Elizabeth’s Seriously Sweetened West Village Co-op

living room with chandelier and hardwood floors after renovation

I went in to this process totally blind. Sweeten Expert Gennadiy was fantastic – I knew he would get everything right, even down to the outlet covers. He was incredibly, incredibly detail-oriented and helpful.”

–Elizabeth N., West Village Homeowner

This week, I caught up with Elizabeth, a Manhattan homeowner who has spent the summer enjoying her newly-renovated and restored two-bedroom co-op on one of my favorite tree-lined West Village blocks. Elizabeth beat the spring real estate rush by closing on her new place in January. Pretty much right away, Elizabeth, who works in sales in the financial services sector, realized the unforgiving nature of buying in New York City – she had spent one visit, and a grand total of about 15 minutes, looking at the apartment before rushing in a bid. As she walked through on closing day, Elizabeth began to see how much TLC her new home needed.

Revamping the bathroom was her initial focus – the heavy tiles and cramped under-sink storage made the space feel unnecessarily tight and poorly lit. The bathroom door swung in, bumping up against the sink and vanity, and made for an awkward entry and exit. And that WALLPAPER! And that TINY sink basin! Suffice it to say that Elizabeth had no qualms about this overhaul.

Elizabeth posted a focused list of bathroom update to-do’s on Sweeten, and we were ready to go with an introduction to veteran Sweeten Expert Gennadiy. This man is all over a classic NYC bathroom update. Done and done. And then… things started to get a little more interesting. Figuring she only had the time and budget for a piecemeal approach to her wish list, Elizabeth and Gennadiy walked through the place and Gennadiy started to talk about creative ideas for addressing other remnants of the previous owner’s design decisions.

small bathroom with vanity and toilet and stand up shower before renovation open floor plan of breakfast zone with chandelier and living area with hardwood floors before renovation family room with french doors and hardwood floors before renovation small kitchen with white cabinets and eat in kitchen with chandelier before renovation

Yellow kitchen cabinets might have been a sign that Elizabeth needed to gut the kitchen altogether, but she and Gennadiy realized that the cabinets were new, high-quality, and beautifully custom-made. Yes, the yellow finish and extra crown molding were too much for the small space, but Gennadiy saw room for immediate and low-effort edits that would address those problems without losing the pieces that were already in place. Gennadiy also suggested better ways to use the 11 foot ceilings and add more storage in the bedroom. Psyched by the idea of more storage (me too, sister), Elizabeth expanded the plan to account for updated lighting throughout the apartment, and made room in the budget for a full paint and molding restoration job. What started as a straightforward bathroom renovation became a full make-over for this little haven, without a lot of the structural updates (and mess!) that would typically accompany this kind of transformation.

Renovate to live, Sweeten to thrive!

Sweeten brings homeowners an exceptional renovation experience by personally matching trusted general contractors to your project, while offering expert guidance and support—at no cost to you.

Start your renovation

living room with chandelier and hardwood floors and glass doors to rooms after renovation

open living room and kitchen with white cabinets and integrated built in refrigerator and under cabinet lighting after renovation

Gennadiy’s team jumped in for a full bath update, and took on kitchen, electrical, and painting work throughout the apartment all at once. In the bathroom, they cleared out everything in sight to make room for new tiles and fixtures. Elizabeth selected an infinity sink that fits seamlessly in the unusually-shaped vanity, and moved storage from under the sink to a streamlined, built-in medicine cabinet. Behind the scenes, Gennadiy had to re-wire the fridge to make room in the shared wall for the new bathroom cabinet, but the visual effect and added storage made that headache well worth the while. Elizabeth also found an in-wall toilet that saved an extra foot of space near the shower, a huge gain in a now-minimalist urban bath. By simply switching the hinges on the bathroom door so that the door swings out instead of in, Elizabeth cleared up the entry problem and preserved the clean lines of the new bath.

white bathroom with black floor tiles and wall mounted sink and wall mounted toilet and stand up shower with subway tiles after renovation

wall mounted sink and wall mounted toilet in the bathroom after renovation

In the kitchen, Gennadiy stripped unnecessary molding from the cabinets, freeing the kitchen window that had been trapped by connected crown molding, and painted the cabinetry with a fresh white coat. New hardware, a white subway-tiled backsplash, and under-cabinet lighting touches revealed a super chic and clean look, and provide continuity with the bathroom overhaul. 

white kitchen cabinets with under cabinet lighting and white backsplash and integrated built in refrigerator and hardwood floors after renovation

white marble kitchen countertop and undermount sink with gold coil spring pull down faucet after renovation

Throughout the apartment, Gennadiy focused on cleaning up molding details and wiring chandelier and spotlight features that Elizabeth loves and uses every day. Gennadiy’s attention to detail allowed Elizabeth to focus her energy and budget on smart updates that made a huge difference in every room of her gorgeous new home. It probably helped that Elizabeth is rather impossibly stylish, but we are thrilled that these two made such a great pair on all aspects of this project.

bedroom with hardwood floor and crown molding and chandelier and windows after renovation

closet with sliding doors and overhead storage and pendant light and hardwood floor after renovation

bedroom with french doors and crown molding and hardwood floors and chandelier after renovation

Bravo, Elizabeth, and thank you for this peek into your humble abode!

Inspired by Elizabeth’s updates big and small? Post your project on Sweeten and we will match you with experts who can help you create a space you love!

You may also like

Renovate with Sweeten!


We’ll match you with vetted general contractors and offer support until your project is done — at no cost to you!

Start your renovation

Customer review 5.0


“Sweeten was really helpful — we wouldn't have found our contractor without them, and the bid-leveling call was absolutely essential for us.”

— Dara R. from New York, NY

Read more reviews —>
Start your renovation

Subscribe to our
renovation newsletter