Our very own project designer and coordinator, Matt Retzak, was recently named Viking’s Designer of Distinction for a Waukesha kitchen remodel.
Click on the photo to see his profile!
Recently our very own Rick Bartelt and industry partner Josh Brown from Bliffert Lumber joined Paul Kronforst on News/Talk WISN 1130’s “The Remodeling Show.”
Kronforst and representatives from some of the area’s most respected remodelers, contractors, and home improvement companies take your questions about products, services, and more.
You’re looking for timeless options in your home – something that won’t be dated in a matter of a few years but still adds style and intrigue to your space. May we suggest herringbone? Before we dive into the reasons we love herringbone and show you some of our fabulous examples, let’s look at a simple definition:
NOUN | ˈher-iŋ-ˌbōn, ˈhe-riŋ-
Herringbone is a pattern made up of 45 degree angles that form a ‘V’ shape.
Now, why do we love it?
[ S T Y L E ] Whether used with simple materials or something more dynamic (such as marble), laying tile or wood in an unexpected pattern like herringbone adds an element of style and elegance. For instance, if this tile was laid in a standard grid or running bond pattern, it may not have been as interesting or unique.
[ T I M E L E S S ] Herringbone seems to be a pattern that stands the test of time. Perhaps, it’s the fact that it adds subtle interest and doesn’t overwhelm a room. You don’t grow weary of it like trendy or ornate details. It also isn’t associated with a specific time period, so in a couple of years, people won’t be saying, “That’s so 2017.”
[ T E X T U R E ] If you’re looking for texture, herringbone may be the answer! Again, it’s an understated detail, adding just enough variation to create warmth and character in your home.
[ M O V E M E N T ] Herringbone adds movement. It commands visitors’ attention and guides their eyes through a room, giving the illusion of more space.
[ V E R S A T I L I T Y ] Herringbone isn’t reserved for one particular style. It can complement a contemporary space as well as traditional or rustic homes. It also has various applications in the home – giving contrast to a traditional subway tile, spicing up the interior of a fireplace, adding texture to a hardwood floor, highlighting a niche in the bathroom, offering dimension to a tile floor. There are no limits!
May is National Home Improvement Month, so throughout the past few weeks, we have posted photos of some of Bartelt’s award-winning projects. Here is a compilation of those posts!
This 1800s farmhouse remodel has a balanced mix of rustic and refined details – barn beams, painted cabinetry, fieldstone, coffered ceilings, distressed wood.
This home is a blend of traditional elements and modern details. It features marble, painted cabinetry and gorgeous lighting. The spaces also boast unique materials like goldleaf tile and textured wallpaper!
Our clients wanted a layout more conducive to entertaining and spaces that reflected their style and setting. The first floor features custom cabinetry, wrought iron light fixtures, slate tile, textured granite, and hand-scraped beams, creating a rustic aesthetic.
This sunroom addition is the perfect spot to host family and friends. It features a bar, easy access to the kitchen, a Lannon stone fireplace, and a direct connection to outdoor entertaining spaces.
Our clients’ 1800s Victorian lake home had been turned into a four family residence. It was their goal to restore it back to a single family home and reintroduce its original charm. This project features painted cabinetry, a tin ceiling, fireplace restorations, a bed nook for the grandchildren, and other details complementing the character of the home.
This master bath features a custom vanity, a tub with a granite deck, and a frameless glass shower. The shower bench boasts porcelain- and marble-filled mosaic tile and mimics the curve of the vanity and tub.
The homeowners wanted to update the home to accommodate their modern lifestyle while complementing the home’s original charm. This remodel features a new master suite, an exterior update, a new detached garage, a family room transformed from the old garage, and an expanded kitchen.
This home was originally a 1850s barn and was converted to a home in 1938. Throughout the addition, it was important to create a rustic, yet refined aesthetic. This was achieved with beams, board and batten siding, shakes, layers of lighting, exposed wood, and other selections that acknowledge the home’s barn past.
This kitchen is ideal for entertaining. It features a large island, efficient storage, double sinks, and a large arched opening into the family room (keeping the spaces open yet defined).
This stunning lake home basement has it all – a bar with a copper top and a Lannon stone wall, a wine storage room, and a cozy family room for movie nights (not to mention a ton of space to entertain friends and family)!
The homeowners wanted to enhance the home’s original charm while highlighting their eclectic style. The remodel features a new mudroom, kitchen expansion, family room, butler’s pantry, first floor bathroom, dining room and master bathroom. Throughout the project, it was important to increase the natural light in the home and make the spaces more conducive to entertaining.
This remodeled lower level offers a comfortable and contemporary spot for the family. It features a bar with pepper gray cabinetry, a stacked stone backsplash, and textured granite. Neighboring the bar, a modern fireplace with a floating hearth serves as the focal point of the lower level. The lower level also includes a theater room with a “starry” ceiling – the perfect spot for the kids!
We created a layout conducive to entertaining and updated this kitchen without straying too far from the feel of the home’s existing spaces. The space features custom, raised panel birch cabinetry, travertine subway tile, and granite countertops. It also has a two-level island, making it multi-purpose: one level for food prep and the other with seating for six.
This finished lower level features a bar with leather-textured granite, character-grade cherry cabinetry, a stacked stone backsplash, and beverage refrigerators. Neighboring the bar, the family room includes a stacked stone fireplace. Arched openings, weathered beams, and travertine tile run throughout the basement, adding character to the space.
