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An all-in-one tool for managing your renovation payments

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Sweeten Payments makes it simple, secure, and fast to pay your general contractor securely online, right from our website.

Until now, most contractors would only accept paper checks. You’d have to write a check, send it in the mail, and wait a week or more for the funds to clear. Contractors usually won’t start work before funds arrive in their account.

Our tool links directly to your bank account. It transfers funds to your contractor in 4 to 6 business days.

Benefits:

  • Make payments quickly and conveniently
  • Pay securely online right from your Sweeten dashboard. Your contractor’s payment requests will automatically appear in the order they’re due. When you’re ready, just click to approve the payment.
  • Take control of payment scheduling
  • Make partial payments at each major project milestone. Your contractor can begin the next stage of the project right away.
  • See your payment records at a glance
  • Check the status of all in-progress and completed payments.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will Sweeten Payments be available?

We’re launching Sweeten Payments on July 15, 2020. It will appear as a new tab on your Sweeten dashboard.

Do all Sweeten general contractors accept payments through the Payments tool?

The tool is new; contractors will have to set up their Payments accounts before they can receive funds. Ask your contractor  if they’re ready to receive Sweeten Payments. 

How do I sign up?

Go to the Payments tab on your dashboard and follow the simple instructions. We’ll ask you for some basic information, and then ask you to upgrade your Sweeten password for improved security. We’ll then ask you to link your bank account, with a simple, secure interface.

How will my bank account and personal information be protected?

Sweeten will never see your account information or social security number. Your contractor will also never see your account information or social security number. We work with a 3rd party payment system that is built around security and privacy. It uses strong, end-to-end encryption for all transactions.

Do I have to keep funds in my Sweeten Payments account?

No. We transfer the funds directly from your bank. You’ll only see a balance in your Payments account if we’re unable to deliver a payment to your contractor..

Can I link Sweeten Payments to my credit card?

Currently, Payments can only link to a bank account. It’s usually not possible to pay for a renovation with a credit card—most contractors only accept paper checks when you pay them directly.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation with Sweeten.



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Support Black-Owned General Contractor Companies


Support Sweeten’s black-owned general contracting firms

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At Sweeten, we value every clients’ vision for their home. And we value our shared vision for a better, more just, more inclusive world.  

Many Americans are now wondering how they can best instigate change. One way is to hire professionals from groups who have historically been overlooked. Provide opportunities to those who have had to work harder to succeed. 

Sweeten matches home renovation projects with vetted general contractors, offering advice, support, and financial protection—at no cost to the homeowner.

Please consider supporting the following black-owned general contracting firms. We heartily stand behind these contractors’ work. They all have the expertise and dedication to build the home you love.

Sweeten General Contractor Saladin – NYC

1920s house remodel

Danielle Brooks

General contractor Saladin co-owns her contracting firm. She joined Sweeten back in 2018. Servicing all of New York City, Saladin can complete full-service gut renovations, additions, basements, and decks. Additionally,  they also specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodels. At Sweeten’s annual awards ceremony for their contractors, the firm earned the 2019 Breakout Performance Award. Sweeten Stories featured two of their renovations. They completed Kyli and Luke’s 1920 house (top image). They also updated brownstone of actor Danielle Brooks of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black (bottom image). Click here to see more of Saladin’s work.


Sweeten General Contractor Erik – Philadelphia

Philadelphia kitchen remodel

Philadelphia bathroom remodel

General contractor Erik operates in Philadelphia, Chester, and Montgomery, PA. He completes home renovations, additions, and specializes in finished basements and carpentry. One of Erik’s past clients, Jacobb G., offers this insight after their own remodel:  “[Erik] has high attention to detail. Any time there was an issue, he listened and was solution-oriented. His team is wonderful too. They’re people you feel comfortable having in your house.” Click here to read more about Erik.


Sweeten General Contractor Ron – NYC

Living room remodel Kitchen remodel

A Sweeten general contractor since 2014, Ron works in the New York City and Brooklyn areas. His expertise centers on renewable resources for a healthier lifestyle and minimizing environmental impact. His client Janet F. offered this endorsement: “Ron gut renovated our 1880s brownstone in Harlem. We found his aesthetic sense superb and were delighted at his ability to find clever solutions to the many challenges that arise when rebuilding a historic property. We very much appreciated his sustained upbeat and supportive attitude…” Click here to see Ron’s portfolio ranging from brownstones to penthouses and kitchens.


