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Recent Project: Modern, Eclectic Farmhouse Remodel

The 1970s colonial home was dated, compartmentalized, and stale. The homeowners wanted to update their home to accommodate their modern lifestyle and showcase their eclectic style.

The Exterior

Delafield Exterior Remodel Before

The exterior was nondescript, and the homeowners wanted it to be an expression of their style, something that had more character.

Delafield Exterior Remodel

The home was transformed into a modern, eclectic farmhouse. It features low maintenance LP Smartside siding (both horizontal lap and board and batten siding) and trim, a metal roof, fieldstone, and cedar columns and brackets. The wrap-around porch is welcoming, and the layers of lighting give the home a warm glow.

The Family Room

Delafield Fireplace Before

The existing fireplace was drab and cookie-cutter. The homeowners wanted a fireplace that could serve as the focal point of both the family room and kitchen.

Delafield Fireplace Remodel

The new fireplace is the centerpiece of the first floor. The Gold Mica fieldstone is rustic and warm, and the reclaimed farmhouse beam keeps the farm’s history alive.

Also, note the Dutch door to the right of the fireplace. This leads to the new library (discussed soon), and serves a few different functions. First, it is used as a “gate” for the homeowners’ three dogs. The Dutch door also gives the room flexibility – it can be somewhat open to other spaces, or it can be closed completely for more privacy when reading or watching a movie.

The Kitchen

Delafield Kitchen Remodel Before

The existing kitchen, dinette, and dining room were dated, cramped, and lacking personality. They were also closed off from the family room.

Delafield Kitchen Remodel

The new kitchen expanded into the unused dining room and is open to other entertaining areas. It features custom quarter-sawn oak cabinetry, green soapstone and granite tops, a subway tile backsplash, and a painted island with seating. The island’s two levels offer space for food prep and seating, and the open design accommodates the natural flow between appliances, storage, and food prep areas.

The Butler’s Pantry

Delafield Butler's Pantry

The new walk-in pantry uses a portion of the old dinette space. The butler’s pantry not only offers extra storage and counter space, but it tells a story about the family’s past. The sliding barn door was reclaimed from the family’s early 1900s barn, and the pantry cabinetry came from the family farmhouse. These details add historical charm to the home.

The Library

Delafield Library Remodel Before

The three-season room was a catchall and was not practical for year-round use. It was also dated and unsightly.

Delafield Library Remodel

Now, the homeowners can comfortably use the new library year-round. It features a wall of built-in bookshelves that serves as a focal point and showcases the homeowners’ books and treasures from their travels. The shelves also complement the homeowners’ Stickley furniture. The exposed wood ceiling uses wood harvested from an oak tree that had fallen on the family farm years ago – another story to tell.

The Screen Porch

Delafield Screen Porch

The new screen porch is accessible from the family room/kitchen area, the patio, and the porch. It is a great spot to enjoy the home’s scenic backdrop, and it helps blur the line between indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces. The ceiling draws visitors’ attention up and adds texture to the space, with exposed rafters and tongue and groove roof boards.

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A Place to Entertain

May is National Home Improvement Month, so throughout the past few weeks, we have posted entertaining space photos every day (every weekday and non-holiday, that is). Here is a compilation of the posts!

Space for Libations

Fox Point Butler's Pantry

This butler’s pantry offers extra storage and features a wet bar with wine and beverage refrigerators, an ice maker, sink, and glass storage. It also has goldleaf tiles and a gold ceiling, tying into the home’s classic and modern aesthetics. The room serves as a connection between entertaining spaces.

Wauwatosa Family Room and Wet Bar

The wet bar is conveniently located between two entertaining spaces – the living room and the kitchen. It’s the perfect spot to mix drinks, store glasses, and serve as extra counter space.

Hartford Butler's Pantry

The butler’s pantry is a transition area, located between the dining room and the library. It serves as extra counter space for entertaining in the dining room and features custom cabinetry, glass storage, and a wine refrigerator.

Hartland Wet Bar

This remodeled wet bar features custom cabinetry, a hammered copper sink, and a Bronzo Quartzite top. The beverage refrigerator and glass storage are a great addition for their gatherings, and the deep drawer allows them to store spirits vertically.

Elm Grove Coffee Bar

This kitchen’s “beverage station” is the perfect spot for the homeowners’ coffee maker, mugs, and snacks.

Kitchen Entertaining

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

This kitchen island offers ample space for food preparation and seating for guests – ideal for entertaining. The kitchen’s open design accommodates the natural flow between appliances and storage areas during meal prep.

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

The custom island table is the perfect spot to host a casual brunch or dinner. The kitchen is open to the family room, so guests can move freely about the space and interact with people in the other room.

Hartland Kitchen Island

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. The island is a great spot to insert extra storage.

