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Bartelt Barn Kitchen Featured in Houzz Article

Our modern barn kitchen was recently featured in the Houzz article “New This Week: 4 Fresh Farmhouse-Inspired Kitchens.”

The project features reclaimed pine on the island top and floors, glossy subway tile, large pendant lights, Douglas Fir columns, and custom white cabinetry.

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Washington County Barn Kitchen

Bartelt Named Winner of the Journal Sentinel’s Top Choice Awards

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently announced the winners of the Top Choice Awards 2018, and we are excited to share that we were named the winner of the “Home Remodeler” category.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us!  And a huge thank you to our team and industry partners for helping us create exceptional remodeling experiences.  We are honored to work with the best!

Top Choice Awards 2018

Bartelt Kitchen Featured in “Kitchens That Shine”

Colgate Kitchen Highlighted in MKE Lifestyle Magazine

Not only did the July 2018 issue of MKE Lifestyle magazine feature our design team, but it also showcased one of our beautiful kitchen projects on pages 80-81.  We love the balanced mix of rustic and feminine details in the space!

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Bartelt Designers Featured In MKE Lifestyle Magazine

The Faces of Exceptional Design and Remodeling

The July 2018 issue of MKE Lifestyle magazine features the Bartelt design team in its “Faces of Metro MKE” special section.  Our designers are hanging out in a recently completed farmhouse kitchen remodel!  We love the warmth and natural light in this shot!

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FACES of MKE 2018

Why is an Interior Designer an Important Part of Your Project?

Choosing products and materials can be an overwhelming process, sometimes extending the project’s timeline or overreaching the budget if not done properly.  An interior designer works with homeowners to choose items based on quality, function, price and style, helping you bring your design goals to life.

At Bartelt, our in-house interior designers serve many roles – creator, project coordinator, a friendly ear – to guide you each step of the way and make the remodeling process enjoyable.  Why is it important to look to a professional interior designer for direction?  Let’s examine!

They have a process.

Your interior designer has a proven process to guide you through your project and selections, keeping you organized and using tools to help you visualize and understand how everything fits together.  They’ll ask the right questions to hone in on your style, and they’ll help you make decisions at the proper time in the project’s progression.  The designer is there to coordinate all the moving parts and make sure details don’t get missed.  There are a lot of steps between preliminary design ideas and the final space.

Pewaukee Kitchen Remodel

They keep you on track.

Your interior designer can help keep your project on time and on budget (they may even end up saving you money).  Homeowners don’t always realize the incredible amount of decisions that need to be made.  That’s where your designer is a huge asset.  They help you sort through all the options – lighting, paint colors, tile, flooring, countertops (this list goes on!) – and ensure that your selections are cohesive and within your allowance, leaving less room for errors and unnecessary spending.

They’ll also hold you accountable to make decisions in a timely manner, so your project’s timeline doesn’t get derailed.

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They bring a new perspective.

A fresh eye is important!  It can be hard to step back and look at your home from a different perspective.  You often get accustomed to the layout, color scheme and other details.  An interior designer has a trained eye and can see the potential in your space and offer creative solutions that you may have never considered.

Beyond offering ideas you may have not examined, they can also share options you may not have known even existed.  Continuing education is an important aspect of the designer’s job, and they have a great pulse on new materials, tools and methods.

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They can bring you back down to Earth (if needed).

We all have big plans for our homes, and let’s face it – sometimes, we need a reality check.  Your designer will help you set realistic goals and educate you on any design limitations.  They can also help you practice restraint, or in other words, learn how to “edit.”  What’s important to incorporate into the design?  What isn’t necessary?  Where can you take design risks?  Where should you keep it simple?  This will ensure your final space is practical while still showcasing your personality and unique style.

Wauwatosa Sunroom Remodel

LAYERING | A Well-Lit Kitchen

When making plans for that new kitchen, it’s important to think about how you’ll be using the space and where specific light sources will be needed.  A well though out lighting plan has many layers to it.  Let’s explore those layers to help you create a cohesive and functional kitchen.

A M B I E N T | Lights for Navigating

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Recessed cans, chandeliers, wall sconces, flush mount fixtures, even natural light – ambient lighting is your foundation, a general “blanket” of light for your kitchen.  It helps you navigate your space (without running into things), and it’s really the first step to your lighting plan, serving as the base for all other layers.

T A S K | Lights for Doing

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Task lighting may arguably be the most important layer.  It helps you complete specific jobs, like meal prep and cooking, in the kitchen.  Under cabinet lights over the countertop, pendants above the island, lights at the range – it’s important to see what you’re doing especially when working with sharp knives and other potentially dangerous tools.

A C C E N T | Lights for Feeling

Herringbone Tile Layout

Accent lighting sets the tone for your kitchen, creating a warm and inviting space.  It’s often known as the decorative layer.  It can also be considered task lighting, but it demands a bit more attention – in-cabinet lights to display dishes or collectibles, beautiful pendants, and other fixtures to highlight a unique aspect of the space.  They round off the room to make it feel complete, and with so many options, it’s a great opportunity to really show off your personality.