Sweeten General Contractor Daren – New Jersey

dining room remodel bathroom remodel

General contractor Daren runs his family-owned design-build firm out of Montclair, New Jersey. He has been part of Sweeten since the beginning of 2018. Daren’s renovations are primarily in the Bergen and Essex County areas providing all aspects of residential design, interior architecture, renovation, custom millwork, and construction project management. Yael L, a past client of Daren’s said: “They do not cut corners and they follow their proposed budget. They spend as much time as needed to truly understand what you are looking for and deliver it with smiles. I was happy to see them everyday and my kids even missed them when they were gone.” Click here to see more of Daren’s work.


Sweeten General Contractor Joycelyn – NYC

kitchen remodel outdoor kitchen remodel

General contractor Joycelyn is a co-owner of her contracting firm and has been with Sweeten since 2019. Her renovations are located in New York City as well as Brooklyn and Queens. Her firm brings 25 years of experience in interior renovation work, including kitchens and bathrooms. Maura R., a homeowner who had hired the company said: “Joycelyn and the team are nothing short of fantastic. We’ve used them for many home renovation jobs now, and plan on using them again soon when we buy a house.” Click here to read more about Joycelyn.


Sweeten General Contractor Dexter – Atlanta

Atlanta bathroom remodel Atlanta kitchen remodel

Covering remodeling projects in the Atlanta area, general contractor Dexter joined Sweeten in 2020. In addition to interior renovations, his services include storm, fire, and water damage restorations, roofing, and deck building. Dexter shared his expertise in Sweeten’s Atlanta home cost guide and our blog post on navigating hidden renovation costs in the area. His past client Shannon S. shared a review of Dexter’s work: “All of my questions were answered along the way and he made great suggestions based on his expertise.” Click here for more about Dexter.


Sweeten General Contractor Wayne – NYC

Outdoor remodel kitchen remodel

New York City-based general contractor Wayne started with Sweeten in 2019. His firm offers full-service construction management with capabilities in design-build, interior renovations, building additions, basement remodeling, and custom millwork. A review from past client Natalya N: “Simply the best! Project has been completed on time and within the budget, what else could anyone ask for? They listened to all my concerns and really went above and beyond of satisfying a picky client.” Click here to read reviews and see more of Wayne’s work.


Sweeten General Contractor Jarett – New Jersey

Addition renovation

General contractor Jarett brings 28 years of experience to general contracting, design, and supply and project management. He’s been with Sweeten since 2018 and services New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, and Union counties. Jarett’s company is also a cabinet dealer. Their range of service options allows renovators to choose product only, services only (design & project mgt), or a combination of both. His former client Bernie R. offers this review: “He was really on point. We did have one delivery mishap with the tile but Jarett had the manufacturer correct the issue with a three-day turnaround. He is very meticulous and he sketched out each phase of the renovation so I had a lot of insight and it was efficient.” Click here to read more about Jarett.


Sweeten General Contractor George – NYC

ADA compliant bathroom

With 30 years of general contracting under his belt, contractor George has been with Sweeten since 2017. He services New York City including the Bronx. He offers light creative support to general renovations, kitchen and bathroom remodels, and customized millwork. Leila G. who worked with George on a project noted: “Any unexpected challenges—and there were a few—were handled patiently. George was tenacious in overcoming any obstacles that presented itself.” An ADA-compliant bathroom remodel (top photo) for Debbie’s father was featured on Sweeten Stories. Click here to read more reviews for George.

The right renovation team is accountable and protects your project.  Here’s why a licensed contractor makes a difference.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation with Sweeten.



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Meet Sweeten General Contractor Yoel


A veteran general contractor with 19 years of experience

At Sweeten, the experts in our network are experienced contractors and design pros we’d be thrilled to have working in our own homes. We check their licenses, insurance, quality of work, and customer service skills. Trust and open communication are the lifeblood of our free renovation platform. Our personal connection to our experts enables us to match you to the best choices for your project. Here, get to know their personalities and click to view their portfolio and client reviews, so that you can hire the right team and renovate with confidence.

