A Retro-Modern Update With Sweeten
Dog is man’s best friend, or so the saying goes. An addendum: “big dogs require space.” This was the case with Alicia and Ed. After adopting their Rhodesian ridgeback, Roxy, they moved from Manhattan to a 1,400-square foot duplex in Park Slope.
They loved the building, a turn-of-the-century brownstone, but issues had arisen since its conversion into condos ten years before. Although the kitchen had high-end finishes and appliances, the couple wanted to truly make it theirs and add a real wow factor befitting a building this pretty. The look they were going for- a muted, classic design with a modern twist. Knowing they needed help, they turned to Sweeten, a free service that matches homeowners with the perfect contractor for their renovation.
The kitchen had mismatched countertops, dated cabinets, and no space in the fridge for wine. Though it didn’t need a full gut, the kitchen needed a refresh.
In line with the desired aesthetic, Alicia and Ed chose Caesarstone’s Statuario Nuvo countertops and peninsula with a waterfall edge, a style Ed loved. They kept the state-of-the-art appliances, refaced the cabinets to a soft grey, and added unique touches like antique light fixtures to compliment the space.
The last thing to tackle? The fridge. Unable to find space for a larger refrigerator, they came up with a creative solution. With their Sweeten contractor’s help, they discovered they could place a wine fridge in the drywall under the staircase. The chalkboard-painted drywall gave the sense of an expanded kitchen and added a personal yet practical touch. (We’re sure Roxy loved it too.)
We love a happy renovation ending!