Friday, September 23, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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Island cabinetry by Plain English (via Remodelista)

Plain English, a bespoke British cabinet design company, is now in the US! Cabinetry is made to order at the company’s farm estate in Suffolk before shipping. Fancy!

– Jenny Komenda always has good stuff on her blog, but we especially like this high-low round-up of matte black door hardware.

– Sweeten finds: a double-bowl, stainless steel apron-front sink from Kohler.

A chevron accent wall can bring texture and color in the form of any material (check out this ivory and stone gray chevron marble backsplash in Holly’s sweetened Greenwich Village kitchen!).

– In case you missed it #ICYMI, 105 Apartment Therapy commenters love this sweetened Brooklyn apartment transformation! Read more about the renovation and product sources here.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Historic Rowhouse Wreck Ready for Renters

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Looking for a “bring your architect” wreck, Jerry and Janet fell for a brownstone with a stately presence and a virtually unsalvageable interior. This is the story of a once-glorious before with a stunning after, more than a year in the making. Read on down to see how this couple honored the building’s original architecture and also made room for modern conveniences and an almost-all-IKEA kitchen!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Top Five Fixer-Uppers On The Market In NYC

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We can’t be the only New Yorkers who love to scour real estate listings in our spare time. Here’s our weekly take on NYC properties with big promise.

Prospect Heights Studio Apartment

prospect heights studio

Asking: $385,000

What we love: Solid Brooklyn location on a tree-lined street, exposed brick and decorative fireplace, high ceilings, closet space to spare, pre-war co-op building, gorgeous hardwood floors, and separate kitchen.

What we’d do: Looks like this kitchen has some relatively recent updates (and a washer-dryer combo!) but a half fridge is not going to cut it for some. We’d take a long look at layout options and see whether two adjacent closets offer any alternatives for expanding and renovating the kitchen. A basic kitchen renovation in NYC typically starts at the $20k mark but may cost more if you are moving walls or plumbing lines. We’d also like to see fresh finishes in the bathroom, from floor and wall tiles to a new vanity sink with storage, mirror, and shower hardware. For bathroom renovations, assume a starting budget of around $15k. (more…)

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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The Dishmaster Imperial faucet (via NYTimes)

– This real estate titan has installed a retro soap and water mix Dishmaster faucet in every kitchen renovation she’s ever done, and you can still buy it!

– FLOR just added three new colors to their cult classic “vintage vibe” carpet—a modern take on the traditional Moroccan Beni Ourain rug.

– Sweeten finds: light fixtures modeled on chandeliers from international opera houses by Lasvit.

These built-in bookshelves discreetly hide an extra room (see how Frans and Dalal used sliding accordion doors to hide secret storage in their sweetened Manhattan studio).

– In case you missed it #ICYMI, Apartment Therapy commenters raved about the great use of space in this sweetened Clinton Hill Co-op bedroom! Read more about the renovation and product sources here.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.

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Two newlyweds came to Sweeten for help finding a general contractor with design expertise to update and brighten their two-bedroom co-op on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Read on down to see a classically sweetened kitchen, master bath, and powder room!

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Top Five Fixer-Uppers On The Market In NYC

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We can’t be the only New Yorkers who love to scour real estate listings in our spare time. Here’s our weekly take on NYC properties with big promise.

Park Slope Studio Apartment

park slope studio

Asking: $350,000

What we love: Quaint little co-op in a prized Brooklyn location, high ceilings, crown mouldings, generous kitchen and bath size by studio standards, double sun exposures, and garden views.

What we’d do: The kitchen’s hardwood floors are lovely but cabinets, counters, and appliances probably need a full upgrade and some thoughtful design to highlight natural light from multiple windows. Plan to start with $20k for a basic kitchen renovation. The bathroom appears to have a modern and roomy vanity in place, but tiles and bath hardware need replacement. Set aside another $15k for a bathroom facelift.

Lastly, we’d remove all wall-to-wall carpeting. New wood flooring costs in NYC generally run between $20 and $35 per square foot.
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Friday, September 9, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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FITMENTS lamp designed by Levantin Design (via Design Milk)

– These exposed geometric lamps add a pop of color and playfulness to a space!

– Love seeing vintage stoves back in action (the red Chamber is a show stopper)!

– Sweeten finds: a bold maraschino-red double bowl sink from the Elkay Quartz Luxe collection.

– More good news for design enthusiasts! Hudson-based Hawkins New York opened its first NYC store in the West Village.

– In case you missed it #ICYMI, multiple Apartment Therapy commenters vote this sweetened Clinton Hill Co-op kitchen renovation as the best they’ve ever seen. Read more about the renovation and product sources here.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.

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For Frans, a real estate broker, and his wife, Dalal, downsizing from a 2,500 square foot Flatiron District loft to a one-bathroom studio in neighboring Gramercy Park raised only one challenge: Where to put the mudroom! Size was hardly an issue for this unflappable couple, who set out to fit a few custom features into a much lower-maintenance space and came to Sweeten for a general contractor who could bring the vision together. Read on to see how they made room for a mudroom, master closets, and sleeping space for four in this mighty studio!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Meet the Contractor: Charles

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Sweeten handpicks the best local general contractors for major renovations. The screening process can be a bit technical (licensing, insurance, references, portfolios, experience and beyond…!) but we love getting to know these experts and want to share their stories with you – where they’re from, what they love most about construction, and what renovation challenges they face. Today, meet Charles!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Top Five Fixer-Uppers On The Market In NYC

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We can’t be the only New Yorkers who love to scour real estate listings in our spare time. Here’s our weekly take on NYC properties with big promise.

Sunny One-Bedroom East Village Co-op

east village co-op

Asking: $399,000

What we love: Southern exposures, true one-bedroom with high ceilings, charming details, pet-friendly co-op, attractive sales price, and superb location on a popular tree-lined East Village street.

What we’d do: The kitchen clearly needs a complete restoration / renovation (is there any way to hold onto that vintage stove?) but it’s a bit hard to tell from the photos how much work is required elsewhere. Plan to start with $20k if you’re focused on the kitchen, and think about a starting point of $150-200 per square foot for a complete gut renovation of the whole place. So much exciting potential here!

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