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Bartelt Wins Two MBA Achievement Awards

On Friday, September 27, 2013, we took home two Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) Achievement Awards – Best Remodeling Project $150,000+ and People’s Choice for the 2013 MBA Spring Tour.

The winning Bartelt projects each had unique components.  The first floor remodel transformed a dated and compartmentalized home into a rustic space conducive to entertaining.  It features custom cabinetry, hand-scraped floors, distressed beams, leather-textured granite countertops, and a large island with a butcher block top.

The first floor remodel featured on the 2013 Spring Tour offers the homeowners a functional layout and character.  The custom cherry cabinetry complements the sage-colored island and slate backsplash.  The remodel also includes laundry and mudroom space with custom lockers, a drop zone, and ample storage, serving as the home’s “launch pad” to get in and out of the door easily.

We are honored to receive two Achievement Awards.  These awards are the result of the creativity, dedication, and expertise of the entire team, including our designers, carpenters, production staff, trade partners, and customers.

Hartland First Floor Remodel

Best Remodeling Project $150,000+

Mequon First Floor Remodel

2013 Spring Tour People’s Choice


Ensure school year success with these home tips from Bartelt.

Summer is winding down, and while the kids may not be ready to go back, it’s important to ensure a smooth transition between vacation and the start of the school year.  We’ve compiled some ideas to make your home more efficient and life easier for back-to-school.

Study hard.Wauwatosa Homework Station

Big or small, consider setting aside a space dedicated to homework.  Include seating, supply storage, a desk, and other essentials for assignments or projects.  A “homework station” allows kids to be part of family activities.  Parents can also easily monitor computer use and ensure students are getting their work completed.  A home office is another option.  We’ve converted unused formal dining rooms and other spaces into functional dens.  Kids have room to spread out their papers and books and concentrate.  There’s also plenty of room for bookshelves and office gadgets.

Establish a family hub.Fox Point Mudroom

The mudroom is your family’s launch pad.  You can keep all out-the-door essentials right where you need them.  Incorporate lockers, assigning one to each family member.  When they come home from school or extracurricular activities, they’ll have their own space to stash their belongings.  The mudroom is a high traffic area, so it’s also the perfect opportunity to keep the family on-task with messages and reminders.  Consider a “drop zone,” or command center, for phone charging, file cabinets, a calendar, a chalkboard, mail storage, and other organizational tools.

Lighten the load.

We touched on this recently, but we believe this is important.  With the beginning of the school year comes more laundry.  Whether it’s part of the mudroom or near the bedrooms, a laundry room should include ample storage and functional features – custom cabinetry, a sink, counter space, shelves, and other elements to make laundry time more efficient.  Like the mudroom, we suggest incorporating cubbies, with a designated bin for each family member (or different clothing types), into the laundry room design.  This makes it easy to sort clothes and even easier for the kids to put them away.

Have a bite to eat.

Encourage your family to kick off the day with a nutritional meal.  A breakfast bar or nook – off the counter or as a banquette – is the perfect spot to enjoy a bowl of oatmeal, sip on a cup of coffee, or read the morning paper.  It often fulfills other roles, too.  Kids can sit there for an after-school snack and share the day’s events.  They can set up a temporary homework area.  You can use it for extra party seating or a buffet.

Find Oconomowoc Lower Levelspace to unwind.

Carve out space for the kids to relax and spend time with friends.  A play area with toy storage, bookshelves, and a table for projects is ideal for younger children.  A finished lower level or bonus room is a great space for teenagers (and adults).  Include a snack bar with a beverage refrigerator, games, a bathroom, and a home theater for the perfect “hangout.”

*As seen in the August issue of “Village West Living,” a publication for Elm Grove residents.


Lighten the Load

Check out these ideas for a functional laundry space.

Laundry.  It’s a never-ending process – sorting, washing, drying, ironing, folding.  How can you make this tedious chore more enjoyable (or at least more manageable)?  It starts with a functional laundry room design.  Whether your laundry room is near the bedrooms, shares space with your mudroom, or isn’t a room at all, there are many ideas to make laundry time more efficient.  We’ve thought of some here!

Laundry Countertops at Varying HeightsStorage

Custom cabinets, shelves, and closet space help homeowners manage clutter.  It’s essential to have space to store detergents and cleaning supplies.  You can also keep other items out of sight with custom options, such as a built-in ironing board (we’ve put these in master bedroom closets, too) or pull-out hampers.

Counter Space

Consider having countertops at varying heights to help with different jobs – a higher surface for folding, a standard 36-inch height for the sink area.  If your space is limited, a countertop built over a front-loading washer and dryer is a great opportunity to maximize space.

CubbiesLaundry Room Cubbies

Incorporate cubbies, with a designated bin for each family member, into the laundry room design.  This makes it easy to sort clothes and even easier for the kids to put them away.

Laundry Room SinkUtility Sink

A sink is a useful laundry room feature, helping you perform laundry and other household tasks.  Use it to wash hands, soak soiled clothing, rinse paint brushes, prepare plants, and beyond.

Task Lighting

Under-cabinet lighting helps illuminate the countertop for specific tasks, such as sewing, folding, and attending to tough stains.

Hanging RodLaundry Room Hanging Rod

You’ll need a place to air-dry those delicates, so add a bar or rack for hanging clothes.  This may help cut down on ironing time, too.

Water-Resistant Materials

Stone or tile floors are durable, easy-to-clean, and water-resistant, all important characteristics for unexpected dirt or leaks.

Homey Details

If you’re going to spend an extended amount of time in the laundry room, make it comfortable.  Dress it up with a stylish light fixture.  Put a television in the space to help pass the time.  Incorporate a window into the design, so you can enjoy the landscape and flood the room with natural light.