We’re back in Brooklyn for round two of Chris and Amber’s home renovation! Last week, Chris shared a detailed account of their lovely kitchen renovation, and this week we’re lucky enough to get another tour featuring two vitally important areas of their Ditmas Park home. Read on for a new take on how they made way for a second bedroom and squeezed in a full bathroom renovation, all just in time to welcome a new baby!

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Guest post by Chris, Ditmas Park homeowner  (more…)

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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Undermount sink designed by Ballingslov (via Contemporist)

Here’s an ode to the underrated undermount.

– A brief history of subway tiles.

– Sweeten finds: perennial lighting favorites from the Schoolhouse Electric spring collection.

– Plenty of obvious beauties in this round-up of kitchen backsplash tiles but some surprisingly delightful laminate picks too!

– In case you missed it #ICYMI, Anne’s sweetened, elegant Brooklyn Heights kitchen is up on Apartment Therapy! 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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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.

Two-Bedroom Co-op in Harlem

harlem co-op apartment

Asking: $200,000

What we love: Corner unit, recent renovations, new oak floors, queen-sized master, north and west exposures, a/c units, ample closet space, intercom system throughout, elevator building, all at that price.

What we’d do: A complete kitchen renovation would add huge value here – plan to start with $20k and swap floor tiles, cabinets, counters, and appliances with modern finishes. The bathroom looks like it may have some updates, but if it’s not your style, another $15k would bring significant upgrades to tiles, fixtures, and other hardware. (more…)

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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IKEA’s new VIKTIGT collection designed by Ingegerd Råman (via Remodelista)

– Heads up, Scandinavian design lovers! You’re going to love IKEA’s new collection of handmade glassware and woven furniture.

– Totally digging the matte brass trend.

– Sweeten finds: a hardwood floor tile with an intricate print pattern.

– Luxurious and minimalist bathroom eye candy (steal the look from Laura’s uptown bath)!

– In case you missed it #ICYMI, Celeste’s sweetened, graphic Park Slope bathroom is up on Apartment Therapy! 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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Finding an affordable two-bedroom and relocating while pregnant plus a toddler in tow proved beyond daunting for this Brooklyn family. So, when they decided to hold off on moving and get creative with their current space instead, we introduced them to an experienced design pair to re-imagine and re-purpose their kitchen and living space. Read on for Chris and Amber’s take on their total kitchen renovation, and check back next week to see what they did with their bath and brand new kids’ room!

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Guest post by Chris, Ditmas Park homeowner (more…)

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Whether your renovation involves a staircase from a 1780 trinity, a colonial rowhouse, or a suburban home from 1980, chances are the staircase you currently have won’t meet today’s building codes. This means that building around and refurbishing what you have may well be kindest on the budget, design, and logistics of your project. We talked to Sweeten Expert Dennis for his take on how to work with a staircase in a home renovation.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Meet the Contractor: Evros

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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 Evros!

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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.

Lovely One-Bedroom in Sunset Park

sunset park apartment
sunset park fixer upper

Asking: $430,000

What we love: Park views, south-facing windows with tons of natural light, new solid oak parquet floors, original moldings, windowed & eat-in kitchen, windowed bath.

What we’d do: The kitchen is generously sized but dated – start with $20k there and focus on new cabinetry, finishes, and lighting.
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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The Petrified Man’s Guide to Home Renovation (via GQ)

– Provocative take on the perception and appeal of the all-white trend.

– GQ’s Petrified Man’s Guide to Home Renovation made me laugh!

– You know you’ve arrived when your real estate listing gets its own website.

–This is how reclaimed wood beams are made (see these beams in Hissan and Sophia’s Brooklyn loft)!

–In case you missed it #ICYMI, Celeste’s sweetened, edgy Park Slope bathroom is up on Apartment Therapy! 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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Four years of wishing and hoping for a modern kitchen and bathroom brought this first-time renovator to Sweeten. Read on for Rima’s take on her brand new Brooklyn renovation!

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Guest post by Rima Rivera, Brooklyn homeowner (more…)