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Kitchen of the Week: A Dog House Steals the Show in a Studio AC Design, Ikea Cabinets Included

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Kitchen of the Week: A Dog House Steals the Show in a Studio AC Design, Ikea Cabinets Included

April 25, 2019

Here’s proof that a single detail can elevate a design from nice to newsworthy. The transformative feature came from a line in the clients’ brief asking architects Studio AC of Toronto to see if they could find a place for a dog bed in their new kitchen. Given that space was at a premium, “it wasn’t an insignificant request,” note the architects (AC stands for Architecture and Collaboration).

The solution they came up with makes use of a central, multipurpose geometric volume and Ikea cabinets customized with CaesarStone and open shelving. A long counter divides the kitchen from the living area and Rusty’s dog house masterfully fits underneath—out of the way but positioned front and center.

Photography by Sarjoun Faour, courtesy of Studio AC.

The kitchen is integrated into a floor-to-ceiling birch plywood structure that also contains a foyer, closet, and stairs. The wide-plank floor is lightened plywood sealed with a matte polyurethane.
Above: The kitchen is integrated into a floor-to-ceiling birch plywood structure that also contains a foyer, closet, and stairs. The wide-plank floor is lightened plywood sealed with a matte polyurethane.
“Rather than imagine a home comprised of rooms within an open plan, we conceived a room revolving around a singular mass,” write the architects. “The mass provides the aesthetic grounding for the project while also containing all of its support functions in a clean plywood wrapper.”
Above: “Rather than imagine a home comprised of rooms within an open plan, we conceived a room revolving around a singular mass,” write the architects. “The mass provides the aesthetic grounding for the project while also containing all of its support functions in a clean plywood wrapper.”
The kitchen is fitted with simple white Ikea cabinets paired with custom overhead open shelving of painted wood. The counters are white CaesarStone (read about it in Remodeling 101: 7 Things to Know about Engineered Quartz Countertops). 
Above: The kitchen is fitted with simple white Ikea cabinets paired with custom overhead open shelving of painted wood. The counters are white CaesarStone (read about it in Remodeling 101: 7 Things to Know about Engineered Quartz Countertops). 

“The plywood volume is used to lengthen the relatively modest floor plan,” explain the architects. “By stretching itself across the programs and extending the kitchen surface, the plywood volume creates a functional graphic that leads the eye across the space.”

The refrigerator is fitted into the plywood volume but left undisguised. The range has a tiled backsplash and the two-tiered overhead shelves conceal the exhaust fan.
Above: The refrigerator is fitted into the plywood volume but left undisguised. The range has a tiled backsplash and the two-tiered overhead shelves conceal the exhaust fan.
The matte black faucet is Vigo’s Gramercy pull-down design; $169.90 from Build.com. The hanging ceramic lights were supplied by the clients; for something similar see 10 Easy Pieces: Terracotta Pendant Lights.
Above: The matte black faucet is Vigo’s Gramercy pull-down design; $169.90 from Build.com. The hanging ceramic lights were supplied by the clients; for something similar see 10 Easy Pieces: Terracotta Pendant Lights.
A custom wood rod and S  hooks provides hanging storage.
Above: A custom wood rod and S  hooks provides hanging storage.
Rusty’s house is composed of plywood “painted so it can pop against the plywood mass it lives in.”
Above: Rusty’s house is composed of plywood “painted so it can pop against the plywood mass it lives in.”

Floor Plan

Studio AC was tasked with remodeling a 1,500 square foot two-story house. The ground floor, shown here, has a dining and living area that surround the central kitchen/stair volume.
Above: Studio AC was tasked with remodeling a 1,500 square foot two-story house. The ground floor, shown here, has a dining and living area that surround the central kitchen/stair volume.

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