A young family wanted to move back to Toronto after more than a decade of living in New York, but they didn't want to leave the feel of that city entirely behind. They found a home in a walkable neighborhood that delivered the space their former apartment lacked — it just had to be updated from its 50-year-old layout.
The property had good bones, but it was broken into many small rooms that closed everything off. The owners desired something sleek, like what they had in New York, so they brought on the help of Studio AC to transform the interior into a more modern and functional address. "It was dark and antiquated — it needed updating," architect Jennifer Kudlats said. "They were looking for an open and cohesive project with storage, light, and space."
The firm opted to organize the new layout by using a "support spine" that contains plumbing, storage, and mechanical materials. The spine isn't hidden, instead its openings are highlighted with white oak accents that run up the walls and ceilings throughout the 3,000-square-foot site. Now the family can start a new chapter in a familiar place, using a style they picked up along the way.