They're two words we've always lived by.
Our business spans the entire life cycle—from forest management, to design/build, to restoration, and everything in between. We're involved every step of the way because our philosophy is fundamentally holistic—and because we love it all.
Ultimately, minimizing waste is about creating harmony between people and their environment—which is the guiding principle in all that we do.
Below are some of the ways we live that philosophy.
We salvage wood from sources that minimize environmental impact.
It so happens that this wood often comes with its own interesting stories. We've used wood from barns, farmhouses, warehouses, factories, plane hangars, bridges, and the list goes on.
All of our recycled and water-recovered woods have been sourced within 300 kilometres of our shop, as have 90% of our woods from managed forests.
North on Sixty is a partner in the Eastern Ontario Model Forest Certification Program. The EOMF is certified by SmartWood of the Rainforest Alliance as meeting the principles and criteria for the environmental, economic and social standards of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC).
The EOMF manages an FSC® certificate (SW-FM/COC 000-232) on behalf of private woodlot and community forest owners in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Forest Region of Eastern Ontario, which allows them to share the benefits and costs of FSC certification by accrediting their lands under this one certificate. For more information, visit www.eomf.on.ca/certification
We build products you won't need to replace.
We employ impassioned craftsmanship and top-quality materials, without exception. We build things that will last, and last, and last - ultimately one of the most important elements of conservation.
Many of our design/build projects are also recognized for their ability to use space efficiently (allowing for a smaller physical footprint) and even use natural light efficiently (allowing for less electricity usage).
And we do it while respecting the land.
In the original construction of our site, we positioned the buildings in a way that allowed us to keep all of the land's healthy, mature trees.
To heat our buildings we use an outdoor wood boiler to heat a mix of food-grade glycol and water, which then gets pumped through more than two kilometers of plastic tubing. The wood comes from managed forests, shop cutoffs, and our sawmill’s slabwood.
We keep to an absolute minimum the packaging coming into our shop, and source-separate and reuse cardboard for the packaging going out. And, with the exception of the inevitable cutoffs from cabinet production, our entire operation typically produces less than one garbage bag per week.
We're proud to be a member of One Percent For The Planet: A growing, global movement of companies that donate 1% of sales to the restoration of the planet through giving to local environmental organizations.
We'd love to hear from you.
756 Markham Street
Toronto, Ontario M6G 2M5
Shop & Showroom
2910 Highway 60
Dwight, Ontario P0A 1H0
"We relied on your design and construction gifts to reform our space for us. We're glad we did. The result is a beautiful and usable room."
Barb, Markham Street
"When I first saw our spalted red maple chair, I said 'This is the single most beautiful chair I have seen in my entire life.'"
Barbara and Duncan, Gibson Avenue
"North on Sixty has transformed our showroom space! We had a vision and you made it come true. Down to the last detail, you planned and took care of everything. We couldn’t be happier."
Chris, Dayvan Inc.
"I especially want to thank your project manager, Frank De Vuono, for his hard work and attention to detail. He worked on our home as if it was his own."
Alex, Rosedale Road
"Three key factors come to mind when thinking about having done business with you; fine workmanship, professionalism and timeliness."
John, Tranby Avenue
"There are days when I have stayed in, just because you made my house so comfortable that I couldn't tear myself away from its coziness."
Sam, Markham Street
"Hi, my name is Duncan and I am a Yuillaholic. After having our kitchen done last summer, we extended the flooring over the winter, added a wall bookshelves last month, and are now creating a home office. As addictions go, at least it's not bad for our health…"
Duncan, Albany Avenue (II)
"Yuill, with his innate sense of design, and Wabi Sabi, the Japanese art of imperfection, are, I believe, a perfect partnership. My home, Capercaillie Vert, is a minimalistic vision showcasing incredibly beautiful wood - A stunning and perfect balance!"
"Jamie and I wanted you to know how pleasant it was to get to know so many of your team; especially during 'Phase 2' when we were living at home during the work stage. All of your people were very professional but best of all, extremely nice people to get to know!"
Barb, Sighthill Avenue
"Le Corbusier characterized the house as 'a machine for living'. We are continuously in awe of the machine that you have helped us make that our house is. It does exactly what we want, when we want, how we want. We are pleased and delighted every day with all of it. We had a dream of what we wanted our home to look like, and now it looks exactly like that dream. North on Sixty was able to interpret our desires and thoughts and make them real."
Duncan, Albany Avenue (I)
"Yuill headed a crew of workers to complete renovations at our Church on two occasions in 2007 - 2008. They undertook the work with every regard to the safety, security and ongoing enjoyment of the premises and its parishioners. Yuill's philosophy of fairness, integrity, and environmental stewardship is a hallmark of his enterprise and aligns with that of St. Thomas's Church. We are very pleased to have established a relationship with him, and trust it will continue in years to come. We highly recommend North on Sixty for your project."
Father Mark, St. Thomas's Church
"North on Sixty did an outstanding job on our kitchen. We have a century home in the Beach and wanted to integrate some of our cherry trees from our property up north into our kitchen in the city. Your creative eye, attention to detail, craftsmanship and overall suggestions on workflow and use of space have truly brought our kitchen to life. It has now become the focal point of our home where we gather with friends and family to share sunsets, great food, wine and conversation."
Tina, Spruce Hill Road
"You can have no idea how happy my wife is with the furniture in her room. She goes there just to sit and enjoy the aroma, and the feeling that she doesn’t have to be apprehensive about any ill effects from materials used. She just loves it! She also said to me, which I am sure is true: "There is no other builder who would have stuck with this project for so long. Every other one would have said, 'We’ve done our best', and quit the project. Yuill wasn’t satisfied until I was satisfied, even though it meant a lot frustration and extra effort for him and his workers." You have our deep respect and gratitude."
Paul & Louise, Howland Avenue (II)
"As the work progressed, we were happy to find that it was on schedule. The neighbours even commented on how tidy the construction site was kept. And when the job was over, everyone who saw the finished kitchen and bedroom commented on the quality of workmanship and choice of materials. While the workmanship was outstanding, it was so many of your great ideas that really make the house work. North on Sixty has surrounded us with comfort and with things that are ingenious, practical and beautiful as well. What more can you ask of any company? In one word - Thanks!"
Paul & Louise, Howland Avenue (I)
"North on Sixty did an exceptional job. We're in a 100+ year old building that was originally the Dominion Bank of Canada. Maintaining the building requires a thorough knowledge of how to preserve and showcase certain elements to keep up with the high standards in our area. We had a number of things we wanted to accomplish with the facelift and Yuill suggested additional enhancements that improved the overall structure, airflow, light and durability inside and outside the office. Everything was executed as planned in a very timely manner. If you're in the area, drop by and inspect the precision work first-hand!"
Patrick, 1176 Yonge Street
Drop by anytime for a copy of our commemorative book celebrating our first 25 years.