Manage a renovation long distance? Sounds scary. But not if you are Rick and Chris Schwartz, of White Plains, New York. In one mad eight-week dash, they snapped up an unheated 19th-century beach cottage, found a general contractor through their Realtor, pored over pictures of period kitchens on the Internet, collaborated with a cabinetmaker on design and layout, and chose the tile, fixtures, and appliances.
The gut redo made way for a more open layout, updated plumbing and wiring, a first-time heating-and-cooling system, and period details throughout.
Dave Knecht Homes, Hinsdale, IL; 630-537-1023Carpentry:
Village Carpentry & Builders, Westmont, IL; 630-241-7278Floor refinishing and painting:
D Painters, Vineyard Haven, MA; 508-560-2630Sink:
Shaws; rohlhome.comFaucet: KohlerDish towel and tea cups: IKEAGlass creamer: Williams-SonomaGlass cake stand: Crate and BarrelYellow dishware: