Before & After: Big Beautiful Changes in a Brooklyn Apartment

Before & After: Big Beautiful Changes in a Brooklyn Apartment

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Nancy Mitchell
Jan 4, 2017

After fifteen years of living in their one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment, Deniz and Ramon had plenty of ideas for upgrades they could make to the place. So when they finally embarked on their long dreamed-of renovation, the result was some very dramatic changes indeed.

Previously, the apartment, while quite spacious at 1,000 square feet, was broken up into small, choppy spaces. The kitchen, separated from the living and dining areas, had no natural light at all. And the worn parquet floors made the apartment feel dark and dingy.

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

The couple and their design team decided to tear down walls — a whole lot of them — so that the kitchen is now open to the living and dining area and the whole apartment is flooded with light. The new floorplan makes the apartment feel more spacious, and new, light floors enhance the feeling of brightness and openness.

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(Image credit: Sweeten)

The new kitchen has a sophisticated look, thanks to white IKEA cabinets, black granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. (The white refrigerator, whose detailing helps it blend in with the cabinets, is a nice touch.)

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

There's not much color in the kitchen, but a little cutout behind the sink reveals a surprise: a bright red wall, which stretches along the back of the apartment and adds a welcome splash of color.

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

Since their son occupies the apartment's sole bedroom, the apartment's living room must serve a lot of functions: sleeping, eating, lounging, and entertaining. Post-renovation, the formerly cramped space meets all those beautifully, and even allows room for one of the couple's favorite pastimes — dancing.

Deniz and Ramon found their contractor, Daniel, on Sweeten, a free online resource that connects homeowners with local design and construction experts for renovations. You can read more about the project, see more photos, and find sources on the Sweeten blog.

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