Downtown Halifax Remodel and Refresh

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We’re back! After a fantastic summer break the Henhouse team is excited to begin work on several upcoming projects.

Before we left for holiday, we finished up a kitchen reno in downtown Halifax just off the Commons. We are so excited about the result!


Our client found us through (we have lots of great project photos over there, take a peek!). She was looking for help with several areas of her home. As family of six plus a new puppy, this is one busy household! Over the years, their beautiful historic home had started to show the wear and tear of an active young family.


A whole home refresh is a big task that can feel overwhelming. A project like this is made up of several smaller projects, and a good option (for budget and sanity!) is to tackle one area at a time, starting with the highest priority areas. With a quick list of wants, needs and colour preferences, I set to work coming up with a plan for several spaces.


One of the top priority spaces was the kitchen. The old layout needed some re-working to maximize the use of space and create more storage. Fixtures and cabinetry needed updating, and a damaged, leaky roof needed repairing.


For the cabinetry, I gave our client the option to go with a bold blue – a colour she loves. We peppered in greens, and touches of red to compliment the antique stained glass window we installed. The existing cork flooring was in good shape and a nice warm neutral colour, so we kept it in.


The layout of the kitchen didn’t change too much, but we simplified it for better storage. The old angled countertops and cabinetry were inefficient, so we went with clean lines and maxed out the space. For the countertops, we used a mix of Quartz and walnut wood to give warmth and hard wearing function.

To give you an idea of how dramatic the transformation is, take a look at the before photos below!


During the kitchen demo we decided to think about repairing the cracked plaster walls and create a colour palette for the rest of the house. We continued the soft colours in the rest of the home to help keep the spaces feeling bright and fresh. Most of this work was carried out while I was away on vacation and I am looking forward to seeing the results!