beach cottage kitchen remodel with teal custom kitchen cabinets, subway tile, marble countertops
Photo: Anthony Tieuli

Long-Distance Beauty: After

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.

Shown: 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.

General contractor: Dave Knecht Homes, Hinsdale, IL; 630-537-1023
Carpentry: Village Carpentry & Builders, Westmont, IL; 630-241-7278
Floor refinishing and painting: D Painters, Vineyard Haven, MA; 508-560-2630
Sink: Shaws;
Faucet: Kohler
Dish towel and tea cups: IKEA
Glass creamer: Williams-Sonoma
Glass cake stand: Crate and Barrel
Yellow dishware: Antique
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