Liberty Village Loft Home Office and bar

High-gloss laminates continue to be very popular, visit and this project in a loft in Toronto’s Liberty Village is a great example of using high-gloss to its strengths. We designed and installed two areas in this loft, malady a home office that doubles as a wardrobe, page along with built-in bar and linen storage in the other room.

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This home office installation doubles as a bedroom work station and wardrobe.

Wall to wall cabinets in a converted factory loft space, this nook in the bedroom creates a dynamic home office. The cabinet exteriors use a high-gloss melamine called Antracita. The recessed open shelving is a textured woodgrain laminate, this one is called Castellina, and the desk surface uses a formica Stainless Steel laminate. The upper doors lift upwards on stays, and we used stainless steel pulls and handles on drawers and doors. We used LED puck lights over the work surface for task lighting.

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The high-gloss finishes provide a modern contrast to historical brick.

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Using woodgrain laminates for the open shelves provides a further interesting contrast.

Outside the bedroom, we also built two custom cabinets in alcoves that straddle the entrance to the bathroom. On the right side, we built a tall upper structure that serves as linen storage with drawers below, divided with an exposed brick area and another stainless countertop. On the left side of the bathroom entrance we built a bar.

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High-gloss cabinets take advantage of the height and bridge the entrance to the bathroom.

The client supplied an industrial hanging light, which shines through the glass shelves that sit in front of yet more exposed brick. Additional enclosed storage sits below another stainless counter, and all doors and drawers in these cabinets feature handle-less, touch-latch hardware for clean lines. The white high-gloss laminate flows with the rest of this space nicely, leaving the exposed brick and the stainless counters to be the features, whereas in the bedroom, the darker high-gloss laminate on the home office is the defining feature, making the desktop and brick secondary.

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Linen storage is situated between the bedroom and the bathroom.

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This custom bar area features glass shelves in front of exposed brick for a classic look.

High-gloss laminates come in a variety of colors, and are ideal for converted lofts such as this. Ready to get started on your own custom built-in wall unit? Call us during business hours at 416.322.5575, or after hours, use this handy form to request an in-home consultation!

Photos by Aaron Mason.


Complete Toronto Master Bedroom Project

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The first thing of note is that we actually built a platform for the bed itself, including integrated storage below, in the form of functional drawer space. Each side of the bed offers two deep drawers for storage including space for spare bedding. As you see in the detail images below (click to open them enlarged in a new window) the drawers may be opened without getting in the way of the bedding itself. By installing these drawers without handles – the fronts are oversized so you may easily pull them open from below – we avoid creating a hazard for tripping or snags.

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On the window side of the master bedroom, there was a radiator along the wall. To deal with that we installed a radiator cover cabinet (sometimes simply called a ‘rad cover’). We used the same antique white laminate for the structure and door frames as for the rest of the installation, and the client selected an MDF screen which we had painted to match the laminate. The radiator itself did not run the entire length of the room, but for symmetry we installed the screening panels as if they did, and behind some of the doors there is additional storage, while the remainder allow the heat to radiate, and also open for any maintenance and access. The surface below the window neatly abuts the cabinets on the right end – where we provided some wardrobe and drawer storage.

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Antique white master bedroomThe dark counter top used on either side of the bed – a popular woodgrain melamine tone called chocolate pear – creates unified night table space, and on the far side of the room, adjacent to the mirrored wardrobes, extends into a vanity area complete with its own mirrored backing. We also installed LED lights on three separate switches (which are stored inside the drawers on the relevant sides) to create display lighting for the upper glass cabinets, as well as reading lighting for either side of the bed. The LEDs blend nicely with the overhead lighting installed in the room itself. You can see detailed closeups below of the oil-rubbed bronze hardware used for the wardrobe doors (handles to match the knobs used on drawers) along with a pullout wardrobe rail used in this installation. The complete master bedroom project was designed, built and installed by Space Solution using antique white and chocolate pear finishes, with integrated mouldings, crown and other trimming details. To get started on your complete master bedroom, contact us today for a free in-home consultation.

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All photos by Aaron Mason.


