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.

Rare Greenwich Village Project

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Asking: $389,000

What we love: Golden 1920s era architecture by famed Emory Roth & Sons, prime West Village locale, beamed ceilings, five-star building amenities, and southern sun exposures.  

What we’d do: If you have the funding and the building is on board, a complete gut renovation of the space would probably start near the $150-$200 per square foot mark. If not, a kitchen gut starting at $20k would add huge value. (more…)

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When a Brooklyn family moved into their new Prospect Heights home, the large living space presented an intriguing but daunting challenge. The condo had been meticulously renovated, so design decisions and new ideas for carving out additional storage were a bit fraught. The new owners loved Mid-Century modern design, but weren’t looking to create a home that felt like a lost episode of Mad Men. With dreams of built-ins and sophisticated furniture (that would still work for kids on the move), they posted their project on Sweeten and met Sweeten Expert Susan, a Manhattan designer.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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James Turrell Sculpture (via Fast Co.Design)

– NYTimes says staging your home before selling may make all the difference to help a home sell faster and for a higher price…verdict?

– Drake’s Hotline Bling neon-illuminated video was actually set in a two-story-tall installation in Midtown Manhattan. Is it just us or is Drake trying to get in on the 2016 Pantone colors of the year?

– Love the idea behind this innovative alarm clock, but wish it was cuter.

Food52 has some thoughts on making a space feel more open without taking down a whole wall (Heather’s sweetened Upper West Side kitchen renovation got the same treatment!).

– In case you missed it, #ICYMI, a sweetened West Village co-op was up for saleSweeten Expert Gennadiy jumped in for a full bath update, and took on kitchen, electrical, and painting work throughout the apartment all at once.

Sweeten handpicks 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 project 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.

East Village Wreck

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Asking: $399,000

What we love: East Village location, top floor light, high ceilings and pre-war details throughout.

What we’d do: Everything – looks like the place needs a total overhaul. Set aside $20k for a starting point in the kitchen, $15k for a basic bathroom renovation, and $150 to $200 per square foot for gut renovating in other rooms.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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Brooklyn apartments clad in metal facades (via NYTimes)

– Metal exteriors are apparently a thing now in Brooklyn.

– Remember those fun floor plans from famous TV shows? Here are more fun real estate renderings from your favorite movies!

– What a beautiful way to showcase small plants.

– Farmhouse sinks: classic beauty or overrated? (Don’t want to follow the trend? Zero-radius and integrated sinks are some stylish kitchen sink options!)

– In case you missed it #ICYMI, Casey and Kumar’s sweetened, ambitious Clinton Hill Co-op apartment renovation was featured on NYMag! Read more about their renovation and product sources here.

Sweeten handpicks 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 project on Sweeten.

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After “countless hours of watching HGTV,” Blane S. started to have big thoughts about ways he might make the kitchen and bathroom in his Ditmas Park/North Midwood condo better. While neither space was in particularly bad shape, he knew when he moved in that he would be plagued by a lack of light in the kitchen, and the bathroom felt mis-matched to modern updates elsewhere in the apartment. With visions of a TV-worthy renovation swirling, he posted his kitchen and bathroom renovation project on Sweeten and we introduced him to Sweeten Experts Andrey and Igor for a camera-ready overhaul.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Top 5 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.

One Bedroom Loft on Columbia Street

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Asking: $595,000

What we love: True loft appeal, exposed wood beams and high ceilings, plus prime location in Brooklyn’s Waterfront District overlooking lower Manhattan.

What we’d do: Set aside $20k as a general starting point to gut renovate the kitchen.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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Floor plan from Rachel and Monica’s Friends apartment (via HiConsumption)

– Thoughtful NYTimes piece on how sound matters and defines architecture with oddly mesmerizing soundscape videos.

Love these fun floor plans from famous TV shows!

– A chic cabinet that sounds the horn, literally.

– Encaustic tiles make Zillow’s list of 2016 home design trends (Sweeten homeowners are early trendsetters in this category!).

– In case you missed it, #ICYMI, Food52 names Sweeten as the to-go for making renovations less scary!

Sweeten handpicks 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 project on Sweeten.

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When Karen and Kevin bought their Upper West Side co-op, they knew there was work to be done. To make the one-bedroom and one-bathroom ready for their family, they hoped to convert a small dining room nook into a nursery for their adorable daughter, Eleanor. Karen, an accountant in the hotel industry, and Kevin, a product manager at a software company, planned to do all renovations before moving in. Approvals took time, and the quest for a contractor stalled as some candidates balked at carving out the nursery space they envisioned. After interviewing several potential teams, Karen posted her apartment renovation project on Sweeten and met Sweeten Expert Pedro, who didn’t bat an eye. “He really genuinely understood what we wanted and thought he could do it,” Karen said.

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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.

One Bedroom Co-op in Tudor City

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Asking: $470,000

What we love: Historical building with East River views, newly restored casement windows, and multiple exposures.

What we’d do: Double food storage and prep space with a full kitchen renovation. $20k is a good starting point for a basic kitchen renovation in NYC and would allow you to re-build a full wall of cabinetry and extend counters and cabinets into the dining area. Safe to assume the bathroom might need some work as well, since it is not pictured in the listing. $15k is a good starting point for a basic bathroom gut in NYC.

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