Lara Whatmore is the owner of Tall Pines Sign Co. a sign making company right here in Nova Scotia. At the beginning of the summer, we partnered with Lara to build her dream studio workshop. Click the link below to check out the progress we made in June, or continue reading for a recap of July and August. 

Workshop Build June, 2019 

Workshop Build, July & August 2019

Building a Studio Workshop One Step At A Time.


With the foundation laid and the walls up, the beginning of July brought the installation of trusses over at Lara’s Workshop. We brought in the experts at Maritime Truss who helped Lara choose an attic truss system. Attic trusses are open in the center to allow for extra living space. A space Lara plans to use as a studio to display her work.

Lara standing in a window of her workshop with a view of the attic trusses above her.

A view of Lara’s beautiful backyard from the soon to be studio.

We can’t talk about July without mentioning the beautiful sign Lara made just for us! We walked the Canada Day parade in style with our own Tall Pines to help us celebrate 55 years in business.

A Payzant’s team member walking alongside the Payzant’s float in the Sackville Canada Day parade.

Payzant Home Hardware Celebrating 55 Years sign from Tall Pines Sign Co.

Back at the workshop, Lara was planning for the next few stages of her project. Near the end of July, she visited the Design Gallery to pick out her shingles and siding. 

Payzant’s team member, Rob, helping Lara choose shingles and siding in the design gallery.

By August we were ready to start roofing. Before getting started, we brought in Jeff from BP Canada to teach us how to properly install shingles. He also explained the benefits of BP’s Weather-Tite Warranty and what you need to do to ensure your roof qualifies. 

Over the next week the shingles we’re installed and the roofing completed.

Lara chose to use BP’s Mystique 42 shingles in Classic Brown. These shingles are wind resistant up to 180 km/hr with proper installation. Perfect for Nova Scotia weather.

We head into September with our project about halfway completed. Next up is installing the windows and doors. If you’d like to stay up to date on the progress, follow @payzanthhbc and @tall_pines_sign_co on Instagram. 

Weather-Tite Mystique 42 shingles from BP Canada. The shingle of choice for Lara’s workshop.

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