Sweeten is free and simple to use
1. Post your project
Tell us about the renovation you’re planning and we’ll match you with the right general contractors for your project.
2. Meet your matches
We’ll send you a shortlist of contractors matched with your project; you can browse past work, read reviews, and get introduced to your favorites.
3. Start renovating
After meeting your matches and receiving estimates, hire your favorite and get started. Sweeten will be there to help throughout the process.
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Kitchen Remodeling on Long Island
Unlike New York City, many homes in neighboring Long Island have the advantage of more square footage…room for a kitchen island! This allows for more flexibility—and possibilities–in kitchen layouts. Sweeten contractors specialize in different types of kitchens, from simpler remodels (keeping the location of plumbing, gas and major appliances where they are, sometimes referred to as a “rip-and-replace”) to more dramatic changes. The average kitchen renovation cost on Long Island is $320 per square foot according to Remodeling’s Cost vs. Value report, but can be lower or higher depending on where you’re located; for example in the Hamptons costs can go up to $730 per square foot. Contributing factors include permits as well as the premium level of appliances, cabinets, countertops, and lighting.
Average kitchen renovations on Long Island cost about $320 per square foot.
Common kitchen layouts include horseshoe and L-shaped with kitchen islands.
Extending plumbing or gas lines increases the cost.
Set up a makeshift kitchen elsewhere in the house for use during the renovation.
If you have the space to store things, purchase cabinets and appliances before demo begins, so that you’re ahead of the game for installation.
Bathroom Remodeling on Long Island
Whether you’re remodeling a powder room or designing a luxury master bathroom, what will impact your costs the most is material selections and plumbing changes. On average, a mid-range bathroom remodel costs about $570 per square foot in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, but as you start adding in luxury finishes, you’ll be closer the $760-per-square-foot range. Sweeten contractors’ bathroom renovation projects in the area range from gut remodels of hall bathrooms (i.e., incorporating a tub for the kids) in New Hyde Park to adding a new powder room off the kitchen in Westbury to a standard “rip-and-replace” of fixtures for a guest bath in Merrick.
Average bathroom renovation cost on Long Island is $570 per square foot, though pricing can go up or down depending on finish levels.
A gut renovation involves going down to the studs of the space, while a “rip-and-replace” includes the swapping out of fixtures. Be cautious of breaking down costs feature-by-feature, though. If you are just replacing a few fixtures or updating tile, there could still be behind-the-walls work (like sheetrock) that has to be done.
Delivery delays can affect your renovation timeline. If you have the space to store things, try to purchase tile and other fixtures the before demo even begins.
Basement Remodeling on Long Island
Updating your basement gives you expanded livable square footage and also adds value to your home. The extent of your basement renovation depends on its current condition and how you plan to actually use the space. Is more storage area and sparkling new laundry room in the plans? A cozy family gathering spot and playroom? A guest suite? A “man cave” outfitted with the latest technology?
Sweeten general contractors have worked on basement renovations ranging from $30,000 to $100,000. On Long Island, the average falls at $117 per square foot. A few things to consider when outlining your plan include: ceiling height requirements (which vary from town to town), whether you’ll need a second form of egress, plumbing needs, waterproofing, and ventilation.
A renovated basement adds resale value to your home.
on Long Island, the average basement renovation costs $117 per square foot
Adding a bathroom will add to the costs of the project, but makes the space more livable and convenient to spend time in.
Towns across Long Island have varying basement ceiling height requirements.
When to meet with and hire a general contractor
Ready to tackle that home remodel you’ve dreamed of, but unsure when to actually meet with general contractors?
Homeowners typically begin the process of meeting with contractors 1-3 months out from beginning construction. Of course, each renovation schedule will vary, and the right contractor can be found in a pinch, or even 3-6+ months out. It all depends on how far out you’re comfortable planning.
Most importantly, you’ll want to hire the right general contractor for your specific job, and the start date is a major factor in your search. Some contractors may be booked a few months in advance, while others will have an opening in their schedule that correlates with your timing. Sweeten can match based on your schedule, with contractors first expressing interest in your job before you are introduced, offering a one-stop resource for estimates from multiple experts.
If you do select a Sweeten contractor, you’ll receive regular check-ins until the project is complete, plus encouragement to reach out with any questions so you can renovate with confidence.
Sweeten also handles commercial projects, including restaurants, retail spaces and offices. Find out more here.