May 28, 2022

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My Sweeten Story: A Condominium Discovers Its New York Fashion

A built-in bar, new kitchen, and uncovered brick give a vanilla field a redo

Dining area with hanging pendant lights

“After” images by Kate Glicksberg for Sweeten

  • Owners: First-time householders Dan and Emily posted their dwelling renovation challenge on Sweeten
  • The place: Nolita neighborhood in Manhattan, New York
  • Main renovation: Create a brand new built-in bar, repurposed closets, and an city vibe for a 704-square-foot rental
  • Sweeten common contractor
  • Home-owner’s quote: “We had been impressed with the standard of the contractors however assume everybody ought to work with our Sweeten contractor.”
  • Sweeten’s function: Sweeten matches dwelling renovation initiatives with vetted common contractors, providing recommendation, assist, and monetary safety—for gratis to the home-owner.  

Written in partnership with Sweeten home-owner Dan

My girlfriend and I bought our rental realizing it could want renovating. We’d been renting only a block north in NoHo, however in February, the market situations had been perfect for investing in a house. The rental we selected was the proper unit, though the kitchen and tub wanted some upgrades. The fashion was too vanilla for us.





Searching for a New York frame of mind

The kitchen and loo had been usable however they lacked any appeal. All the pieces felt colorless; really it was all cream-colored. The kitchen was a clean canvas of off-white and peeling cupboards, as was the lavatory. We wanted to inject persona and a cool New York really feel to our dwelling.

Portrait of the Sweeten homeowners

Living room with exposed brick wall

Natural wood dining table with hanging pendant lighting

Deep, wealthy tones captured the up to date really feel we had been after. Shades of grey and textural particulars uplifted the rental with a classy contact.

One of many shocking components of the house was the plentiful closet area. The walk-in closet within the bed room gave us greater than sufficient sq. footage for our garments. So, we selected to repurpose two storage cupboards within the eating room and remodel them into a house bar. 

A built-in bar and kitchen join

Knocking out the closets fully modified the area. The eating space encompasses a built-in bar with a wine cooler in addition to open shelving. My mother sketched out a plan for the bar that our Sweeten contractor interpreted fantastically. We now have a beautiful spot for entertaining or stress-free that we actually take pleasure in.

Dining area with built-in bar

Galley kitchen leading out to dining area

Kitchen with wood cabinets and black accents

My mother sketched out a plan for the bar space that our Sweeten contractor interpreted fantastically.

The kitchen, up to date with glossy cupboards and new {hardware}, now ties in with the eating area. The wood-tone cupboards and black {hardware} added the much-needed shade. We love the glass tile backsplash, which is fashionable and straightforward to look after. The entire new home equipment have clear strains and produce the kitchen into the current.

Additionally, we found outdated, brick partitions behind the sheetrock. Why cowl these up?! We wished to reveal them for the character it could carry to the area. The tough texture and heat shade was the New York Metropolis iconic contact we had been after. We bought fortunate that the unique partitions had been underneath the sheetrock. The architectural curiosity grew to become a focus in the lounge.

Bedroom with home office area

Bathroom with walk-in shower

A spa-like toilet

The toilet was up to date with options like clear glass doorways to remove the necessity for a bathe curtain. This could visually open the area. The darkish charcoal bathe tiles and matte black finishes made a spa-like toilet. The rainfall showerhead felt luxurious.

Recommending their contractor

Our Sweeten contractor was unbelievable—all the time going above and past. When the butcher block counter for the bar wasn’t the proper shade, she instantly got here up with plans to re-stain it. When the cupboards had been delayed (as much as a yr!), she sourced a vendor who bought solely to common contractors. We had them put in in every week.

Renovation Supplies

KITCHEN RESOURCES: MSI Hillside Grey matte flooring and porcelain wall tile, Palisandro mini brick polished marble mesh-mounted mosaic tile, Hampton Bay Designer Collection Edgeley driftwood wall cupboards, and Viatera Soprano quartz countertop: LG Hausys. Slim sq. matte black kitchen cupboard pulls: Ravinte. Elkay matte black single-handle kitchen faucet with pull-down sprayer: Home equipment Connection. Vigo stainless-steel Edison Signature Plus undermount kitchen sink: Home equipment Connection. Black Samsung stainless-steel Sensible Linear Wash dishwasher, Black Samsung stainless-steel Sensible Slide-in fuel vary with air fry, Black Samsung stainless-steel sensor cooking over-the-range microwave, Black Samsung stainless-steel side-by-side fridge: Home equipment Connection. MS Kitchen & Tub 29 bottle stainless-steel Twin Zone wine fridge (Half quantity: AWR-290DB): Wayfair.

BATHROOM RESOURCES: American Villa glazed Cityscape Grey porcelain cement ground, wall tile, and border tile, Fashion Choice glazed Galvano Charcoal porcelain granite stone ground and wall tile, and Woodbridge LOWESTOFT frameless Sliding Black Bathe Door with Tempered Glass: Lowes. LuckIn fashionable toilet {hardware} set: Amazon. Vigo matte black Davidson toilet faucet and matte black Kingsley two-spray bathe panel system: Home equipment Connection. Bryant wall-mounted toilet self-importance set: Wayfair. Alfi Model recessed medication cupboard with LED gentle: Alfi Model. Kohler white Santa Rosa one-piece compact single flush rest room: Home equipment Connection.

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