The founders of Nature Folk wanted to create an open and relaxed wellness studio that consciously considers the health and care of nature and its folk.

Situated in a uniquely long building on Portland Street in Dartmouth, NS, this interior renovation project transformed a pawn shop overflow storage site into a serene and relaxing infrared sauna and massage therapy studio. The clients’ vision for their space was functional minimalism with a nod to the rugged maritime coastline - a sort of Nordic Spa experience that was easily accessible to an urban clientele.

We took advantage of the lengthy space by celebrating light. Transitioning from a bright and airy retail space clients are led from the front entrance to a private sauna room through a soft lit hallway. The space features continuous hemlock floors, oversized concrete tiles, diffused lighting and custom cedar benches throughout, all designed to celebrate nature and encourage clients to spend as much time as they need in the space. Creating the ability to move seamlessly from the sauna to their own private treatment room, the client can be easily transported from urban landscape to oceanside retreat.

Location :  Dartmouth, NS
Completion :  2019
Team :  Devin Harper, Ryan McNeil, David Burlock
General Contractor :  Blue Wave Woodworking
Electrical :  Wadden Electric
Plumbing :  Coopers Plumbing
Photographer :  Carolina Andrade

The client waiting area - featuring custom peg board merchandise display shelving.

The open shower features a river rock filled french drain and exposed brass fittings, to reflect the look and feel of an outdoor shower. A separate, brass plated, cold water faucet extends from the shower’s side panel. A cedar bucket sits below, giving sauna goers the option for a cold water plunge.