Month: March 2020

Elegant and Functional Tips to Transform Your Bathroom into a Relaxing Place

Elegant and Functional Tips to Transform Your Bathroom into a Relaxing Place

Elegant and Functional Tips to Transform Your Bathroom into a Relaxing Place: In a time like this where stress takes a giant role in our daily lives, it is crucial to take some  time for a personal retreat. Whether it is a bubble bath or a hot shower, it is also fundamental to take into account other aspects around us. Maison Valentina’s collection is versatile enough  to include different styles, shapes and sensations – products that can turn any bathroom to a relaxing sanctuary.

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Sweeten’s Renovating Neighborhoods to Watch in 2020

Sweeten’s annual report reveals the top renovating neighborhoods for 2020 in New York City and beyond

Sweeten 2019 Top Renovating Neighborhoods(Above) Click here to see the top renovating neighborhoods to watch in 2020 across all New York City boroughs.

Sweeten, a free service that matches renovators with general contractors, services thousands of home renovations across the greater New York City area, New Jersey, and counties in Philadelphia, Connecticut, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami. Based on the renovation projects we see through our own platform, we compiled a report showing the top renovation neighborhoods from 2019. Are you doing home purchasing or home renovation research in 2020? This report is a great place to start your search! We share some highlights below, but we also created our full list of the top neighborhoods in New York City.

2019 Top Renovating Neighborhoods in New York City

The home renovation rate in Williamsburg, Brooklyn doubled from 2018 to 2019, while Flushing and Astoria were renovation hotspots in Queens. The Upper East and West sides continue to be the most frequently renovated neighborhoods in Manhattan, with surges in Morningside Heights and Hamilton Heights. Riverdale maintained first place in the Bronx, with the most Bronx home renovations in 2019.

Stairs in an Upper East Side duplex home renovation

(Above) Jenn + Jon’s Upper East Side full home renovation

2019 Top Renovating Neighborhoods in Long Island & Westchester

On Long Island, Suffolk County experienced a wave of new renovations in Bellport, Riverhead, and Yaphank. In Nassau County, Port Washington, Manhasset and Long Beach renovations grew exponentially. In Westchester, Irvington, Ossining, and Tarrytown lead the county in renovations.

East Hamptons open concept kitchen renovation 2019

(Above) Jennifer + Alex’s Hamptons kitchen remodel in East Hampton

Westchester New York full home and kitchen renovation 2019

(Above) Sara + Mike’s multi-room renovation in Westchester


2019 Top Renovating Neighborhoods in Philly, New Jersey, and Connecticut

In New Jersey, Essex and Hudson Counties had largest increases in renovations. In Essex County, Montclair, East Orange, and Newark saw large increases, with Montclair in the #1 spot. For Hudson County, Jersey City, Hoboken, and North Bergen topped the list. Jersey City continued to hold its first-place lead while also doubling its rate of renovations from 2018.

North Bergen New Jersey basement laundry room renovation 2019

(Above) Cristiana’s basement & laundry room renovation in New Jersey

Philadelphia increased in year-over-year renovations from 2018 to 2019, with Queen Village and Bella Vista as the most-renovated region in Philadelphia County, followed by Brewerytown, North Central, East Passyunk, Whitman, and Lower Moyamensing areas.  Although Philadelphia County had the highest renovation growth in 2019, Montgomery County had the second-highest; especially in Glenside, Willow Grove, and Narberth.

Connecticut saw a 20% increase in renovations in 2019, with Stamford leading the way in Fairfield County, followed by New Canaan.

green Philadelphia kitchen renovation 2019

(Above) A Sweeten kitchen renovation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sweeten full home renovation in Connecticut

(Above) A Sweeten full home renovation in Stamford, Connecticut

We hope you enjoyed our 2019 roundup of Sweeten’s renovation hotspots! If someone you know is doing home purchasing research in 2020, share this report with them for state-by-state renovation trends.

