A Pre-War Update with Sweeten

Welcome to New York, a city full of landmarked buildings with outdated, pre-war apartments. With the help of Sweeten, the free New York City-based renovation service that matches homeowners with the perfect general contractor, these apartments are given a 21st-century upgrade.

Come on into Cat and Jordan’s 1,000 square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath co-op apartment in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Their apartment had uneven walls, old cherry cabinets, a non-functioning fireplace, old parquet with a shiny yellow varnish, and an all-together old space.

The goal was simple: create a simple, sleek, elegant but functional design while preserving the traditional elements of the prewar apartment. They chose satin-finished dark grey cabinetry custom built by the contractor with contrasting Frosty Carrina counters and backsplash. Due to space constrictions, Cat and Jordan decided on a peninsula that holds kitchenware and cookware on one side and napkins, cookbooks and more on the other.

In addition, they built a standalone reverse L-shaped bar that complements the style and shape of the peninsula. It makes for the perfect gathering location when hosting and a smooth transition from the kitchen to living room.

Each of the drawers have carved-out pull tabs rather than handles for a streamlined look. Cat’s favorite addition? The drawer interiors are made of natural walnut, complete with perfectly sized compartments for silverware.

To add a touch of character, Cat found Moroccan tiles in black, white, and grey hues. The tiles were extended to the fireplace flooring to really tie the two rooms together. In addition, they designed a new fireplace mantel with clean lines and built-in bookshelves. The walls were skim coated and painted, the floors stripped and refinished and the apartment instantly became light and bright!

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