s important to see what you’re doing especially when working with sharp knives and other potentially dangerous tools.

A C C E N T | Lights for Feeling

Herringbone Tile Layout

Accent lighting sets the tone for your kitchen, creating a warm and inviting space.  It’s often known as the decorative layer.  It can also be considered task lighting, but it demands a bit more attention – in-cabinet lights to display dishes or collectibles, beautiful pendants, and other fixtures to highlight a unique aspect of the space.  They round off the room to make it feel complete, and with so many options, it’s a great opportunity to really show off your personality.

M O O D | Lights for Changing

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

Throughout the day, your lighting needs change.  During the day, natural light is often sufficient, but as the day progresses you’ll need help from your fixtures to illuminate the space for cooking and cleaning.  Entertaining?  You’ll want to set the mood.  That’s where dimmers come into play.  Dimmers can be incorporated into all layers of lighting, so you can adjust the light for your specific needs.  For instance, they’re a great option at night or in the early morning when you’re not quite ready for bright lights.

Now that you’re familiar with the various layers of light, it’s important to note that you don’t have to use separate fixtures for each layer.  There’s often a lot of overlap.

Happy light planning!

White & Wood Kitchens

We see white kitchens everywhere!  They are clean, airy and timeless.  But for some, they can be a bit stark.  Those homeowners are looking to add warmth and texture.  That’s where wood comes to the rescue.  White and wood can be the perfect pair to create a space that’s simple and bright yet warm and cozy.  It’s an opportunity to add natural texture and soften the formality of a space.

How can you incorporate wood?  Here are a few ideas.

  • Beams
  • Countertops/Butcher Block Tops
  • Mixed Cabinetry (i.e. stained island)
  • Doors (i.e. barn or French doors)
  • Open Shelving
  • Range Hood

Let’s look at some examples!

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

The dark stained island and the walnut top on the raised portion of the island add a warmth and richness to this classic kitchen.

Wauwatosa Butler's Pantry

The contrasting cabinetry in this butler’s pantry creates an unexpected focal point.

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

This beautiful oak floor adds subtle texture and warmth.  It’s a great contrast to the white cabinetry, cool gray tones and marble top.

Hartford Kitchen Remodel

With a distressed cherry island top, this farmhouse kitchen is a balanced mix of rustic and refined.

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Oak floors, beams, open shelving and a distressed cherry island top – this kitchen blends clean lines and natural texture perfectly.  The warm wood tones also offer an intimacy to the large space.

Elm Grove Open Shelving

Here’s a close-up on those lovely wood shelves.  They make a statement, but keep the space feeling open and airy.

Elm Grove Barn Doors

One more view of this kitchen shows off the beautiful custom wood barn doors.  They are nod to the home’s barn past and add charm to the space.

HOME TOUR | Rustic Meets Feminine on the First Floor

On a beautiful wooded lot in Colgate, a couple dreamed of turning their tired home into a place where they could proudly host family and friends – a place that blended their differing tastes and showcased their scenic backdrop.

The remodeled home is now a balanced mix of their individual styles (hers: feminine and eclectic, his: more rustic). The project features decorative lighting, antiqued oak floors, a distressed beam mantel, and a large kitchen. An open staircase with floating treads is the focal point of the first floor, and a master suite addition takes advantage of the home’s views and serves as a retreat.

E N T R A N C E

Colgate Front Entry

This inviting foyer is flooded with natural light and features a stylish light fixture.

Looking into the home from the front entrance, the rooms were dark, dated, and compartmentalized.  The center staircase cut the kitchen off from the family room, making it difficult to prep food while entertaining friends in the other room.

Colgate Open Staircase

Now, the spaces are open to one another, making it easier to mingle with guests and allowing natural light to flood the first floor.  Not only does the new staircase accommodate a better layout, but it also serves as a unique focal point.

D I N I N G   R O O M

Colgate Dining Room Remodel

The dining room is the perfect spot to host family and friends.  It is easily accessible from the kitchen, and it has great views of their wooded lot (note all those gorgeous trees framed by the window).  The space also features grass cloth wallpaper, adding texture and a rustic element.  The light fixture offers a more feminine touch, and the coffered ceiling creates interest and dimension.

K I T C H E N

Kitchen Before

The kitchen was isolated, and it didn’t lend itself to hosting larger groups.  It was also rather “non-descript.”  The homeowners wanted the space to truly highlight their personality.

Colgate Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is a great blend of refined and rustic details – decorative lighting, custom painted cabinetry, a faux metal finish on the hood, sueded perimeter tops, an earthy backsplash, and oil-rubbed bronze hardware.  It is now open to other entertaining areas and has a functional and efficient floor plan, with a natural flow between work areas, storage, and appliances.

F A M I L Y   R O O M

Family Room Before

One word to describe the existing family room?  Flat.  A flat ceiling.  Flat color palette.  Just flat out boring.  The homeowners wanted to create a more grandiose space while maintaining the rustic look of the fireplace.

Colgate Family Room Remodel

The remodeled family room’s vaulted ceiling gives the illusion of more space.  The fieldstone fireplace was preserved, and a faux metal finish and metal straps were used to create a focal point without the added expense of restructuring for heavy stone.

Because the space is open to the rest of the first floor, the “weight” of the fireplace balances the kitchen.  The space also has excellent views to the backyard!

O F F I C E

Office Before

The existing master bedroom was dated.  The homeowners desired a new master suite that suited their needs better, offered more privacy, and took advantage of their setting.  An addition was built to accommodate this.  The homeowners also wanted an office space on the first floor.

Colgate Home Office

The master bedroom was transformed into a new home office.  It features sliding French doors, antiqued oak flooring, and an eye-catching light fixture.  It’s a light-filled space with clean lines, perfect for working from home.

M A S T E R    B E D R O O M

Colgate Master Bedroom

The new master bedroom is flooded with natural light, and the large windows offer a spectacular view.  The vaulted ceiling draws your attention up and showcases a unique light fixture.

M A S T E R   B A T H

Master Bath Before

The master bath was stuck in the past.  It was essential to bring the space up to speed and reflect the homeowners’ style.

Colgate Master Bathroom

The master bath has a more masculine feel and complements the rustic details throughout the house and outdoors.  Acid-washed tile offers a natural and neutral aesthetic.  A marble pebbled tile ties in with the flooring and wainscoting while delineating the tub and its view.  It also gives the space a sense of outdoors.  The vanity has ample storage and features quartz tops, a recessed tower, and distressed knotty alder.