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Recent Project: Inviting Sunroom Addition

Our clients enjoyed entertaining friends and family, but their kitchen and other existing spaces weren’t conducive to this hobby.  They desired a warm, inviting space for their frequent get-togethers.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Before     Waukesha Sunroom Addition - After

The home’s back elevation was “cookie cutter” and lacked character.  The sunroom addition features a cupola with Azek crown molding and trim, adding charm to the exterior and blending with the existing structure.  The exterior also includes fiber cement composite siding for less maintenance and more durability.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Bar

The sunroom’s interior offers easy access to the kitchen to assist with entertaining.  There is a pass-through, and the large archway allows people to flow from one room to the other, making it one useable space.  The bar area features Golden Fantasy granite, wood-framed doors with “water glass” inserts, a slate backsplash, a beverage refrigerator, and custom wood wine cubbies.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - View

The kitchen and entertaining space originally ended abruptly at the back of the house, so there was little room for guests.  The addition has an open concept, conducive to entertaining a group of people.  The large windows also showcase the conservancy views, and the patio door connects the space to the outdoors.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Ceiling     Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Ceiling Detail

The hand-framed, vaulted ceiling makes the addition feel more spacious, and the box beams at the hip rafters and cupola draw guests’ attention upward.  Rope lighting was incorporated at the crown molding and cupola to highlight the unique ceiling.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Fireplace

The fireplace is a focal point, giving the room a cozy feel.  It features hand-cut Lannon stone that ties the addition  into the home’s exterior.  The dynamic slate floor also uses hydronic heating, so the homeowners can comfortably enjoy the space in the winter (even without socks).

The Details

Handblown Pendant     Wine Cubbies

Sculpted, Furniture-Style Toe Kicks     Curved Casing

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

Recent Project: Rustic First Floor Remodel

Our customers’ home was dated and compartmentalized. They wanted to create a layout conducive to entertaining and introduce a rustic aesthetic to complement their heavily wooded lot. To achieve this objective, we remodeled the entire first floor, removing walls and incorporating details throughout the home to create a cohesive design.

The Dining Room

Hartland Dining Room Remodel

In the dining room, we added an arched entryway to open it up to the kitchen. It also features a custom, distressed buffet cabinet, candle-style sconces with an iron strap detail, and an “orb” chandelier made of wood and iron.

The Kitchen

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

In the kitchen, a peninsula, soffits, and dark oak cabinetry were eliminated. The remodeled space features glazed birch cabinetry, ample storage, granite countertops with a leather texture, a slate backsplash, hand-scraped hickory floors, and a custom wrought iron chandelier. The island is the focal point with a butcher block, olive, crackle-finish base, and round walnut table. To achieve an open concept, a portion of the wall was removed between the dinette and family room. The area is encased in hand-scraped Douglas fir beams.

The Living Room

Hartland Family Room Remodel

The family room originally had a fieldstone fireplace and cedar beams on the ceiling. The mason applied a heavy coat of mortar to the fireplace, a technique reminiscent of old farmhouse walls, and the cedar beams were replaced with hand-scraped beams. The space also includes a wet bar with custom cabinetry, a hammered copper sink, and a Bronzo Quartzite countertop.

The Powder Room

Hartland Powder Room Remodel

The remodeled powder room features a custom vanity, Bronzo Quartzite countertop, and vessel sink made from a boulder. The wall mount faucet is set into mosaic tiles, and the room’s large slate tile floor matches the flooring used in the back hall and laundry room.

For detail photos, check out this project on Houzz.

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.

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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.

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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.

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