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Simple touches give this condo a personalized stamp

BathroomRenovation Before Duplex EntireHomes

Simple touches give this condo a personalized stamp

Brooke and Sam knew they were home when they walked into this 1,800-foot, loft-style Brooklyn condo. The three-bedroom Fort Greene apartment was modern and gave them room to grow. That was good, because by the time they’d closed on it, they had  one-week-old baby Leroy in their arms. Brooke, a digital media exec, and Sam, a tech specialist, loved the sleek two-floor space, but wanted to freshen up the kitchen and (three!) baths, and give the apartment whimsical style. While in contract, they’d posted their project on Sweeten, a free service that matches renovators with vetted general contractors. Soon, they’d...

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Simple touches give this condo a personalized stamp

BathroomRenovation Before Duplex EntireHomes

Simple touches give this condo a personalized stamp

Brooke and Sam knew they were home when they walked into this 1,800-foot, loft-style Brooklyn condo. The three-bedroom Fort Greene apartment was modern and gave them room to grow. That was good, because by the time they’d closed on it, they had  one-week-old baby Leroy in their arms. Brooke, a digital media exec, and Sam, a tech specialist, loved the sleek two-floor space, but wanted to freshen up the kitchen and (three!) baths, and give the apartment whimsical style. While in contract, they’d posted their project on Sweeten, a free service that matches renovators with vetted general contractors. Soon, they’d...

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A Few Knocked-Down Walls Took This Beach Shack From Dreary to Airy

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A Few Knocked-Down Walls Took This Beach Shack From Dreary to Airy

As you gaze out to the glistening ocean through the vast floor-to-ceiling windows of this airy beachfront home, it’s hard to believe it was a rundown shack just a few years ago. But that’s exactly what it was: Dark wood–paneled walls, small pokey windows, and dated carpeting made the house feel more like a funeral parlor than a weekend retreat.   But Lauren Charge saw beyond the wear and tear, and seized the opportunity to build a waterfront vacation accommodation with multiple units when she purchased the property in 2016. “My husband and I both have large extended families and we...

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A Few Knocked-Down Walls Took This Beach Shack From Dreary to Airy

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A Few Knocked-Down Walls Took This Beach Shack From Dreary to Airy

As you gaze out to the glistening ocean through the vast floor-to-ceiling windows of this airy beachfront home, it’s hard to believe it was a rundown shack just a few years ago. But that’s exactly what it was: Dark wood–paneled walls, small pokey windows, and dated carpeting made the house feel more like a funeral parlor than a weekend retreat.   But Lauren Charge saw beyond the wear and tear, and seized the opportunity to build a waterfront vacation accommodation with multiple units when she purchased the property in 2016. “My husband and I both have large extended families and we...

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