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Sleek Halifax addition

A young Halifax family gave their older saltbox a dramatic three-level renovation to create space and showcase a fresh modern look. Photos: James Ingram,
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  • The new kitchen is the focal point of the renovation. For its colour scheme, homeowner Margo Chiasson chose high-gloss white—Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore. Green stools, dining room table and chairs by Project 9, pendants by Backyard and Verandah (now defunct).
  • To define the living room from the bright kitchen and dining areas, Margo painted the walls a rich charcoal (Trout Grey by Benjamin Moore).
  • Margo with Hilary in the expanded kitchen, which has ample space for displaying the girls’ colourful artwork.
  • The new kitchen has about 80 square feet of countertop, floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, plus a fun office nook for checking email.
  • Margo loves kelly green and picked it for the accent wall on the staircase. “I thought of doing a kelly green wallpaper but thought I’d start with the paint since it’s easy to change.”
  • The front entryway stays tidy with more floor-to-ceiling storage space. Wood bench from Attica, light from Kent.
  • The guest bedroom in the basement boasts a painting by Antigonish artist, and family friend, Adam MacDonald. Black chair from Project 9.
  • On Steve and Margo’s wish-list for the basement was a mudroom at the back entrance. The new space has chic slate tiles underfoot and shelving behind fun curtains. Steve built the hook wall and bench. Rug from Project 9, curtains from Home Depot.
  • Now play central, the downstairs rec room will become even more valuable to the girls as they get older and want their own space to hang out with friends. Steve built the entertainment unit countertop on the cheap for $40 using hardwood flooring. Cora designed the FLOR carpet online herself.
  • Down the hall, the master bedroom is cool and serene, with high-placed corner NuView windows giving privacy. Steve’s mom, Janice Chiasson, made the quilt on the bed.
  • The master ensuite is a haven for Margo. “My aunt said that once you have your own bathroom, you’ll never go back.” Beach photo from Cottage Industry in Charlottetown.
  • Hilary reads a favourite book in her colourful room on the third floor. Drew Gillis built her bed and shelving. Chandelier from Backyard and Verandah (now defunct).
  • Cora and Sadie’s vibrant bedroom on the third floor features a fun white coffee table and blue chair from Project 9.
  • A black-and-white family portrait and a vibrant print from HomeSense enliven the hallway on the third floor. Map art in bathroom from Bouclair.
  • This sketch by architect Nicholas Fudge shows the scope of the project. Recessed steel beams now support the entire structure, giving a seamless transition between old and new.
  • To provide much needed space in the Chiasson home, Halifax architect Nicholas Fudge designed an 8-by-22-foot rear addition spanning all three levels, and reconfigured the interior spaces. The home has steel Galvalume cladding. “It’s durable, pretty cost effective, and has no maintenance,” Fudge says.
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