Their passion for construction goes way back
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Where are you from and how long have you been in construction?
We’re both from Poland and have been in construction for about 10 years.
How did you get into construction?
Paulina: I had to be like 11 years old when my dad hired an architect to design a little fireplace outside of our house. I thought she was so cool because she came out with a lot of drawings and blueprints. I thought, “Wow, this is really, really amazing.” Ever since I met that architect, I was inspired to design. Later, when I worked for a construction company, I decided I actually wanted to design and build.
Albert: Construction has always been my passion. I did a lot of woodworking when I was very young and worked as a carpenter when I was 16. I loved it from the beginning. What used to be a hobby became something I did professionally. I love my job.
What do you love most about construction?
Different projects and the clients—you pick a project, go from start to finish, and then start again with a different project. There’s a uniqueness to the changing environment.
What is your ideal client?
Someone who has a general sense of what they’re looking for, but maybe didn’t have a chance to get the advice they needed. I like when we find somebody that we can actually help. They’ll say, “Okay! Nobody actually explained it to me like that!”
What is the biggest challenge you see for renovating in New York?
The cost of running our workshop, for sure. We have a huge facility where we run a custom cabinetry and millwork shop which we also use for our renovations.
Yankees or Mets?
We don’t understand baseball, we’re Polish—soccer!
Favorite New York City building or structure?
Albert: The Empire State building.
Paulina: I don’t know, I don’t have a favorite one. I love New York City!
Take a look at some of Paulina and Albert’s renovations below and check out their portfolio for more photos of past work.
(1) Matthew’s apartment in Hell’s Kitchen (2) Erica and Joshua’s Clinton Hill kitchen (3) Sarah and Craig’s apartment in Long Island City
Paulina and Albert have been Sweeten contractors since 2014.
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