Have you seen the July 2017 issue of M Magazine? One of our beautiful master bathroom remodels is featured on pages 56-58!
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We’re sharing some of our favorite entertaining spaces with a holiday recipe to whip up at home!
This kitchen is ideal for entertaining, featuring double islands, ample storage, layers of lighting, and high-end appliances. It is a mix of rustic and refined design elements – a cozy spot for the holidays.
These little cookies look beautiful on a platter full of holiday treats. They’re sure to be a crowd pleaser, too!
This lower level bar is the perfect spot to host a holiday shindig! It features leather-textured granite, a stacked stone backsplash, two beverage refrigerators, and custom cabinetry.
This year, one fun appetizer we’re having at our family holiday gathering is fondue! Here is a yummy recipe based on the popular beer cheese dip served at The Melting Pot.
This family room is flooded with natural light and features a coffered ceiling, gas fireplace, oak hardwood flooring, and a wet bar equipped with wine and beverage refrigerators.
This fudge recipe is incredibly simple and quite delicious! It’s the perfect treat to bring to a party or to give as a gift.
This butler’s pantry/wet bar is well-equipped, featuring wine and beverage refrigerators, an ice maker, glass storage, and a bar sink (it’s also important to point out the goldleaf tiles and gold ceiling).
This festive holiday drink is sure to be a hit at your next gathering!
This dining room is the perfect spot to host family and friends. It features a custom-built corner cabinet and a buffet with glass storage and a beverage refrigerator (the ideal spot for your holiday spread)!
This is probably one of the best egg bakes out there! It’s the perfect breakfast to feed a crowd for a holiday brunch (although the recipe can be halved easily), and you can whip the ingredients together the evening before.
This sunroom addition is a balanced mix of rustic and refined details – reclaimed barn beams, fieldstone, a coffered ceiling, and an elegant light fixture. The large windows also showcase the pastoral views (note the red barn)!
These brie bites are easy to pop in your mouth, and they always go quickly at parties!
This kitchen features custom quarter-sawn oak cabinetry, green soapstone and granite countertops, a subway tile backsplash, and a painted island with plenty of seating for guests!
These cookies are beautiful (they can really be customized for any season with the addition of sprinkles), and they melt in your mouth!
This lower level is a spot that the whole family can enjoy. It features engineered hickory flooring, a bold chandelier, and room for a large table (perfect for games or meals). The space also includes a wet bar with marble subway tile, leather-textured granite, and custom cabinetry.
We already shared a cheese fondue recipe. Now, it’s time for something sweet! This is a simple, delicious recipe. The fun part? There are endless dipper options!
This screen porch off the lower level showcases the home’s beautiful backdrop. It features a stained concrete floor, cedar, and reclaimed brick.
This appetizer is a crowd pleaser, and it’s perfect for a party because it can be assembled the night before!
This bar is ideal for entertaining! It’s cozy, featuring a copper top, a Lannon stone wall and fireplace, stained beams, and a travertine floor.
This is a bit of a throwback! Brandy slush is a refreshing drink throughout the year. And it can be served with brunch or dinner – very versatile!
This is the perfect spot to retire to after a holiday feast. It features reclaimed barn beams, a tongue and groove ceiling, a gas fireplace, and a slate floor.
Make it for breakfast or serve as a dessert with coffee. This homemade Kringle is delicious!
With plenty of island seating for guests and lots of counter space for meal prep, who wouldn’t want to entertain in this kitchen? It features Chocolate Bordeaux granite, custom white cabinetry, a stained island, and high-end appliances.
This pork tenderloin is a balanced mix of sweet, savory, and tart. It also looks pretty on your plate!
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!
It’s time to take the principles of “classic style,” a topic we’ve covered in the past, and apply them to the bathroom. How can you create a bathroom that stands the test of time and offers flexibility to tie in with changing trends? Simplicity and quality products are the key. Bartelt shares tips and examples to create a classic look.
