Unless you're incredibly wealthy, finding a dream home in New York City can be a real challenge. That's the position Holly and Christian found themselves in when they started house hunting: the apartments they could afford fell significantly short of dreamy, but they didn't want to leave Greenwich Village, a neighborhood where they had lived for many years. So they found the next best thing to a dream home: a fixer-upper that, with a little work, could become their dream home. The first step? Renovating their kitchen.
Holly and Christian's original kitchen wasn't just bland, with sagging cabinets that had seen better days. It also suffered from a pretty significant lack of counter space, with just a few feet of work space to the right of the sink. So the kitchen's overhaul needed to be functional as well as practical.
To that end, Holly and Christian made the decision to move the refrigerator and also the washer and dryer to the opposite wall, which allows for significantly more counter space.
The new stacked washer and dryer are concealed inside a custom cabinet built just for that purpose.
But they didn't slack on the more aesthetic aspects of the remodel, either. The custom-built Shaker cabinets are painted in a soft grey, which complements the gold pulls used throughout the kitchen. The chevron marble backsplash adds a bit of pattern. But the true finishing touch to the kitchen is the Dacor oven, a floor sample that Holly found and was immediately drawn to. It's both beautiful and hardworking — just like Holly and Christian's new kitchen.
Christian and Holly found their team of contractors, Valeria and Eduard, through Sweeten, an online resource that connects homeowners with local design and construction experts for home renovations. You can read more about the project, find sources, and see more photos on the Sweeten blog.