For more information on renovation costs, check out Sweeten’s renovation cost guides for each of these areas (plus a few new states we’re in!)

Set your calendar. Here’s how long an apartment renovation can take.

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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When a Family Transforms with Design-Forward Plans

The renovation trifecta creates the perfect home

The search for a new home would be one this couple could renovate to their specifications. When the family of five purchased their 1,800-square-foot home in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, they would live in the space for 10 months. After the approvals came through, their vision for how they’d live in the space was set including an open concept living area and a larger master bathroom. They posted their project on Sweeten, and with the help of their architect Jessica Wetters and Sweeten general contractor, they hit the winning combination—a creative design flow, communication, and flexibility. And their solution to hiding their tv? Brilliant!

dining room

“After” photos by Pixy Interiors for Sweeten

Guest blog post by Sweeten homeowner

When we purchased our apartment, we knew that we were going to renovate it.  As someone who loves design, I saw the potential and welcomed the opportunity to take a space and figure out how to best make it work for our family of five including three boys (and two dogs). I did not, however, anticipate we would be undertaking a full gut renovation—and while we had renovated before, those projects were a much smaller scope.

Before we closed on our apartment, we began working with our architect Jessica Wetters on how to change the layout of the apartment. The plan was to open it up and improve the light and flow. The living spaces would be connected as well as add a bedroom and a half-bathroom. It was clear to our architect that the apartment required a full-gut renovation and that little could be saved. After a few rounds of revising the plans, we arrived at a layout that achieved our objectives.  


Before we found Sweeten, we began working with a contractor on the budget for the project and costs kept going up. We were at the point where we were cutting parts of the project that were important to us (like millwork) and making compromises we weren’t comfortable with in order to stay within budget. I decided to post our project on Sweeten. It would allow me to add more cost estimates into the mix with their network of general contractors and see if I had unrealistic expectations. 

Sweeten matched us with three contractors, but after interviewing this general contractor, I knew he was the one for our project. Not only did he assure us that he could get us everything we wanted within our budget, but he promised that he would minimize the disruption to our lives and work with our aggressive timeline.   

As soon as we hired him, things moved quickly and once we had all of the necessary approvals, we moved into a rental apartment. Demolition began in February and work was completed over the summer. 

High end kitchen cabinet

The first decision we made was the kitchen. I knew I wanted a Henrybuilt kitchen. I love the functionality and feel of our kitchen. We also planned for a black wall in the living room using huge porcelain tile slabs to camouflage our TV and it turned out even better than I expected. I researched industrial factory doors to connect the living room and bedrooms, but it was over-budget (even the reclaimed factory doors I saw were $7,000+) so I had a door made with a similar look for a small fraction of the cost.

powder room(Above) Newly-built powder room

In addition to opening up the kitchen, foyer, and living room, we enlarged the size of our master bathroom and added closets in unused space in the master bedroom. Throughout the apartment, we replaced the hardwood floors, skim coated the walls, replaced the trim, replaced all of the lighting, and added millwork.

Even though we lived there without a kitchen which wasn’t optimal, there was no question that it would be worth it in the end. 

When I told our Sweeten contractor that our rental ended in June and that we wanted to move back in before the apartment was completed, he worked with us to allow us to do that—despite his strong recommendation that we hold off moving in. Even though we lived there without a kitchen which wasn’t optimal—his crew set up a refrigerator in the middle of the apartment—there was no question that it would be worth it in the end. 


When a couple of unexpected structural issues were discovered during demo that required changes to the layout, our contractor immediately contacted our architect and me and proposed solutions that ended up improving the project. Issues that could have induced panic and delays were addressed efficiently and proactively. Our contractor, our architect, and I met at the apartment nearly every week to discuss progress and make decisions to ensure that the project kept moving forward on schedule.  

We are thrilled with the results. We achieved exactly the look and feel we were going for and I firmly believe that the process went as smoothly and efficiently as it did, thanks to our contractor, his crew, and our architect.  

