Project: Update a 1960s kitchen
Before: Anne was looking for a contractor for over two years to renovate the kitchen in her East Hampton, New York, home. She just couldn’t find the right fit—price-or-quality-wise. Her dark and dated kitchen, in a one-story house built in 1964, had a faux brick backsplash and the original cabinetry. It just wasn’t cutting it for Anne, a big entertainer, with lots of family members who love to come over and cook. After stumbling upon Sweeten and reading stories on the blog, she made a move and posted her project. She matched with a contractor who’d help turn the old-fashioned kitchen into host-worthy space.
After: Anne worked with her Sweeten general contractor and architect Daniel Gomes to reimagine the room. Daniel drew up the plans for an open kitchen, including removing the wall between the dining area and cook space and lifting the ceiling to a cathedral style (which was the contractor’s suggestion). Those changes had a dramatic effect on the brightness and size of the room.
The homeowner wanted a very timeless aesthetic. Flat-paneled white cabinets set the foundation for the classic look, complemented by white, taupe, and black granite countertops and gold cabinet hardware. Lighting above the island and the black-and-gold sink faucet echo the metallic hardware, tying it all together.
As a first-time renovator, Anne was happy to have Sweeten Client Services available throughout the project. “It was great to know somebody was there for you,” she shared. She also had a great time working with her contractor, who encouraged her to take time picking out the materials and advised her not to rush at all since a renovation is not something that’s done every day.
Patience was Anne’s modus operandi from the start of her renovation journey anyway, as she waited to find the contractor she felt confident in. The homeowner suggests all to-be future renovators do the same: shop around, speak with as many people as you can, and do research. This isn’t a process worth speeding through.
Her fortitude paid off: “I just love having the open space, where everyone can sit and hang out together,” Anne said.
Bonus: The kitchen island is packed with storage, including a beverage cooler for wine, soda, and water.
Style finds: Kitchen island pendants: Build.com. Kitchen cabinets: Forever Kitchen and Bath. Gold-tone cabinet hardware and mosaic backsplash: Art3d. Granite countertops: MSI.
This is how much it costs per square foot to renovate in the Hamptons.
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