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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.


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“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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