Thank you for sharing your design vision and renovation with us!


KITCHEN RESOURCES: Cabinets and materials/stain: Henrybuilt. Sink: Signature Hardware. Faucet: KWC. Refrigerator: Sub-Zero. Dishwasher: Miele. Stove, range hood: Wolf. Lighting: Lambert & Fils. Bar stools: Hay.

POWDER ROOM RESOURCES: Floor tile: Artistic Tile. Wall tile: Global Stone Marble. Purist Collection hardware: Kohler. Sink/vanity: Nameeks. Mirror: Rejuvenation. Toilet: Toto. Lighting: Flos.

BATHROOM RESOURCES (vertical tile): Toilet: Toto. Floor tile: The Builder Depot. Bathroom wall tile: Floor & Decor. Shower fixtures & hardware: Trinsic Collection by Delta. Tub: Kohler. Sink & vanity: Wayfair. Shower doors: Alpha Glass. Light fixture: Matteo Lighting. Vanity mirror medicine cabinet: Restoration Hardware.

BATHROOM RESOURCES (walk-in shower): Toilet: Toto.  Floor & wall tiles: Stillness Collection shower fixtures and hardware: Kohler. Shower doors: Alpha Glass. Sink: Nameeks. Light fixture: Sonneman.

LIVING ROOM RESOURCES: Black wall tile: Porcelanosa.

LIVING AREAS RESOURCES: Wooden flooring: Madera. Glass door leading to bedrooms: Upstate Door. Washer/dryer: Electrolux.

BEDROOM RESOURCES: Pendant lighting: Moooi. Sconces: Flos.

To stay or to go during a remodel? Six Sweeten homeowners recount the pros and cons of each.

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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The Finest E-book Selection to Upgrade Your Bathroom Style – Get Yours!

The Finest E-book Selection to Upgrade Your Bathroom Style – Get Yours!


The Finest E-book Selection to Upgrade Your Bathroom Style – Get Yours! – More than any other room in the house, the bathroom provides a place of self-care. Why not give it more attention, and turn this space into a relaxing experience unattainable in any other place? Different styles for different people from Classic to Modern, because each one of us deserve a tailor-made design.

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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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Covet Paris Showroom -The Finest Bathroom Furniture Just a Click Away

Covet Paris Showroom -The Finest Bathroom Furniture Just a Click Away

Covet Paris Showroom – The Finest Bathroom Furniture Just a Click Away – Whether in Porto, London or anywhere in the world, you  can experience Maison Valentina by visiting one of our showrooms, either physically or virtually. Today we present you our space in the City of Lights as well as the top pick bathroom products exposed there.


Covet Paris showcases a wide range of products and the tools needed to boost an interior designer’s creativity and complete the most amazing projects.In one place, more than 1600 products and 1250 inspirations represented through a curated selection of interior design sets, room by room.

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2020 Cost Guide for a Home Remodel in Atlanta

The costs to remodel in Atlanta in 2020; including  kitchen, bath, and whole-home (plus outdoor budgets and permit tips!)

Atlanta home remodel costs 2020(Above) Remodel by Sweeten general contractor Kimberly in Atlanta. Photo: Tomas Espinoza.

There’s no denying Atlanta is a booming city. Between 2010 and 2018, Atlanta was the fourth-fastest growing city in the nation, adding a little less than 700,000 people and now sits at close to six million inhabitants. 

In other words, it’s a great time to put down roots in Atlanta—from restoring a bungalow in Decatur, adding to a classic Georgian-style home in Druid Hill, or remodeling a loft apartment in the Old Fourth Ward. Sweeten, a free renovation platform that matches homeowners with licensed general contractors and tracks their project, offers this guide detailing costs to remodel in Atlanta as a starting point. 

