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With Hartel Homes’ 7 point promise, we create an enjoyable remodeling experience.

1.FOCUS: When our team gets on your job, we stay committed to it all the way through. Consistent workflow on your project is something we take very seriously. With us on the job, you will never look around and say, “Where is my contractor?!” If we say we’ll be there, we’ll be there. Your calls and e-mails will also be returned promptly. We know you have a busy schedule and we do our best not to disrupt it.

2. PEACE OF MIND: Our employees and trade partners are experienced, courteous, clean and drug-free. You can rest assured; your home is in great hands while we’re working on your project. We’re registered with the state, always use permits where required and carry all the necessary insurance to protect you and your home.

3. CLEANLINESS: Your job site, and any other part of your home we encounter, will be broom-swept at the end of every day. Your floors and furniture will be fully protected around the work area. Remodeling is dirty work, but we make every effort possible to keep dust to an absolute minimum. We have the utmost respect for your home and we want our work to interfere with your life as little as possible.

4. QUALITY: Sure, everyone says it, but to us it means our job is not finished until every detail is completed and you are not just satisfied, but thrilled with the final product. And we back it up with our 1-year warranty on workmanship. To us, details matter.

5. COMMUNICATION: You have direct contact, throughout the project, with the project management team who will ensure your job goes according to plan. We are always available to you by phone, email or text – whatever you prefer. We will listen to you and your ideas and give honest, practical advice when needed.

6. ORGANIZATION: You will receive a detailed proposal outlining exactly what will be completed on your project and a schedule with a solid start and finish date. We use detailed checklists, specification spreadsheets and standard operating procedures to minimize any miscommunication. There are a lot of moving pieces in a remodel but our methods make it easy for you.

7. REPUTATION: We have worked very hard to maintain our stellar reputation over the years. We are a 5-star contractor and plan to keep it that way. So please, look us up on Google and Facebook, read our testimonials and ask to talk to our many satisfied clients. You’re sure to find happy faces and beautiful spaces wherever we’ve been! We are not just looking to finish this project and be on our way. We treat each one of our clients like a part of our family and strive to be your Remodeler for Life.

Meet Our Team

Michael Hartel is the Founder behind the coveted brand Hartel Homes that clients have come to associate with unparalleled home remodeling.

Before finding his passion for renovation, Michael earned his Masters and Ph.D in engineering from the University of Florida. He worked in the semiconductor industry for several years before trying his hand at remodeling and flipping houses.

His tasteful design and eye for quality work helped transform a profitable hobby into a full time career. Now, he’s a licensed Realtor® in Texas and an active member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). He’s also the owner and founder of Cabinets Plus USA, a local cabinet and countertop company.

Since entering the wonderful world of building renovations, Michael has left his unique stamp on dozens of homes around Austin.

On his days off, you can find Michael exploring nature with his dog and fiance or traveling some hidden corner of the world.

Nathan Spencer is joint owner and managing partner of Hartel Homes. His natural talent for construction began early in life and he even founded his own company at age 18.

​Eventually, Nathan sold his company to pay for his education where he decided to explore other interests. He graduated from Fort Lewis College with a B.S. in Geology but ultimately returned to what he knew and loved best – remodeling and construction.

Nathan’s excellent interpersonal skills motivate his team to work together so projects run smoothly and ensure clients are always happy with the service they receive.

When he’s not keeping his team accountable to the high standards of Hartel Homes, you can find Nathan scaling a treacherous ridge on his mountain bike or belting out a soulful tune during karaoke.

As a young man, Merrill Spencer began with humble roots in commercial lighting but quickly climbed up the ranks to become a project manager for one of the top 10 nationwide builders.

These days, Merrill brings over 40 years of construction expertise and project management experience to Hartel Homes. From building roads to convenience stores and restaurants to custom homes – he’s done it all.

Over the years, Merrill has owned and operated several successful construction businesses and offers Hartel Homes the unrivaled standards that only decades of experience can offer.

When he’s not inspiring his team and expertly coordinating all the moving parts of construction, Merrill’s channeling his creative energy into recording music and playing the cello and piano.

Rob Kyle started off in the construction industry painting homes for a union contractor before learning to install residential and commercial electrical systems.

Through his hands on training, Rob learned the sequence of work in building construction and decided to tackle his biggest project yet. While some DIYers end up with disastrous results, Rob proved to everyone and himself that he knew what he was doing by using his arsenal of skills to build his own home.

After that, it was all downhill from there. Rob was able to land commercial jobs for building a car dealership, a mega church, office buildings, restaurants and more.

However, his true passion is working on more personalized projects in the residential sector like building new homes, remodels and room additions.

When he’s not working on a new space, Rob’s feeding his inner book nerd with more history of Texas or blowing off steam trail riding and hiking.


Austin’s Modern Home Builder


“Quality work from people you can trust! Whatever your needs are they can help, call these folks, they are top notch!”


“So rare to work with a group that genuinely cares about your overall experience as well as the fine details of the finished product. The prices were great…but the experience put it over the top.”


“They helped me remodel the kitchen and bath at my high rise listing in downtown Austin. Everything looks beautiful! The process was quick and I am extremely satisfied. Everyone was great to work with. Got the condo sold quickly, with multiple offers, over list!”


“I have enjoyed working with Michael on several projects. He cares about the outcome and ensures the job is done right. Thanks Michael!”


“Great people to work with. They care about your project & deliver quality products and services!”


“Michael and his team are great. Quality work, affordable pricing and very professional.”


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