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

These custom barn doors serve as a focal point and allow the homeowners to close off the (sometimes) chaotic kitchen from the dining room when hosting guests. It’s the perfect way to keep the spaces open to one another yet separate!

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel

This large island is ideal for setting up a party buffet! The homeowner also wanted part of the island to be raised, so guests could lean against it during gatherings.

Room to Visit

Elm Grove Hearth Room Remodel

This hearth room is a cozy spot for guests to mingle and relax. Because it neighbors the kitchen, the homeowners can still engage their friends and family while prepping at the island.

Hartford Sunroom Addition

With direct access to the kitchen, this sunroom addition extends the homeowners’ entertaining space. It’s a great place for guests to socialize while you prep in the kitchen or a nice spot to enjoy libations after dinner.

Oconomowoc Screen Porch

The new three-season room allows the homeowners to entertain and enjoy their surroundings without having to worry about bugs or the elements. It is also located off the lower level bar and family room, offering a nice flow between entertaining spaces.

Wauwatosa Sunroom Remodel

This light and airy sunroom is the perfect spot to entertain guests with drinks and appetizers. It also has a direct connection to the patio!

Delafield Screen Porch

This screen porch is accessible from the family room/kitchen area, the patio, and the porch. It is a great spot to enjoy the home’s scenic backdrop, and it helps blur the line between indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.

Lower Level Shindigs

Muskego Basement Remodel

This lower level wet bar and sitting area is the perfect spot for the whole family to enjoy. It features engineered hickory flooring, a bold chandelier, and room for a large table (perfect for games or meals). The wet bar includes marble subway tile, leather-textured granite, and custom cabinetry.

Oconomowoc Basement Remodel

A great place to entertain friends and family! This bar neighbors a game room and offers ample seating and counter space to prepare cocktails and serve snacks. It features character-grade cherry cabinetry, leather-textured granite, and a stacked stone backsplash.

Muskego Basement Playroom

You need a spot for those kiddos when you’re entertaining! This lower level playroom features two chalkboard doors and has lots of space to move around! It can also be closed off with barn-style doors to keep toys hidden during gatherings.

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

This lower level game area and billiards room offer plenty of space for entertaining and playing. It features heated travertine floors, soft arches, and a mix of lighting to accommodate all activities.

 

Oconomowoc Basement Remodel

This lower level bar is ideal for entertaining! It’s cozy, featuring a copper top, a Lannon stone wall and fireplace, stained beams, and a travertine floor.

Formal Entertaining

Oconomowoc Dining Room Remodel

This dining room is the perfect spot to entertain family and friends. It has views to the lake and is near the wet bar, family room, and new sunroom.

Farmhouse Charm in the Kitchen

Hartford Farmhouse KitchenThere is something romantic and timeless about a farmhouse kitchen.  From the simplicity of the style to the historical charm, many homeowners are embracing this pure form of design.  Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource discusses some options to retain and enhance that farmhouse aesthetic.

Apron-Front Sinks

Apron-front sinks are a common detail in any farmhouse kitchen.  With its deep bowl and sturdy construction, a farmhouse sink is ideal for everyday use and adds authenticity and subtle interest to the kitchen.  Opt for a more traditional feel with a fireclay or cast iron sink.  For a more modern farmhouse look, a stainless steel apron-front sink is a perfect twist on the original.

Elm Grove Farmhouse KitchenCabinetry

Simplicity is the key when it comes to farmhouse cabinetry.  Painted white cabinetry with inset doors is not uncommon and is a nod to old world craftsmanship.  Freestanding, furniture-style, flat or simple raised panel doors – it’s all in the modest details!

Open Shelving

Open shelving is a nod to the simple, functional, easy-to-access storage of a bygone era.  It’s a simple detail that adds character and an airiness to the kitchen.  It also allows homeowners to display dishes and décor.

Distressed Wood Elements

Distressed beams and wood island tops give a rustic, warm feel to your farmhouse kitchen.  These details can be an attractive contrast to white cabinetry.

Elm Grove Barn DoorsBarn Doors

Barn doors, although not a farmhouse kitchen requirement, are a nod to the home’s roots.  A reclaimed door is definitely a conversation piece, telling a story about its past life.  Whether reclaimed or new, barn doors offer a focal point and warmth to the space.

Simple Details

In every detail, there is an opportunity to add farmhouse character to the kitchen.  Glass uppers allow homeowners to display their dishes and servingware.  A bridge faucet perfectly complements a farmhouse sink.  Paneled appliances offer a furniture feel and conceal modern appliances.  There are also endless lighting and cabinet hardware options.

The Butler’s Pantry

Whether it serves as an entertaining hub or just a storage space, a butler’s pantry can be valuable to your home.  It’s an entertainer’s sidekick!  You can use the space to store your collection of platters and dishes or to stage a meal before serving.  Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource offers tips to ensure you plan a functional butler’s pantry.