When embarking on a renovation, ‘How much will it cost?’ will likely be your first question. It’s notable in Atlanta that once a renovation budget reaches a couple $100,000s, building a new house instead becomes a major consideration. In this situation, you’ll need to factor in costs to tear down the existing structure and remove debris.

Read on for a breakdown of typical starting costs for remodeling across Atlanta, Georgia, focusing on five categories: full home, kitchen, bathroom, outdoor spaces, and permits.

  • Gut renovation: Starting at around $70$100 psf (per square foot)
  • Low-end kitchen remodel: Starting at $20,000$30,000
  • Mid-range kitchen remodel: Starting at $35,000
  • High-end kitchen remodel: Starting at $65,000
  • Low-end bathroom remodel: Starting at $12,500$15,000
  • Mid-range bathroom remodel: Starting at $20,000
  • High-end bathroom remodel and reconfiguration: Starting at $35,000+
  • Deck composite: $20,000 or $61 psf
  • Wood deck: $14,000 or $44 psf

How much an Atlanta home remodel costs per square foot

A total gut renovation in Atlanta that brings your home down to the studs and dresses it back up again with low-range finishes will likely start at around $70 to $100 psf, according to Atlanta-based Sweeten general contractor Dexter.

He recently worked on a renovation that redid everything except for the basement. “We renovated about 85 percent of this house,” said Dexter. It was a 1950s house that involved redoing the siding, repairing and polishing the original wood floors, remodeling two bathrooms with a custom shower in one and new tub in the other while adding gold-look faucets and an oversized kitchen island with a farmhouse sink. Because of the high-end finishes and custom elements, that renovation came in $120,000 for the end budget. 

Sweeten general contractor Kimberly is currently working on a 3,200 square foot farmhouse renovation. The budget is at $150,000, which includes renovating three bathrooms and expanding the fourth for a larger master suite and a kitchen remodel that includes custom kitchen cabinets and quartz countertops. “We will be making some smart choices to make it look brand spanking new without breaking the budget,” said Kimberly, adding that the owners were rolling their sleeves up to do some work themselves to reduce the budget. 

But still, Kimberly is about to start demolition on the project which will reveal if any rewiring is needed to bring the old building up to code. One issue common in Atlanta’s older homes is subpar work that might have been completed previously by an unlicensed contractor. “The budget could go as high as $225,000,” she said, bringing the farmhouse reno to about $75 psf.

Another factor that can have a big impact on a budget for an extensive renovation is the age of the house and whether it had lead paint or asbestos, according to Dexter. Anything built before 1978, could have lead paint in it. Anything built between the ‘30s and the end of the ‘80s could have asbestos. That’s why Dexter gets homes built in those time periods tested. If it comes back positive, the removal of lead or asbestos could add a few thousand dollars to your budget while pushing your timeline back.

Atlanta remodel costs 2020

How much an Atlanta kitchen remodel costs per square foot

The typical quote detailing costs to remodel a minor kitchen in Atlanta ranges between $20,000 to $30,000 for a 200-square-foot space which includes labor and rough materials such as drywall. This number doesn’t budge all that much because it is mostly calculated on installation rather than materials. In a lower-end kitchen remodel, it’s a good idea to keep lighting where it is while refreshing the fixtures, according to Sweeten expert Kimberly. For a mid to high-end budget, you should be able to change the location of lights.

Additional material costs include elements such as replacing cabinet fronts, a basic granite countertop, basic lighting, energy-efficient appliances, faucets, and resilient flooring. For example, you could go for a good value kitchen appliance package with a dishwasher, fridge, microwave, and oven for $3,500 from Home Depot. A similar package from high-end brands could set you back $20,000

Here’s a look at some mid- to high-range kitchen costs:

  • Mid-range kitchen: Expect the average mid-range kitchen renovation to come in around $175 psf or $35,000 for the Atlanta area. A 200-square-feet space would reveal laminate countertops, a 15-square-foot island, semi-custom wood cabinets, and a double stainless steel sink with a standard single-lever faucet. It also contained a built-in microwave, dishwasher, and custom lighting. Keeping your layout the same will be the biggest factor in keeping your budget down.
  • High-end kitchen renovations came in at around $325 psf or $65,000. A 200-square-foot kitchen would include custom cabinets, built-in sliding shelves, stone countertops, and imported tile backsplashes. The appliances were also kicked up a few notches to include a commercial-grade cooktop and vent hood as well as upscale faucets and a water filtration system.

