Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Winner of the NWFA 2012 Reclaimed Floor of the Year!!!

We are very pleased to announce that Tim came back from his vacation to Florida with a little trophy and plaque in his hands :)  It is a pretty great honor to receive even one NWFA Floor of the Year award, but now we have two on our belt!  Our first one was for the SC Johnson Museum down in Racine for the phenomenal end-block installation of North America and South America.  And now we have been awarded with the NWFA 2012 Reclaimed Floor of the Year!  This award was given for the floor that we installed over existing tile in the Bartolotta's Rumpus Room in downtown Milwaukee.  It was made up of our special product of reclaimed red & white oak for form a herringbone pattern.  Then our boys from Handcrafted by Schmidt flat-scraped the entire floor piece by piece.  The final product is quite breathtaking and leaves you feeling like you are in a pub from the 1930's.  We will post the article when the Hardwood Floors magazine prints the winners later this year.  But for now, here is the picture that we entered...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

We Do Stairs Too!

This was a recent job right on the water-front of Lake Michigan. Pretty cool restoration, and we even proved that we can do stairs as well!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Rumpus Room: A Gastropub

This is one of the "babies" of Handcrafted by Schmidt.  If you are a fan of dining in downtown Milwaukee, then you have probably encountered a Bartolotta's Restaurant at some point.  This is one of the newest additions to the Bartolotta's Group: The Rumpus Room, A Gastropub.

The floor is a Horsebeam Herringbone pattern.  The horsebeam is a reclaimed red & white oak mix.  The Handcrafted Crew then flat scraped the whole surface to even the floor and add a little more texture.

The lighting towards the back of the restaurant was not the best,
so please excuse the somewhat blurry photos.

Rustic Horsebeam

This is a job in Brookfield.  New Construction with a very rustic feel, so of course, the owner fell in love with our Horsebeam Reclaimed wood.  It's a mixture of red & white oak with an extremely rustic feel.  Our handcraftsmen will flat-scrape the wood in one of the final steps to make the surface even.  Here are a couple of shots of the installation.  One portion is a custom basket-weave parquet that has to be installed piece by tiny piece.  The other majority of the house is random-width planks.

Random Width

Random Width

Random Width
Installation of Basket-Weave


Installation of Basket-Weave
Larger Span of Installation
Installation with individual pieces shown

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MBA Show Debute

Our booth at the recent MBA Home Building & Remodeling Show in Downtown Milwaukee.

 Our booth was quite the hit at the recent show.  We were very proud of all the reclaimed items we were able to showcase to add to the rustic feel of the company.  We hope that this got a few appetites wet in  hopes of a rustic floor for their very own homes or businesses!

Monday, October 10, 2011


Now that we have won the first game against the Cardinals, it makes our giveaway even more exiting! We are that much closer to the World Series and in celebration, we would love to give Brewer's fans and fans of Schmidt Custom Floors something really great!  "Like" our facebook page (not the status, but the actual business page) and you will see the official contest rules!

Thursday, June 30, 2011