The Murphy Bed in a multi-purpose family room

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Wall Bed Rosedale midtownThe room in which we installed this wall unit and Murphy Bed has a lot of features for its daily use that aren’t seen in these shots; a bar, a pool table and of course a couple of comfortable loungers for watching the big game on television – you might even call it a bit of a “man cave”.  And while that’s certainly the main use of the space, there are times when you may have guests coming for extended stays, and that’s where including a Murphy Bed is ideal. Our Murphy Beds use genuine Murphy hardware, with its patented spring-loaded mechanism, which ensures safe, smooth and easy operation and carries a lifetime warranty against failures. The best part is that a genuine Murphy Bed uses actual, standard mattresses (you provide your own) so you or your guests will be as comfortable as though they were sleeping in a regular bed. We use different combinations of springs during the installation to perfectly balance the hardware for the weight of your mattress – it’s so easy to open and close that anyone can use your Murphy Bed confidently and safely.

Other features of this multi-purpose Murphy Bed installation include a wardrobe on the lefthand side, L-shaped shelves that wrap the corner, overhead doors that lift up for bedding storage, 1 1/2″ trims and lips on the open shelves to create a more robust look, a buildup around the vent pipe on the righthand side (which was duplicated to the left of the television for symmetry) and a false door on the lower right containing a vent grill for the air circulation. All in all, this is one of the more unique Murphy Beds we have installed in the past couple of years. There are some additional angles of the finished product below, and if you would like to get started on your Murphy Bed project, you can request an in-home consultation by filling out this handy form.

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Photos of this project by our friends at Metroviews.ca.


High-Gloss Laminate Trends

work station Loft High-gloss laminates are in higher demand than ever before, tadalafil and Space Solutions offers a full range of incredible colors from a variety of sources. Where once upon a time, if you wanted a glossy finish on your cabinets you needed to invest in lacquer finishes – which we still offer as well – you can now choose from a dynamic pallette of solid colors, woodgrains and other patterns with a durable, high-gloss finish for less cost. The home office to the left is from a recent project in a loft space near Liberty Village in Toronto. We used a high-gloss finish called Antracita for the cabinet exteriors – doors, drawer fronts, fillers and end panels. The dark gray hue of the high-gloss board is highly reflective, and brings light to a space in a way that a traditional matte dark finish never could. The cabinet interiors were done using a matte version of the same color. As a contrast, here we used a textured woodgrain melamine called Castellina for the open shelves and back panel above the work surface, and for that surface itself we used a laminate in a stainless steel finish. You can see more of this project on our Houzz page, where we show other angles, and also some additional cabinets in a high-gloss white in the entertaining area. This loft offered an interesting challenge with its rustic restored flooring and exposed brick, and the high-gloss finish proved to be an amazing complement.

High Gloss White Built-In Wardrobe TorontoNo question, white remains the most popular choice in high-gloss laminates, as it is readily available in all formats that we work with – melamine, thermoplastic, HPLs, and more. A high-gloss thermoplastic option is important if you wish to have a formed, shaker-style door, for example, or if you prefer to have the laminate wrap the edge on a flat slab door, instead of the seam you get using melamine and separate edgebanding. But considering that the preference for high-gloss tends to coincide most often with a preference for a flat, linear style, the color options are broadening all the time. Here’s a wardrobe we did for another customer in their condo. We used a high-gloss white thermo laminate, which wraps the edges of the material without seams. Again, as if often the case, we used regular white melamine for the cabinet interiors – basically, you want all the aspects that you see on a regular basis to match, and be that higher-end finish, but there’s no point in using the high-gloss material on the interior where it won’t be seen. Combined with our old favorite, the “towel bar” handle, it makes for a classic combination.

Here are some other examples of different ways to use high-gloss materials on your next project!

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This cabinet was constructed largely using a melamine finish called Aria. But this dual-purpose cabinet needed an innovative way to conceal a television, so we added a sliding panel using a high-gloss melamine called Euroline 2.






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This project featured high-gloss drawer fronts inside the closet, and high-gloss white panels using our sliding door hardware for a truly unique result.






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Here’s a twist on working with high-gloss. In this case, we used a green apple high-gloss for the back panels on this wood grain Murphy Bed. In combination with the LED lights we added across the top, the contrast of the glossy backers with the matte melamine really stands out.

Come to our showroom, where we can show you our full range of high-gloss options, and see how we work. And then set up an in-home consultation to meet with our of our designers, who will take measurements and go through concepts with you, and come up with a plan for your next project. Ready to book now? Fill out this handy form and one of us will be in touch to get started!


