From the beginning of the process to the end, this kitchen renovation has been a wonderful experience. Mostly thanks to you and all of your time, energy and thought.

Erin Kelly


Henhouse blog title SPRING

As many of you Haligonians know, henhouse closed the doors to its retail shop just over a year ago. Wow, time flies! And just like we said back then, it wasn’t the end of henhouse, and our “doors” were not closing forever. Henhouse continued, and  over the past year we have taken on many new kitchen projects and furniture orders. Most recently, I have been branching out into interior consultation and implementation – just another fancy word for decorating!

So, despite the retail shop closure, henhouse is very much alive and well, and has been evolving and changing in ways big and small (just as it always has!).

Sher's House

Let me catch you up a bit…

After our shop closed, Denise and I decided to part ways as business partners. She was ready to move on and re-discover some of  her passions that she had put on hold while we ran the shop together for 11 years. I took some time to be with my family and my new baby, Arlo. During this time I also contemplated what my next chapter would be with henhouse. I knew I wanted to keep it alive, but with all these big changes, I had to figure out how.

MacDonald Kitchen B+A

After lots of scratching of my head, and running around in circles, and really just sitting and thinking about it, I finally got it!  I thought very carefully about who I am, what type of lifestyle I wanted, what my unique skills and passions are and I realized that what I have been doing all along with henhouse is who I am, and those skills are unique to me.  Most importantly, I recognized that my passion for what I do is still alight!

All was not resting and contemplating though, we were busy during this year creating three personalized and unique kitchens. One of them on the Aspotogan Peninsula for Tara and Justin (seen in this month’s Halifax Homes issue, photo above) in their amazingly re-loved Lunenburg bump home.  The second kitchen we completed is right here in Bedford, in an old 1800′s home (see photo below).

The third one, still to be photographed,  is our  henhouse showroom kitchen from our old storefront! Stay tuned for photos; see for yourself the interesting changes we made to re-fit the kitchen into its new home.

henhouse B+A

You can see more photos of this kitchen here!

Henhouse furniture will be featured at Bellissimo!

I’m so excited to announce that this May, Bellissimo will showcase henhouse’s furniture in their beautiful Agricola St. shop! Bellissimo stocks a wonderful selection of fabric, home furnishing and decor, and will be a great fit for henhouse. Orders for henhouse furniture will be welcomed there and also through me via this website. You are welcome to shop in Bellissimo and view my in store catalogue, furniture and samples or if you prefer, I can come to you!

A re-energized furniture collection and new online catalog!

I have always wanted to make our catalog  more accessible to our customers, and now it finally is! You can now see all of the newly re-designed furniture collection, colour samples, and prices from the comfort of your own home!

henhouse Catalog photo

Click here and follow the links to take a look.

The new collection contains everything from beds to dressers, to tables and chairs and everything in between!  This line is built from solid birch, and it has a relaxed, yet elegant vibe. The quality and craftsmanship is still of the same high standards as it has always been, and is all built and finished by hand here in Nova Scotia.

A New website! 

I hope you enjoy the new look and easier navigation of this new site. A big thanks to Michael Egan for all of his guidance and patience in building the website and catalog. And thanks to Michael’s lovely wife Alyssa Chapeskie, who has been with henhouse for a number of years. She helped out with this new look, and continues to be sounding board on the writing side of things for the henhouse blog and newsletter.

And I couldn’t do any of this without my skilled team!

Joe Gallant  and  I have been working together for over 9 years and he is responsible for the craftsmanship of the kitchens you see on this website and on my Houzz profile. Together we are a strong team and can take a project through from design, to construction or renovation, right to a fully decorated space! We are not limited to kitchens either, so if you have a space that doesn’t work for you and you need help figuring out how to make it right, we are here to help! Just get in touch!

Stephen Mosher is the man who has been putting up with me (and I with him!) for the past 12 years building all the furniture creations that I imagine. He has always been somewhat amused that I take his carefully completed wood pieces and beat them up and paint them. But, through the years he has realized that this is just value added and that the more hands that touch a piece of furniture, the better it can be. We are both looking forward to continuing building both custom and standard furniture for Halifax and beyond.

