Before + After: How an Upper West Side couple renovated their 440sqft studio after a building fire
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Before + After: How an Upper West Side couple renovated their 440sqft studio after a building fire

February 27, 2020

Photos by Pixy Interiors for Sweeten

When a blaze broke out on the rooftop of Dianna and Todd’s Upper West Side co-op building they luckily sustained no major damage, but their walls and floors did suffer some impairment. Since moving into the high-floor duplex three years prior, the couple had been planning to renovate their home, and after the incident, they took the plunge. Because the 444-square-foot studio duplex had an efficient layout, their contractors advised them to keep the current setup and focus the budget on modernizing the kitchen and bathroom, brightening up all the rooms with paint and stain jobs, and incorporating colorful decor and functional furnishings.

“Before” photos by Pixy Interiors for Sweeten

In addition to restaining the floors in a modern dark-gray and painting all the walls light hues, Dianna and Tood’s team added a textured backsplash, refreshed the cabinetry, and brought in new appliances in the kitchen. In the bathroom, which was the most work, they put clean white subway tiles on the walls and graphic tiles on the floors and got rid of the old tub in favor of a glass stand-up shower. They also transformed a stair landing that leads to the outdoor roof deck into an office nook.

Photo by Pixy Interiors for Sweeten

To see the full transformation, head over to Sweeten, a free renovation platform that matches homeowners with licensed general contractors and tracks their projects.

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