August 9, 2022

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My Sweeten Story: A Household Connects of their Washington Heights Kitchen

Small modifications, from a banquette and grout to salvaged cabinets, make all of the distinction

  • Owners: Sarah and Eddy posted their 1939 co-op rework on Sweeten
  • The place: Washington Heights, New York Metropolis, New York
  • Main renovation: An outdated op-op kitchen rework, together with a brand new look and more room
  • Sweeten design-build agency
  • Sweeten’s function: Sweeten matches dwelling renovators with vetted basic contractors, providing recommendation, assist, and as much as $50,000 in renovation monetary safety—at no cost.

Written in partnership with Sweeten owners Sarah and Eddy

Creating unity inside a floorplan

Sarah, a managing director at a world nonprofit, WaterAid, and her husband, Eddy, a medical advisor, thought their co-op in Washington Heights, New York, was excellent for elevating their two daughters. They beloved the placement, close to Fort Tryon Park, and the design aesthetic of their 1939 Artwork Deco constructing. The issue? An outdated kitchen that had been (seemingly) randomly renovated over time, with one part up to date at a time. It resulted in what Sarah referred to as a “hodgepodge” format and design. 

“General, it was darkish and dated,” stated Sarah. “The cupboards gave the impression to be unique, however we don’t know that for a reality, however they certain seemed prefer it.” The couple additionally desperately wanted extra counter house. “There was more room for eating than meals prep,” commented Sarah.

Galley kitchen with white marble and tile backsplash and wood floors

Image of galley kitchen looking through dining room into entry

Discovering an aesthetic to go with the room

Initially, there have been two home windows within the kitchen. Cupboards fully blocked one window, so it wasn’t purposeful. By rearranging the format, the owners had been capable of expose the window, including extra pure mild to the up to date kitchen

white kitchen cabinets with subway tiles on walls and marble countertop with farmhouse sink and stainless steel appliances and floating wooden shelves after renovation

The agency was superb! Each our designer, Ally, and our challenge supervisor, Petar, had been like on-call medical doctors,” stated Sarah. “They helped me with decision-making round all issues—from what measurement home equipment to purchase to sensible storage concepts.” Sarah and Eddy determined to maintain the unique flooring to provide a nod to the origins of the constructing. The kitchen acquired new cupboards, counter tops, and home equipment.

Image of exposed brick wall in dining area with view of white kitchen

Dining nook with built-in benches and exposed brick

Utilizing the homes unique partitions

Once they gutted the kitchen, they discovered stunning brick partitions hiding behind the sheetrock. The brick grew to become a focus behind a newly added banquette bringing a brand new texture to their streamlined, all-white kitchen. “The ladies love to sit down on the banquette and browse whereas consuming,” stated Sarah. “And with an outlet put in within the banquette, it’s grow to be a comfortable work-from-home house through the pandemic.” General, they saved the design easy and present with white cupboards and Calacatta counter tops. Grey grout within the subway tile and the reclaimed wooden floating cabinets add distinction and character.

white subway tiles on walls with floating wooden shelves and marble countertop after renovation

Overcoming unplanned obstacles

Essential plumbing behind the kitchen sink left Sarah and Eddy with much less cupboard depth to work with. Consequently, they needed to set up a smaller than typical sink. Thankfully, in a intelligent workaround, to permit the sink to maximise the counter depth, the tap was set off to the aspect.

Image of an offset kitchen faucet

“We love actually every part about our new kitchen,” stated Sarah. “The counter tops, the pantry, the counter-depth fridge…even the vent hood!”

Renovation Supplies:

Taper {hardware} knobs in brushed nickel: CB2. Distinctive Calacatta polished counter tops: Compac.  Subway tiles (4″x12″): TileBar. Pacifico Reclaimed wooden floating cabinets: Etsy.  Litze pull-down faucet with sq. sprout: Brizo.  36″ gasoline vary with 5 burners and 36″ under-cabinet cover hood: Fisher & Paykel. Goffredo Schoolhouse pendant: Birch Lane. Banquette: Ballard Designs.

Thanks, Sarah and Eddy,  for sharing your new kitchen with us!

Across the nook: One other Sweeten renovation in Washington Heights updates the kitchen, flooring, and format.

Try design concepts for small areas.

Sweeten handpicks the very best basic contractors to match every challenge’s location, funds, and scope, serving to till challenge completion. Comply with the weblog, Sweeten Tales, for renovation concepts and inspiration and once you’re able to renovate, begin your renovation on Sweeten.