Delafield Butler's PantryLocation, Location, Location

The butler’s pantry should be easily accessible from the kitchen and dining room.  This makes serving less complicated and accommodates the flow between entertaining spaces.  Many butler’s pantries have extra counter and prep space, storage, and appliances, so when positioned properly in the house, they can serve as an extension to your kitchen or dining room.

Hartford Butler's PantryStorage

Dishes, platters, barware, linens, glasses, silverware – a well-prepared host or hostess has a lot to store.  Custom cabinetry with roll-outs, dividers, and other organizational systems ensure everything has its place.  Open shelving is another great option, so you can easily (and quickly) grab the serving bowl or dish you need for your soiree.  Other storage options include wine cubbies, baskets, and cabinetry with glass doors.

Equipment

Beyond storage, somFox Point Butler's Pantrye butler’s pantries are equipped with appliances – beverage and wine refrigerators, ice makers, microwave drawers, and built-in coffee makers.  It can also be useful to include a bar sink to help with food prep or drink mixing.  When a butler’s pantry is fully equipped, it essentially serves “double duty” as a pantry and a wet bar.

Style

Big or small, a butler’s pantry is the perfect place to showcase your style and get creative.  Whether you’re incorporating a unique backsplash, a bold ceiling detail, or a fun light fixture, the options are endless to customize this useful space.

It’s All in the Details

May is National Home Improvement Month, so throughout the past few weeks, we have posted detail photos every day (every weekday and non-holiday, that is). Here is a compilation of some Bartelt details!

Kitchens

  1. This range hood serves as a focal point, or anchor, of the kitchen.  It stands out, yet blends well with the cabinetry and style of the space.
  2. The base of this butcher block adds a pop of color to the kitchen, and the knife storage keeps tools within reach of where the homeowners need it.
  3. This kitchen niche not only adds interest to the backsplash, but it is also a great spot to store frequently used spices and oils.
  4. A furniture-style island leg is an important aspect of the kitchen.  The island is no longer just a work station, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture.
  5. Showcasing the homeowners’ style, this kitchen pendant offers ambient and task lighting over the island.
  6. The roll-out pantry allows the homeowners to take advantage of the entire depth of the cabinet without having to dig through boxes and canned goods.

Lower Levels

  1. This hammered copper countertop is the perfect addition to a lower level bar.
  2. A Tuscan-style lower level features textured plaster walls and arched brick openings.
  3. These chalkboard doors are a fun addition to a lower level playroom.
  4. A finished basement is a great opportunity to get creative with your lighting!
  5. Here is a close-up of that unique lower level fireplace, the face of Prometheus.

Bathrooms

  1. Check out this grand, double-door entrance into the master bath!  The arched doorway mimics the arch above the large soaking tub.
  2. Not only does a recessed niche add character to a bathroom, but it is also perfect for decor or storage needs.
  3. The tub’s handshower offers a classic and sophisticated look.
  4. This steam shower has frameless glass panels, a pivoting transom, and Pietra Calacatta, an innovative porcelain tile that looks like marble, but holds up to the steam.
  5. A wall-mounted faucet, slate tile, and boulder vessel sink help achieve a rustic aesthetic in this home’s powder room.

Other Spaces

  1. This custom, built-in bed takes advantage of an existing alcove and is the perfect spot for the homeowners’ grandchildren to snuggle in for a sleepover.
  2. In this library, a knotty alder coffered ceiling adds warmth and character.
  3. An arched opening between the sunroom and back hall keeps the spaces separate yet open to one another.
  4. The fieldstone and barn beams on this sunroom fireplace tie into the home’s exterior and create a nice balance of rustic and refined.

12 Days of Kitchen Remodels (and recipes)

12 Days of Kitchen Remodels

We’re sharing some of our favorite kitchen remodels with a holiday recipe to whip up in your own kitchen!

Day 1

The 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.

Fox Point Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

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).

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

 

 

 

 

Day 2

The Kitchen

This traditional kitchen features custom cabinetry, a large, two-level island, Sienna Bordeaux granite tops, and an eye-catching hood.

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

The Recipe

This is the perfect beverage to warm up with during the holidays. It’s frothy and maple-y! Yum!

Maple Hot Chocolate

 

 

 

 

Day 3

The Kitchen

This historic kitchen features a tin ceiling in copper patina, soapstone tops, a copper farmhouse sink, and custom cabinetry.

Milwaukee Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This beef tenderloin is a must-try for the holidays!  It will impress your guests (and your taste buds).

Beef Tenderloin

 

 

 

 

Day 4

The Kitchen

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.

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This appetizer is festive and colorful, the perfect addition to your holiday spread!