Storage solutions for a modern Toronto condo

Today we’d like to do a walk-through of a project we did in a modern Toronto condo, website with solutions in a variety of areas. You’ll see different looks and styles for different rooms, see that in the end all work together to create space that is elegant and practical, find and perhaps you’ll find some inspiration for your own home.

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The main showpiece in this condo was this bedroom piece. You know of course that Space Solutions makes Murphy Beds, but we also will create solutions that go around an existing bed. In this case, the clients had a wonderful bed already, and the task was to create a storage solution that went around it and worked with it, what is sometimes known as a bed surround. Our designer, Christopher, came up with a concept that looks great, and provides both a useful storage solution as well as a live and work space. To the left of the bed, we built a tall, narrow cabinet for enclosed storage, and the base of it protrudes and acts as a night table, so there’s a convenient space for a book, an alarm clock, a cell phone, etc. On the right-hand side, a desk was created for a work space, open at the bottom for legroom, and with convenient cubby hole storage directly above it. Across the top, and bridging the two sides, we built a creative series of open and enclosed storage, for display and easy-to-get-to areas, as well as concealed storage for things you may not want left out in the open, such as extra bedding behind the wide upper door.

Keeping things bright and light, we built the bulk of the structure using white melamine – also used for the closet peeking through the door to the right – and added exterior trims and facing with a high-gloss white finish, a popular, modern touch. The framed glass doors may look like aluminum, but they’re actually board, framed using a thermo laminate called Stainless. The doors then had the same white lami glass we used for our sliding doors inserted for a great look. For hardware we used the ever-popular “towel bar” style of handle in stainless steel, and we added a pair of LED puck lights above the sleeping area to provide more light for reading in bed.

Click on the thumbnails below for more views of this bedroom installation.

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Cayenne maple wall unit condo Toronto bedroomIn addition to the work in the bedroom, we also installed a built-in in the den. This storage solution is a wall unit for general storage, and required some drawer storage as part of things, for smaller loose items that don’t stay as well on shelves. In order to preserve the clean, vertical lines of the doors, we placed the drawer behind them. The drawer boxes themselves are the same size as they otherwise would be, but without the addition of a face or extra handles. So on the outside, you see a series of doors with consistent handles, but inside, it varies. This cabinet was built using melamine in Cayenne Maple, with flat doors; you might have thought that a crown moulding doesn’t go with flat fronts, but as you can see here, it works quite nicely and finishes off the cabinet. Click on the thumbnails below to see interior views of the drawers.

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china cabinetLastly, we also installed a simple built-in in the client’s dining room. This cabinet features a combination of solid doors for concealed storage as well as doors with clear glass inserts for display. Again, we added LED lighting to the cabinet for illuminating their display items, and further used glass for the shelves so that the light can pass through. This cabinet was built using a combination of melamine and thermo laminates in Chocolate Pear, with shaker-style solid doors. All three areas of the home feature different colors, different hardware and even different lines, but everything works in this condo. This was a new location for the client, but this approach also works nicely for you if you’re living in a house, and/or have lived there for many years.

Blending traditional design details with fresh, modern lines is always exciting and effective, and we can help you with that. It’s what we’ve been doing since 1986! To get started on your next home project, you can visit our showroom in The Sunnybrook Plaza, or use this handy form to request an in-home consultation – we’ll take the measurements and bring samples and portfolio to go through ideas with you, and in just a few weeks you can be enjoying your own custom storage solution.


The Condo Wardrobe – Stylish and Essential

Condo Home Office Toronto High Gloss White Laminate wardrobeWe all know that condo living has its advantages and disadvantages, ed and one of the latter can be space. Fortunately, site Space Solutions has been dealing with small and unusual spaces for 27 years now, and our expertise and custom design really got a workout on this recent project. The home office shown to the left is situated in a condo between its entrance and an open kitchen. On the immediate left of the cabinetry is the original entrance closet – that closet is half-occupied by the stacked washer and dryer, with the remaining half being used for storage of cleaning products and linens. After replacing the standard builder-grade mirrored doors with our own aluminum-framed white lami glass doors, we needed to create a new closet wardrobe for the entrance. The tall cabinet section in this photo shows the wardrobe that we built, complete with drawers below. We used high-gloss white laminate for all exteriors, to match the facing of the kitchen cabinets, which are opposite this unit. The light source atop the cabinets is something we provided, we used LED strip lighting across the wardrobe top, facing the ceiling, to provide some ambient lighting for that corner, as the overhead fixture is a bit distant. Along the adjacent wall, we built a desk, which includes file drawers down below, and an overhead cabinet with lift-up doors. All doors and drawers on the wardrobe and cabinets feature touch-latch hardware (press the door or drawer lightly and it pops open) avoiding handles or knobs, and preserving the clean lines of the design.

