Homes We Love: Mini-Renovation, Mega Improvement


Today I’ve got a little before and after to share from one of my recent client projects. This kitchen had been completely renovated several years ago, but the homeowner called me in to help her change a few things that weren’t working for her. There was an awkward corner cabinet on the back wall, an island without a home, lots of wasted space in the centre of the room, and a backsplash that looked like “bathroom tile” (direct quote from my client).






I knew right away that we needed to make better use of the space in the middle of the kitchen. We came up with a floor plan that moved the existing “island” from end of the kitchen into the work area. Next, I designed a built in unit for the back wall that provides lots of storage and display space and adds some “wow” factor when you enter the room. We made use of the existing cabinets and my cabinetmaker was able to match the style and finish seamlessly for the additional cabinets we added.


One of the existing wall cabinets had a spice drawer attached to the bottom – you can see it in the before photo above. Handy, right? It was a good idea, but the bottom of the cabinet ended up being much too close to the counter. We replaced the cabinet with a new one – no spice drawer – and added under cabinet lighting to instantly make the counter space more functional.


Finally, we banished the bathroom tile and installed a classic subway tile with a little pattern to tie into the dark counter and add some drama.


This kitchen had potential, but needed a few tweaks to really pull it together. This mini-renovation fixed the major issues without too much disruption and made a huge difference in the feel and function of the space. Just goes to show that sometimes a little change goes a long way!

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5 Comments on Homes We Love: Mini-Renovation, Mega Improvement

  1. Jerome
    April 25, 2014 at 4:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Looks great Susan, well done.

  2. Gail Proude
    April 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Love it, Susan. Thank you for a wonderful job!

  3. Meredith Newberry
    April 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Wonderful work Sue and Gail. I love how ‘finished’ the kitchen looks now. The extra storage must be so handy. The art and the drapery make it very cozy too. :)

  4. Pam
    April 26, 2014 at 7:19 am (3 years ago)

    Looks good!

  5. Lisa Goulet
    April 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Great job Sue! So much more functional now, not to mention more attractive.


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