An NYC Apartment Meets An Aging-In-Place Renovation

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Renovating a home can be fun, but how do you make sure that the design you choose will accommodate people of all ages? This was the question on Marie and John’s minds when they decided to move back to NYC after living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. for many years.

Their first grandchild was born in Brooklyn in 2014, which is when the idea was hatched for these NYC natives to move back to the Big Apple. When John retired in 2017, the couple decided to take the plunge and look for a place in the city.

They settled on a 3-bed, 1.5-bath co-op in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn. Their apartment lies close to Prospect Park, as well as their five children. While the couple loved the bones of the space, the design left much to be desired. John and Marie posted their project on Sweeten and were paired up with an architect to help them create the perfect “aging-in-place” oasis.

With the help of their Sweeten architect, Marie and John decided to remove the kitchen wall to open up the space. In addition, pocket doors were added so that the three exposures could bring more natural light into the apartment. The architect added several features to make the entire space more accessible and comfortable such as additional closets for storage space and moisture- and heat-resistant Caesarstone kitchen countertops.

Tall dining room cabinets replaced the former closets and the common space was reconfigured to maximize space for cooking and entertaining.

Hardwood was laid in the kitchen to match the living room and unify the open-plan living area. A deep crimson glass tile backsplash adds “the extra special spark to our grey kitchen," says Marie. “Based on our own past experience, we chose quartz countertops,” she adds. “The fact that it is practically indestructible met our desire for a low-maintenance lifestyle.”

Accent tiles in the shower floor and niche add vibrancy to the tranquil bathroom. A long safety bar was installed to provide additional stability when showering—a very useful age-in-place feature.  

“Our new space feels comfortable and cozy,” says Marie. “The natural light combined with our light fixtures make it a happy place to live. We feel very much at home…like we have been here for a long time.” Rest assured, Marie, you and John will be able to live in your beautifully renovated, aging-in-place apartment for many years to come.

For more Sweeten renovations: No Muss, No Fuss, in Sweeten We Trust | A Brooklyn Brownstone Gets Its Design Flipped Upside-Down with Sweeten

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