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The bedroom presented another challenge. There were two narrow closets on either side of the entrance to the en suite bathroom. Each was again covered with a pair of very narrow, builder-grade sliding mirrored doors. We wanted to increase the access to the wardrobes, and at the same time increase their usefulness, without affecting access to the bathroom in between. The solution: our top-hung bypass doors. Using the same door profiles and glass as our regular sliding doors, we use their top-hung hardware to create a single large panel for each closet, which slides completely to the side, in front of the bathroom door, to reveal the entire left or right closet. The top hang feature means that there is no floor track in front of the entrance to the bathroom, so you don’t have to steop over it each time you enter and exit. And while it is unlikely that one would need closet access while the bathroom is in use, on the off chance that happens, the doors have the same grip on front of back so they may be opened and closed from either side.

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In the second bedroom there was another small closet. In this case, we used our regular version of our sliding doors, and again replaced the existing mirrored doors. For the interior, we did something that we also did in the left hand closet of the master closet above, and built our drawers extra deep to get the most capacity out of them, but left the shelves shallower in order to make them more useful higher up. In both closets, we made the drawers with scooped fronts to again avoid handles – in this case, it was to ensure they did not interfere with the sliding doors.

We also recorded some video clips of this project, and will be sharing them soon!


High-Gloss Laminate Cabinets

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In addition to custom factory-painted options, did you know that you can finish your custom solutions with a wide range of High-Gloss laminates?  Often a more economical option than factor-painting, High-Gloss laminates are available in a wide range of colours, although it is safe to say that white is the most popular option by far.  Typically a cabinet like the wardrobe shown here is largely fabricated using white melamine for the structure and interior, saving the High-Gloss finish for the exterior. You can select from a variety of profiles that will take the laminate, for doors, drawer fronts and trims. The built-in wardrobe shown here conceals a combination of shelves, clothes hanging and drawers, and serves as a striking feature in this contemporary home. The centered handles on the doors also make a unique focal point.


There’s more than one kind of closet

Space Solutions designs and builds all sorts of closets. Sometimes we hear, stuff “It’s just a closet.”  Well, page there are closets and then there are closets.  From one to the next, closets vary in size, style and purpose, as unique as their owners and the homes they are within.  We wanted to talk a bit about closet styles and variances to help give a better understanding of what we can do for you.

Reach In Closets

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A typical reach in closet is about two feet deep. Width and height will vary from home to home. In Toronto, many older homes (say, from the early 20th century) and newer condos will have reach in closets exclusively. Even in some larger houses and condos, the entrance closet is commonly a reach in closet, and bedrooms may have them as well. Depending on the type and size of the doorway, a typical solution for a bedroom will be to place a tower of shelves and/or drawers in the center, with a combination of single-hung long clothes and double-hung short clothes on either side, like in the picture to the left.  You may add a shelf or two for shoe storage below the long clothes section. While not always the case, you are probably less likely to add a lot of decorative detail to a reach in closet. Some things, like moldings or baseboard details will eat up a little space, and in a smaller closet that isn’t always practical. The closet to the left is white, but changing the finish, or in the event of drawers, you may add a decorative profiled face to them, which can beautify the space without reducing capacity.  Linen closets and closets in spare bedrooms, dens and such are also often reach ins, even in a larger home.

Walk In Closets

Maple Walk In Closet Space Solutions Toronto Now a Walk In closet, as the name implies, is a closet deep enough to walk into.  Again, they will come in all sorts of shapes and sizes: some condos in Toronto have walk ins that are long but narrow, sometimes resulting in using the space as an L shape; other walk ins may be more square, allowing for a U shape in what goes inside, assuming the doorway is centered on one wall.  We’ve encountered walk ins which have angled walls, spaces that have more than four sides, and even closets with windows in them – all things that we can work around. In a walk in closet, there is naturally more room to work with, so decorative detail is more practical.  The closet shown to the left features built-up trims on the gables and shelves that beef up the appearance, and there is also a simple base detail.  A walk in closet may be a shared space, in which case each person using the closet may get a side, with the balance of the space being shared.  A man’s side typically will have less long clothes hanging than a woman’s side, unless he prefers to hang his pants long by the cuff.  Whether one or two people are using a walk in closet, there will often be a bank of drawers or two, with the goal of letting you do away with a potentially bulk dresser out in the room.  There’s also the potential for a tower for shoes and handbags, a jewelry drawer, even a wall mounted mirror. But walk in closets aren’t just for bedrooms – we’ve organized them for entrances, mudrooms, pantries off the kitchen, even general storage in the basement.

