Renovation Made Easy With Sweeten

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You’ve been on the hunt for the perfect New York Apartment. You’ve looked far and wide and finally, you find one that’s right for you. Except for one little issue- it hasn’t been renovated in over 40 years. Updating a home is easy with Sweeten, the free New York City- based renovation service that matches homeowners with general contractors. Take a look at how two renovators brought their kitchens to the 21st century.

Fabio and Melina’s lease on a 550-square foot apartment was quickly coming to a close, and so was Melina’s due date. After three months of searching, they came across a two-bedroom Carnegie Hill apartment that was in an ideal location. The condition, not so much. It was occupied by a single family for 40 years and had all its original fixtures. Fabio and Melina found Sweeten in an online search for contractors and quickly posted about their project. As their move-in date was not flexible, they chose a Sweeten contractor they felt a connection with and trusted would get the job done on time.

With a love for cooking, Fabio and Melina focused on creating a kitchen in which they can work together. The contractor was happy to accommodate their vision while also making sure the ideas were practical. Demolition began as soon as Fabio and Melina closed on the apartment. They began with widening the kitchen entryway to allow more light into the dining area.

As they spend a lot of time cooking, they didn’t want to incorporate bold colors that they would grow tired of. Thus, they chose black cabinets with contrasting patterned ceramic floor tiles. They splurged on heavy-duty appliances and added a farmhouse sink.

To maximize prep space and to accommodate a semi-professional espresso machine, they added London Grey countertops on opposite sides of the kitchen. They were excited to have double the storage space compared of their rental!

On top of a full kitchen renovation, the contractors helped Fabio and Melina replace the flooring throughout the apartment and update the bathroom and closets. While the team hit a few roadblocks, the contractors were able to resolve the issues and complete the renovation on schedule.

Nancy spent 35 years mentally cataloging her favorite buildings, blocks, and parts on Manhattan. She went to many open houses over the years but never found one that clicked until she decided to buy a place that required a lot of work, even if it meant sacrificing space. She found a 550-square foot apartment in a postwar high-rise that needed a complete refresh. Having known about Sweeten from magazines and colleagues, Nancy went straight to our site. With her clear vision of what the apartment would look like, Nancy found the perfect contractor that was able to give a new life to the space.

The kitchen was a 6-foot-wide galley and needed to include lots of drawer storage. The contractors began with widening the entrance and ordering semi-customizable cabinets up the ceiling. Nancy opted for an induction cooktop on the Organic White countertop to allow space for a dishwasher. To further maximize space, Nancy chose a microwave/ convection oven above the stove. While being traditional with the permanent fixtures, Nancy played around with the wallpaper, fabrics, lighting, and other decorative items throughout the apartment.

We are happy to work with renovator’s budgets and help match them with a contractor that understands their vision. Updating an old apartment is no easy feat, but with a little help, any space can be transformed.

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