Dining Room Custom Built-in Wall Unit

Any custom wall unit needs to serve a variety of purposes and functions, and this custom built-in wall unit meets and exceeds those expectations! Here we have a custom cabinet that offers sensible storage, offers a bench for extra seating and makes a statement.

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A statement-making wall unit in a Toronto waterfront condo

The striking custom cabinet is both eye-catching and an effective use of the limited space available in a Toronto condo. Nestled snugly between the air return on the left and the electrical / thermostat on the right, this design uses space efficiently and with its varied depth, the upper section does not overwhelm the room. Two-tone designs continue to set the trend, and here we have combined a woodgrain melamine finish called Sand Molina Ash with factory-painted white doors for a beautiful look. The uppers on this custom built-in wall unit feature touch-latch hardware on doors that are arranged in a playful, asymmetrical pattern, which really brings the structure to life.

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With the table moved aside, a view of the bench with drawers below a (client-supplied) cushion

Tucked underneath the seating area, for which the client supplied a complimentary cushion and padded back, are three pullout drawers, which feature handle-less touch-latch operation, like the doors above, so that there is nothing to get snagged on. We built this wall unit to the ceiling, and the fills across the top mimic the kicks across the bottom, for a complete, custom-fitted installation.

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Setting the handles on the outsides allows for easy access to the storage behind the tall doors

Any custom built-in wall unit requires creative thinking. A great example on this project is the application of the tall doors on the sides. Most of the time, the dining table and chairs will be positioned closely in front of the custom cabinet, and maintaining access to the storage within is important. Usually, for the sake of the look the rule is to place handles towards the center of a custom wall unit, but doing that would have made access to the interiors awkward, as the hinges would have been positioned on the outsides, and the doors would swing towards you. So instead, we flipped that – by placing the handles on the outer edges, the hinges are now closer to the center, making it easier to open the doors and reach inside when the furniture is in place.

What do you think? Are you 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.


Great Wall Media Center Custom Cabinet

Custom cabinets are what we do – whether that’s in a closet or any other part of the home. We make custom cabinets for all of your storage needs, and they are tailor made for your space and tastes. This recent multi-purpose solution features a variety of finishes and solves multiple needs, and is a great example of how a custom cabinet can serve multiple goals.

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Family room built-in with desk surface, book storage and media center.

The recent trend in custom cabinets has been to use more than one finish, most often a two-tone approach. This project, however, involves four different finishes, and while that could get busy, our designer Paulina put together a combination that is subtle and effective. The main finish used here for the structure of this custom cabinet is a dark gray called Anthracite, in a soft-to-the-touch finish known as Supermat, which is rapidly gaining in popularity. In this case it serves as the foundation of the design, used for the carcass of the custom cabinet itself, as well as the open shelving and desk surface on the left, which is creatively angled in front of the job in the wall. Anthracite nicely balances against the soft, lighter gray tone of the client’s walls.

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Sliding door panels part to reveal a TV.

This built-in wall unit serves also as a media center, and the center of the cabinet is faced with sliding door panels in a woodgrain melamine called River Rock. The tracks for the sliding door panels are embedded in the Anthracite structure, and (being made of aluminum) nicely blend into the dark gray. The upper (lift-up) and lower (hinged) doors on this custom cabinetry use high-gloss White laminate, which nicely reflects light from the adjacent window. The fourth finish at work here is the factory-painted accent shelf that spans the wall near the top, including bridging above the “floating” side bookshelf cabinet. In this case, a Benjamin Moore finish called Spa Day was used – our painter works with any colour provided in a variety of sheens, and sprays a gorgeous, even finish.

Here’s what the sliding doors on this custom cabinet look like “in action”:

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Here is another angle on this custom cabinet installation. All photos by Aaron Mason.

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We would love to help you get started on your custom cabinet project today! To begin, call us at 416.322.5575 during business ours, or fill out this form to request a free in-home consultation with one of our designers!


The Dream Closet of Your Dreams

Painted Dream Closet TorontoA Dream Closet can mean different things to different people. It can be space for your entire shoe selection, it can be places for your jewelry, it can be enough clothes hanging for your entire wardrobe, it can a range of accessories that make your closet as beautiful as it is functional. In this case, we present a space that does all of the above! In general terms, when we talk about a “Dream Closet”, we are describing a custom closet solution that goes beyond mere functionality, and also incorporates many decorative upgrades. A solution like this will typically cover the majority of the available wall space, and utilize a series of built-in cabinets to complete your closet. A typical Dream Closet will often include:

  • raised panel drawer fronts and/or doors
  • crown mouldings
  • solid back panels throughout the closet
  • baseboard details
  • specific hole drilling

Other details that may into play in a Dream Closet arrangement can include lights, glass, accessories for ties, belts and laundry. The closet featured here is an example of a factory-painted project. With factory painting, you pick a colour from the paint deck, any colour you like. While most often of course people will select a white or an off-white, as in this scenario, you could in theory pick a bright red or a purple, anything you like!