Dream Closets

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A Dream Closet is a walk in closet, fully dressed. This usually means that whatever arrangement we build, it likely has a base detail, flutes (columns), crown molding, perhaps decorative moldings on shelves, and back panels throughout. A dream closet generally wraps around all available space, and will have a lot of decorative upgrades. The one shown to the left is in Antique White, has the aforementioned flutes, base, moldings and backs. You’ll also note the upgraded drawer faces, crystal knobs (to match the chandelier), doors with glass inserts and a vanity mirror – not to mention the island. Not every walk in closet can accommodate an island, as you need to leave walking space between your clothes and the cabinets. But if you do have room for one, it is a great touch to have. This island even features a bench area, so you may sit and tie your shoes in your closet!  A dream closet can double as a dressing room.  We often find ourselves designing dream closets in an unused spare bedroom, which is when working around a window may come into play.  This example uses a somewhat traditional style in its detailing, but we can certainly achieve more contemporary looks by using more urban looking profiles, hardware and finishes.

What if I don’t have a closet?

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Let’s say that for some reason, your bedroom does not have a closet attached to it. Maybe the house has been renovated, and the bedroom expanded at the expense of the closet. Now what? Well, there’s a couple of things we can do. For one, Space Solutions can design and install a custom wardrobe in the room. Something like this does not need to run wall to wall, and can be positioned and laid out according to your preferences. The wardrobe in the picture on the left, again in Antique White with a traditional style, features deeper sections on the ends that have clothes hanging within; the middle section is recessed and had drawers below with shelves behind doors above. That recess makes the overall appearance less imposing in the room, and provides an attractive, effective solution to the space. Again, you can achieve different looks depending on profiles and color options. (We have found this look to be quite popular, and have replicated it for multiple customers!)  As an alternative to building a wardrobe, consider using our sliding doors – choose either the Niagara or Aventura profile and choose from a wide range of insert materials, and we can install doors along the end of the room to section off part of the bedroom and then fill that space inside with organization.  Don’t want to go wall to wall? No problem. The doors are made to order and if you prefer, we could take a portion the space, install panels at the place you wish to have them stop and make a smaller closet.

At our showroom in The Sunnybrook Plaza we have examples of reach in and walk in closets, and portions of the dream closet above are on display here too.  As always you can request a free in home consultation by filling out and submitting this simple form, or you may call the showroom during business hours to speak to one of us.


A Before And After Story

Here’s a great example of what you can do the get the most out of a small space.  Our client lives in a 500 square foot condo in Liberty Village.  The rooms of course are tight, pharmacy and the existing closet was not working for him.  While the room has a 9 foot ceiling, more about the doors were of standard height, unhealthy which meant the upper space in the closet was inaccessible.  The builder had provided lightweight sliding panel doors, which further hindered the access, and the interior had a set of wire shelves which did not work well with the sliding doors – you could really only access clothes hanging from one side, and the result was an unattractive, inefficient mess.  We needed to find a way to make this closet work better and look better, too.

The first step, was opening up the space.  The client removed the doors, shelves and even the header above the doors, which then gave us full access to the entire space.  We created cubby storage up above with lift up doors for long term storage.  We increased his clothes hanging capacity by double hanging his clothes in cabinets at either end.  We added drawers to the center, where he can store ties and belts and other small things, and then some open shelves.  Not only are open shelves useful for quick access, but they also make the space feel roomier.  In the original closet, the plain white doors were dreary and overwhelming.  The open shelves help make the room feel a little bigger.  Click on the thumbnail below for a closer look.

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The noteworthy details here are the framing, doors, and hardware. By applying a simple face frame molding between the sections, we not only obscure the places where cabinets meet, it also beefs up the look.  These frosted glass doors are a beautiful detail that really make the closet, completing a hip, urban look.  Similarly, the stainless steel handles provide the perfect accent to cap everything off.

Watch the video below for a tour of the space, so you can see first hand exactly what we did.