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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

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.

Bartelt Wins Two 2018 Regional CotY Awards

Bartelt was named the 2018 Region 3 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in the Entire House $250,000 – $500,000 and Residential Bath Over $100,000 categories.

“We are honored to be named the 2018 Regional Contractor of the Year in these categories,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “These awards are the result of the expertise, creativity and dedication of our entire team, trade partners and clients.  We are fortunate to work with the best!”

Bartelt was selected as the winner of Region 3 North Central, an area that includes contractors from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis, and all regional winners will now be eligible for the National CotY Awards.  National winners will be honored at NARI’s Evening of Excellence Reception on Friday, April 20, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Entire House $250,000 – $500,000 | Regional CotY

Colgate Kitchen Remodel Colgate First Floor Remodel

The scenic backdrop drew this couple to the home, but the interior lacked style and function. It was vital to eliminate the compartmentalization on the first floor and create a home more conducive to entertaining. The remodeled spaces are now a balanced mix of feminine and rustic details – a blend of their individual tastes. 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.

Residential Bath Over $100,000 | Regional CotY

Wauwatosa Master Bath Remodel

These empty-nesters lead a busy life, often traveling for work. They wanted to update and expand their master bathroom to create a retreat after their time away and mimic the luxurious places they’ve visited. The remodeled space is flooded with natural light and boasts unique finishes that exude elegance and complement the homeowners’ eclectic taste. It features water jet cut glass and marble tile, a custom metallic-finished vanity, a freestanding tub, porcelain tile resembling marble, and a large frameless glass shower. It is also equipped with ample storage and “elbow room” for two.

Bartelt Wins Four Wisconsin Remodelers Awards

On Friday, January 12, 2018, Bartelt took home four Wisconsin Remodelers Awards (WRAs). Our team was recognized in the Residential Addition Over $250,000, Entire House $250,000 – $500,000, and Residential Bath Over $100,000 categories.

“We are very proud of this achievement,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “These awards are the result of the dedication of our entire team – our designers, carpenters, production staff, trade partners, and clients.”

The Wisconsin Remodelers Awards is an annual event hosted by the Milwaukee NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc.  It is an opportunity to honor the outstanding work its members have accomplished throughout the year.

Residential Addition Over $250,000 | GOLD

Hartford Addition

The homeowners loved the aesthetic of their farmhouse, but they had two daughters with young families that they needed to accommodate. They wanted to expand their home, so guests would have their own space when visiting. They also desired more room to host family gatherings. The addition includes a large library and a guest suite that features a bedroom, kitchenette, bathroom, and bunk room. Details, such as copper gutters, a shake roof, clear siding, and high moldings, were incorporated into the design to blend with original details. The bunk room is a magical spot and even has a secret passage!

Residential Addition Over $250,000 | GOLD

Waukesha Addition

The homeowners of this charming 1920s lake cottage desired more space for their daily life, entertaining, and their ever-growing antique collection. They also wanted to restore and enhance the home’s original charm. The home was expanded to include a larger kitchen, a new family room, a lake porch, utility space, and a study. Details, such as exposed rafter tails, beadboard soffits, antique light fixtures, and reclaimed doors and windows, were incorporated into the design to complement existing features and highlight the homeowners’ vintage style. The addition is reminiscent of the home’s character while offering modern amenities and low maintenance materials.

Entire House $250,000 – $500,000 | GOLD

Colgate Entire House Remodel

The scenic backdrop drew this couple to the home, but the interior lacked style and function. It was vital to eliminate the compartmentalization on the first floor and create a home more conducive to entertaining. The remodeled spaces are now a balanced mix of feminine and rustic details – a blend of their individual tastes. 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.

Residential Bath Over $100,000 | BRONZE

Wauwatosa Master Bathroom Remodel

These empty-nesters lead a busy life, often traveling for work. They wanted to update and expand their master bathroom to create a retreat after their time away and mimic the luxurious places they’ve visited. The remodeled space is flooded with natural light and boasts unique finishes that exude elegance and complement the homeowners’ eclectic taste. It features water jet cut glass and marble tile, a custom metallic-finished vanity, a freestanding tub, porcelain tile resembling marble, and a large frameless glass shower. It is also equipped with ample storage and “elbow room” for two.

Bartelt Kitchen in M Magazine

Be sure to check out the November 2017 issue of M Magazine!  One of our stunning kitchen remodels is featured on pages 72-75.

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Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel - M Magazine

Matt Retzak Named Viking’s Designer of Distinction

Our very own project designer and coordinator, Matt Retzak, was recently named Viking’s Designer of Distinction for a Waukesha kitchen remodel.

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Viking Designer of Distinction

Bartelt Named 2017 National Contractor of the Year

NARI National CotY Winner
Bartelt was named the 2017 National Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Entire House $500,001 – $750,000 category.

Wauwatosa Butler's Pantry“We are honored to be named the 2017 National Contractor of the Year in this category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “We would not have achieved such a high honor without the expertise and dedication of the entire team, including our designers, carpenters, production staff, trade partners and customers.”

Contractors from seven regions nationwide vie for the awards on an annual basis. An impartial panel of judges, who are experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.

Earlier this year, NARI named 172 Regional CotY winners with 27 team members who advanced as finalists to the national level. NARI announced a National winner in each of the 37 categories at its Evening of Excellence reception, held in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Wauwatosa Kitchen RemodelAfter previous remodels, the winning project was dated, and the spaces lacked unity. The homeowners wanted to enhance the home’s original charm, creating a cohesive design throughout the various rooms, while highlighting their eclectic style and accommodating their modern lifestyle. The remodel features a new mudroom, kitchen expansion, family room, butler’s pantry, first floor bathroom, dining room, and master bathroom. Throughout the project, it was important to increase the natural light in the home and make the spaces more conducive to entertaining. Now, the home is a balanced mix of the homeowners’ eclectic taste and more traditional details.  Bartelt worked with interior designer Jeff Wasserman to complete the project.

See the winning project on Houzz.