From basements to kitchens, see how homeowners renovated their suburban spaces
From the ease of labor to costs, there are a few differences between renovating in an urban environment versus more residential areas. If you own and plan to renovate a single-family home, for example, you won’t be required to get plans approved by a board, as you would in a New York City co-op building. You’ll most likely have more space to work with and different kinds of rooms (like basements) to remodel, too. Whether you’re a long-term city-dweller who’s making your first move to the ‘burbs or you’ve long preferred (and lived) outside major metropolitan areas, check out these Sweeten renovators’ projects from Connecticut to Pennsylvania.
When Lauren renovated her first apartment (a studio) in Brooklyn with Sweeten, making the best use of the space was the biggest concern. She returned to Sweeten to find a contractor after moving to 3,000-square-foot home in Connecticut that was in need of a 21st-century refresh. That meant eliminating the orange oak kitchen cabinets, vinyl flooring, and wall-to-wall carpeting. In their place came white Shaker cabinets and practical, but pretty engineered hardwood.
Jersey City, New Jersey
Carol and Jon found their first house—a two-story, two-family— knowing it would take a lot of work to make it their dream single-family residence. It had all the benefits of suburban living: a backyard, driveway, and a garage. After years of saving and renting out one floor, they came to Sweeten to take on a full renovation of the kitchen and living space.
Pelham, New York
Ahead of moving into their home in Pelham, New York, from Brooklyn Alexy and her husband decided to reimagine one of the home’s bathrooms. The couple had a five-year-old and another child on the way, so the main goal was to replace the shower with a bathtub. To make room for a linen closet and the tub, their general contractor took space from the hallway and expanded the footprint. The result? A bathroom perfect for their soon-to-be family of four.
Bergen County, New Jersey
Cristiana and her husband moved from a 750-square-foot apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey, to a 1918 colonial home in Bergen County for more liveable space. With the right amount of bedrooms, bathrooms and a finished basement, they definitely got more square footage, but some of the home still needed work. They were matched with a Sweeten general contractor to update their ‘70s basement into a modern multipurpose room, including a laundry space and music room.
David and Wendy’s basement in their Philadelphian suburb home needed some work to remove the wood-paneling and gloomy vibe. After figuring out the optimal layout for a mini kitchen, media center, and exercise spot with a family member who owns an interior design firm, they worked with a Sweeten contractor to make it a reality.
Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, and scope, helping until project completion. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.