The other crucial change is the overhang of the countertop, which creates a breakfast bar. Such a simple, subtle design tweak, and yet it completely transforms the countertop into a much more usable space.
Of course, there are upgrades in the materials and the backsplash tiles, too. But overall these are relatively inexpensive changes you can make without demolishing the entire room or reconfiguring the layout.
• See the renovation at Canadian House & Home
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(Images: Mark Burstyn and Andrew Grinton/Canadian House & Home)