Every summer we run a series of design stories and giveaways called Home School in partnership with our friends at Brooklyn Based. For our latest giveaway in the series, we’ve rounded up some of Brooklyn’s most inspired Ikea kitchens. Read below for details on this month’s sweet giveaway – a serving board from BMWW and a gift certificate for artisan treats from With Love, From Brooklyn. Enter the contest at the bottom of the post.
Everyone dreams of a fully custom kitchen, but for many of us, the price point of a one-off renovation may be out of reach. One of the most common ways to circumvent this hurdle is by opting for prefab or off-the-shelf cabinetry, which can save tens of thousands of dollars as compared to the bespoke alternative. Ikea cabinets are super popular for their affordability and flexibility to install them yourself, but we’ve learned that this money-saving solution doesn’t have to be the death knell of a unique, custom kitchen design. Take some inspiration from these Brooklynites who have used Ikea cabinetry in creative ways to make standout kitchens that didn’t drain their bank accounts.
1: Customize construction details for Ikea “built-ins”
The open kitchen in this Ditmas Park home features Ikea’s simple, shaker-style Ramsjo cabinet. Construction details like the shadow reveal where the cabinets meet the ceiling, and a built-in cabinet above the refrigerator, give the space a unique character that leaves behind any immediate thoughts of prefab. The adjacent dining space features a built-in buffet, a la Ikea. The Ramsjo cabinets tie this space back to the kitchen, but the clever use of glass panels creates a more formal mood. (more…)
“TheSweeten is brilliant. There really is no other way to properly access the best providers to address a renovation… I valued [GSDO's] honesty and integrity the most. You have to trust the people that you are working with.”
–Paul K., East Harlem Homeowner
Apartment combinations are a common project we see at theSweeten, and we have several of them to share in the next few months — starting with this week’s site visit up in East Harlem. A couple years ago, homeowners Paul (photographed above) & Teresa relocated from Union Square to a newly renovated building in the more family-oriented, uptown neighborhood where their young son could enjoy the park and have a little extra space to play. Then, last year, the family was also able to purchase the apartment adjacent to their own, so they posted to theSweeten to find an architect to draw up the plans for a legal combination of the 2 units which were connected by the elevator corridor. From their matches, Paul & Teresa chose to work with Adam Glickman & Lauren Schlesinger of tS firm GSDO to design their spacious, 2,800 sqft version of a “classic 8.”
From 2009-2011, the historic building underwent a complete renovation by a local developer who not only brought it up to date, but also up to LEED Gold rating. Paul & Teresa loved the modern edge that the developer brought to the 1920′s building through the updated construction details, and wanted to follow suit with the combination project. (more…)
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could give your home a whole new character, imbue it with the essence of a place you love, near or far? That’s just what Kyle & Sophia had in mind for their home in Lincoln Square. After living for a while in California, the busy young professionals were inspired to bring some of that West Coast sensibility to their current home in NYC — a 685 sqft, 1-bedroom apartment overlooking the Lincoln Center. The homeowners were lucky to meet fellow California ex-pat, Sarah Zames of tS firm General Assembly, who worked with them to re-imagine the cramped and outdated space. After nailing down new designs for the kitchen, master bath & powder room, Sarah suggested using theSweeten to find the right contractor for the job. After meeting their matches, the designer & homeowners chose to work with tS member Jon Eklund, owner of Ecostruct. The renovated home is light, airy, & nature-inspired; it’s a perfect place to relax and enjoy the view!
In March, West Village homeowner Franz posted to theSweeten in need of a contractor to create a built-in shelving unit for his studio apartment. We connected Franz with tS member Gennadiy Kaliberda, owner of South Fork Projects, who was able to do the job quickly & cost-effectively — and just in time for the homeowner to leave for an extended stay abroad. While away, Franz is subletting the home to his friend Matt, who invited us to see how the project turned out. We love the new built-ins, which have made it easy for both the permanent & temporary tenants to keep their belongings in the same, small space.
“It’s an amazing feeling to walk into our apartment and feel like it’s our ‘home’ — and we owe much of that to Peter and his team.”
–Marie Clare K., Homeowner
When Park Slopers Marie Clare & Peter purchased their first home together early this year, the couple, along with their daughter Tessa, knew the space would need some improvements in order to make it the perfect retreat for their active lifestyle. Marie Clare, a copywriter for Bobbi Brown, and Peter, who works for Mayor Bloomberg, planned to modernize the 2 bedroom home, focusing on the living space & bathroom. With a great sense of style and a clear, modern vision, they posted their project ideas to theSweeten, and, after meeting their matches, chose to work with tS member NYC Pros. Firm owner Peter Ramirez impressed the new homeowners by completing the project in only 3 weeks to meet their March 30th move-in — and the results are as charming as little Tessa!
Ever since our construction visits at the end of last year, we’ve been anticipating our return to Ditmas Park to see this completed first floor gut renovation, built by tS member Alan Michael Carpentry (above photo: Alan Bowes, AMC owner). The 1000 sqft, Brownstone home had not been updated in 40 years before AMC was brought in to transform the heavily compartmentalized living spaces of the first floor into an open, functional, and modern family home. The team at AMC had their work cut out for them, beginning with asbestos abatement and structural reinforcing which was necessary to create the new, open plan. They also relocated plumbing, updated electrical, and integrated a new HVAC system before moving onto the modern finishes we see now.
The best interior designers are those who can create beautiful, functional spaces that, most importantly, represent the client’s point of view. Perhaps it was her background in therapy that has made Jill Danyelle, tS member and owner of Jill Danyelle Art + Design, a master of this art of tapping into her clients’ lifestyle & tastes. The owner of this 850 sqft Upper West Side 1-bedroom apartment, Steven, can attest to the designer’s dedication & resourcefulness in creating his beautiful new home – he couldn’t be happier!
Spring is in the air — a time for the fresh and the new! So, with Spring in mind, we have a fresh renovation from one of theSweeten’s newest members. Essential Design + Build is a full-concept, design-to-execution firm based in Manhattan. Last year, Essential finished up a full restoration & renovation of this 3,960 sqft single-family home in Forest Hills Gardens, Queens. The home was originally built in the 1920′s and hadn’t been updated since 1970 before its new owners brought in the team at Essential. The firm’s president, Rich Hiler, and architectural designer, Alison Lang, gave us the full details of their Summer St. home renovation; here are some of our favorite highlights of the finished project.
What was your bedroom like when you were 8 years old? It was probably pretty great — a place where your imagination could run wild, and that’s good enough for most 8-year-olds — but Jake’s new bedroom in Park Slope knocks most others right out of the water! Jake shared a room with his older brother until the family recently decided it was time the boys each had a space of their own. A small office in their home had the potential for a great 3rd bedroom, but because of its unusual floor plan & limited area, Jake’s parents Ben & Gail opted to hire a designer to maximize space & functionality. The family brought in tS member Elizabeth Aurandt of mercer INTERIOR who created an awesome new room where Jake can sleep, study, relax, play, and even host sleepovers.
Joanna & Mark’s 1-bedroom loft in Clinton Hill was a perfect place for the couple to spread out and enjoy their work & hobbies –that is, until the day they found out they’d be having a baby! With a new addition to the family on her way, the mother & father-to-be needed to make some changes at home, including more storage options and, of course, a place for their daughter, while also keeping workspace available for Mark, a composer, multimedia artist & student. So, the expecting couple posted their project to theSweeten and, after meeting their matches, chose to work with Sarah Zames of tS interior design firm General Assembly for their renovation.