K.V. outfitted her backyard retreat with a few necessities for a summer siesta or kicking back with friends and local fare. The elevated seating area in the back includes handpicked Acapulco chairs in bright colors, plus a fire pit and hammock (which she considered tossing until she made peace with the fact that she spent most of her days relaxing here).

A Backyard Reno Fashions into an Urban Retreat

East Village kitchen features a laundry cabinet with an LG front-load washer and dryer pair!

Before & After: Henry's East Village Condo Renovation

A dramatic East Village condo renovation with a full kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom upgrade that leaves you in awe.

Uptown hallway closet with blue-gray paint and stacked white Bosch washer and dryer next to revamped hallway linen storage.

Before & After: Laura and Peter's Uptown Bathroom Renovation - Sweetened!

Uptown hallway closet with blue-gray paint and stacked white Bosch washer and dryer next to revamped hallway linen storage.

Sleek Greenwich Village kitchen features custom-built natural oak cabinetry, allowing this family to pack in specialized storage and a concealed, stackable washer/dryer, all within a slim space.

Holly and Christian’s Kitchen and Bath Renovation - Sweeten in Greenwich Village!

Her vision for cedar fencing turned out to be the defining element of the project. The yard would be framed by warm, reddened cedar boards, split into a few distinct areas for lounging and dining, and incorporate a bit of natural asymmetry with lots of clean lines. Santiago’s team got to work clearing the yard entirely, pulling up everything until they reached fresh dirt to make way for a clean slate.

A Backyard Reno Fashions into an Urban Retreat

Happy 4th of July from your friends at Sweeten! Enjoy this lush backyard renovation.

A Backyard Reno Fashions into an Urban Retreat

Modern Williamsburg bathroom with a stacked washer/dryer and American Standard toilet.

Before & After: Austin’s Williamsburg Co-op Renovation -- Sweetened!

K.V. took an inventory of friends’ suggestions, many of whom called for a pool, but found herself inspired by the gardens of Mexico and Brazil. Quiet retreats that were more lush than luxe, welcoming spaces for relaxation and fun without being overly designed. Hosting friends and barbecues was top of mind.

A Backyard Reno Fashions into an Urban Retreat

Renovating to Stay in a Well-loved Neighborhood

Renovating to Stay in a Well-loved Neighborhood

Upper West Side Kitchen's centerpiece is a washing machine from LG - smart and efficient use of the space!

Modern Upper West Side Kitchen Renovation

Michelle turned a crumbling garage into the ultimate backyard retreat, a "She Shed" fit for a queen.

She Shed Gives a Derelict Backyard Garage Real Purpose

When Michelle decided to move back home, she renovated a beat-up garage in the backyard and turned the space into the ultimate She Shed

Tired of schlepping their laundry up and down the stairs, Marsha and Adam built a closet for their washer and dryer next door to their bedroom.

Tired of schlepping their laundry up and down the stairs, Marsha and Adam built a closet for their washer and dryer next door to their bedroom.

This lush Brooklyn backyard renovation features stained cedar wood fencing and a table and bench from World Market plus a grill!

A Backyard Reno Fashions into an Urban Retreat

Before & After: A Neglected Brooklyn Backyard Looks Like a Resort Now — Sweeten

Fresh sod was used sparingly but with high impact in the yard’s mid-section to create the green, lush aesthetic that K.V. was after. She’s the first to admit that grass is a lot of work, but it’s helped her acquire a bit of a green thumb, a better sense of gardening, and ambitions for more extensive planting next season.

A Backyard Reno Fashions into an Urban Retreat

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