First-time homeowners Jill and Aaron landed a sunlit co-op (with parking!) in Prospect Heights. The downside seemed daunting: a faux-wood-and-laminate-counter combo in the 1960s kitchen and thick gray tile throughout the small bathroom. With no idea where to start and trepidation about finding a contractor online, Jill came to Sweeten to hire a team who could re-think their galley kitchen and gut the old bathroom. Read on for Jill’s take on their bright new space!
Guest post by Jill in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (more…)
Project: Renovate a dark master bathroom in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
When advertising executives Lia Wollen and Chris Wollen made the leap to homeownership, they didn’t have to go far. A waterfront condo, just four blocks from their Williamsburg rental, called to them with bridge views and appealing amenities. After envisioning the possibility of a townhouse, square footage in the two-bedroom was a concern, but with a stunning kitchen and bathroom renovation, plus strategic spending and saving in a few key spots, Sweeten helped them make this home their own (with time to spare for the arrival of a new baby this winter!). Read on for Lia’s take on this beautiful project.
Guest post by Williamsburg homeowner Lia Wollen (more…)
We’re thankful for the many families who have welcomed us into their homes throughout the year, sharing personal styles and lessons learned during major renovations. The kitchens we’ve toured have much in common—variations on tile, stone, cabinetry, and appliances all with a universal goal of creating a daily space for food and family and friends. In celebration of the room that gets your Thanksgiving dinner on the table, here are a few kitchens with all the trimmings that found stand-out ways to welcome, create, and clean up.
Racing to line up an ambitious renovation before closing on a dated co-op in Woodside, Queens, Maria, a financial reporting director at a major media company, and Eric, the owner and Creative Director at broadcast design studio General Idea, expected “pain and horror” as first-time renovators. They’d linked up with an architectural designer and came to Sweeten to find a general contractor to overhaul all 850 square feet of their new two-bedroom apartment.
With an entire townhouse to renovate and a baby boy on the way, a Brooklyn designer took on broken windows and fire hazards with “completely nuts-o” patterns and prints and an Airstream-inspired kitchen. Read on to see what happens when you give a designer the keys to a total fixer-upper.
Guest post by Kensington homeowner and interior designer Meredith (more…)