StudioAC inserts plywood unit complete with dog bed into Toronto home

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Sheridan Residence by StudioAC

StudioAC inserts plywood unit complete with dog bed into Toronto home

A sleeping area for the family dog is the focal point of this house in Toronto, which Canadian architecture firm StudioAC renovated using a plywood insertion to add storage space.

Sheridan Residence by StudioAC

The two-storey Sheridan Residence, measuring 1,500 square metres (139 square feet), was fully renovated by the local firm.

Sheridan Residence by StudioAC

They added a unit built from plywood to divide up the ground floor, creating a foyer, a living and dining area, and a kitchen that wrap around the central wooden box.

Sheridan Residence by StudioAC

The floor-to-ceiling volume encloses storage spaces and hides the staircase, and extends out at counter level to provide additional kitchen workspace.

Sheridan Residence by StudioAC

"For this small west Toronto renovation, rather than imagine a home comprised of rooms within an open plan we conceived a room revolving around a singular mass," said StudioAC.

Sheridan Residence by StudioAC

But most importantly for the clients, it holds a small house-shaped nook where their dog Rusty can sleep.

Sheridan Residence by StudioAC

"The genesis of producing a space for the pup came out of a simple line in the brief, requesting we consider a space for a dog bed," the studio said. "With such a modest amount of space it wasn't an insignificant request."

Sheridan Residence by StudioAC

The kitchen is designed with all-white surfaces and a high-gloss backsplash to reflect light in the space.

Sheridan Residence by StudioAC

Upstairs are two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a master bedroom with en-suite, all following the white and wooden palette that runs throughout the home.

Sheridan Residence by StudioAC

The staircase has white-washed wooden steps to match the walls, and wide-plank timber floors are stained a light colour to blend in with the plywood.

StudioAC has renovated two other homes in Toronto with a similar aesthetic. They include an apartment with timber enclosures that highlight the residence's structural core and another that has a bedroom housed inside a millwork box with a white archway.

Photography is by Sarjoun Faour.

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Sheridan Residence by StudioAC
Ground floor plan
Sheridan Residence by StudioAC
First floor plan
Sheridan Residence by StudioAC
Design plan