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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We’re sharing some of our favorite kitchen remodels with a holiday recipe to whip up in your own kitchen!
This classic kitchen features ample custom storage, a built-in banquette, a Calacatta marble island top, a marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern, and plenty of room for entertaining.
These cookies are perfect for holiday baking. They hold their shape, and they’re so delicious, they don’t even need frosting (not that we advise against frosting).
This traditional kitchen features custom cabinetry, a large, two-level island, Sienna Bordeaux granite tops, and an eye-catching hood.
This is the perfect beverage to warm up with during the holidays. It’s frothy and maple-y! Yum!
This historic kitchen features a tin ceiling in copper patina, soapstone tops, a copper farmhouse sink, and custom cabinetry.
This beef tenderloin is a must-try for the holidays! It will impress your guests (and your taste buds).
This rustic kitchen features granite tops with a leather texture, hand-scraped hickory floors, and a large island with a crackle-finish and butcher block top.
This appetizer is festive and colorful, the perfect addition to your holiday spread!
This classic kitchen features a custom metal hood, Danby Marble tops, subway tile, and custom painted cabinetry. It is the home’s entertaining “hub.”
This holiday beverage is easy and delicious – an ideal combination!
This 1880s farmhouse kitchen features a coffered ceiling, a distressed cherry island top, and ample storage. It’s the perfect mix of rustic and refined.
This dessert is rich and delicious! We guarantee compliments.
This 1930s kitchen features a custom limestone hood, a crackle-finish island, and a hand-hammered copper farmhouse sink.
This appetizer is the perfect way to kick off your holiday party! Melty cheese and warm apples. Delicious!
This kitchen features handmade glass pendants, quarter sawn oak cabinetry, and a tile niche above the range.
This side dish is very flavorful. With thinly sliced Brussels sprouts, even those skeptical of Brussels sprouts will enjoy it (probably)!
This 1800s Victorian kitchen features a tin ceiling, a wood hood with corbels, and colorful, hand-painted terra cotta tile behind the range.
These buttery cookies truly melt in your mouth – a great treat to take to a cookie exchange!
This open kitchen features a slate backsplash, custom stained and glazed cabinetry, and granite tops.
These no-bake candies are another delightful option to bring to a cookie exchange or to give as a gift on a festive platter.
This family-friendly kitchen features custom cherry cabinetry, granite tops, and a large walk-in pantry.
This dish, also fondly called “cheesy potatoes,” is a great partner for your holiday ham, beef tenderloin, or any meal, really!
This lake home kitchen features a custom cherry table with an iron tree branch base, a pot rack, and cabinetry with a crackle finish.
This dip is a crowd pleaser! Bonus: It’s easy!
Bartelt was named the 2014 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Residential Interior $100,000 and Over category.
“We are honored to be named the 2014 Regional Contractor of the Year in this category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “These awards are the result of the expertise and dedication of the entire team, including our designers, carpenters, production staff, trade partners, and customers.”
Bartelt was selected as the winner of Region 3, 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 on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Marriott New Orleans.
The winning Bartelt project was previously dated and compartmentalized. Bartelt created a layout conducive to entertaining and introduced a rustic aesthetic to complement the clients’ heavily wooded lot. It features textured granite, hand-scraped floors, hand-trowelled plaster walls, custom cabinetry, and other rustic details.
Competing projects were completed between July 1, 2012, and November 30, 2013, and were not submitted in prior NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges who are experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s binders, which include “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty.
To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing. NARI members represent an elite group of the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.
See more photos of this project on Houzz!
Is a white kitchen the right option for your home? Find out in the article “Winning Whites” on pages 96-98 of the January 2014 issue of M Magazine. Our designer, Matt Retzak, shares his insights.
Also, check out our 30th anniversary ad on page 86 of this issue!
See the article here.
Many of our homeowners explain to us that they’re looking to create spaces that accommodate their love of entertaining, so we’ve compiled a brief list of design elements we thought were important for successful events.
A beverage center, or wet bar, is the perfect addition to your entertaining space. Whether you use it as an extra prep area or a cocktail-mixing station, you can customize it to your style and needs. Include an extra sink. Outfit your wet bar with a beverage refrigerator. Add wine and stemware storage. The options are endless!
It’s fun to focus on the small details, but you should also consider the room’s layout. An open concept is helpful for hosting family and friends. When the various entertaining spaces, indoor and outdoor, are open and connected to one another, you’re still able to engage guests while cooking or mixing drinks. People can also move about freely.
People tend to congregate in the kitchen, so an island is often essential if you plan to entertain. It can provide more workspace, so multiple chefs can concoct culinary masterpieces at one time. It’s a place to lean against, sit by, or set your drink on, and it allows the cook to socialize with guests while he or she works. It can also serve as your party’s buffet!
Pay attention to the lighting in your kitchen (and other entertaining spaces). Include task lighting, such as under-cabinet lighting, for food preparation. Pendants over the island and recessed lighting provide task and ambient lighting. It’s also a “bright idea” to put your fixtures on dimmers to create a softer glow when guests arrive.
Seating – by the island, at a table, as a built-in, or in an adjacent room – is important to consider. Although people will walk around mingling, most will eventually like to take a load off of their feet and relax. Each type of seating has pros and cons (i.e. a banquette can maximize space), so we suggest having multiple options if they make sense for the room.
Music can set the mood for your gathering. Many systems let you listen to tunes throughout your home and outdoors, allowing you to change the volume in each space or control the entire system with the touch of a screen anywhere. You even have the option to listen to different songs in different rooms – jazz in the kitchen and rock in the lower level – or the same song in every room.
If you entertain regularly, you’ve probably started quite the collection of platters, linens, glasses, vases, and beyond. Make sure you have a place for everything. Consider cabinetry that extends to the ceiling, drawers in the island, a butler’s pantry, drawer and cabinet organizers, such as Rev-A-Shelf systems, and other organizational options.
The Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) Spring Tour is this weekend, April 27 – 28, noon – 4 p.m. Check out the article “Change your space, not your location” for remodeling insights and a preview of remodeling projects on the Tour.
Bartelt’s Matt Retzak discusses the importance of smarter space planning and provides tips for a successful remodel on page 6 (the second page of the article).