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View Yoel’s profile and portfolio.

Where are you from and how long have you been in construction?

I moved to the United States in 1999 after completing my military service in Israel as an officer. I co-founded my general contracting firm in 2001.

What is the biggest challenge about renovating in New York?

Renovating your home anywhere, especially in New York City, is definitely not an easy task; even for the most seasoned pros. Here are the five biggest challenges we find:

  • Hurrying through the planning phase: Before starting demolition, be certain your plans, specifications, and details are worked out in precise detail. Before any hammer hits any wall, you and your contractor should do a thorough walkthrough of the space.
  • Getting only one proposal or going with the cheapest bid: You should never accept the first proposal you receive. Compare at least three different contractors. Always remember: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • If your project is a gut job, consider hiring an interior designer: If your kitchen remodel is a full gut and includes tile, stone, cabinets, and paint, then you will benefit by hiring a designer.
  • Spending money in the wrong places: Make the best use of your budget and reserve the largest amounts for the spaces and features you’ll use regularly. This could be a large countertop or a great cooktop. Remodel the lesser-used areas with simpler finishes like lighting and backsplashes.
  • Living in the apartment during the renovation, or moving back too soon: You’ll have plenty of stress while overseeing your renovation, but living in the midst of it all will multiply that stress.
What do you want all of your clients to know before you work with them?

Before we begin working with you, they should think about the goals they want to achieve. Is stellar design the driving force? Improved functionality? Resale? Perhaps you’re looking for energy-saving ideas? Or maybe it’s a combination of all these elements? They should also know their budget. Developing a budget range will help you make decisions when you are choosing materials and appliances.

What’s the number one thing clients should know before starting a renovation? 

As contractors, we’ve learned a lot of lessons on the do’s and don’ts of construction. The number one thing is to be a confident decision-maker. 

We all want our remodel to move forward with as few problems as possible. Make as many decisions about your project before the work actually starts. A good contractor will always discuss a list of possible situations that might come up on your renovation project. Their project manager Nick said, “Most of the problems are usually connected to choices about small things such as faucet selection, paint, or trim.” These may seem small and unimportant when you start your project. If your faucet is two weeks late because of shipping, your plumber will have to be rescheduled.  This can balloon into a week delay on a four-week project.

What is your favorite architectural building?

Santiago Calatrava, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub is my all-time favorite. I love his workit’s organic and always feels like his structures could be a skeleton for something that was once alive.

What is your favorite neighborhood?

My all-time favorite neighborhood in New York is Greenwich Village. It has pre-war buildings, thriving arts and a foodie scene,.Greenwich Village was and continues to be full of cultural and artistic edge.   

What is your favorite NYC borough? 

Manhattan, although I complain about many aspects of it, like the traffic.  However, I really feel that it’s the greatest city in the world. Despite popular attractions like Central Park or Radio City Music Hall, there is so much more to the borough. Manhattan has classic bars, charming neighborhoods, hidden green spaces, and trendy boutiques. 

Yoel has been a Sweeten general contractor since February 2015.

Refer your renovating friends to Sweeten and you’ll both receive a $250 Visa gift card when they sign a contract with a Sweeten general contractor.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, and scope, helping until project completion. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.



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Who Do I Hire First for My Renovation?


An overview of the right team of professionals to take you through your remodel

You’ve decided to renovate your home. Who should you hire for a renovation? Do you only need to hire a general contractor, or are other professionals needed? Depending on your scope and spend, knowing who to reach out to, and when, will help you plan.

Do you need an architect or interior designer on your “dream team”? Every major renovation project requires a general contractor to handle the actual construction work done. Some renovations, however, need a trained architect for technical and design services. This can include creating architectural drawings for board or Department of Buildings (or local equivalent) permitting and approvals. Some renovators hire architects to provide a level of style, detail, and management. Some feel it’s worth the expense, sometimes estimated at 20% of the budget.

It’s important to note that there can be overlap among services. For example, some architects can also provide design expertise for layout and materials. If you hire an interior designer who has drawings, he/she may be able to secure the services of an architect to have them stamped.