Atlanta home remodeling, Atlanta bathroom remodel(Above) Remodels by Atlanta-based Sweeten contractor Dennis

How much an Atlanta bathroom remodel costs per square foot

For a typical bathroom quote, expect the cost to come in between $12,500 to $15,000. The budget focuses on installation and does not include some key materials. This gives renovators the freedom to shop for what they want while having greater autonomy over their project’s budget. This cost range does include a vanity with a basic granite top, toilet, and tub or shower. Homeowners can shop for finishes such as faucets, tiles, and mirrors. For a project with a lower budget, Dexter advised renovators to stick to tiles in the $2 psf range and faucets made from chrome or brushed nickel. 

Here’s a look at mid- to high-end bathroom budgets:

  • In the Atlanta area, the average cost of a mid-range kitchen remodel comes in about $20,000 or $571 psf. This range applies to a 35-square-feet space and installing a new porcelain-on-steel bathtub, ceramic tiles, and a recessed medicine cabinet with built-in lighting. A renovation of this level can add about $13,000 to a home’s value, which recoups close to 65 percent of the project’s cost, according to Remodeling’s Cost vs Value report. Not a bad investment.

A popular remodel is taking out the tubs to put in showers. Avoiding this and working with the layout that you have can easily shave off $4,000 in a bathroom budget. 

  • The average bathroom remodel cost in the upscale category starts at around $35,000. For this budget, you could expand your bathroom from 35 square feet to around 100 square feet and can play around with elements like a freestanding soaker tub and a shower with recessed shelves, a frameless glass enclosure, and body spray fixtures. You’re also likely to afford a double-sink and double-mirror vanity with custom draws and wall cabinets. In Kimberly’s experience, a high-end bathroom remodel typically involves using marble or quartz, replacing a rod and shower curtain with glass and adding elements like double shower heads.


Costs for adding outdoor space in Atlanta

If you don’t mind a bit of humidity, an outdoor area can be used year-round (although, a fan and mosquito netting is a smart addition for summer). Add or renovate your deck or patio and it will be like adding another room to your home. 

  • The average price for a 320-square-foot deck made from composite is $20,000 or $61 psf, according to the Cost Vs Value report for 2020. Composite is a mix of wood and plastic, making it more durable to weather and termites than just wood. A project using this material will add about 60 percent of the cost back into your home’s value. If you do use wood, it will reduce your budget by more than 25 percent to $14,000 or $44 psf. A deck made with wood will add 70 percent of the project cost to your home’s value.

Consequently, the majority of Dexter’s clients go with a wood deck rather than composite. A recent client had him rebuild a deck and cover it with flyscreen. It was about 300 square feet and the job was done for a total of $20,000 or about $65 psf.  

Adding stone to a concrete slab for a patio will start at about $12 psf, according to Kimberly. If you want to add lighting and ceiling fans, then add another $5,000 to your budget for fixtures and wiring. An outdoor kitchen could range from $5,000 to $20,000. “In Atlanta, people plan spaces for entertaining purposes,” said Kimberly.

Permit costs in Atlanta

Building permit fees are often calculated by the square footage of your project, or by the overall budget cost. To see how your area’s permits are calculated, check with your local building department. Your general contractor will likely put an estimated amount in your initial budget before a final amount is calculated. “There’s no rule of thumb when it comes to the cost of permits,” said Sweeten contractor Dexter. “Some areas I can pull a permit for $50, but the same job in another county could cost $200.”