Painted Dream Closet Toronto cutout This Dream walk in Closet features cabinets on all walls, providing ample clothes handing for both long clothes as well as double hung short clothes hanging. Drawer fronts feature a modified Shaker-style front with crystal knobs for added elegance. Adjustable shelves have an ogee edge detail and are located in groupings of holes to minimize visual distraction yet still provide flexibility, and all vertical panels are finished with decorative flutes that match the drawer fronts. With a crown up top and a decorative base, this closet is detailed from top to bottom. Shoes are stored on angled shelves using brushed chrome fences to hold shoes in place. In the picture to the left you can see we also left access to the drop down hatch that leads to the attic – you never know when you’ll need to get in there!

Painted Dream Closet Toronto Iron BoardOther features of this closet include tie and belts racks, and fabric liners for drawers which are themselves installed using automatic soft-closing hardware.To the left you will see another feature: a hidden fold-away ironing board. The upper “drawer face” in this case drops down on hinges and reveals a collapsible ironing board. The board is hinged and folded for storage behind the false drawer front – you pull it forward, unfold it and employ the support on its underside to stiffen it, and rotate it to the position that is most convenient to you. This item also employs soft-closing hardware on the mechanism, and means you can do away with your free standing ironing board and finding a way to store it.

Click the image below for closeups of some of the other details on this beautiful walk in Dream Closet!

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Want a Dream Closet of your very own? Call us today to get started, or request an appointment using this handy form.


Custom Window Seats

Here’s an interesting project we did recently.  The client had existing cabinets on either side of his fireplace in a beautifully detailed home in Riverdale.  The request was to build a low cabinet to serve as a window seat with storage inside, that would complement the existing cabinetry and match it as closely as possible.  You can see the results below – click on a thumbnail to see a full sized image.

We built the cabinet out of MDF and had it factory-painted.  (Our production shop has a spray facility for factory finishes.)  MDF is used for paint-able cabinetry, as it provides a consistent surface for even coverage – and also allows for profiles, like the applied molding on the drawer fronts, the baseboard detail and the wonderful edge detail on the surface.  To properly fit a cabinet like this, we perform two site visits with the installation team.  The initial trip is what we call the dry fitting: before the cabinet is painted, we bring it to the site to scribe the surface and do any of the tight fitting.  (In older homes like this one, right angles are few and far between, so some cutting is to be expected, and you don’t want to be cutting the unit after painting, as that would risk ruining the finishing on the perimeter.) After confirming the fit, the cabinet is then brought back to the shop for painting, and once that has been completed, the finished cabinet is then installed, and the handles attached.  The client then outfitted his new window seat with a stylish cushion, and the result is a piece of furniture that is as beautiful as it is functional.

We can also install the cabinet for you as unfinished MDF, in which case you – or a  painter you might hire – would paint it afterwards.  You can use whatever paint you might be using say for your baseboards, and the cabinet can blend right in.  It may depend on the size and look of your project which way you’d want to go – and of course, what your budget is, as painting it yourself will be more economical than a factory finish.  We have examples of cabinets both factory-painted and hand-painted in our showroom, so you can see the results for yourself.

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Did You Know Space Solutions Does Painted Cabinets?

Most often, when we are custom building cabinets for closets and other spaces we will use laminates – melamine and thermofoil most often, and for some applications, arborite or formica for more heavily-used surfaces, such as desktops and counters.  But sometimes you will want a look that is a step above what any laminate can give you.  It may be a built-in cabinet in your living room, such as a library unit or cabinets straddling a fireplace; perhaps a built-in entertainment center in your family room or den.  Painted units offer you the ability to match any colour, so you can have a finished installation that is really part of the home.   You can take advantage of any available trim and door profile, without the limitation of colour availability.  Accenting your final storage solution with the decorative hardware of your choice provides you with unending possibilities and unsurpassed elegance.

There are two main options when having a paintable cabinet built.  One way is to have the cabinet fully installed in unfinished board, so that post-installation you, or a painter, paints the finished product in your home.  This is ideal when working with larger pieces, say a wall to wall section that will be matching the rest of the home.  We can still provide the hardware for your project, as you’ll want handles and pulls installed after the painting is completed.  We have an example of this type of option installed in our showroom at The Sunnybrook Plaza.

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The other option is to have the components factory painted at our facility prior to installation.   The cabinet above – click on the thumbnail to enlarge it – which we recently installed in a client’s home, was factory painted in a black lacquer.  (We’ve lightened the image slightly so you may see the detailing.)  This design features baseboard detail and fluted columns at either end, Shaker style doors on the ends and flat panels in the middle, to accommodate the fabulous locking mechanism in the center.  The counter features an ogee molding around its edge, and the entire cabinet is custom fitted to occupy an alcove in the client’s home.  A beautiful focal point that will be a defining feature for years to come.

To learn more about how we can build a custom painted solution for you, please visit our showroom, or contact us to set up a complimentary in-home consultation.