Here, Sweeten, a free renovation platform that matches homeowners with licensed general contractors and offers support, outlines what each pro brings to the project:

flowchart on how to hire a contractor, designer, architect

WHEN YOU SHOULD HIRE AN ARCHITECT:

You’ll need an architect if any of the following apply to your renovation:

  • Changing the layout, making additions or tearing down walls
  • Moving plumbing lines such as bathtub or dishwasher
  • Moving gas lines
  • Doing work on a landmark property
  • Any changes that require approval from the Department of Buildings

WHEN YOU SHOULD HIRE A GENERAL CONTRACTOR:

Going straight to a contractor may best suit your job if none of the above apply to your renovation. You would also have a general idea of what you’d like to do with the space. Most contractors can give some guidance on design, materials, and creative solutions for tackling challenges.

NOTE: A contractor who is licensed ensures that the necessary level of checkpoints and screening processes have been met. More on this below.

WHEN YOU SHOULD HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER:

If walls and room functions are not being altered dramatically, an interior designer can help with things like:

  • Considering overall traffic flow, lighting, and space planning
  • Designing custom built-ins and cabinetry
  • Project management and purchasing of materials, fixtures, and appliances
  • Choosing furniture styles, color palette, and finishes

CONSIDER HIRING A DESIGN-BUILD FIRM:

Design-build can be a cost-effective option for medium to large-scale renovations. They also work well on any project that requires high attention to detail. These teams offer:

  • A full package of design, construction, and project management services
  • A single point of contact from start to finish
  • A fluid process with more predictable timelines between design and construction phases

WHO DO I HIRE FIRST?

A renovation has a lot of moving parts. A frequently asked question is how to tackle a renovation in an organized fashion. Look to build your team based on your needs, whether that involves architectural plans or permits to deciding the aesthetic or finishes, or all of the above.

WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HIRE A LICENSED GENERAL CONTRACTOR

A locally valid license and proper insurance is a must for any reliable general contractor. Your county or state website will list all licensed contractors in the licensing or consumer affairs sections. To join Sweeten’s NYC network, for example, a contractor must have a valid Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) license. They must also pass the Department of Consumer Affairs background check to meet certain industry standards.

Should I take the lowest bid?

A note of warning to those tempted by the lower estimates of an unlicensed contractor: Contractors without bonafide credentials may not be able to obtain the required permits for your job. If work fails to meet building codes, you will be responsible for the repairs. (That can turn into an unpleasant surprise when some homeowners want to sell their house.)

What is my liability if I hire an unlicensed contractor?

Allowing work on your property by an unlicensed contractor could also nullify your homeowner’s insurance policy. If the contractor doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance, you become the de facto employer. You’ll be responsible for any accidents on the property, or anyone else’s property, if the contractor is negligent.

Are you looking for a vetted and licensed general contractor? Sweeten can help!

Named “Best Contractor Locator” by New York Magazine, Sweeten is a free service that matches homeowners and business owners with the best general contractors for their renovation, with personal support from start to project completion.



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A Full Gut Renovation with Grandmillenial Home Design


Two sisters with a love of grandmillenial home design show off their reno highlights: walk-in closet, wrap-around kitchen, and more

Millennial home renovationClick here to watch the video

Daria and Deanna had lived in the Sutton Place neighborhood in Manhattan for seven years before they purchased their 700-square-foot apartment. Seeing the potential for much better layout, they reached out to Sweeten to pair them with a general contractor to take on their full gut renovation. The end result? A two-bedroom home, infused with chic grandmillenial home design; now with a modernized kitchen, a second bedroom, and a walk-in closet with a work desk.

Daria: (00:10)

Hi, I’m Daria.

Deanna: (00:11)

And I’m Deanna.

Daria: (00:12)

Welcome to our home in Midtown East. We’d like to walk you through our home renovation project. We’ve been living in Sutton Place for the last seven years and knew this is where we wanted to stay. It’s close to our office, close to the heart of the city. Yet the further east you go, it provides a quiet suburban-like atmosphere that we were after.

