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Clinton Hill Co-op - Kitchen

Posted by Amanda C. in Prospect Heights
Brief description

We're about a month away from closing on a 2-bedroom co-op in Clinton Hill. We'd like to open up and update the kitchen.

Our original budget was based on a quote from another contractor we decided not to go with, but the materials Sweeten sent along have helped us understand the costs a bit more. I think a combination of raising the budget and prioritizing some work over other work might be the way to go. I'd like to discuss making some improvements to the bathroom in the future (TBD, not incl. in budget)

My estimate of 200 square feet came from the dimensions in our floor plan, which I'm attaching here. We are really eager to proceed with our project! Many thanks again!

Project details
  • Space


  • Services

    Design and Build

  • Style

    Haven't decided yet

Before Conditions

Not my style; A little worn; Recently renovated

Recently renovated, but with materials that are already scuffed and cracking. Would like to improve quality overall.

Scope of work

PRIORITY #1: KITCHEN -- The kitchen is our biggest priority. I should also reiterate that we don't want to replace any of the appliances in the kitchen, just floors, counters, cabinets, and backsplash.

1. Knock down two portions of wall between kitchen and living/dining
2. Replace cabinets and countertops
3. Retile floors and extend floors to pantry area
4. Add tile backsplash.

We gutted our kitchen, which included knocking down some walls, filling in a door frame, and installing new floors and custom cabinets and countertops. We also re-tiled our bathroom floor. All the work was started and completed on schedule and Nick and his team did a really wonderful job. Nick even checked-in with us in person the day before he left for Greece for the holidays to make sure all the details of the kitchen were just right.

This was our first home renovation experience. There was a lot we didn't understand and we had a lot of questions. Everyone we received quotes from on Sweeten struck us as professional and capable of really wonderful work. But Nick was the easiest to communicate with. He was patient with our questions, explained what he was doing in detail, and accompanied us to stores to pick out tile and appliances. It was always easy to be in touch with Nick. He created a WhatsApp group for our project and regularly sent us photos of the renovation's progress. We also appreciated that he would communicate with the cabinet maker (Dmitriy at Interiors Palace, which did beautiful work) throughout the process since they were responsible for a pretty large chunk of the project.

When Dmitriy, the custom cabinet maker, realized that the original plan for our kitchen would leave us with an essentially unusable cabinet, he called us and Nick right away and drafted a new plan overnight. But even with smaller changes, Nick and his team were very good about checking in with us to make sure we were okay with/understood the decisions being made.