This week we’re at Ditmas Park for an even more fun assignment! Usually, we record all the shiny new things in a New York City renovation. This week, the challenge is figuring out what’s left in a family’s kitchen and closet upgrade. A quick look at the before and after here might make you think this was a classic bowel renewal, but closer study reveals a more surgical design with many clever design compromises that allowed a family from Ditmas Park to keep what worked and fit lots of extra space and style.
Nikkia and Daniel moved into their 850-square-foot two-bedroom apartment feeling grateful that the previous owners had taken care of restoring the hardwood floors and putting a fresh coat of paint all over the place. The kitchen had new cabinets and appliances, but the dark finish and heavy fixtures obscured the room’s natural light and the layout made key storage space inaccessible and used inefficiently. The kitchen lacked a splash guard in the stove area and high-traffic sink, and the previous owners had skipped the cabinets in the windowed corner, opting for a small open closet instead. In the bedroom, two adjacent narrow wardrobes couldn’t compete with two sets of clothes and shoes, giving up valuable storage space to an unnecessary dividing wall. The Sweeten project of the family asked to give the kitchen a more modern, light and open look without making major architectural or construction changes and to combine the two small bedroom closets into one large closet with smarter organization options. We thought this Sweeten contractor would be perfect for the smart work it would take to make both points work harder for this family.
Sweeten’s contractor and his team started in the kitchen with some targeted plans: they removed the traditional molding that added weight to the top line of the cabinets, they gave the cabinets a new coat of Benjamin Moore “Simply White” paint inside and out. , and swapped for more modern, robust hardware to complement the Shaker-style cabinet lines. They also added Home Depot’s classic white subway tiles to wrap around the stove and sink prep space, shielding the new white walls from cooking material, and replaced the original sink with a sleeker, deeper, and sub-assembly. more resistant. The team replaced the laminate counters in two places with a new contemporary gray quartz and installed a more flexible Grohe basin faucet.
The most significant update is also, in some ways, the most modest: out with the limited shelving and storage cart that never quite fit into the corner by the window, and cleverly stepped in new matching furniture and counters for imitate the materials now present on the other two sides of the kitchen. The deep IKEA drawer puts the pots a few feet from the stove, and a translucent top cabinet displays glass and barware. The new worktop section also doubles as a mini eat-in kitchen corner with its extra overhang. The appliances, original furniture, and floor tiles all stayed in place, saving thousands of dollars and keeping the project in a much shorter time frame.
In the bedroom, the contractor adopted two small wardrobes with side-by-side doors and a single row of space to hang the rods, freeing up unused space in between and adding simple improvements to every inch. Double hanging rods, open shelving, chest of drawers, all-white luminous materials and interior lighting now accommodate a wide range of wardrobe necessities with dedicated spaces for bags, shoes, a basket and folded clothes. The contractor redid the door molding and hardware to make the addition seamless and matched a new set of 96 “extra-tall hinged doors, minus the builder-grade inserts from the previous set, to a more modern look.
Kitchen Select >> furniture paint: Benjamin Moore in “Simply White” / backsplash tile: Home Depot white subway / sink faucet: Grohe single handle / chest of drawers: IKEA
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