Before & After: Henry’s East Village Condo Renovation

This week, we ventured just a ways up the street from Sweeten’s NYC headquarters to the East Village for a tour of a gut-renovated one bed, one bath co-op. This place was — to use the technical term — a disaster. As the apartment’s new owner, Henry, was clear to note in his Sweeten project post, the kitchen was destroyed, the bathroom was destroyed, the living room was destroyed…the whole place needed modern re-design and upgrades that would improve flow and use of space. Henry couldn’t move in until work was done, so we introduced him to Sweeten Experts Louie and Menny to manage some serious demolition and rebuilding.

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Henry works for an investment bank in New York City and took an appraising look at the kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom of his new purchase. It wasn’t just that the unit had considerable damage in each room, Henry also saw potential for better use of space and ways to connect the rooms to one another. He planned to remove a dividing wall between the kitchen and living room and re-orient the kitchen so that it would open toward the rest of the apartment and let more light in. Henry also found himself puzzled by decisions the previous owner made in the bathroom. Half of the bath had been lined in faux wood paneling and the other half was inexplicably blocked off by the tub’s entire length. The East Village certainly has plenty of old tenement-building bathrooms, but this was on another level.

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Louie’s team played a big role in suggesting solutions, finalizing layout plans, and selecting materials for this full overhaul. The kitchen wall came down to reveal a generous open living area, and the team installed brand new pre-finished 5″ wide plank wood flooring (from Home Depot) to unite the entire apartment. Henry went with his experts’ consensus that white shaker cabinetry would modernize and brighten the kitchen, and added a masculine, contemporary touch with a mixed material backsplash that incorporates dark and light steel and glass elements.

Louie’s team found the neutral quartz countertop, and floated a five burner Bosch gas stove in the center of the new kitchen peninsula. Henry wanted a hood that wouldn’t stand in the way of the new open plan – extensive online research led him to a heavy-duty but slim and round Sirius stainless steel hood. Henry continued the high-end appliance theme with a Bosch dishwasher and fridge, and added a Kraus single-lever faucet to the sink. Henry joined the impressive ranks of New Yorkers Who Have Laundry IN Their Homes by stowing an LG front-load washer and dryer pair in what would otherwise be an inaccessible kitchen corner. Things of beauty, washers and dryers are.

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In the bathroom, the team ripped out the old tub and put in Italian ceramic floor tiles that mimic a light wood grain finish. Henry decided on a simple and modern half wall and full shower tile, and created a beautiful accent wall with rippled gray tile that suggests flowing water. The shower floor is now anchored with a blue-gray small cube tile. The team added a frameless glass shower door with chrome finishes and and installed a modern, wall-mounted sink vanity that Henry likes for its clean lines and hotel spa look. A set of American Standard shower fixtures, a Toto toilet and a Home Depot lighting fixture keep the new bath feeling bright and modern.

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Henry’s expert team did a lot of cosmetic work to return the living areas and bedroom to full working order. Henry chose a neutral Benjamin Moore gray and loves the tall, streamlined baseboard molding that Louie’s team suggested using. New closet doors with 93″ height doors were added in the bedroom and the apartment’s east-facing windows are now stylishly dressed in warm wood blinds, another standard Home Depot find.

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Thank you, Henry, for inviting us in! We love seeing Louie’s team do their thing and are so glad that we could help you find the right folks for this project.

Kitchen Selects >> wood flooring: 5” wide plank Home Depot / stove: 5-burner Bosch / hood: stainless steel Sirius / dishwasher: Bosch / fridge: Bosch / faucet: single-lever Kraus / washer and dryer: front-load LG

Bathroom Selects >> shower fixtures: American Standard / toilet: Toto / lighting fixture: Home Depot

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  • Isaac

    Woww that’s a professional work
    How can we get in touch with Manny ?

  • Kerry @ Sweeten

    Hey Isaac! Sweeten matches the best design and construction experts with major renovation projects in NYC. If you are planning a renovation in NYC, post your project at sweeten.com and we’ll find contractors who are best suited for the work you want to do. If you especially like the work featured on this blog post, just let us know and we’ll help you decide whether those experts are right for your project.

    Hope that helps to clarify!

    – Kerry @ Sweeten

  • Raul Binghamtough

    I know Louie’s work from many years ago; a true testament to detail regardless of the size and the space. In the duration of three and a half weeks he changed my apartment and in due course, my life with his marvelous renovation. My apartment when finished became a new source of pride, the results were nothing short of the gorgeous work displayed here. The new working relationship seems to hopefully give Louie more time to employ his formidable aesthetic and design talents. I highly recommend him and his dedication to his craft.

  • Tom T

    I’ve always known Louie’s talent. I admit I’m biased but his work speaks for itself

  • Danielle

    What tile was used on the wall in the shower? I love it!

  • margo

    I have a question- is the counter extra high to accommodate under counter washer and dryer?

  • lisa

    This is an amazing transformation!! The apartment is beautiful.

  • Miranda

    Wow- this post is not to be missed! Incredible work and I applaud Henry for his far seeing vision of such a strange, strange apartment. And Inexplicable is right! What was going on with that tub?

    Major Kudos to Louie and Manny for their expert work and demo- this space is unrecognizable and so beautifully edited and designed.

  • Katie

    Where is the sink/vanity in the bathroom from? I love it!

  • Zohreh

    I would also love to know the source of the shower wall tile!

  • Kathy M

    Love tile in the shower. Where is bathroom shower tile from? What brand? Pattern name?
    Thank you

  • Kristin

    I’m also interested in the sink/vanity source…that’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!

  • Greg Kohlhagen

    You can easily find that vanity (which the sink as well….. Sometimes) at major suppliers like Ferguson Supply or IKEA actually has a very similar version. This is a quite common version of a ‘floating vanity’. FYI they do look great but make sure all drawers close properly and also keep in mind they basically leave no counter space which has been a complaint from my tenants and one buyer of a condo we flipped in Chicago

  • Teri

    The thing I do not understand is how a building classified as a condo fall into such disrepair? Would someone please explain this to me in a subsequent post? The difference is … nothing less than remarkable. Excellent investment in a personal residence.

  • Cari

    I would be interested in 1) What is the quartz countertop color/brand? 2) What color is the Benjamin Moore walls
    Thank you

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  • Tirso Molina

    Wish you can help me in Jersey

  • Henry

    Sorry have not been commenting on questions asked.

    The counter is normal height, I believe its 36″, washer and dryer are small units.

    The vanity in the bathroom, shower tile was purchased at Italian Tile NYC on Coney Island ave.

    Quartz I do not remember the brand, but I think there are only 4 around NYC. Paint – benjamin moore revere pewter egg shell.

    It’s actually a co-op. Condo was a typo.

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