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Home Design Is Looking Up | Beams

When designing a new home or updating an existing space, there is a lot to think about. People can spend hours mulling over paint colors, hardware options, cabinetry finishes, and other details, but one aspect that is sometimes overlooked is the ceiling.

The ceiling is just as much a design opportunity as elements such as light fixtures or flooring. It can be an unexpected focal point, drawing visitors’ attention upward and adding character to a space.  

What is one of Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource’s favorite ways to add architectural interest to a ceiling?  Exposed beams.  Their original purpose was functional back when timber frame construction was popular.  With new technology, it became commonplace to conceal beams, but now, many homeowners are opting to incorporate beams, whether faux or functional, for their aesthetic appeal and charm.

Style

Exposed beams are a detail that can complement any style.  Opt for reclaimed barn beams with authentic patina and distress marks to achieve a rustic aesthetic.  Don’t have access to antique beams?  Incorporate new beams that are made to look old – hand-distressing, sanding and custom staining.  Do you have a more modern home?  Perhaps, you want to include exposed steel beams.  Or maybe a warm wood beam is the perfect contrast to other contemporary elements.

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Emphasis

Beams are an opportunity to add visual weight and can help ground a space, adding warmth and texture to make a room feel cozier.  For instance, a room with vaulted ceilings can sometimes feel large and cavernous.  Exposed beams can help scale a living area to create more intimacy.  They can also help emphasize architectural details that may be overlooked.

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Cover

Oftentimes, if a load-bearing wall is removed to open up a room, a microlam header is used to support the structure.  Beams can conceal these less attractive details.  Bonus – they help keep spaces open yet separate, delineating rooms and adding visual interest rather than having one open space.

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Warmth

As we touched on earlier, exposed beams can add warmth and variation to a space.  They help soften the formality of a room, and they create dimension, elevating a design without overdoing it.

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An Island of a Different Color

There is no denying the popularity of the white kitchen.  And can you blame homeowners?  It instantly brightens a space and offers a timeless look.  But for some, a white kitchen can be a bit stark or sterile looking.  Those individuals are looking for warmth and texture.  That’s where a contrasting island comes to the rescue.  White cabinetry with a painted or stained island can be the perfect pair to create a space that’s simple and bright yet warm and charming.  It’s an opportunity to add interest and soften the formality of a space.

Contrast

Whether it’s subtle or striking, contrast is a key component to a well-balanced design.  A different colored or textured island is the perfect opportunity to introduce contrast to a space, offering dimension and character.

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Personality

An island can be tailored to anyone’s taste.  Show off your personality with your favorite color.  Add texture with a wood top or natural stone.  Change up the hardware.  The options are endless to showcase your style.

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Focal Point

Using different colors or materials puts emphasis on the island, creating a focal point without using overly ornate or fussy details.  It draws visitors’ attention to the center of the space and creates a hub for the kitchen.

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Furniture-Style

A customized island can really take on the role of a piece of furniture.  Because kitchens are often open to other entertaining spaces, it can help the spaces flow better and be more visually appealing to have a furniture-style island.

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Bartelt’s Mary Sweet Quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Our very own designer, Mary Sweet, was recently quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “When projects around the house need attention, should you do it yourself or hire professional help?”

“‘There’s nothing we haven’t seen before,’ said Sweet.  She said Bartelt is well equipped to deal with unforeseen circumstances that can be intimidating for do-it-yourselfers.”

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DIY or Hire a Professional

Bartelt Wins 2020 Regional CotY Award

Bartelt was recently named the 2020 Region 3 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Entire House $500,001 – $750,000 category.

“We are honored to be named the 2020 Regional Contractor of the Year in this category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “This accomplishment is the result of the expertise, creativity and superior craftsmanship of our entire team, industry partners and clients.  We are truly 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 24, 2020, in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

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Entire House $500,001 – $750,000

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Bartelt Donates 1,187 Pounds of Food to Hunger Task Force

Bartelt hosted a food drive in December for Hunger Task Force and donated 1,187 pounds of non-perishable food items with the help of our team, clients, industry partners and community.

Hunger Task Force believes that every person has a right to adequate food obtained with dignity.  Its mission is to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow.  Hunger Task Force makes sure donations stay “Free & Local.”