M O O D | Lights for Changing

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Throughout the day, your lighting needs change.  During the day, natural light is often sufficient, but as the day progresses you’ll need help from your fixtures to illuminate the space for cooking and cleaning.  Entertaining?  You’ll want to set the mood.  That’s where dimmers come into play.  Dimmers can be incorporated into all layers of lighting, so you can adjust the light for your specific needs.  For instance, they’re a great option at night or in the early morning when you’re not quite ready for bright lights.

Now that you’re familiar with the various layers of light, it’s important to note that you don’t have to use separate fixtures for each layer.  There’s often a lot of overlap.

Happy light planning!

White & Wood Kitchens

We see white kitchens everywhere!  They are clean, airy and timeless.  But for some, they can be a bit stark.  Those homeowners are looking to add warmth and texture.  That’s where wood comes to the rescue.  White and wood can be the perfect pair to create a space that’s simple and bright yet warm and cozy.  It’s an opportunity to add natural texture and soften the formality of a space.

How can you incorporate wood?  Here are a few ideas.

  • Beams
  • Countertops/Butcher Block Tops
  • Mixed Cabinetry (i.e. stained island)
  • Doors (i.e. barn or French doors)
  • Open Shelving
  • Range Hood

Let’s look at some examples!

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

The dark stained island and the walnut top on the raised portion of the island add a warmth and richness to this classic kitchen.

Wauwatosa Butler's Pantry

The contrasting cabinetry in this butler’s pantry creates an unexpected focal point.

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This beautiful oak floor adds subtle texture and warmth.  It’s a great contrast to the white cabinetry, cool gray tones and marble top.

Hartford Kitchen Remodel

With a distressed cherry island top, this farmhouse kitchen is a balanced mix of rustic and refined.

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Oak floors, beams, open shelving and a distressed cherry island top – this kitchen blends clean lines and natural texture perfectly.  The warm wood tones also offer an intimacy to the large space.

Elm Grove Open Shelving

Here’s a close-up on those lovely wood shelves.  They make a statement, but keep the space feeling open and airy.

Elm Grove Barn Doors

One more view of this kitchen shows off the beautiful custom wood barn doors.  They are nod to the home’s barn past and add charm to the space.

HOME TOUR | Rustic Meets Feminine on the First Floor

On a beautiful wooded lot in Colgate, a couple dreamed of turning their tired home into a place where they could proudly host family and friends – a place that blended their differing tastes and showcased their scenic backdrop.

The remodeled home is now a balanced mix of their individual styles (hers: feminine and eclectic, his: more rustic). The project features decorative lighting, antiqued oak floors, a distressed beam mantel, and a large kitchen. An open staircase with floating treads is the focal point of the first floor, and a master suite addition takes advantage of the home’s views and serves as a retreat.

E N T R A N C E

Colgate Front Entry

This inviting foyer is flooded with natural light and features a stylish light fixture.

Looking into the home from the front entrance, the rooms were dark, dated, and compartmentalized.  The center staircase cut the kitchen off from the family room, making it difficult to prep food while entertaining friends in the other room.

Colgate Open Staircase

Now, the spaces are open to one another, making it easier to mingle with guests and allowing natural light to flood the first floor.  Not only does the new staircase accommodate a better layout, but it also serves as a unique focal point.

D I N I N G   R O O M

Colgate Dining Room Remodel

The dining room is the perfect spot to host family and friends.  It is easily accessible from the kitchen, and it has great views of their wooded lot (note all those gorgeous trees framed by the window).  The space also features grass cloth wallpaper, adding texture and a rustic element.  The light fixture offers a more feminine touch, and the coffered ceiling creates interest and dimension.

K I T C H E N

Kitchen Before

The kitchen was isolated, and it didn’t lend itself to hosting larger groups.  It was also rather “non-descript.”  The homeowners wanted the space to truly highlight their personality.

Colgate Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is a great blend of refined and rustic details – decorative lighting, custom painted cabinetry, a faux metal finish on the hood, sueded perimeter tops, an earthy backsplash, and oil-rubbed bronze hardware.  It is now open to other entertaining areas and has a functional and efficient floor plan, with a natural flow between work areas, storage, and appliances.

F A M I L Y   R O O M

Family Room Before

One word to describe the existing family room?  Flat.  A flat ceiling.  Flat color palette.  Just flat out boring.  The homeowners wanted to create a more grandiose space while maintaining the rustic look of the fireplace.

Colgate Family Room Remodel

The remodeled family room’s vaulted ceiling gives the illusion of more space.  The fieldstone fireplace was preserved, and a faux metal finish and metal straps were used to create a focal point without the added expense of restructuring for heavy stone.

Because the space is open to the rest of the first floor, the “weight” of the fireplace balances the kitchen.  The space also has excellent views to the backyard!

O F F I C E

Office Before

The existing master bedroom was dated.  The homeowners desired a new master suite that suited their needs better, offered more privacy, and took advantage of their setting.  An addition was built to accommodate this.  The homeowners also wanted an office space on the first floor.