For a clean and elegant look, basketweave, hexagon, or herringbone tile patterns are timeless, adding texture to the floor. Keep it simple with black and white or all white with a contrasting grout. Choose a creative mosaic pattern. Select a classic Carrara or Calacatta marble or maybe a travertine. There are many opportunities to showcase your style through these time-honored options.
Simple drywall will never go out of style, but if you’re looking to add some character to your space without getting too trendy or ornate, there are many options. Subway tile, beadboard, and wainscoting are just a few examples of architectural details that add interest, but don’t overpower the room.
Many homeowners either opt for a furniture-style vanity or no vanity at all. First, let’s examine what we mean by “furniture-style.” These vanities often look like freestanding pieces of furniture, featuring details such as legs, feet, varying heights and depths, inset drawers and doors, and base molding with a recessed toe kick. They can be a new, custom piece or a reclaimed piece of furniture. Another classic look is a pedestal sink or wall-hung lavatory. Above the vanity, recessed medicine cabinets can be a nod to a bygone era as well as wall-mounted faucets.
To create a classic look, use historic finishes. Polished nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze are often popular choices for plumbing fixtures and knobs. Marble, travertine, white painted woodwork, and dark wood tones are also examples of finishes that stand the test of time.
There are many options to create a timeless, yet modern shower – frameless shower doors, subway tile, marble, a bench, built-in niches, and a series of hand sprays and shower heads are just a few selections. The bathtub is another opportunity to insert a classic flair. Freestanding tubs, especially claw-foot tubs, remain the hallmark of a classic bathroom. They add an air of luxury and are available in many shapes and sizes to suit your style. Add water supplies and tub controls on risers that come off the floor for a complete classic look!
For your light fixtures, consider restoring an antique chandelier and sconces or choosing lights that mimic the style of a vintage fixture.
We have reached the final section of our three-part discussion on timeless design. After focusing on your remodel’s layout and flow, it’s time to concentrate on the details. Although there are many style possibilities for your home, one that seems to be the most approachable is a classic style. It’s an option that stands the test of time and offers flexibility, allowing you to change your home’s look with accessories and fixtures.
When a home has too many ornate details, it can quickly become dated. Consider using clean lines and understated architectural details. For instance, a timeless kitchen often features inset doors rather than raised panel doors (traditional) or flat panel doors (modern). In a classic home, you may also see elements that add interest without overpowering the space, such as coffered ceilings, wainscoting, furniture-style toe kicks, and crown molding.
Opt for a neutral palette.
“Neutral” is not necessarily a synonym for “boring” or “bland.” Actually, neutrals often have a strong presence in a classic style home. Beiges, grays, whites, off-whites – they are all common options and can be spiced up with trend colors through accessories or other items that are easy to adjust, if desired. You can also combine different neutrals or play with textures to create interest. Using the kitchen as an example again, many homeowners will mix white perimeter cabinetry with a stained island to keep it classic, yet add some variation.
Use quality, classic materials.
Classic style has “staying power,” so you want to ensure the materials you choose were made to last and won’t look passé in a few years. Here are some examples of classic products and materials for two popular rooms in the home:
In the kitchen:
In the bathroom:
Check out two of Bartelt’s recent bathroom remodels in the “Dwellings” section of M Magazine’s June 2013 issue. Both Matt Retzak and Mary Sweet are quoted, discussing the features of the updated spaces.
See the “Dwellings” section, pages 75 – 79, here.
As you look around your home, you may be thinking about the wish list you have for it – better storage, an updated kitchen, more usable space. Is the logical solution to make the move to a bigger home? Or should you consider an addition? Although these are both plausible answers, you don’t necessarily need more square footage to satisfy your list.
More and more homeowners are making the decision to update and upgrade their homes within the original footprint, focusing on better space planning and special details.
