Before & After: A Serious Overhaul for a 'Destroyed' East Village Kitchen

Before & After: A Serious Overhaul for a 'Destroyed' East Village Kitchen

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Nancy Mitchell
Feb 8, 2016
(Image credit: Sweeten)

When Henry purchased his one-bedroom co-op in a former tenement building in Manhattan's East Village, it was in bad shape. Really, really bad shape. The entire apartment was falling apart, and the kitchen was, in a word, 'destroyed'. Never had a space been more ripe for a makeover.

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Henry didn't just want to update his kitchen: he had big plans to re-orient the kitchen and tear down a wall separating it from the living room, which would bring more light into both rooms and give the modestly-sized apartment a spacious feel.

(Image credit: Sweeten)
(Image credit: Sweeten)

Believe it or not, this is the same room. Tearing down the wall between the kitchen and living room makes a huge difference — now, instead two small cramped rooms, Henry has a single big, bright entertaining space.

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New 5" wide-plank wood flooring ties the kitchen and living room together, and white shaker-style cabinets lend a classic beauty to the kitchen. Henry paired them with a quartz countertop, a backsplash that incorporates steel and glass tiles, and sleek stainless-steel appliances (including the Sirius stainless steel hood, whose slim profile keeps the range hood from interrupting the space).

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But the crowning glory of the new space is the new washers and dryer, which hide behind the folding doors that can be seen in the very first 'after' photo. A New York apartment with a kitchen like this and an in-unit washer and dryer? Now that's real luxury.

Henry found his contractor, Louie, through Sweeten, an online resource that connects New York-area homeowners with designers, architects, and contractors. Read more about the project and see more photos on the Sweeten blog.

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