Home at Last! A Before & After Reveal of Amanda & Adam Hoirch’s Rothesay Home!

It’s not often that we get to work with someone we know well. Usually we don’t meet our clients until we visit their home for a home consult. For this project, it’s safe to say we knew the clients very well. Amanda is Josh’s sister! She and her husband, Adam, recently moved back to Rothesay after living first in Thunder Bay and then North Bay. Finally, after years of wishing, an opportunity presented itself for them to move back to New Brunswick and put down roots in their beloved hometown. 

Here they are with their two children, Eva & Xavier! 

“Less than a year before our move to New Brunswick, we began to worry we
wouldn’t be able to find a home before the move. After months of deflating house
hunting from afar, Adam received a text message from his late friend’s father
Stephen Willis. Stephen mentioned that he and his wife Judith were moving and
wondered if we’d like to see pictures of the house. Adam and I were over the moon;
we had been to the house previously and were already in love. We sincerely couldn’t (and still cannot) believe our luck, it exceeded every expectation we had for our home.

Buying this home from Stephen and Judith was the most incredible
experience. They are the most thoughtful and generous people; they brought us
through and showed us every inch of the house, they allowed our contractor to start prepping for construction while they were still living in the home, they left dishes for us and soap and hand towels in every bathroom for the workers. It was evident they loved this home and they were relieved it was going to someone they loved.” – Amanda 

With such a strong connection to the home and the previous owners, we wanted to honour the house and preserve its features. We made some adjustments to better suit Adam and Amanda’s lifestyle but tried to preserve the key elements as much as we could.

“I was overjoyed when Amanda told me they finally found a house! They had been searching for so long, and to not only find a home, but one that they share such a deep personal connection is incredible. Amanda shared the photos with me, and I immediately fell in love. I was taken by the beautiful vaulted wood ceiling, expansive rooms, fireplace, and a picturesque view through large floor to ceiling windows. One of my first thoughts was ‘where’s my room?’

I’m so thankful to Amanda & Adam for including me in this makeover, although I don’t know if I ever really gave them a choice… It was amazing to have a hand in creating what I hope will be their forever home!” – Josh 

Eva and Xavier enjoying their new digs! 

We wanted to keep many of the elements within the house the same but there were some areas that needed to change from a functionality standpoint, and therefore, this project was pretty construction heavy with a complete kitchen overhaul, removal of walls separating the kitchen and living room, and refacing the double height fireplace facade with new XL tiles. 

For the cosmetic changes, we introduced brand new lighting, wallpaper, furniture, and plenty of decorative touches, all from Tuck


Share this before & after and be entered for a chance to win a free home consult with Judith Mackin + $100 Tuck Bucks! Continue reading to the end to learn more. 

Before we get into the photos, we’d like to thank everyone involved in this makeover! 

General Contractor & Project Management: I.B. Kennedy Construction, Ivan Kennedy 
Wallpaper: Legacy Painters 
Painting: I.B. Kennedy Construction, Ivan Kennedy
Custom Kitchen Cabinets: Lepage Cabinetry, Rick Lepage
Interiors: Josh Hayes & Tuck Interiors 
Furniture, Lighting, Wallpaper, Tile, and Decor: from Tuck 
Tile: I.B. Kennedy Construction, Ivan Kennedy
After Photography: Kelly Lawson

And of course, a big thank you to Amanda and Adam! 

Now, onto the photos! 




Featured: Umbra Hub Mirror 37″, Gus* Modern Mimico Storage Ottoman, Cole & Son Fornasetti Senza Tempo Chiavi Segrete 114/26051 Wallpaper, Cielo Carpet Runner (Tuck

Featured: On the Gus* Mimico Storage Ottoman is a 100% wool throw by Klippan, from Tuck

Living Room





Featured: Gus* Modern Adelaide Bi-Sectional, EQ3 Kacia Tri End Table, EQ3 Kacia Tri Coffee Table A White Nest Blanket, pi’lo Cross Cushion, Ceragres Architecture ‘Noir’ 24″ x 24″ tiles, Cole & Son Fornasetti Senza Tempo Nuvolette 114/28054 Wallpaper, Ferris Candlestick Holders (Tuck). The area carpet is from the previous owners. 

We removed the wall that separated the Living Room and Kitchen to create an open concept living space. Featured: pi’lo Ticking Cushions (Tuck). NB Coat of Arms Cushion by Christiana Myers.

Featured: EQ3 Kacia Coffee Table & End table (Tuck) with books by Neil Gaiman. During a home visit, Judith was delighted to discover that her, Amanda, and Adam share a deep and abiding respect for Neil Gaiman and Tool!

Kitchen & Dining Room



Kitchen Layout, Concepts, and Materials by Josh Hayes. Featured: Chi Counter Stool, Daphne Pendant Aged Brass, Ceragres Memory Cement Tile Deco Soft 8″x8″, Ceragres Elapse Tile Mist 30″x30″ (Tuck)





Featured: Ogilvy Candlestick Holders, Kali Basket, EQ3 Array Candlesticks (Tuck)

Featured: Rekindle Longboard Walnut (Tuck

Featured: Ogilvy Candlestick Holders, EQ3 Array Candlesticks (Tuck

Featured: Ceragres Memory Cement Tile Deco Noon 8″x8″, Dash Trinket Box, Gilded Fern Mug (Tuck





While on a house visit, Judith found some incredible art by Alex Grey in the study and brought it out to be showcased front and centre! 

Featured: Kaia Pendant, Colby Dining Chair, Gus* Modern Fruit Trough, Rekindle Fira Candle Holder Walnut (Tuck

Featured: Kaia Pendant (Tuck

Play Room

We turned the formal dining room into a play paradise for Eva & Xavier! 



Featured: Cole & Son Prism Geometric II 105/9040 Wallpaper, Istanbul Rug 5’2″ x 7’6″, Klippan Blanket (Tuck


There are plans to someday renovate the washroom. For the time being, Amanda & Adam chose a lovely Cole & Son wallpaper and painted out the cabinets. 



Featured: Cole & Son Archive Traditional Ludlow 88/1002 wallpaper, Dot & Lil Lilac Soy Candle, Leonard Cohen Shower Curtain (Tuck)   

Share this post on Facebook or retweet it on Twitter for a chance to win a home consultation with Judith Mackin ($160 value) + $100 Tuck Bucks!


– Must live within 30 minutes of Saint John to qualify for in home consult. 
– The free home consult is not redeemable for cash and is non-transferable. If you chose to not use the consult you still receive $100 in Tuck Bucks! 
– Tuck Bucks & home consult must be used within 3 months of the draw date. This draw date will take place on Tuesday May 21st, 2019.
– For additional entires, head over to our Facebook and Twitter page and tag a friend in the comments of this before/ after post, up to a maximum of five. 

DRAW DATE: MAY 21st/ 2019

NEXT WEEK: A Mid-Century Makeover! Shawn Hingley’s Before & After Reveal!

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