Design

3 Colonial Kitchen Renovations Show Off Timeless Style & Sleek Upgrades

These classic Colonial kitchen renovations show interiors ready for modern-day life (Above) The 1919 Colonial of Sweeten homeowners Amanda and Cory The quaintness of Colonial-style homes is undeniable. Usually marked by two or three stories and brick or wood facades, these dwellings are traditionally found on the east coast. They are typically characterized by a …

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Sweetening the Layout: Fort Greene Apartment

Since none of the finishes or fixtures in the apartment are worth saving and the layout is somewhat awkward, without a real kitchen or closet space, the best strategy is to gut the interior and begin with a clean slate The apartment would benefit most from a more open layout, to bring light from the …

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A Yellow Moroccan Tile Backsplash Basks in a New Kitchen

An entertainment-focused kitchen preps with bright lights, bigger storage, and more dining space Photos by Miao Jiaxin for Sweeten Before: Improve placement and impersonal lighting The kitchen in Dawn and David’s loft apartment was not ideally configured. After living in the home for a dozen years, the pair decided to finally redo the kitchen. The …

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How Long Does An Apartment Renovation Take?

A step-by-step guide and timeline for a one-bedroom apartment renovation We’ve covered the expected timelines for kitchen renovations and bath renovations, but how long does an entire apartment renovation take? Since bathrooms and kitchens are usually the most time-intensive spaces to redo, the timeline for renovating a one-bedroom apartment is not much longer. Another bonus: the …

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See How a Family’s Clinton Hill Co-Op Renovation Comes to Life

Renovate or buy a second home? A new layout in an apartment made all the difference “After” photos by Kate Glicksberg for Sweeten Homeowners: Courtney + Jim gave their home one more chance and posted their full home renovation in Clinton Hill on Sweeten Where: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York Primary renovation: Reconfiguring, more storage, and …

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Should You Move, or Remodel? See What 5 Sweeten Renovators Did

What can homeowners do when they need more space at home—but don’t want to leave? Many homeowners find themselves in a tough spot when their home’s space, design, or location stops working for them. Many wind up asking themselves: should I move, or remodel?  A Zillow study found that when given a choice between spending …

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5 Kitchen Pantry Designs, For Homes of All Sizes

These kitchen pantry designs prove that out-of-the-way organization can fit in apartments and single-family homes Storage, storage, storage. They say that in real estate that location is key. When it comes to kitchens, plenty of storage is essential. Kitchen pantries are easy and popular ways to increase the square footage of storage in your kitchen. …

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Planning a Basement Renovation? Here’s Where To Start

Want to elevate the lowest level of your home? Don’t overlook these details when planning your basement renovation. (Above) Tracy and Gordon’s basement remodel added living space to their small footprint There are multiple benefits of flipping a dark (and possibly damp) basement into an actual living space. For starters, a basement renovation can add …

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Here’s How to Make a Galley Kitchen Bigger

A bigger galley kitchen is just around the corner, thanks to “kitchen stretching” The key to making a galley kitchen layout work is all about maximizing the available square footage. But when you’ve optimized every inch and still need more space, the question becomes: how do you make a galley kitchen bigger? Demolishing the entire …

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