Black magic

A mod­ern, mono­chrome ex­te­rior facelift re­sulted in a house that “dis­ap­pears yet draws the eye at the same time.”

The Coast - Homes Halifax - - Renos - BY MOR­GAN MULLIN

W hen Ste­fan and Bre­anna Bolduc snapped up their west end home, it was far from the mod­ern study in clean lines that it is to­day.

“I don’t know why we went the di­rec­tion we did, ex­actly, we just knew we wanted ei­ther an all-white or an all-black house,” Ste­fan says, laugh­ing. With a fam­ily-friendly neigh­bour­hood, they de­cided to take the house “ba­si­cally back to the sheet­ing” and re-imag­ine it in an aes­thetic that was more their taste.

“We didn’t just start from scratch mostly be­cause of cost,” but also be­cause the house had good bones, says Bolduc, who en­listed de­signer Peter Braith­waite to make the vi­sion come to life.

An all-black, an­gu­lar space soft­ened by what Bolduc af­fec­tion­ately calls “the wooden bump on the front,” this stun­ner proves a strong case for go­ing with your gut. Here’s a break down of what made this home an ebony cas­tle.

123The ar­chi­tects took time to cre­ate fluid sight lines, which Bolduc cred­its with mak­ing the home feel fin­ished.


1The at­ten­tion to de­tail is not lost on Bolduc, who says he “watched the guys rip a whole beam off” when they couldn’t get all the nails to per­fectly line up.


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