Hi there! We’re Elliot and Jill, the duo behind @ourbowenhome.
By day, we both work in the tech industry. By evening and weekend, we’re renovating our home haha. Now that’s not how it always is, but it’s sure how it feels! 😉
We met back in 2014, shortly after we were dating, and in 2015, we moved in together. As we created a home together and daydreamed about the future, Elliot quickly learned that I loved the creative process of designing a home. With only one good back between the two of us, Elliot led the way in bringing our ideas to life. In between very full on jobs and a desire to adventure around the world, we made our little Cambie condo a cozy home.
In 2016, we made the leap into home ownership and bought a townhouse in North Vancouver that needed a little bit of love. After flexing our home renovation muscles and investing in a whole lot of tools, we decided to sell. In the time that we’d been living in North Vancouver, we realized that we yearned for a quieter life.
In 2018, we said heck yes to island life and bought a 37 year old post-and-beam bungalow on beautiful Bowen Island. It’s nestled in the woods on the quiet west side, and it’s filled to the brim with magic and possibility. From mature trees to original hardwood floors to tall ceilings, we truly found a gem.
We created this site to share our renovation journey with friends and family.
If you’ve just stumbled upon us – hello, nice to meet you! Feel free to follow along as we transform our old house into a beautiful home. We are internet-taught DIY’ers and learning as we go. From framing to tiling, painting to decor, and veggie gardening to landscaping, you’ll find it all here!