You need more space, but how can you find it without expanding? It’s important to evaluate how you live in your home. Are there areas you rarely or never use? Perhaps, it’s time to ditch those rooms and use the additional space in places, such as the kitchen, where you spend more time. For instance, many homeowners are getting rid of formal dining and living rooms to allow them to enlarge more functional areas of the home.
People are also eliminating walls, doors, and other barriers to create open floor plans for a better flow between rooms. With proper space planning, an open floor plan can make the area feel larger and perform more efficiently.
There are many creative storage opportunities to keep rooms organized and make them functional for you. Don’t waste any space. Make use of vertical space, incorporating cabinetry that extends to the ceiling. Consider systems, such as Rev-A-Shelf, that offer pullouts, racks, lazy susans, and other accessories to make use of dead corners. There are often pockets of space in areas – under the stairs, on empty walls, in an island – where you can seamlessly (and without taking up space) fit in storage.
Family foyers, or mudrooms, are a practical use of space and could possibly be the hardest working room in your home. It’s a great area to stash all the necessities for getting out the door in one convenient place. Many homeowners incorporate lockers into this area, assigning one to each family member to store coats, shoes, and backpacks. It can also include a “drop zone,” bench, additional storage, or laundry space. The possibilities to make the area efficient for your family’s needs are endless.
Without the cost of extra square feet, homeowners have the opportunity to invest in quality products and finishes for their home. This allows you to not only personalize your spaces, so they aren’t “cookie cutter,” but also enjoy luxury items.
What are examples of products and materials people are investing in? Check out this brief list (the possibilities are endless).
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, high-end or specialty appliances may be a great investment. Examples include stainless steel appliances, double ovens, warming drawers, large cooktops with griddles or grills, induction cooktops, steam ovens, and beverage refrigerators or drawers.
We are seeing more people include beverage stations in their kitchen or family room. Wet bars are popular for entertaining, often featuring a sink, beverage refrigerator, and extra storage for glasses. Built-in coffee units are also becoming commonplace. The Miele Coffee System, for instance, is a built-in unit with a water reservoir or plumbed-in option. Now, homeowners can enjoy coffee, espresso, and cappuccino right at home.
How often do you use hot water? Do you make hot beverages? Or enjoy oatmeal at breakfast? Do you cook pasta al dente? Or need to soak dirty pots and pans? Hot water dispensers allow you to do things like this instantly, saving time and offering convenience.
Sculpted toe kicks, corbels, faux finishes, crown molding – furniture-style cabinetry adds a personal, luxurious touch to your home. Custom cabinetmakers are also offering more “gadgets and gizmos” to make homeowners’ lives easier and more organized, including soft close hinges and drawer glides, tray dividers, roll outs, and spice racks.
There are numerous kitchen countertop materials available. Soapstone, granite, marble, quartz, high-definition laminate, and concrete are just a few durable examples. Each has its own “personality.” For instance, granite and soapstone create a natural look while marble offers a classic feel. Your countertop is just another way to add character and introduce quality materials to your space.
A shower that features a series of shower heads and sprays, such as a rain head and hand spray, allows homeowners to feel pampered during shower time. A luxury shower can also include a thermostatic control valve, allowing the user to turn on all shower heads at the same or different times and regulate the temperature.
Incorporating custom millwork – wainscoting, crown molding, arches, base boards, corbels – throughout your home creates an upscale look and adds architectural interest to an ordinary room.
It’s important to invest in quality, durable flooring. From custom hand-scraped floors to porcelain and ceramic tiles, there are many options for kitchens, family rooms, hallways, bathrooms, and other spaces. The floor is also a great place to have fun and display your personality. For instance, we used custom wood staining in a home to blend two hardwood floor colors in a foyer, creating a checkerboard pattern.
Many homeowners are turning to home automation for better efficiency and safety. Whole house automation is a central system that connects and communicates with appliances and systems in your home. It allows homeowners to instantly control their lighting, thermostat, entertainment unit, security system, and other objects. It’s just another opportunity to tailor your home to your lifestyle needs.