Friday, July 22, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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A mid-century inspired kitchen island designed by Wake the Tree Furniture Co. (via Design Milk)

– Here’s one way to build a kitchen island if you don’t have the space.

– There’s a new conceptual ad for the upcoming IKEA x Hay collection. What did I just watch?

– Sweeten finds: modern Basquiat-esque encaustic cement tiles from clé.

Playful grout colors that pop and add contrast to white tiles.

– In case you missed it #ICYMI,  Apartment Therapy shows love for the mid-century inspired decor in this sweetened, airy Brooklyn living room! 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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K.V. Harper, a strategy director in advertising, purchased a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath duplex in Brooklyn’s hip Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in 2013. For a year thereafter, the industry influencer lived out of a rental in the building while major renovations were underway. Read on down for a complete look at the sweetened backyard deemed “the ultimate urban getaway” by culture and design blog AphroChic.

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If you’re redesigning your shower, it’s good to remember that a successful design relies on both aesthetics and practicality. Some showers lean too far one way or the other. The minimal approach of floor-to-ceiling tile in the shower surround can be beautiful—but where does one keep the shampoo? Showers with windows placed squarely in the center, while benefitting from natural light and added ventilation, sometimes have just the window ledge strip as the only available shelf. And if you’re going all-glass, your storage options will be on public display. Here are a few ways to design with storage in mind.

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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 Upper East Side Studio Apartment

upper east side apartment

Asking: $310,000

What we love: Heart of the UES, separate kitchen and dressing areas, windowed bath, street and sky views, hardwood flooring in good condition, crown moulding, and of course–that price.

What we’d do: Start with $20k for a gut renovation of the kitchen to bring in new floors, cabinets, and appliances—replacing all outdated materials with unique finishes. We’d also love to see the bath transformed with an eye toward bright tile, a modern toilet, and more storage in the vanity and medicine cabinet. $15k is a helpful starting point for bathroom renovations in NYC. (more…)

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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An apartment with “robotic” furniture designed by Ori (via Fast Co. Design)

– Cool news of the day: this company is prototyping furniture that morphs into a bedroom, office, and living room at the press of a button. Robotics for interior design, anyone?

– How to take your staircase to another level (ok, ok…pun intended).

– Sweeten finds: is it end-of-days for gigantic window air conditioners? Coming in 2017…

– You do have to commit to perfectly folded towels, but we love these beautiful and functional bathroom vanities with open shelving.

– In case you missed it #ICYMI, there’s a contentious Apartment Therapy debate underway on Blane’s sweetened Brooklyn kitchen! What’s your pick: old cherry cabinets or new white cabinets? 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 years after Kelly purchased her studio apartment in a lovely Brooklyn Heights co-op, she was ready to take on a major overhaul of the old appliances and cheap cabinets in the kitchen and bath. Unsure of the style she was after, Kelly sought the help of a designer who could run with big transformations to her little abode. Read on for our reveal of Kelly’s sparkling new kitchen, bathroom, and bonus closet renovations!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Meet the Contractor: Eduardo

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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 Eduardo!

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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.

Four-Bedroom Steal in Hamilton Heights

Hamilton Heights four-bedroom

Asking: $399,000

What we love: Unusually affordable co-op boasting 1,100 square feet of living space, lovely light from southern and eastern exposures, a flexible floorplan, additional plumbing for a second bath, pre-war details, and loads of hidden potential.

What we’d do: Depending on budget and needs, we’d gut renovate the kitchen for sure, starting from scratch with all new selects from the floors to ceiling lighting. Plan to start with $20k for a basic kitchen renovation in NYC. Assume the bathroom needs some attention too, so set aside another $15k for a full renovation there. If you’re up for renovating the entire home, plan for $150-200 per square foot. (more…)

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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Midtown outdoor terrace furnished by landscape designers (via The New York Times)

– Summer is here! This NYT piece on how to to furnish your terrace or backyard seems a bit out of reach for the average New Yorker. Check out our guide to landscaping costs!

Dwell’s new redesign emulates the Pinterest board model. Thoughts?

– Sweeten finds: cheerful yellow peonies wallpaper from Hygge & West!

– Loving all these built-in shower shelf design ideas – it’s the perfect solution for in-shower storage (see these modern marble niches in Ellen’s sweetened bath).

– In case you missed it #ICYMI, Holly and Christian’s sweetened, stylish West Village 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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Gregg and Kelly were right where they wanted to be. The couple had just closed on a sought-after two-bedroom in a very popular Brooklyn co-op. But there was a big nagging problem lurking in the “heartbeat” of their home: severely dated decor wrapped in really bad wiring. The new homeowners just couldn’t focus on a future in their new apartment when the kitchen was so obviously stuck in the dark. Read on down for Gregg’s take on their sleek new kitchen renovation!

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