It isn’t just the cost of the actual permit that needs to go into the budget. Additionally, you also need to pay your contractors for the time it takes them to pull the permit. In some counties in Atlanta you can file electronically. Other counties, a contractor or architect will need to show up in person with paper plans, said Kimberly. A typical fee to have someone file your permits can range between $300 and $1,000.

The cost of building permits for the city of Atlanta, the area including and immediately surrounding the downtown area, is $7 per $1,000 for construction. Electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits also have their own fees, which start between $75 and $175 per project. Your general contractor will be familiar with the costs and will also be filing your building permits on your behalf. 

Permits vary greatly in different areas of Atlanta. Neighborhoods like John’s Creek and Alpharetta typically have more fees to consider. Permit fees are less expensive in Sugar Hill in Gwinnett County and Forsyth County.

To confirm a budget, a general contractor will want to see the site for a more accurate assessment of costs. Having your “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” list paired with a realistic budget will have you on your way to your dream home. 

Remodeling your home in Atlanta? Sweeten can help!

Now that you know the costs to remodel in Atlanta, post your project on Sweeten and we’ll match you with vetted local general contractors to provide estimates for your remodel, plus we’ll support you throughout your project duration. Meet with your contractor to develop an accurate budget, and you’ll be on your way to the home you’ve always wanted.

Remodeling an old house? Here’s what you should know from energy efficiency to layout changes.

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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Our award-winning design service

At C.P. Hart, we offer a comprehensive professional design service. We have nine dedicated interior designers based in various locations across the business, with 2 having recently won prestigious national design awards; kbbreview Best Bathroom Design (£10,000-£25,000) for Rebecca Milnes of our Regent’s Park Road showroom, and The Designer Magazine added Emma Scott from the Manchester showroom to ‘The Designer List 2020’ hailing all those in the design community that deserve to be recognised for their flair, originality and hard work.


Each of the professional interior designers at C.P. Hart are qualified to degree level before joining the team, and continue to receive ongoing product training throughout their C.P. Hart career. As part of their ongoing design education, they each visit design shows in the UK, France, Italy and Germany, where the latest trends are reported.



Depending on the level of design service you require, we offer two options; Premium and Deluxe. All product lines in the C.P. Hart portfolio are included within the design packages, including furniture, sanitaryware, brassware, tiles, lighting, heating, accessories, home spa, and wellness.  We can also make recommendations on wallpapers and paints to complement the designed schemes.


As part of the service, you will receive mood boards based around your brief, ideal colour scheme and materials as well as initial 2D CAD floorplans. 2D CAD elevations and 3D visuals will then be produced as the design comes to fruition and you are satisfied with the layout and selection of products.



Two members of staff oversee every design project; both a qualified designer and a sales associate, meaning that all aspects are thoroughly checked resulting in a smoother running project.  We also liaise with suppliers and manufacturers on your behalf ensuring that delivery times are factored into the installation process.


Our knowledgeable team can offer help and assistance with choosing the best combination of products to suit your needs within the parameters of the room– sloped walls, low ceilings, water pressure … we will have a range of suitable products for you. With 15 showrooms across the UK, visit your nearest to speak with an expert, or alternatively call us 03457 731 121.

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A Harlem Kitchen Designed with Nostalgic Notes

Storage and lighting add to the home, sweet home quotient

harlem kitchen renovation, kitchen renovation, Sweeten kitchen renovation

“After” photos by Kate Glicksberg for Sweeten

Project: Refreshing an ineffective Harlem kitchen a family has outgrown

Before: When Andréa and her husband purchased an early 1900s four-story brownstone in Harlem, the plan was to rent the top two apartments and live in the 2-bedroom, 2 ½ bath duplex. For a long time, the place felt “soooo big.” That is, until the couple started their family. Now, with an 11-year-old son, a 9-year-old daughter, cat, Romeo, and her husband’s ever-growing record collection, Andréa said, “It started feeling claustrophobic.” 

