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Rick Bartelt Interview in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rick Bartelt was recently interviewed for a feature in the Building Lifestyles section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Check out the article “Building a quality reputation” to learn more about Rick and the Bartelt team.

Rick Bartelt in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

See it online here.

Bartelt Named 2014 Regional Contractor of the Year

Bartelt was named the 2014 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Residential Interior $100,000 and Over category.

“We are honored to be named the 2014 Regional Contractor of the Year in this category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “These awards are the result of the expertise and dedication of the entire team, including our designers, carpenters, production staff, trade partners, and customers.”

Bartelt was selected as the winner of Region 3, 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 on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Marriott New Orleans.

The winning Bartelt project was previously dated and compartmentalized.  Bartelt created a layout conducive to entertaining and introduced a rustic aesthetic to complement the clients’ heavily wooded lot.  It features textured granite, hand-scraped floors, hand-trowelled plaster walls, custom cabinetry, and other rustic details.

Competing projects were completed between July 1, 2012, and November 30, 2013, and were not submitted in prior NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges who are experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s binders, which include “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty.

To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing.  NARI members represent an elite group of the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.

2014 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

See more photos of this project on Houzz!

Rick Bartelt Elected to the MBA Board of Directors

Congratulations to Rick Bartelt!  Last night, Thursday, October 24, 2013, he was elected to the Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is the policy-making body of the Association and is responsible for the business affairs of the Corporation.  It represents the membership of the Association.

As a longtime member of the MBA, Rick has previously served as a board member of the MBA Board of Directors, chairman of the Remodeler’s Council, co-chair of the Membership Committee, and member of the MBA Arbitration Board. Rick and the Bartelt team are also the recipients of numerous MBA Standard of Excellence awards, the WBA “A Cut Above the Rest” award, and the NAHB Spike Club.

Bring the Outdoors In

Yes, it’s something we hear often, “Bring the outdoors in,” but what does it really mean? Does it imply you should add house plants to your décor or introduce floral prints to your space? The answer – yes, but there are also many other options to help you merge the indoors with the outdoors.

Connect indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.

Establishing a better flow between your interior and exterior entertaining spaces expands the living area and creates an open atmosphere when hosting guests. If your outdoor space is easily accessible and comfortable, you will be more likely to use and enjoy it.

We recently designed and built a sunroom addition to facilitate better indoor and outdoor entertaining. Our customers’ kitchen and entertaining space ended abruptly at the back of the house, and it was difficult to access the backyard from this area.

The addition has an open concept, which is conducive to entertaining a group of people. We also included a patio door to connect the addition to their new patio, offering more room for guests.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition Waukesha Sunroom Addition

Take advantage of the views.

Many homes are situated on a beautiful, wooded lot, have access to a crystal-clear lake, or are near a sprawling field. No matter your location, you may have impressive views that you aren’t enjoying while you’re in your home. Why not highlight and frame those scenes?

We remodeled a home on Fowler Lake that had virtually no views of the water from the kitchen. The kitchen is often the “center” of the home, so we understood the importance of a good view. We relocated the kitchen and connected it to the lake porch, offering more natural light and better sight lines to the lake.

Oconomowoc Kitchen and Lake Porch

Venturing back to the sunroom addition…

The home is near the neighborhood conservancy area, so we included large windows with unique arch tops in the addition to showcase the green views. The windows also provide natural ventilation.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition Waukesha Sunroom Addition

Let your surroundings inspire your design.

People often spend time outdoors to find a sense of peace and enjoy their homes’ or communities’ beautiful backdrops. These calming components can be included in your interior design and décor with natural textures, colors, and materials.

A few years ago, we remodeled a home on a wooded lot on Pine Lake. The design didn’t reflect its natural setting, something the homeowner desired, so we paid special attention to the details. Not only did we open the home’s view to the lake, but we also “brought the outdoors in” with a custom table base that features iron tree branches to mimic the scene outside.

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

The owners of a Hartland home wanted to introduce a rustic aesthetic to the first floor to complement their heavily-wooded backyard. We achieved this by including natural elements in the remodel – granite countertops with a leather texture, a slate backsplash, hickory floors, earth tones, cedar beams, and other nature-inspired details.

Hartland First Floor RemodelHartland First Floor Remodel

Save Money and Energy this Winter

It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are falling, and your energy bills may be rising. Here are some tips to help you achieve better energy efficiency this winter, and, hopefully, save you some money.Hartland Fireplace
  • Maintain the furnace. It’s important to have a professional “check up” every year. Also, make sure to clean or replace the filters monthly.
  • Let the light in. Open your curtains or shades on south-facing windows during the day to allow the sun to naturally heat your home. Close them at night to reduce the chill.
  • Use a programmable thermostat. Set it so the temperature is lower while you’re away or sleeping and warmer when you’re home.
  • Close the fireplace damper (unless you’re burning a fire). A lot of warm air can escape from this area.
  • Use Energy Star® rated appliances. Energy Star appliances, bulbs, electronics, and other equipment meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy. 
  • Turn the water temperature down. Set the temperature to 120 degrees to save some money.
    • Consider a heat-air exchange system for your fireplace.  This equipment blows warmed air back into the room.
For more energy efficieny tips, visit these links:

http://1.usa.gov/Tnb8zY
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