RENOVATING A SOUTHLANDS FARMHOUSE WITH JILLIAN HARRIS AND THE GEMMILLS

Jillian Harris


If you’ve ever set foot in Vancouver’s picturesque neighborhood of Southlands than you know the how special the area is. And if you haven’t, you’re in luck, because after a quick 25 minute drive from downtown Vancouver (or a 15 minute drive from the airport for our jet-setting readers) you’ll arrive in Vancouver’s urban farmland. That’s right, an area of horses galloping through fields and roads lined with arching cherry blossoms exists within our city limits. It’s as nice as it sounds! So, when a lot with a sweet farmhouse on it became available in the area, Kenny and Michelle Gemmill scooped it up for their family.

Jillian Harris_Industrial shelving


You may recognize Kenny’s name. He’s from the hit show, Love It or List It as the contractor for interior designer, Jillian Harris. Jillian and her team joined forces with the Gemmill’s to renovate the home on their lot into a modern farmhouse. The goal was to update the home with clean lines but to do so by staying true to its cozy farmhouse origins. This is where we enter the picture. Union Wood Co. was fortunate enough to build some really great pieces for the Gemmill’s.

Kitchen Renovation


To accent the black millwork in their open kitchen and living room, we built two complimenting industrial styled shelving units with beautifully finished black metal brackets and frames. For that modern touch, a floating vanity in smooth natural wood, and with subtle finger pulls, was installed in the master bathroom. In the living area, an ethereal looking floating entertainment unit with white doors and a gorgeous natural wood top is now gracing the space.

Masterbathroom renovation


We were really happy with the way everything turned out and, most importantly, our clients were thrilled with the finished pieces. It was sure a pleasure to work with the Jillian Harris Design team and the Gemmill’s. Thank you to you all for including Union Wood Co. in your amazing project! Custom work is what we do and what we thrive on. If a project ever requires the work of skilled woodworkers, we hope it’s a no-brainer, call us up at the shop!


WRITTEN BY: Todd Mitchell
PHOTO CREDITS: Tracey Ayton


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