Deanna: (00:27)

When we first saw this apartment online. We saw that it had been sitting on the market for over a year and that was due to the fact that the layout was like a jigsaw puzzle, and that it hadn’t been touched since the ’80s. However, we both saw long-term potential in the fact that we could turn this into a two-bedroom. So, fast forward two years later, we did a gut renovation and today we have a comfortable two-bedroom apartment. The master being 12′ x 14′, the second bedroom being 9′ x 11′. We have a 7′ x 10′ walk-in closet, and we have a bathroom that has a 20-square-foot walk-in shower. In total, the apartment’s about 700 square feet. And surprisingly, we have a lot of storage and a decent-sized kitchen that has a wraparound counter and a wine rack.

Deanna: (01:29)

Our favorite part of the apartment is our dining room doors. If we had got them custom made, they would have been a few thousand dollars. However, we got doors from Lowe’s, had someone make the ‘X’ designs, and had our contractor assemble them for a fraction of the cost.

Daria: (01:47)

Since we were doing a gut renovation, we knew we had the freedom to do what we wanted in the kitchen. What was really important to us was that we had full-size appliances and a great space to cook and entertain, which we love doing. We kept the colors pretty neutral here, but knew that we needed a pop of color, which is what drew us to this backslash, which is true to our style.

Deanna: (02:10)

Initially, to keep costs down, we were going to keep the wood floor that was in the apartment. But when we started demolition, we quickly realized that wasn’t a possibility. It was a thin wood veneer and it started to warp. My sister and I decided that we would put hardwood flooring down because it’s practical, it’s easy to clean, and it’s great for resale value.

Deanna: (02:32)

The original footprint of this bathroom was extended and we decided to keep it in order to accommodate a 20-square-foot walk-in shower. We put the handle on the opposite side of the shower heads so you don’t get wet walking in. And to keep costs down, we put subway tile on the wall. But to make it a little richer looking in here, we decided to do a marble floor.

Daria: (02:59)

Welcome to one of my favorite places in the apartment, our closet. After looking at numerous apartments, we realized that the master bedroom was always too large. The first thing we thought of was a giant walk-in closet, which is everyone’s dream in Manhattan.

Deanna: (03:12)

We took advantage of the 70-square-foot closet by putting a workspace, our shoes, our clothes, and even our jewelry. But the best part is, is that these units can easily be taken down so you can comfortably fit a daybed or even a couch.

Daria: (03:23)

We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of our apartment. We hope you enjoyed this tour and good luck on your renovation.

Sweeten’s founder + CEO answers whether wood floors are a good investment?

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.



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Jean Brownhill on How Sweeten Works for a Home Renovation


The founder explains how Sweeten works and the benefits for homeowners looking to renovate

video explaining how Sweeten worksClick here to watch the video

Jean: (00:00)

Imagine if you could turn your home sweet home into a space that you love. We get that renovations can be overwhelming. Things seem to quickly spiral out of your control. Sweeten is here to change that. We’ll match you with the best general contractors for your project, answer all of your questions, and make sure that everything runs smoothly until your renovation is completely done. Best of all, our service is absolutely free. Renovate fearlessly with Sweeten by your side and watch your dream space come to life. Start your project with sweeten.com today.

Sweeten founder and CEO weighs in on what to know before renovating a brownstone.

Want to know how Sweeten works? The service handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.



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Meet Sweeten General Contractor Paul


A father-son team bringing renovators’ design dreams to life

At Sweeten, the experts in our network are experienced contractors and design pros we’d be thrilled to have working in our own homes. We check their licenses, insurance, quality of work, and customer service skills. Trust and open communication are the lifeblood of our free renovation platform, and our personal connection to our experts enables us to match you to the best choices for your project. Here, get to know their personalities and click to view their portfolio, including photos from past work and client reviews, so that you can hire the right team and renovate with confidence.

Sweeten general contractor "PK" Paul and son Qamil

View Paul’s (right) profile and portfolio, and son, Qamil (left)

Where are you from and how long have you been in construction?

I currently reside in Queens, NY, but I am originally from Romania. I have been in construction for 15 years, and have worked on many projects, including residential and commercial properties.

How did you get into the industry?

I started working as a painter in 2004, and six months later I was promoted to a project manager. I continued to work as a project manager for several years. Throughout that time, the general contractors I worked with recommended that I start my own company because they recognized my talent. After considering it for some time, I finally opened my first company, PK Painting and Decorating Inc. and later became  PK & Sons Home Improvement.

What do you love most about your job?