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The first space in their Harlem home she wanted to tackle: the kitchen. “It’s where I spend a lot of time,” says Andréa. “It was so cluttered and dim. I didn’t enjoy cooking at all. I remember balancing pans on top of each other while making dinner.”

Storage was clearly an issue. “First of all, the shelves in our cabinets weren’t adjustable—so we couldn’t even store cereal boxes or olive oil or anything taller than about eight inches. So we just had a ton of stuff on the counters or on top of the fridge.”

before and after kitchen, kitchen renovation, Harlem kitchen renovation

Appliances ate into counter space as well. “We had this massive microwave that took up an entire baking station, so we lost workspace there, too.” And then there was the lighting. “We had this one dim light that didn’t even light up the area by the sink. We always felt like we were working in the dark. And our dishwasher was dying.”

The two had an unpleasant experience with a master bath reno 12 years ago (Andréa says the contractor took their money and disappeared). This time, they posted their Harlem kitchen renovation project on Sweeten, a free renovation platform that connects homeowners with vetted contractors, and they were immediately impressed.

“I felt like the Sweeten contractor we chose offered the best price for the job,” she said. “His team is very efficient and punctual. It’s great to have someone show up when they say they will and finish on time!”


Although the same 450-square-footprint was retained, their Harlem kitchen was expanded a few feet by knocking down a wall and opening up space for a bar/counter and pantry. 

before and after kitchen, white kitchen, kitchen renovation, Harlem kitchen renovation

Besides improving storage and lighting, Andréa knew the look and style she wanted from their kitchen renovation. “I’m from California, and I miss it all the time—the weather, the sky, the ocean. So I picked colors that reminded me of my hometown of Morro Bay and also the Bay area, where I went to college,” she said. “I liked the idea of gray cabinets. My mom recently did her kitchen in all white, and after two years, it was already showing use. It seemed impractical with two kids.”

The gray stock cabinets reminded her of fog around the ocean (“a win-win”). And the paint, kind of a peach color, was like sunsets—“a soothing combination.”  Even the grout color between white subway tiles has a little peach in it. She felt a quartz countertop was a nice balance. 

before and after kitchen, white kitchen, kitchen renovation, Harlem kitchen renovation

Andréa loves tea, and she has some beautiful blue Fortnum and Mason (a brand based in London) tins, which also reinforced the blue accents. “It’s kind of Jamaica-meets-Miami-meets-Cali-meets-London,” she says.

Andréa says that their contractor’s wife, Suzy, also helped make sure everything went smoothly. “Suzy was a godsend,” says Andrea. “We had a pretty firm budget and I felt like she worked very hard to stay in it without pushing for more expensive stuff or using cheap things. It was a very nice middle ground.”

And the result? A huge success. “I love the whole feel of (the new space),” says Andréa. “The colors are really inviting, and the cabinets make it feel bigger, even though it’s basically the same square footage. Of course, the kitchen is so beautiful, now we want to update everything in the house!”

Bonus: “I love my undercabinet lighting,” she says. “It wasn’t originally in the plans. It was an addition during the reno that has made a huge difference. Also—my hidden recycling bins!”

Thank you, Andréa and your family, for sharing your new kitchen with us!

KITCHEN RESOURCES: Nickel Kitchen cabinets: FabuwoodSink/Faucet: RuvatiDishwasher: BoschLighting: West ElmPaint: Benjamin Moore.


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3 Amazing Decor Ideas to Make your Bathroom Bloom this Spring

3 Amazing Decor Ideas to Make your Bathroom Bloom this Spring



3 Amazing Decor Ideas to Make your Bathroom Bloom this Spring – Winter is still here frosting up the windows, making people search for the warmer spots and the comfort of their home. But good news. Warmer times are coming and the eager for sunny days is growing, as the latest trends are revealed to the homeware industry. Having that in mind, take a look at  Maison Valentina’s suggestions to this bright season.

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