Our Team

We have been extremely fortunate in building 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 well. Through hard work and a healthy sense of humour, we now complete dozens of projects every year with a high degree of customer satisfaction. We owe it all to our team!

Lara Ellenwood BID, RID

Lara is one of the only registered interior designers in the Nelson area, with 25 years of experience working on projects throughout BC and Alberta. Along with space planning, project management and interior design, Lara can also help you choose furniture or art pieces, create functional furniture layouts, improve your work space, and more. Whether it’s traditional or modern design, Lara helps her clients choose refined, innovative designs and products for their environments that are financially appropriate.

Marc Brillon B.Sc., C Tech.

Marc is a residential builder and a trained architectural and building engineering technologist. He focuses on green building design, estimating & cost planning, as well as production management.  Marc is constantly researching the latest building technologies that create long term sustainability in our built environment and value for his clients.

Benjamin Spencer
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Scott is a cabinet and furniture maker and finishing carpenter with 20 years of experience. When he is not doing installations and fine finishing you might see him driving about town in his MG.