The homeowners wanted to update the home to accommodate their modern lifestyle, showcase their eclectic style, and take advantage of their beautiful setting. The exterior of the house was transformed with a metal roof, fieldstone, low maintenance siding, a pergola, cedar columns and brackets, and a screen porch. Inside the home, each room tells a “story,” with reclaimed pieces throughout the first floor – barn doors, beams, and boards.
The homeowners wanted to expand their home to accommodate their family of 7. This project doubled the size of their home and created functional spaces – a larger kitchen, a family room, a mudroom with custom lockers, a three and a half car garage, bathrooms, and other living spaces.
The homeowners wanted to update the kitchen for their modern lifestyle while restoring and preserving the home’s original character. The space features a copper tin ceiling, custom furniture-style cabinetry, and soapstone.
This beautiful lake home features a new kitchen with custom crackle-finish cabinetry, a custom cherry table, a wet bar, and toe kick lighting. The two fireplaces serve as focal points for the first floor.
The fireplace, the lower level’s focal point, is a carved face of Prometheus, Greek god of fire. It features votive candles inset in his hair and beard. The basement also features a full kitchen with a hutch-like sink area, copper details, and reclaimed beams.
The homeowners wanted their home to have an arts and crafts look. The remodeled exterior features low maintenance siding, a cedar pergola, a historically correct color scheme, and a custom quarter sawn oak door.
This eye-catching kitchen features custom cabinetry and paneled appliances, a limestone hood, a crackle-finished island, and a copper farmhouse sink.
This lower level is ideal for entertaining – bar, family room, game area. The space features granite tops, custom cherry cabinetry, a game table at the bar, custom storage for pool cues, and double crown molding at the ceiling.
“We are honored to be named the 2017 National Contractor of the Year in this category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “We would not have achieved such a high honor without the expertise and dedication of the entire team, including our designers, carpenters, production staff, trade partners and customers.”
Contractors from seven regions nationwide vie for the awards on an annual basis. An impartial panel of judges, who are experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.
Earlier this year, NARI named 172 Regional CotY winners with 27 team members who advanced as finalists to the national level. NARI announced a National winner in each of the 37 categories at its Evening of Excellence reception, held in Scottsdale, Arizona.
After previous remodels, the winning project was dated, and the spaces lacked unity. The homeowners wanted to enhance the home’s original charm, creating a cohesive design throughout the various rooms, while highlighting their eclectic style and accommodating their modern lifestyle. The remodel features a new mudroom, kitchen expansion, family room, butler’s pantry, first floor bathroom, dining room, and master bathroom. Throughout the project, it was important to increase the natural light in the home and make the spaces more conducive to entertaining. Now, the home is a balanced mix of the homeowners’ eclectic taste and more traditional details. Bartelt worked with interior designer Jeff Wasserman to complete the project.
See the winning project on Houzz.
You’re ready to make the move. You’ve landed on a budget and researched what you could buy or build for that price point, but the available home inventory is low or lacking those turnkey, ready-to-move-in homes.
Where do you go from here? Do you decide to build? Building is definitely an option, but there can be some trade-offs.
It may be time to consider the “fixer upper.” What do we mean by “fixer upper?” It’s the wrong house in the right place at the right price. It’s in an established neighborhood, a desirable location with good schools and tree-lined streets, but it doesn’t quite fit the bill. Perhaps, the previous homeowners have lived there for years. They’re comfortable and think it works, but the home needs updating (sometimes major updating) and a more functional layout.
Maybe choosing that home that’s under your means***, that’s in the right place, but needs some love seems overwhelming. But it can be a fun challenge, and the perfect opportunity to have everything you ever wanted in a home. Let’s look at the “perks” of choosing a fixer upper.
We all know that location is often king! It’s important to be near parks, shopping, restaurants, and good schools. Beyond your must-have location list, the fixer upper is usually in an established neighborhood, which means mature trees, landscaping, and other amenities.
It may seem appealing to purchase or build a new home (perhaps, it’s the easier option – the work has already been done for you), but customization and character are definitely limited. Think about driving into a new subdivision with freshly built homes. They’re lovely, but you may notice something – they’re all essentially the same. Sure, they may have varying color schemes or different window configurations, but they truly lack charm and a unique “personality.”
Remodeling the fixer upper will ensure you don’t end up in that cookie cutter home. Older homes often have hard-to-replicate architectural details and other charming features. Plus, once you begin the remodeling process, you’ll realize there is a lot of opportunity to be creative and tailor your home to your preferences (sometimes to an overwhelming extent, which is why hiring professionals to guide you is the best approach).
Renovating a fixer upper can often cost as much as a building a new home, but there’s an important difference. In a new home, you’re putting your money towards quantity items – moldings, windows, doors, hardware, flooring, cabinetry, appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing fixtures, landscaping, a driveway. A new home needs everything! Remodeling gives homeowners more flexibility to put their money towards quality materials and high-end finishes because there are existing details that can be saved, repurposed, or remain completely untouched.
Now, let’s look at this idea in action. Here is an example of our clients’ fixer upper that was transformed into their dream home!
Check out more photos of this project on Houzz!
***For example, you may have a $450,000 budget for a home, and you decide to purchase a $300,000 home, leaving $150,000 for renovations and an opportunity to truly customize the home to your needs and preferences.
Bartelt was awarded Best Of Houzz 2017 in the Design category by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. We were chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community.
“We are honored to be named Best Of Houzz 2017 in the Design category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “It is the result of our team’s dedication to innovative design and superior craftsmanship.”
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz.
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