Tree-Shaped Crescent Veggie Appetizers

 

 

 

 

Day 5

The Kitchen

This classic kitchen features a custom metal hood, Danby Marble tops, subway tile, and custom painted cabinetry. It is the home’s entertaining “hub.”

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

The Recipe

This holiday beverage is easy and delicious – an ideal combination!

Sparkling Cranberry Punch

 

 

 

 

Day 6

The Kitchen

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.

Hartford Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This dessert is rich and delicious!  We guarantee compliments.

Heath Bar Chocolate Trifle

 

 

 

 

Day 7

The Kitchen

This 1930s kitchen features a custom limestone hood, a crackle-finish island, and a hand-hammered copper farmhouse sink.

Shorewood Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This appetizer is the perfect way to kick off your holiday party!  Melty cheese and warm apples. Delicious!

Crescent Wrapped Baked Apple Brie

 

 

 

 

Day 8

The Kitchen

This kitchen features handmade glass pendants, quarter sawn oak cabinetry, and a tile niche above the range.

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This side dish is very flavorful. With thinly sliced Brussels sprouts, even those skeptical of Brussels sprouts will enjoy it (probably)!

Shredded Brussels Sprouts

 

 

 

 

Day 9

The Kitchen

This 1800s Victorian kitchen features a tin ceiling, a wood hood with corbels, and colorful, hand-painted terra cotta tile behind the range.

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

These buttery cookies truly melt in your mouth – a great treat to take to a cookie exchange!

Peppermint Meltaways

 

 

 

 

Day 10

The Kitchen

This open kitchen features a slate backsplash, custom stained and glazed cabinetry, and granite tops.

Colgate Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

These no-bake candies are another delightful option to bring to a cookie exchange or to give as a gift on a festive platter.

No Bake Avalanche Cookies

 

 

 

 

Day 11

The Kitchen

This family-friendly kitchen features custom cherry cabinetry, granite tops, and a large walk-in pantry.

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This dish, also fondly called “cheesy potatoes,” is a great partner for your holiday ham, beef tenderloin, or any meal, really!

Hash Brown Casserole

 

 

 

 

Day 12

The Kitchen

This lake home kitchen features a custom cherry table with an iron tree branch base, a pot rack, and cabinetry with a crackle finish.

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This dip is a crowd pleaser! Bonus: It’s easy!

Crock Pot Cream Cheese and Sausage Dip

 

 

 

 

The (Kitchen) Island Life

As today’s kitchens become more connected to other living and entertaining spaces, the island becomes more versatile and serves as a hub – meal prep, seating, storage, entertaining, homework. The island is a customizable piece, so when you’re planning its composition, it’s important to think about the role you need it to fulfill and how you primarily use the kitchen. Do you have a large family? Are you often the host? Do you love to cook? These are all important questions to consider.

StorageHartland Kitchen Remodel

The island is a great spot to insert extra storage. Whether it’s a spice drawer, roll-outs for everyday dishes, or open shelves for cookbooks, there are many ways to make your kitchen island work beyond meal prep and seating.

Size

The dimensions of your island are shaped by its role in the kitchen. If you’re looking for counter space and enough seating for the family, you may want to consider an extra-long island or an actual table attached to the island. Maybe you plan to use the island for meal prep and a party buffet. A wide island might be the perfect option. It’s also important to consider its height. A 36-inch height can accommodate meal prep and seating. A 42-inch height is ideal for bar stools. The island can also be designed with two levels, so it can work “double duty” – cooking and dining. This also breaks down the scale of the island and gives some separation to obscure cooking messes from view.

Waukesha Kitchen RemodelLighting

Proper lighting over the island is essential. Pendants or a chandelier offer ambient and task lighting to help with smaller kitchen duties and overall illumination. The lighting over your island is also an opportunity to get creative and showcase your style. Glass pendants, lanterns, drum pendants, multi-light fixtures – island lighting can set the tone for your space, add a punch of color, or reinforce the kitchen design.

Utility

As we’ve said, the kitchen island is flexible, so outfit it with the tools you need for your various tasks. Entertainers may want to consider a beverage or wine refrigerator. Others choose to include a microwave drawer or dishwasher in the island. Home cooks often prefer a prep sink in the island because it’s easily accessible, accommodates cooking and clean-up simultaneously, and makes sharing the space with another cook easier.

DetailsShorewood Kitchen Remodel

The island is an opportunity to add character to the kitchen. Consider a contrasting stain or paint color to make it a focal point and highlight your style. Opt for furniture-style legs and toe kicks to create a high-end look. Choose a countertop material that suits your style and the island’s main role. Do you like marble’s classic look? Are you interested in granite’s durability? Perhaps, you’d prefer the warmth of a butcher block top? The options are truly endless!