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sallyway house

A sallyway is an exterior passageway between attached row houses that, in the late 19th century, allowed residents to bring horses from the street through to the rear yard. This renovation of a Nova Scotia Sallyway House opened up this cantilevered space on the interior to allow for an open gallery space. The addition of vast glass windows on the rear of the house and roof skylights maintains the street facade while allowing natural light to infiltrate all interior spaces. The wide plank spruce wood floors were re-finished with lye and a mat clear coating to further make the spaces feel bright and airy.

Photographs: Greg Richardson