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The Sunroom

Comfortably enjoy the outdoors year-round.

Serving as a connection between the indoors and outdoors, the sunroom is an essential space in many households.  It is a room that allows you to enjoy your setting year-round.  Whether you’re looking for a spot to relax, entertain, or get some work done, a sunroom has a lot to offer – natural light, more space, gorgeous views, and beyond.

Environmental Control

Hartford SunroomFrom extreme heat to the bitter cold, with the proper insulation, heating, and air conditioning systems, this light-filled room can be enjoyed throughout the year. A natural or gas fireplace provides additional warmth on chilly evenings, creating an inviting atmosphere.  Radiant floor heat is another option, so homeowners are able to comfortably enjoy the space in winter (even without socks).  A ceiling fan is an option, as well.

ViewWaukesha Sunroom

Choose a spot that takes advantage of the views.  Whether you live on a wooded lot, by the lake, or near a sprawling field, the sunroom is a perfect opportunity to showcase your backdrop.  Floor-to-ceiling windows, transoms, French doors, and a large patio door offer natural light and ventilation and help frame your surroundings.


Waukesha SunroomA sunroom that serves multiple purposes will be used more often. Perhaps, the space includes a sitting area and a bar.  This is the perfect spot for either relaxing after the workday or entertaining a group on the weekend.  Maybe the sunroom features a reading nook and a table for dining.  It’s the ideal location to enjoy some alone time or share a meal with your family.  There are endless options to make this room work harder for you.

ProximityOconomowoc Sunroom

It’s important to position the sunroom near other entertaining spaces – the kitchen, family room, powder room, and patio.  If it’s easily accessible from frequently used rooms, you may enjoy the space more often, and it extends your living area.


Bartelt Lake Home Remodel in M Magazine

M Magazine’s September 2013 issue features a home tour of a recent Bartelt remodel on Fowler Lake in Oconomowoc.

The 1800s Victorian home had been converted to a four-family residence, and the couple wanted to restore it back to a single-family home, reintroducing its original charm while accommodating the family’s modern lifestyle.

See the “Dwellings” section, pages 92 – 94, here.

Bartelt "House Tour" in M MagazineBartelt "House Tour" in M MagazineBartelt "House Tour" in M Magazine

Recent Project: Four-Family Residence Returns to a Single-Family Home

Our clients’ 1800s Victorian lake home had been turned into a four-family residence.  They originally owned it as a rental property, but enjoyed its proximity to the downtown area and lake and decided to move in.

They wanted to restore their home back to a single-family residence and reintroduce its original charm while accommodating a modern lifestyle and entertaining.

The Foyer

Oconomowoc Foyer Remodel

The existing foyer was generic and had a lot of unused space, so we rebuilt the staircase to offer better use of the foyer and to compliment the character of the home.  The rounded stairs create an open and inviting feel, and the large mahogany newel post makes a great first impression!

The Kitchen

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel

An existing bathroom and bedroom on the first floor were replaced by the new kitchen.  The remodeled space is perfect for entertaining and features a custom hood and cabinetry, tin ceiling, granite countertops, and tile backsplash.

The Lake Porch

Oconomowoc Lake Porch Remodel

The enclosed porch was made weathertight, so the space could be used year-round.  The French doors offer access from the kitchen to the porch, making it one usable space.  It also has great views of the lake!

The Dining Room

Oconomowoc Dining Room Remodel

The existing first floor kitchen was converted into the new dining room.  The space features a custom-built corner cabinet and table made of maple and stained cherry and a buffet area with a beverage refrigerator for entertaining.  It also includes the refurbished fireplace.

The Living Room

Oconomowoc Living Room Remodel

The existing fireplace had a ’70s feel from a previous remodel, so we rebuilt the mantel and remodeled the space to reflect the original character of the home.

The Guest Bedroom

Oconomowoc Guest Bedroom Remodel

A custom, built-in bed was incorporated into the guest bedroom to take advantage of an existing alcove.  The homeowners thought this would be a great space for their grandchildren.

For more photos from this whole house remodel, visit our Houzz page.