Colgate Home Office

The master bedroom was transformed into a new home office.  It features sliding French doors, antiqued oak flooring, and an eye-catching light fixture.  It’s a light-filled space with clean lines, perfect for working from home.

M A S T E R    B E D R O O M

Colgate Master Bedroom

The new master bedroom is flooded with natural light, and the large windows offer a spectacular view.  The vaulted ceiling draws your attention up and showcases a unique light fixture.

M A S T E R   B A T H

Master Bath Before

The master bath was stuck in the past.  It was essential to bring the space up to speed and reflect the homeowners’ style.

Colgate Master Bathroom

The master bath has a more masculine feel and complements the rustic details throughout the house and outdoors.  Acid-washed tile offers a natural and neutral aesthetic.  A marble pebbled tile ties in with the flooring and wainscoting while delineating the tub and its view.  It also gives the space a sense of outdoors.  The vanity has ample storage and features quartz tops, a recessed tower, and distressed knotty alder.

The Beauty of Built-Ins

Whether it’s a window seat, bookshelf, bed, or bar, built-ins lend character and function to a home.  We love that they can be tailored to specific needs and that they offer a cohesive and seamless look.  Built-ins are a great opportunity to take advantage of every nook and cranny and can really maximize your space!  Let’s look at some examples.

W I N D O W   S E A T S

Window seats are versatile.  Incorporate them into a dining room, office, bedroom, family room, or hallway.  They are the perfect opportunity to make the most of otherwise wasted space and insert extra storage.  Plus, who hasn’t dreamed of having a window seat?  It’s a great place to curl up with a book or sip a cup of coffee.  And it can be a beautiful way to frame a view.

Hartford Library Remodel

Wauwatosa Master Bedroom

B O O K S H E L V E S

Built-in bookshelves are multi-purpose – a place to store items and a lovely way to display decor, books, and collectibles.  They truly give a room a finished and sophisticated look.

Wauwatosa Family Room Remodel

Fox Point Library Remodel

B E D S

A built-in bed is ideal for kid or guest bedrooms!  They can be tucked into an alcove or under a slanted wall. Let’s not forget to mention how cozy they are!  Bonus – they can offer extra storage.  Check out those built-in bookshelves and drawers!

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M E D I A   C E N T E R S

Like all built-ins, a built-in media wall subdues clutter and makes a space feel more substantial.  It can also serve as the anchor of the room.  This example mixes in shelves, reclaimed windows, and drawers to break up the size of the wall, add interest, and offer even more storage.

Side note – the built-in cabinetry in the foreground of this photo was incorporated into the design to not only display the homeowners’ vintage treasures, but to also define two rooms while keeping them open to one another.

Waukesha Family Room Remodel

B A R S

A built-in wet bar often serves as the home’s entertaining hub.  The great thing about a built-in wet bar?  You don’t necessarily need to have ample square footage.  Big or small, a wet bar has a lot of utility in a home – extra counter space, glassware storage, an additional sink, cocktail mixing station.

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B A T H R O O M   S T O R A G E

Built-in shelving, vanity towers, medicine cabinets, niches – built-ins definitely take on a large role in a well-organized and timeless bathroom.  Because bathrooms are often small, these options offer storage and style without sacrificing floor space.

Fox Point Bathroom Remodel - Vanity Towers

L O C K E R S  / /  C U B B I E S

Custom cubbies or lockers help everyone keep their belongings organized and out of other areas of the home.  Add a bench, and you have yourself the perfect “launch pad” to get your family out-the-door.

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Bartelt Wins Two 2018 Regional CotY Awards

Bartelt was named the 2018 Region 3 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in the Entire House $250,000 – $500,000 and Residential Bath Over $100,000 categories.

“We are honored to be named the 2018 Regional Contractor of the Year in these categories,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “These awards are the result of the expertise, creativity and dedication of our entire team, trade partners and clients.  We are fortunate to work with the best!”

Bartelt was selected as the winner of Region 3 North Central, 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 Reception on Friday, April 20, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Entire House $250,000 – $500,000 | Regional CotY

Colgate Kitchen Remodel Colgate First Floor Remodel

The scenic backdrop drew this couple to the home, but the interior lacked style and function. It was vital to eliminate the compartmentalization on the first floor and create a home more conducive to entertaining. The remodeled spaces are now a balanced mix of feminine and rustic details – a blend of their individual tastes. The project features decorative lighting, antiqued oak floors, a distressed beam mantel, and a large kitchen. An open staircase with floating treads is the focal point of the first floor, and a master suite addition takes advantage of the home’s views and serves as a retreat.

Residential Bath Over $100,000 | Regional CotY

Wauwatosa Master Bath Remodel

These empty-nesters lead a busy life, often traveling for work. They wanted to update and expand their master bathroom to create a retreat after their time away and mimic the luxurious places they’ve visited. The remodeled space is flooded with natural light and boasts unique finishes that exude elegance and complement the homeowners’ eclectic taste. It features water jet cut glass and marble tile, a custom metallic-finished vanity, a freestanding tub, porcelain tile resembling marble, and a large frameless glass shower. It is also equipped with ample storage and “elbow room” for two.