All in all, it takes a great team to build a business and to offer you our quality products and services. We are looking forward to this new chapter with henhouse and connecting with our customers both past, present and future.



What do our Clients have in Common?

Like us, our clients share a passion for great design that is tailored to to suit their lives, quality craftsmanship, timeless aesthetic, and an eagerness to work with designers and builders whose skill and attention to detail are unparalleled.

At henhouse, we continue to work with wonderful clients and we are so proud  to build quality furniture and kitchens for them that becomes part of their lives and will be enjoyed for many years to come.

Since closing our retail storefront this February, we have been busy designing, building and installing four kitchens in and around the Halifax area and creating at least a dozen custom furniture pieces. We have thoroughly enjoyed having more time to focus on each project and we look forward to this new phase of henhouse.

Inspiration Photo

Inspiration photo for a kitchen we just finished up in Bedford.

The photo above is the inspiration for a kitchen that we recently  finished in Bedford. Our clients were  inspired by this showroom kitchen in the UK and wanted to create a similar vibe in their oceanfront home here in Bedford, NS. When they came to us with their vision, we were more than happy to bring it to life, but with our own spin of course!

Demo Time!

Before: demo time!

Henhouse Photos- Oct2

After: Provence meets the Maritimes!

Before the demolition took place (pictured above) we got to work on the design. To capture the aesthetic in the inspiration photo, we played up the idea of a house in Provence and designed a large free standing armoire, an over scaled range hood with rough-hewn corbels, and chose colours in soft blue and yellow. We decided to hand finish the armoire and corbels with layers of paints and stains to achieve the warmth and elegance that is found in the grand homes in France.

Tucked in: the oversized island discreetly contains a microwave. Panelling over the dishwasher face hides it from view.

Tucked away: the oversized island discreetly contains a microwave, and panelling over the dishwasher face hides it from view.

The fridge is contained in a panty-like surround, while the pull-out freezer drawers are cleverly installed beneath the countertop next to it and concealed with panelling.

The fridge is contained in a pantry-like surround, while the pull out freezer drawers are cleverly installed beneath the countertop next to it and concealed with panelling.

We wanted the gorgeous La Cornue range to be the focal point of the kitchen, so we decided to conceal all of the other appliances. We did this by covering the dishwasher, pull out freezer drawers, and fridge behind panels and the microwave drawer sits on the end of the island tucked out of view.

The statement armoire provides storage and a beverage centre and adds to the grand over scaled aesthetic.

The statement armoire provides storage and serves as a beverage centre.

Undertaking a renovation or new home construction can be an overwhelming task. Having trustworthy professionals, who really care about your project from start to finish is truly the key to success. Henhouse can help you create a kitchen that will be beautiful, functional, and durable. Here’s a little bit more about our approach:

From start to finish

At henhouse, we pride ourselves in being there for our clients through every step of the process. We are on hand to help right from that initial stage of figuring out the possibilities for your space, and planning for optimal functionality, right up to the final stages where all the little details come together to make the space something spectacular!

Long-lasting quality and long-lasting soul

We also pride ourselves in our quality materials and tried and true techniques. We hand-build everything using solid wood and plywood, and finish everything by hand and use and low VOC paints and stains. Every detail is important to us, like using soft-closing glides and dovetailed joinery, and choosing the cutting edge, top quality fixtures to complete the look.


If you are already working with a contractor or an architect, we are happy to work alongside them to bring our design skills, experience and unique aesthetic to your project. Henhouse’s designer, Sappho Griffin has worked collaboratively with clients, contractors and architects, tackling each of her projects individually and whole-heartedly. Her approach assures that the final product will be top quality and suit her client’s design needs and aesthetic vision.

Get in touch

Want to get started on your dream kitchen? Contact Sappho at sappho@henhouse.ca to set up a consultation!


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