Marc and Lara started Ellenwood Homes in Vancouver in 2008. After years of working in our respective fields in the industry, we committed ourselves fully to our vision. With a new business, a newborn son, and some education to complete, the first 2 years in Vancouver were both exciting and hectic. We made some mistakes, learned from them and kept moving forward. By the time we moved the business to Nelson BC in 2010, we had a couple of carpenters and some help in the office. Since then, we have been extremely fortunate to expand our team of like-minded and dedicated employees. Our clients always comment on how much they enjoy working with our team. And we agree! We feel so fortunate to work with such a great group of people. Whether it’s our office staff or our crews on-site, everyone has their special skills and makes a unique contribution to every project. Many of our staff have been with us for years now and we work together so well. Through hard work and a healthy sense of humor, we now complete dozens of projects every year with a high degree of customer satisfaction. We owe it all to our team!
Benjamin has been building and renovating custom homes for almost two decades. In the 1990s, his love of skiing drew him to the Kootenays, where he began his career working on local projects. Benjamin spent ten years in Vancouver honing his skills on multimillion-dollar luxury homes. He returned to the mountains three years ago with his lovely wife and two sons in tow and is happy to be building in the community again. When he’s not on the worksite, you can find him at the ski hill or coaching baseball and soccer. If you are up at Whitewater, look for the black-bearded man on Blast.
Joshua was born and raised in Nelson BC and has no intentions of leaving anytime soon. He loves Nelson, and has been working for Ellenwood Homes since July 2018 as an apprentice carpenter and is really happy to be working with the team. Mountain biking and rock climbing are two of his favourite outdoor activities which means he spends most of his money on repairing his bike or buying new climbing gear. He has completed his level 2 Carpentry Course at Selkirk college, and is well on his way to becoming a licensed Red Seal carpenter.
After completing the Carpentry program at Selkirk College, Meredith thought she would try her hand at building houses in Northern Alberta. Upon returning to the greener pastures of Nelson, she was lucky enough to join the Ellenwood team and hasn’t looked back. Away from the job site, she spends her time exploring mountains and rivers, eating dark chocolate, and reading in hammocks.
A graduate of the Carpentry apprentice program at Selkirk College in Nelson, Kurt has been a Journeyman Carpenter since 2014. He began working with Ellenwood Homes in 2015. Kurt enjoys all aspects of his job and especially the team he works with, and that he gets to work in the community he loves. Outside of work, Kurt spends his time in the great outdoors. He is an avid snowmobiler, fisherman and enjoys camping.
Since 2011, Carrin has been with Ellenwood Homes. Inspired by Lara’s design expertise she decided to follow a dream of becoming an Interior Designer. In addition to her BFA from Concordia University/University of New Mexico, she now holds a Diploma of Interior Design from Lasalle College, Montreal. Growing up amongst limestone heritage buildings in Guelph, Ontario, she has always admired beautiful homes. She spent time living in London, England, gallery hopping around Europe before her degree. Being Ellenwood Home’s Junior Designer and Marketing Manager keeps creativity in her life. Her love of the arts, travel, growing flowers, paddling and spending time with her son keep her passionate.
Corey came to Nelson from Sydney Australia 14yrs ago for the snow. With 25 years of carpentry experience he has been our Construction Supervisor since 2014. Every Monday he hits the ground running looking after all the organizational needs of our sites. He guides our carpenters and keeps our clients informed. He grew up surfing but now, due to being landlocked, he gets to snowboard and tube the Slocan River.
Stefan grew up on a five-acre hobby farm with horses, dogs, cats and sometimes
chickens in the Lower Mainland. After traveling and seeing the world for a few years
after University, Stefan began Carpentry in 2002. In 2007, he received his Red Seal
certification in Vancouver. Seeking a more fulfilling and relaxing lifestyle, Stefan moved
his family to Nelson in 2017. When not renovating his own “Old House” he brings his
carpentry skill set to our team. Stefan enjoys getting outdoors exploring the backroads,
getting firewood with his dog and spending time camping, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing
and skiing with his family.
Laurie is responsible for taking care of the bookkeeping and payroll for Ellenwood Homes. She has been working with Marc & Lara since 2015 and enjoys being part of a positive and growing company. Originally from Vancouver, and after working in accounting for 15 years in the corporate world, Laurie is thrilled to be away from the big city and to call Nelson home. When she is not crunching numbers, Laurie can be found playing outside with her husband and dog; running, paddling, skiing or just relaxing with a glass of wine with friends.
Ian works at Ellenwood Homes as Lead Estimator and Project Manager. Ian began working with us in 2015. He has been certified as a Red Seal Carpenter since 2013 and has 15 years of experience managing projects in both residential construction, industrial construction and forestry. When he isn’t working, Ian is passionate about mountaineering and rock climbing, plus he is our official nordic ski coach.
Aron Jones has a deep passion for all aspects of wood working and house building. If he’s not plumbing studs or laying out some 3,4,5’s he’s usually perusing the latest issue of Fine Home Building Magazine to keep up with all the new innovations in building science technology. Aron lives in the woods near Ymir and hopes to one day be president of the Bob Flexner fan club.