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Elm House in Halifax

4 Apr, 2021

Elm House in Nova Scotia

Design: Peter Braithwaite Studio

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Elm House Halifax

Elm House is located in the desirable Tupper School District of Halifax, this house displayed great potential for the young family who had recently purchased the property. Over the decades, this residence had been the subject of a number of poorly executed renovations. To address this, our team stripped the layers of vinyl and wood cladding back to the original shiplap sheathing. We then rebuilt the exterior of the home with the intention of creating a project that was sustainable in both design and construction practices.

Elm House Halifax

Our primary design intention was to create functional responses to the existing building, by utilizing modern design and construction practices, without disrespecting the historic Halifax neighbourhood in which the house resided.

Elm House Halifax

This was accomplished by maintaining the original gable form of the building and adding carefully design additions that refined the functional use of the structure. A new entry porch was added, which provided the home owners with a panoramic view of the beautiful tree lined street. This entry porch also contains a new eight foot wide staircase that was thoughtfully designed to encourage and facilitate the gathering of the local neighbours on summer evenings.

Elm House Halifax

Similarly, the rear of the house was redesigned around ideas of gathering and functional storage. Being an avid gardening family, an eight foot tall storage volume was added to the rear of the building to house garden tools, as well the children’s bicycles and toys.

Elm House Halifax

Through the use of seamlessly integrated doors, that were clad in the same material as the walls, this storage volume also acts as a functional visual and audio bookend that helps minimize any disturbance to the neighbours.

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Using only the highest quality products, the envelope of this house was rebuilt with wood as the number one material choice. The main house volume was clad in Maibec’s Rabbited Bevel siding with the EM Plus installation system and the front and rear accent volumes were clad in locally sourced rough sawn Hemlock. We feel the result is a strikingly contemporary residence with a material palette and formal response that shows respect to the neighbourhood in which it resides.

Design: Peter Braithwaite Studio

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Photography: Julian Parkinson

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