Situated along a rocky outcropping that overlooks Back Bay, the buildings that make up Peter Braithwaite Studio are sited within the culturally rich community of Terence Bay. This small fishing community, located along Nova Scotia’s eastern shore, is made up of rocking cliff faces and rolling hillsides that extend down to the ocean’s edge. It is along this shoreline you can find the modest homes, boat sheds and supply buildings that exemplify an honest and humble vernacular material culture.
Although trained as architect at Dalhousie’s School of Architecture in Halifax, Peter Braithwaite’s roots lie in carpentry and cabinet making. Spending his younger years working in local lumber yards and picking up weekend carpentry jobs in his agrarian hometown of Kingsville, Ontario, Peter was able to develop a modest carpentry skill set and keen interest in working with his hands. This interest eventually lead Peter to more formal training as a cabinet making in Vancouver, British Columbia where Peter lived and worked until 2008.
Upon graduation from architecture school in 2013, Peter searched for a place to develop a design studio that would emulate and aid in the develop of his strong interest in authentic material culture and confirm the studio's continuation in the master builder tradition. The small community of Terence Bay with its rich cultural history seemed a perfect fit.
Both the Back Bay Studio and Back Bay Joinery Shop building exemplify Peter Braithwaite Studio’s philosophy which is an unwavering commitment to design excellence and a dedication to the highest standards of craftsmanship. The buildings that make up our practise assert the studio’s assurance to stand behind what it builds.
What we do
We are dedicated to design excellence and the highest level of craftsmanship. Our passionate, committed, and highly-skilled team of designers and carpenters are an important asset to any Design and Build project. We believe that our dedication to the craft of making enables us to produce buildings that are both environmentally and culturally sustainable. This in turn enriches the environments and communities in which our buildings reside.
DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION
After spending many years working in both the architecture and construction industries, Peter Braithwaite established Peter Braithwaite Studio out of his desire to create a company that encompassed both design and construction. Since its establishment the company has completed many interesting residential and commercial projects, and has excelled in cabinetry and furniture design. Our dedication to design excellence, and the highest standards of craftsmanship, is evident in the execution of all our project to date.
Peter Braithwaite Studio represents the collaboration of a number of ambitious and dedicated individuals that share the common interest of exploring the benefit found in the intersection of design and construction. Rather than approaching design and construction as two separate entities, our team recognizes that building is the medium through which design ideas can be expressed.
By approaching each new project as an exercise in both design and construction, we are able to streamline the process of creation and eliminate the adversarial relationship that can arise between designer and builder. This simplified approach to project delivery not only benefits the timeline of each project, but also helps to decrease administrative costs and maintain project budgets.