This project was basically like BC’s very own version of extreme home makeover. The Kuris family suffered a tragic loss earlier this year. We were honoured to be involved in helping this family move past this tragedy and look forward to the future!

Here is their story….
Five years ago Shelley and Sam Kuris purchased their dream home, a distinctive Tudor-style house on an acre of land in Whonnock, in East Maple Ridge. While there was much work to be done on this forty year old home they cheerfully did what they could while relying on Sam’s modest wages. Shelley focused on raising their three children; Jack (now 12), Silver (7) and Liam (5).

On January 22, 2011 tragedy struck the Kuris family. Sam, a loving and dedicated husband and father was killed at work, crushed when thrown from a toppling forklift. Since this time Shelley has been left to care for their three children while facing the daunting prospect of addressing the many significant challenges this house presents.

Shelley’s kitchen was completely unworkable. Wiring was inadequate and the oven was not operational, forcing Shelley to use a basement suite kitchen to cook for the family. Kitchen cupboards were falling apart and counter space virtually non-existent. The dining room was unfinished and completely unusable. The chimney was filled with insulation and had no proper chimney cap. There was evidence of both interior and exterior mould. Flashing, gutters and front door needed to be replaced as did the deck. The driveway was cracked in several places.

The Home Team, JJ’s Custom Plumbing and other amazing local businesses and volunteers in the area helped to transform Shelly’s home into a peaceful, workable place for her and her children.

While Shelly and the kids flew off to Disneyland, volunteers spent 10 days transforming the home and yard. A brand new exterior, including hardie stucco boards and stone work as well as a new roof, kept with the tudor style that Shelly loved. As well as a revamp on the yard, gardens and driveway. Added to the home was a renovated garage with a new garage door and a brand new room was finished above, adding extra needed space. Inside, new flooring was installed, as well as paint throughout. A newly renovated kitchen and dining room opened up the space between the two and brought in more light. General decorating and reorganizing was done to make the job complete. Shelly, Jack, Silver and Liam returned home and were very excited to be in their new space. All of this was accomplished with the help of many volunteers, friends and local businesses. Here are some pictures of the project.


Kuris Family arriving home after their 10 day disneyland trip


JJ’s Owner and employee Jon O’Brien were busy holding the tarps up for the “big reveal”

We are awaiting all of the before pictures and will then be editing this post.  But for now… without further delay, here are the after pictures!!! Enjoy…


main floor bathroom

Silver’s Bedroom

Jack and Liam’s bedroom and attached play room

Autographed pictures of Luongo and Burrows! lucky kids…lol.

Shelley’s Room

Shelley used to have to go into the basement (3 storey house,) to do laundry, so we added laundry upstairs to make life easier. and left laundry in the basement for possibility of renting out the basement suite as an income helper.

upstairs bathroom

basement living space

pictures of the back yard and new soccer field

main floor living room

Dining room

Main floor Kitchen

These are all of the pictures that we had taken during the project.  We are awaiting more before and after pics from the cornerstone home team and will post them as soon as we receive them.  Hope you enjoyed.