We believe that architecture should serve as a reflection of the people that inhabit the space and we embrace the unique design challenges implicit in each project in pursuit of that ideal.

Studio Z is a professional Architecture Firm specializing in renovations to older Toronto homes. We take delight in maintaining the original character of the home while creating fresh and livable spaces for modern families. We believe that architecture should serve as a reflection of the people that inhabit the space and we embrace the unique design challenges implicit in each project in pursuit of that ideal.

Studio Z offers a full range of services including architecture and interior design, in-house design consultations and construction review. We also guide homeowners through the municipal approvals process through the acquisition of Building Permits and navigating the Committee of Adjustment approvals process. We harness the expertise of structural and mechanical engineers, furniture designers and decorators. In this way we seamlessly execute each project, meeting the lifestyle needs of our clients through the creation of splendid and highly individual spaces.

Scandinavian Inspired Kitchen

 

The focal point of this kitchen addition is a 12' long custom built reclaimed wood island that was conceived both as a work surface and as a dining table for large gatherings.

A custom metal sash window wall takes advantage of the southern exposure and the additional ceiling height bathes the space in natural light.

The refined modern design combines thoughtful touches of vintage character with practical everyday elements that reflect the owner's lifestyle.

Photography: Scott Norsworthy

 

Wood Countered Island with Metal Sash Window Wall Beyond

Main Kitchen Line with Marble Backsplash and Open Shelves with Recessed LED lights.

New Kitchen Addition with Custom Metal Sash Window Wall

View Into New Kitchen Addition from Existing Dining Room

Custom Millwork: Hidden Fridge and Pantry Cabinet

Custom Island with Dishwasher Drawer

Electrical receptacles that sit flush with the surrounding surface, without visible cover plates.

New Rear Addition and Cedar Deck, View from Backyard

Modern Design for a Historic Home

 

This historic home in Summerhill, owned by design professionals, called for a new kitchen, outdoor space and master bathroom.

The outdated kitchen functioned poorly, lacked views to the backyard and captured very little of the natural light. The owners desired as much light as possible as well as a landscaped deck with seating to enjoy private space. The solution was custom designed windows featuring an oversized door in mahogany, providing views to the inviting, newly constructed backyard retreat. A modern kitchen was designed with clean lines, including access to the basement which is concealed in the millwork.

Photography: Nicholas Moshenko  

 

Concealed Door to Basement as Built as Custom Millwork; Closed Position

Custom Bar; Simple White Cabinetry

White Cabinets with Dark Engineered Wood Floor

Master Ensuite; Walnut Vanity, Marble Mosaic Tiles and Walk in Shower

Custom Oversized Mahogany Wood Door

Concealed Door to Basement as Built as Custom Millwork; Open Position

Custom Bar; Simple White Cabinetry

White Cabinets with Dark Engineered Wood Floor and Mahogany Doors to Backyard Deck Beyond

Master Ensuite; Walnut Vanity, Marble Mosaic Tiles and Walk in Shower

New Wood Deck and Concrete Planter with View to Kitchen Doors

Loft Style Master Bedroom 

 

Conceived as an adult retreat, this contemporary third-storey addition replaces the former attic which was too low to provide usable space. Studio Z designed a luxurious, private sanctuary by stripping away the existing roof and building a taller one complete with cathedral ceilings rising to 11 feet.

The loft style space includes a large bedroom with natural light on both sides and cross breeze ventilation, a walk-in closet and a bright and inviting ensuite bathroom.

Photography: Ryan Fung  

 

Attic Addition, 11' loft style Cathedral  ceilings

View of Master Bedroom with Kneewall shelving

Stair Guard Incorporates Bookshelving

Master Ensuite with Custom Designed Tile Pattern

Custom Shelving Throughout space

 Custom Shelves along length of bedroom wall

Hallway to Master Bedroom

Master Ensuite with Custom Designed Tile Pattern

Bespoke Features Throughout

 

Located in Toronto's Parkdale area, this large 125 year old semi-detached house was once divided into several apartments. The home was returned to a single family residence claiming enhanced functional and bespoke features including sound proofing and cleverly designed built-in cabinets throughout. The formerly dark and partitioned home is now bathed in natural light and boasts a welcoming and open ground floor living space.

Designed for a couple who love to cook and entertain, the kitchen was relocated to the center of the home to become a focal point for both daily living as well as special gatherings. This captivating space was achieved by delicately blending a modern aesthetic with the original Victorian character.

Photography: Nicholas Moshenko

 

View Through House to Rear Patio Doors, Recessed Shelving Accents

View Through Ground Floor

Family Dining Room

Living Room 

View from Dining Room Through House to Rear Patio Doors

Stair to Basement with Recessed Shelving Details

Front Entry Hall with Cement Encaustic Tiles

Front Entry Hall with Cement Encaustic Tiles

‘Shou Sugi Ban’ Charred Wood Treatment

 

The design for the garage and sauna was inspired by Scandinavian style and their love for wood-burning saunas; housed in simple, rustic outbuildings.

The homeowner envisioned a space that “was less of  a place to store a car and more as a place to live out all my studio and garden fantasies, and to make our home more functional.”

The beautiful charred wood cedar siding, accomplished on site by the contractor through a process called shou sugi ban wood, (burning the individual planks of cedar) provides a unique and wonderful texture and finish.

The Scandinavian theme extends to the roof where pine tar, a natural preservative often used on boats, bridges and wooden buildings in Scandinavia, was applied to each individual shingle on site to produce the traditional tarred shingle finish. 

Photography: Ryan Fung

 

Doors were built to blend into Black Wood siding

View of Garage and Sauna from Backyard

Custom Designed Millwork

 

The renovation of this upstairs bathroom required the addition of laundry facilities which could be concealed from view when not in use.

Photography: Nicholas Moshenko

 

Laundry Millwork in Use

Laundry Millwork Conceals Washer and Dryer

Playful Accents of Color

 

The owners of this suburban home desired a new kitchen to replace their outdated 70's kitchen with California ceiling, fluorescent lighting and worn cabinetry. They aspired to infuse the kitchen with Tuscan colors and treasures collected over the years during their Italian travels.

Studio Z layered colors, textures, and materials in the kitchen layout and designed space for cherished items.

The overall effect is a very calming neutral setting for cooking, relaxing and family gatherings, with playful jolts of colour.

 

 

U shaped Kitchen with Glass Cabinets 

Granite Counter tops and Custom White Kitchen Cabinets

Accent tile brings warmth to the kitchen

Tall Bar Conceals Kitchen Clutter from Breakfast Room Beyond

Glass Shelving Displays the owners colorful Pottery Collection 

Fridge and Pantry Units along one wall

Open and Modern Aesthetic

 

This 100 year old High Park residence required a complete ground floor overhaul to fulfill the owner's desire for a home with an open and modern atmosphere filled with light and functional spaces.

The design challenge was to expand the interior space without increasing the footprint of the house. The dark and awkward layout was reimagined to create a bright and airy space, ushering natural light deep within the house. Custom millwork was designed for every room to help organize and simplify the frenetic lives of a family of four. A fresh, modern kitchen with banquette, fireplace mantle with bookcases and new storage closets beneath the stairs all promote the modern and functional aesthetic. A new powder room was conveniently tucked away under the stairs.

Photography: Nicholas Moshenko

 

The high bar of the Peninsula conceals the kitchen clutter from the open Dining Room.

An oversized pantry unit is the focal point of the kitchen.

Detail of the Pantry Counter.

A built-in Banquette serves as a hang out space near the kitchen.

An oversized pantry unit is the focal point of the kitchen.

Custom Cabinetry flanking the fireplace.