I love talking to clients and helping them bring their dreams for their homes to fruition. It makes me happy when I see that my clients are happy with the work my team and I didthat is the best part of the job.

What do you want all of your clients to know before you work with them?

Clients should know that my team and I are very reliable and we are on their side throughout the whole renovation process. Their comfort and happiness are my number one priority. If any surprises come up during the project, we will find a solution and won’t do anything without their consent and approval.

If clients have questions or concerns, how would you like them to address them?

I am always available to help with any questions or concerns. Whatever it may be, I want the client to know that I am here to help them 24/7, whenever they need it.

What is your favorite neighborhood and where is it located?

Downtown Brooklyn and Forest Hills, Queens are my two favorite neighborhoods. They are the easiest for me, work-wise and I enjoy working there.

What is your favorite NYC borough? 

My favorite borough is Queens: I’ve lived there the entire time that I have been in the U.S. Everything is so convenient and close by!

If you weren’t a general contractor, what would you be doing?

If I wasn’t a general contractor, I would be a project manager. I love construction—I feel that it is the best field to work in and it is a skill that I love having.

Take a look at some of their renovations below and check out their portfolio for more photos of past work.

Sweeten general contractor Paul's home renovation projects

Paul has been a Sweeten general contractor since February 2018.

Refer your renovating friends to Sweeten and you’ll both receive a $250 Visa gift card when they sign a contract with a Sweeten general contractor.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, and scope, helping until project completion. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.



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Sweeten Founder Featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition


Jean tells Extreme Makeover why a licensed general contractor is important

Sweeten founder on the importance of licensed general contractors on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Sweeten on the set! Founder Jean Brownhill stopped by the set of HGTV’s hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to lend her advice on licensed general contractors (and muscle!) for a deserving family’s renovation. Check out the behind-the-scenes footage of her visit. 

Planning a home makeover of your own? Sweeten handpicks the contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.

Design Team Darren Keefe: (00:06)

Jean! Hey, how are you?

Jean: (00:07)

Hey, I’m great. How are you?

Design Team Darren Keefe: (00:08)

I wanted to introduce you to our builder, Dave.

Builder Dave: (00:10)

Hey, nice to meet you.

Jean: (00:11)

Hi Dave.

Design Team Darren Keefe: (00:11)

Jean’s with Sweeten.com, and she specializes in matching homeowners with renovation experts. And so she’s seen demos, renos, and all the kinds…(laughs).

Jean: (00:22)

Oh, yeah, we literally have seen everything.

Builder Dave: (00:22)

Yeah.

Design Team Darren Keefe: (00:23)

We’re really glad to have Jean from Sweeten here because we have this un-permitted breezeway that the Holtzclaw’s inherited. And she knows what it takes to solve these problems.

Design Team Darren Keefe: (00:33)

A lot of times that happens, you’ll buy a home and you think you can renovate something that’s been un-permitted and it’s like peeling back layers of a nightmare, right?

Jean: (00:40)

It’s like a Pandora’s box. So once you touch one thing, you know this?

Builder Dave: (00:45)

Yeah.

Jean: (00:45)

Everything has to be up to code.

Builder Dave: (00:46)

Yeah.

Jean: (00:46)

You can’t just fix the electrical. You have to fix the plumbing, you have to fix the structural, and the foundation. And I think that people think that like, “Oh, I don’t need to hire a licensed general contractor. You know, it’s too expensive or it’s too cumbersome.”

Builder Dave: (00:57)

Yeah.

Jean: (00:58)

But the reason why there is a license to be a general contractor is because you have people’s safety in mind. And this space is obviously not that.

Builder Dave: (01:06)

Absolutely.

Design Team Darren Keefe: (01:08)

So first thing that we need to do is strip all these walls. So we’re going to demo all these walls, get it down to studs.

Jean: (01:12)

Amazing.

Builder Dave: (01:12)

All right.

Design Team Darren Keefe: (01:13)

All right, You ready?

Jean: (01:13)

Yeah.

Builder Dave: (01:13)

What are we waiting for?

Design Team Darren Keefe: (01:14)

All right, I got a hammer for you. Swing away.

Design Team Darren Keefe: (01:20)

Nice.

Sweeten founder and CEO weighs in on what to know before renovating a brownstone.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation with Sweeten.



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