This week, we took a swing through Manhattan’s West Side to check in on a big shake-up of a Midtown West apartment. Megha Desai, who runs a marketing company, came to Sweeten after nine years of living in her two-bed, two-and-a-half bath condo. Megha loved the place but was ready for a refresh – and after talking to friends in the industry who shared similar ideas for taking down walls and unifying the living area, this little refresh plan ultimately grew to include major demolition and construction. If this were a quiz that made you match the before photo to the after photo, we would probably fail – this is truly an eye-opening dining, kitchen, and bath renovation!

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Here on the Sweeten blog, we aim to translate insight from NYC renovators and contractors into information you can use to make better decisions about improving your home. If you are looking to remodel an outdated or less-than-functional bathroom in New York (where showers, sinks, and toilets are mere centimeters apart), chances are good that your space limits the choices you can make and puts pressure on multi-functional pieces. New Yorkers place extra demands on sink vanities: all-purpose storage and prep-for-the-day spaces in a land free of actual linen closets. This week: we’ve rounded up a few of our most favorite (and all-around most compact) bathroom vanities and sinks from Sweeten renovation projects.

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This week, we took a swing through Park Slope for a tour of a boom-era New York bathroom that had understandably gone bust in the intervening, oh, 80 or so years. Elinor and Joel lived with the bathroom’s pros and cons and got to know it’s fickle personality well before posting their project on Sweeten, so they were more than ready to get going when we introduced them to Sweeten Expert Niki to design and build a new bath with a strong link back to its roots. Read on down for this Brooklyn couple’s take on the process of bringing their vintage bathroom into the modern era.

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Guest post by Elinor in Park Slope

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Here on the Sweeten blog, we aim to translate insight from NYC renovators and contractors into information you can use to make better decisions about improving your home. We don’t often pay much mind to sinks — one of life’s least-entertaining chores is the main reason to spend time near one — but a few New York kitchen renovations have made us re-think this central fixture, and we have been pleasantly surprised to learn that there is a lot we didn’t know. Should you go under-mount or up-mount? Cast-iron or fire clay? Single bowl or double bowl? This week: we’ve rounded up a few stylish kitchen sinks from Sweeten renovations.

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This week, we’re off to Crown Heights for a look at a rare creature in New York City – a full-blown, in-home work studio! NYC is known and loved for its talented artist and theater professionals, but not so much for apartments that can accommodate big thinking and creative work. Colin and Orli, scenic and costume designers in Brooklyn, posted their project on Sweeten to find a general contractor for a long list of upgrades throughout their apartment that would help them live and work in a creative and unconventional space. We introduced them to Sweeten Expert Pedro to set the stage for the renovation. Read on down for this artistic couple’s take on the process of bringing their work studio to life.

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Guest post by Colin McGurk and Orli Nativ, homeowners in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

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Here on the Sweeten blog, we aim to translate insight from NYC renovators and contractors into information you can use to make better decisions about improving your home. One surprising lesson we’ve learned from more than a few great kitchen renovations is that appliances don’t have to fade into the background of a beautiful space – they can play a starring role. The stove, in particular, is a workhorse fixture that can double as the centerpiece of a thoughtful kitchen, sometimes even worth designing around altogether, and a big signal of a newly-renovated kitchen for anyone who might be looking at re-sale value. This week: we’ve rounded up a few of those unlikely “star” kitchen stove appliances from Sweeten renovation projects.

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Here, we have one of those before and afters that is a bit hard to believe at first look. Lee Hoffman, the CEO and founder of the photo-sharing app Memoir, bought a 1+ bedroom, 1 bathroom co-op in Midtown East last year. The original kitchen and bathroom were beyond a little forlorn; the kitchen was hidden behind a walled entryway – more of a hallway than a room. This might have been initially helpful given its 1978 vintage, but not ideal in an apartment that depended on the kitchen window for extra light in the living room. And we can only assume that this bathroom had seen better days, right? Lee did months and months of research on ways to update the space and came to Sweeten to find a contractor who could give some serious attention to this unloved little kitchen and bath pair. We sent Sweeten Expert Evros to handle things, envisioning some nice new cabinets and tile – the usual works. We definitely did not see this whole new look coming!

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Here on the Sweeten blog, we aim to translate insight from NYC renovators and contractors into information you can use to make better decisions about improving your home. Here is a rundown of a few of our favorite kitchen countertops from Sweeten projects: gorgeous photos plus a little nerdy renovation research, all below.

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We’re back this week with a Brooklyn family of three to take a look at their complete bathroom renovation. Robyn and Alejandro took a personal approach to renovating the kitchen in their Columbia Waterfront District condo and continued the overhaul in the bathroom with a mix of classic materials and an unexpected pop of color in two unconventional places. Like the kitchen, the bathroom was beyond salvageable when they found the place. Serious damage included peeling walls and temporary storage that could not withstand the room’s moisture. This project was a true family affair on both sides: we sent Sweeten Experts Paulina and Albert to rip out the interior walls and replace all of the fixtures, and Paulina’s father, Andrzej, lent his considerable talents to help Robyn and Alejandro open up and modernize their bathroom with a trio of new tiles and a full set of whiz bang fixtures.

Before & After: Robyn and Alejandro’s Brooklyn Bathroom Renovation – Sweetened!

“In all instances, Paulina came to the table with a small detail that ended up completely making the space work for us – just brilliant.”

- Robyn, Brooklyn homeowner

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Each week, we aim to translate insight from NYC homeowners and contractors into information you can use to make better decisions about improving your home. This week: a look at a few of our favorite backsplash choices from Sweeten projects to show how simple elements can make a kitchen distinctive and beautiful.

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