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Bartelt Wins Three Gold Remodeler of the Year Awards

On Friday, January 17, 2020, Bartelt took home three GOLD Remodeler of the Year (RotY) Awards.  Our team was recognized in the Entire House $500,001 – $750,000, Residential Interior $100,000 – $250,000 and Residential Kitchen $100,001 – $150,000 categories.

“We are incredibly proud of this achievement,” said Rick Bartelt, owner.  “These awards are the result of the dedication, expertise and creativity of our entire team – our designers, carpenters, electricians, cabinetmakers, production staff, trade partners and clients.  We are truly fortunate to work with the best!”

The Remodeler of the Year Awards is an annual event hosted by NARI Milwaukee.  It is an opportunity to honor the outstanding work its members have accomplished throughout the year.

Entire House $500,001 – $750,000

The 1930s home had been gutted by another contractor who did not properly demo the house and eventually left it in disarray. The homeowners needed to make it livable for their young family, and they desired spaces that would reflect their style and acknowledge the era of the home. Now, the spaces are conducive to daily life and entertaining. The remodel features new hardwood floors, a family room with a vaulted ceiling, beams, and a restored “Church” window, a den with a linear gas fireplace, a functional kitchen with a cherry island top, and a large master suite.

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Residential Interior $100,000 – $250,000

The 1930s home was dated and compartmentalized. The homeowners desired a functional layout that complemented their lifestyle. With the removal of walls and the addition of large archways, the first floor spaces are now open to one another while acknowledging the original scale of the home. The expanded kitchen features a navy island, a marble top, and high-end paneled appliances. A new mudroom offers practical storage and a buffer between indoor and outdoor spaces. The remodeled lower level has a rustic aesthetic and boasts a wet bar with reclaimed barn wood and a wine cellar.

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Residential Kitchen $100,001 – $150,000

The homeowners’ kitchen was dated, dark and cramped. They wanted to create a space that reflected their style and was more conducive to their daily life. With the removal of walls, the remodeled kitchen is now open to other first floor spaces and accommodates the family of five’s needs.  It features an emerald green island, ample storage, high-end appliances, marble-look quartz tops, brass fixtures and hardware, furniture-style cabinetry and a zinc range hood. The space is a nod to the home’s original charm while mixing in the homeowners’ modern style.

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Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Zones

You’ve probably heard of the kitchen “work triangle,” a concept that keeps three main work areas – the sink, the range and the refrigerator – in close proximity.  Although this has been a mainstay in kitchen design, it often seems antiquated.  A work triangle is efficient and still useful, but it was developed during a time when the primary activities in the kitchen were cooking and cleaning up.

The role and size of the kitchen have evolved over time, and the space often serves as the home’s hub for both everyday living and entertaining.  Not to mention, there are many more appliances and fixtures used in modern kitchens.  It can be more practical to think of the kitchen in terms of zones.  We explore that idea here!

What Is a Zone?

Consider all the functions performed in the kitchen regularly – food storage, prep, cooking, baking, serving, eating, cleaning, coffee making, entertaining.  This is a great way to begin identifying the zones that will work best for you.  A zone keeps everything you need to perform a specific task together.  The kitchen is truly one of the hardest working rooms in a home, so grouping appliances, fixtures, storage and prep areas according to their use maximizes space and offers convenience while keeping aesthetics in mind.

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Example Zones

  • The Prep Zone – Chopping, mixing, blending, peeling – ample counter space is the key to success in your prep area. It’s helpful if it’s near the refrigerator, pantry and other storage, ensuring easy access to ingredients, small appliances and utensils.
  • The Cooking Zone – This is a busy spot. It often features the range or cooktop, wall ovens and warming drawers.  Ideally, it is adjacent to the prep zone, and it’s a bonus if it is near the dining space.  Many homeowners opt to have ample storage for trays, cookware, spices, cutlery, utensils and pot holders.
  • The Clean Up Zone – This area typically includes the sink and dishwasher with garbage and cabinetry strategically placed nearby to streamline clean up and unloading. Cleaning up isn’t the most exciting kitchen function, so the more efficient the process the better.
  • The Kids Zone – If you have children, it can be helpful to plan the kitchen with them in mind. Create room for the kids to do homework or have an after-school snack.  Easy access to kid-friendly glasses, plates and food gives them some independence.  This zone allows for family time, but it also keeps them out of the working part of the kitchen.
  • The Guest Zone – This can take many forms. Perhaps, it’s as simple as adding an island with comfortable seating to delineate the prep zone from the “hang out” area.  It could also be a beverage station with a refrigerator, bar sink, glass storage, ice maker and counter space for drink mixing.  Some homes even have a small sitting room off of the kitchen.

