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Renovate My Townhouse In Bed-stuy

Posted by Bellamy G. in Bushwick
Brief description

We are in contract on a 2 family townhouse in Bed-Stuy. We are tentatively closing mid January and will be moving in before the end of the month. We need to address some things structurally per our inspection but want to update the kitchens and baths.

The house has been empty for several years and we need to make some adjustments so it fits with our lifestyle. Overall we are hoping to do a lot of the labor ourselves (e.g. tiling, fitting pre-fab cabinets). Our goal for the contractors is to get the house white box ready for us to do this finishing work so we would hope to limit the contractor’s scopes to facilitate that, which will hopefully allow us to stretch the budget a bit further.

Project details
  • Space

    Entire Unit

  • Services

    Design and Build

  • Style


Before Conditions

Functional but...; Outdated

Scope of work

KITCHENS: we want to use Ikea modular system for cabinets if we are unable to use the existing ones.
KITCHEN 1: Main Floor
- we haven’t decided what the layout is yet so unclear if we would be moving plumbing. Electrical and plumbing would take priority. knock down walls to open up kitchen
KITCHEN 2: Garden Apartment
- update kitchen. i think i’d like to make the kitchen area smaller so there would be space for dining area. Try to salvage what we can from the existing.

BATHROOM 1: Garden Apartment
- keep layout just update fixtures
- change entry point since hallway will now be closed off
BATHROOM 2: Living Floor
- expand existing bath back and make master bath
- incorporate a W/D either in the bathroom or make a closet behind the master bath

- replace 2 rear windows: Garden apartment
- new window off the kitchen in the rear of the house
- add French doors for backyard access and stairs to backyard
- replace both front and back points of egress from basement - they currently leak per inspection
FLOORS: add hardwood flooring to what is now the kitchen for the new office to match existing
LIGHTING: Lighting in general. more of a priority in the main duplex and less so in the garden apartment
HVAC: air-conditioning and then a split unit for the garden level apartment
STRUCTURAL: new cross beams in the basement per the inspection - not sure how many need to be replaced

ROOF: Fix roof issues per inspection
DECK: leave the addition and build the deck over it

After interviewing several referrals as well as other Sweeten contractors I ended up choosing Mark. In the beginning Mark was able to show me past clients work, as well as current projects so I could see the quality of his work and how he handled multiple projects. I appreciate his ability to always be available; from the beginning to reviewing contracts, to status updates or to address issues. Since we were living in the renovation, I appreciated that his crews were mindful of that and cleaned up on a daily basis.

Mark would help me review any challenges or surprises so I could weigh my options. He would suggest other tweaks if something came up so that we could stay within my budget.

Mark always made himself available either through phone, text, or email which I found especially helpful and set him apart from others. He was quick to address and issues and was able to help me creatively tackle projects while staying in my budget.