August 13, 2022

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A Fashionable Black and White Kitchen, Sized Simply Proper

A widened kitchen window + recent kitchen cupboards = A contemporary black and white kitchen

“After” photographs by Miao Jiaxin for Sweeten

Earlier than: Renovate an outdated Brooklyn kitchen

Longtime renters Marc and Steve dreamed of getting a spot of their very own. Their seek for a one-bedroom in Brooklyn ultimately led them to an sudden selection: a co-op or home? The townhouse, they found, was a brief commute (solely two specific prepare stops) from Manhattan. It might present more room than a one-bedroom residence and never have the upkeep charges that go together with dwelling in a co-op. After buying their new residence, they lived in it for seven months earlier than turning their consideration to the kitchen.

“It was maybe essentially the most outdated room and we knew it wanted a significant renovation,” Marc mentioned. The prevailing cupboards have been dirty and had damaged doorways. Some have been so excessive up that they have been nearly unusable. The counter tops had seen higher days. The too-big home equipment—mixed with a low drop ceiling—made it really feel just like the partitions have been closing in on the already small area.


After: Creating the “must-haves” checklist and selecting the contractor

With a listing of must-haves that included a full-size dishwasher and extra space for storing, Marc and Steve got down to plan a renovation. “Earlier than Sweeten, we weren’t certain methods to discover a contractor we might belief,” Marc mentioned. Posting his mission on Sweeten led him to his common contractor. Sweeten matches residence renovation tasks with vetted common contractors, providing recommendation, assist, and as much as $50,000 in renovation monetary safety— totally free.

After studying by way of nice critiques and discussing the contractor’s previous work with Sweeten, he felt assured he was making the precise selection and accepted his contractor’s bid.

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Followers of the basic, black-and-white New York kitchen, the couple aimed to create a brilliant area with a clear look, layering loads of white to make the area really feel greater. “The kitchen wanted to be really purposeful and never simply fairly,” Marc mentioned. As for the design, “we landed on one thing like ‘a conventional white kitchen goes fashionable.’” With a contractor on board, they have been lastly on their option to the fashionable black and white kitchen renovation of their goals.

Planning and ordering kitchen cupboards

The necessity to demo your entire area meant that measuring must wait and the brand new cupboards—which normally require some lead time—couldn’t be ordered earlier than work started. The couple selected IKEA cupboards and Semihandmade doorways as a result of they’d arrive earlier than a completely personalized set (though Marc famous that the cupboard door supply took longer than deliberate). He additionally talked about profiting from working the cupboards from high to backside on two partitions to get as a lot storage as doable.

With cupboards of various sizes, they selected flat-panel doorways to streamline the look slightly than the Shaker-style that was initially into account. The couple opted for full-size home equipment (they acquired their dishwasher!) since they cook dinner and bake each day, whereas a counter-depth fridge was put in to avoid wasting area and make room for a pantry cupboard. For unity between the backsplash and countertop, marble-looking quartz was chosen for each surfaces. To let in additional mild, their contractor additionally widened the window over the sink to provide a transparent view of the backyard.


Marc + Steve’s renovation ideas

Total, the renovation took nearer to 3 months—“a month or so longer than we hoped,” Marc shared. “But it surely was value it!” Whereas ready on cupboard doorways, his contractor tackled smaller tasks, including new baseboards and trim to the primary dwelling space, hanging pendants over the eating desk, and eradicating the drop ceiling that continued all through the remainder of the bottom flooring. Marc tells us that working along with his contractor was a fantastic expertise. “We’re perfectionists, so we’d come residence to see the work performed every day and have a bunch of questions. He all the time answered patiently and shortly, or fastened issues as quickly as he might.”

The couple’s recommendation to future renovators: “Verify return insurance policies on all the things. We ordered a variety hood on-line that wasn’t what we thought it was. They wouldn’t allow us to return it as a result of it’s a must to reject it instantly at supply.” One other tip: Mud goes to get all over the place, even with a contractor who’s cautious, so be ready for some clean-up after the work is completed.

kitchen storageWhy they love their new Sweeten kitchen

The brand new area feels mild and ethereal—and far greater than earlier than. “We will each stand within the kitchen on the similar time and it’s not overly crowded,” Marc mentioned. “Design-wise, it’s the kitchen we all the time wished and I don’t assume we’ve any regrets concerning the decisions we made (and there have been so many decisions!).”

Bonus: Marc and Steve have been most excited for the brand new kitchen flooring and the “wow” second they achieved with patterned black-and-white tile.

Thanks, Marc and Steve, for sharing your fashionable black and white kitchen renovation with us! 

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KITCHEN RESOURCES: Coptic black-and-white porcelain and marble flooring tiles: Tilebar. Sektion kitchen cupboards: Ikea. Supermatte kitchen cupboard doorways: Semihandmade. Vauxhall {hardware}: Restoration {Hardware}. Counter tops and backsplash in Bianco Cristal, #CQ853: Colorquartz. Delta Trinsic faucet, #9159-AR-DST: Dwelling Depot. Kohler Try sink, #Ok-5286-NA: Dwelling Depot. 24″ fridge, #CS1321: Home equipment Connection. Whirlpool 30″ vary, #WEG515S0FS: Dwelling Depot. Bosch 24″ dishwasher: P.C. Richard & Son. Whirlpool 30″ hood: Greatest Purchase. Princeton Quick sconce and Fuller eating room pendant mild: Schoolhouse. Paint in kitchen, Pure White, #SW7005; in eating room, Icicle, #SW6238: Sherwin Williams. Baseboards, casings, and plinth: New Mouldings.

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