Meet NY Sweeten General Contractor John

by Kelley Rowland

Happy clients, happy contractor

At Sweeten, the experts in our network are experienced contractors and design pros we’d be thrilled to have working in our own homes. We check their licenses, insurance, quality of work, and customer service skills. Trust and open communication are the lifeblood of our free renovation service, and our personal connection to our experts enables us to match you to the best choices for your project. Here, get to know their personalities and click to view their portfolio, including photos from past work and client reviews, so that you can hire the right team and renovate with confidence.


Check out John’s portfolio here

Where are you from and how long have you been in construction?

I’m from Albania, and I’ve been in construction for eight years.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love to see my clients’ satisfaction when I transform their apartments, when they’re happy at the end, and they’re excited to see their new space. When my clients are happy—that’s my favorite thing about what I do. 

What is the biggest challenge about renovating in New York?

The biggest challenge would be working with management companies. That is the biggest challenge, getting the board approvals and things of that nature. Clients sometimes are not aware of that.

What do you think is the biggest misconception that homeowners have when starting a renovation project?

Budget. Clients need a better understanding of what the projects cost. I do love explaining that to them and sharing that with them. Also, Sweeten does a great job, too.

What do you want all of your clients to know before you work with them?

What I want my clients to know is that they aren’t working with a designer or architect, they should at least have a vision of what they want in their projects. I want them to be realistic about their visions and expectations.

What is your favorite New York City building?

The Empire State Building is very special to me. My cousin took me there when I was 8 years old. I had never seen anything like it before. We took another family member from Albania there too.

What is your favorite New York City restaurant?
Taverna Kyclades in Astoria, Queens.

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