Zone options are truly endless, so when planning a kitchen, we always make sure we have a clear understanding of how people live in their homes.  Function always comes first in kitchen design.

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Zone Staples

  • Counter space – Not only is a landing area essential from an efficiency standpoint, but it is also an important safety feature. Cooks should be able to quickly set down hot items without trekking through the entire kitchen.
  • Storage – Ample storage is a vital component in any zone. Drawers, dividers, roll-outs and appliance garages help keep everything within arm’s reach of where it is needed.
  • Proximity – Rarely does a zone operate independently.  It’s important to think about the kitchen workflow, so you can keep certain areas adjacent to one another.Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Bartelt Wins 2019 National CotY Award

Bartelt was recently named the 2019 National Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Entire House $500,001 – $750,000 category.

“We are honored to be named the 2019 National Contractor of the Year in this category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “We are incredibly thankful for our team, industry partners and clients. We would not be where we are today without their support and expertise.”

Contractors from seven regions nationwide vied for the National CotY awards. 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.  Bartelt beat out over 350 entries in a competition that equates to over $97 million worth of remodeling projects.

The homeowners of the winning project contemplated moving to find a home better suited for their family of six, but after years of searching, they realized that they did not want to leave their neighborhood. They decided to remodel their home to accommodate daily living and showcase their vintage style. An addition was built to expand the home to include a large kitchen, family room, mudroom, master suite and additional bedrooms. The home features details that complement both the existing character of the home and the homeowners’ style – brass fixtures and hardware, cased openings, built-in bookshelves, v-groove walls and a neutral color scheme.

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Texture | Adding Subtle Interest to Your Home

We talk about it all the time – how can we create a space that is timeless yet intriguing?  We are believers in creating simple spaces with subtle details, so a home can stand the test of time but also stand out.  How can you create a unique space, a room that shows off your personality without falling into a fleeting trend or adding too many ornate elements?  There are many ways, but today we’re focusing on a big one: texture.

What is Texture?

Texture doesn’t just refer to materials that are rough or bumpy.  It takes many forms and can evoke different feelings.  Organic or natural materials can create an intimate space while items with a smooth texture lend themselves to a sleeker look.  Texture offers both a tactile and visual experience, and we often layer different textures to showcase an architectural detail, communicate a specific style, differentiate design elements, and add depth and dimension.  It can elevate a design without overdoing it.

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What Is the Impact of Texture?

Texture serves many roles.  It can add visual weight to a space, drawing attention to specific details – a vaulted ceiling, a fireplace wall, an arched opening, a built-in nook or window seat.  In a monochromatic color scheme, texture is a tool to introduce subtle variation and interest.  It can also add warmth and contrast to a space.

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How Can You Use Texture?

There are endless ways to incorporate texture into your home.  Painted brick, v-groove or shiplap add dimension to a monochromatic design without straying from the color scheme, keeping the space neutral and serene while adding interest.  Natural stone, metals, and wood can balance a cooler palette.  Wallpaper is a great option for an accent wall.  You can also use juxtaposition to make elements “pop,” placing a rough surface near a smooth texture.  Architectural details are another opportunity to add texture – crown molding, a tray ceiling, beams, wainscoting, paneled openings.  However you decide to use texture in your home, it is important to remember the power of restraint.  Implementing too many textures can become distracting or overwhelming.

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Bartelt Entire House Remodel Featured in MKE Lifestyle

Our Elm Grove project is featured in the March 2019 issue of MKE Lifestyle Magazine, pages 55 – 58.

PROJECT DETAILS

The homeowners contemplated moving to find a home better suited for their family of six, but after years of searching, they realized that they did not want to leave their neighborhood. They decided to remodel their home to accommodate daily living and showcase their vintage style. An addition was built to expand the home to include a large kitchen, family room, mudroom, master suite and additional bedrooms. The home features details that complement both the existing character of the home and the homeowners’ style – brass fixtures and hardware, cased openings, built-in bookshelves, v-groove walls and a neutral color scheme.

This home also recently took home a GOLD Remodeler of the Year (RotY) award presented by NARI Milwaukee and a Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) presented by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

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