We constantly hear from new homeowners and prospective buyers that electrical upgrades might be needed for a decades- or century-old apartment or townhouse, but “electrical work” is one of those vague terms that can mean anything from installing a light fixture to replacing a building’s internal wiring. Because electrical magic happens behind walls, forecasting the extent and cost can be a big challenge and a big question if you’re budgeting for a renovation or for a new home purchase. Read on for nitty gritty budget basics of electrical work and potential costs!

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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.

Washington Heights Two-Bedroom

washington heights two bedroom for sale

Asking: $335,000

What we love: Flexible floorplan, nearly 10 foot ceilings, southern sun exposures and extra windows, residential perks, all on a tree-lined street.

What we’d do: While the kitchen already offers some visual appeal (stainless appliances, big window, exposed brick), it needs proper cabinet and work space. Plan to start with $20k for a basic kitchen renovation in NYC and set aside $15k for updates in the bathroom. (more…)

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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An apartment with hidden furniture (via Contemporist)

Embracing tiny living as a way of life.

– A contemporary apartment with cool hidden walls (have you seen what’s hidden behind Casey and Kumar’s wall in Clinton Hill?)

Crate & Barrel is getting in on the exclusive paint game (joining West Elm with Sherwin Williams, Pottery Barn with Benjamin Moore, and Restoration Hardware’s in-house line)!

–  Glass cabinets, brass and gold details, and mixed materials are some new kitchen trends (our readers’ all-time fave kitchen has all these elements)! 

–In case you missed it #ICYMI, Mario and Joe’s sweetened, spacious Clinton Hill 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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When Laura uploaded seventeen “before” photos to her Sweeten project post, a few things were very clear: if you could look past the black-paint-encrusted kitchen cabinets and cracked purple bath tiles, these Aussie expats had the makings of a spacious apartment with oversize windows in one of Brooklyn’s loveliest little neighborhoods. But the home’s tight nooks made it hard to even get a clear “before” photo of any one room. The layout was segmented with lots of little walls and doors, the parquet flooring had long ago given way, and the bathroom was filled with miniaturized fixtures. With sights set on a summer wedding and juggling all of the budget demands that come with new homeownership, we introduced Laura and Matthew to Sweeten Expert Santiago for a kitchen, bathroom, ceiling and flooring renovation in their Clinton Hill co-op!

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“This was definitely a dream on a budget and Sweeten Expert Santiago and his incredible team really made that happen! The Sweeten process and people were amazing and we really can’t thank them enough for all of their help. We are gearing up for 70 Australians to come to our wedding – SO SO excited to show them what we have created!”

– Laura, Brooklyn homeowner

The plans were ambitious but clear: demolish the kitchen wall to unite the kitchen, dining, and living rooms, re-build cabinetry and replace all finishes, gut the bathroom, clear out popcorn ceilings, and redo the floors. The demolition would leave a support column in place and center entertaining and seating around a new island, all in an entirely upgraded space. (more…)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Meet the Contractor: Aleks

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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 Aleks!

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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.

Bright Studio in Lower Manhattan

lower manhattan studio apartment

Asking: $399,000

What we love: Tree-top views and natural light, eat-in kitchen, proximity to vibrant neighborhoods of lower Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn.

What we’d do: Take on the windowed kitchen and add new flooring throughout the apartment.  Expect to start with a budget of around $20k for a basic kitchen renovation in NYC, and plan for $20 to $35 per square foot for new floors. The bath isn’t pictured–a safe assumption it needs some attention, too. Set aside a starting point of $15k for a full bathroom facelift. (more…)

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Friday, April 22, 2016

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Cocoon-shaped bookshelf (via Bookworm)

– Need proof that a few simple essentials can make for an inspiring kitchen? Rent Julia Child’s Provence kitchen in France.

Wood flooring designed with a gradient shadow…hit or miss?

– Bibliophiles, you’ll love this bookshelf cocoon-chair hybrid.

–  Can’t stop looking at these statement-making wallpapers (check out Hissan and Sophia’s intricate gray sheen wallpaper)! 

–In case you missed it #ICYMI, our tips on creating a functional laundry closet in small spaces on Food52! 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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After five years of renting their Brooklyn one-bedroom from a fellow resident, Molly Bloom and Jonathan Schultz got a rare renters’ opportunity: they bought the apartment straight from their landlord! They loved the building’s close community of neighbors and were excited to be new parents in a co-op full of young families. There was no debate about which project they’d tackle first: the bathroom was ringed with original orange creamsicle tiles and filled with creaky old fixtures. Read on for Molly’s take on their modern Ditmas Park bathroom renovation.

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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 in Astoria

one bedroom astoria apartment

Asking: $334,000

What we love: Center of Astoria, flexible floorplan, large rooms, gleaming hardwoods, partial skyline views, Western exposures, laundry and other amenities.

What we’d do: The kitchen has a number of new features but enough space for more thoughtful storage and finishes. We’d remove upper cabinets by the window to extend the space, replace the floors and counters, add a backsplash, and upgrade all appliances. $20k is a good starting point for a basic kitchen renovation in NYC. The bathroom also looks newly re-done, but if it’s not your style, set aside $15k to start with a basic gut renovation there, too.
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Friday, April 15, 2016

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IKEA VR Experience on Steam (via The Verge)

– IKEA is venturing into virtual reality (VR) with a kitchen remodeling pilot app…interesting that it’s on a gaming platform?

– Is marble too expensive or not durable enough for your kitchen renovation? Here is Food52’s roundup of marble outside the kitchen.

– Sign us up for a pair of Pantone footwear.

One Kings Lane breaks it down on how to add texture to a room (see how Mario and Joe added visual texture by layering rugs in their Clinton Hill Co-op apartment)! 

– In case you missed it #ICYMI, Sweeten got a shoutout in Goop. Fancy!

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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