Focusing on a healthy lifestyle

Lara Ellenwood, registered interior designer and co-owner of Ellenwood Homes, speaks about her passions and life motivations

Man and woman standing together holding a young child in front of a wooden business sign

Marc Brillon and his wife, Lara Ellenwood, pictured here with their son, are the owners of Ellenwood Homes. — Photo courtesy Ellenwood Homes

What motivates you to strive for success?

Our motivation lies in our desire to create buildings that are resilient, healthy, energy efficient, beautiful and financially attainable for the majority of people. We want to leave a positive legacy of responsible and attractive buildings for future generations.

What is your favourite saying?

Be in action!

What is something you are passionate about?

Exploring better ways of construction through innovative uses of building technology and creating synergistic relationships with clients and colleagues. That, and the occasional ski or mountain bike ride.

Describe the most adventurous or exciting moment of your life.

Becoming parents, and seeing the potential of the world through our son’s eyes.

What have you been working on recently?

We have been collaborating with the Cascadia Green Building Council to build a public washroom for the City of Nelson up at Art Gibbon Memorial Park (the Rosemont bike park). The building incorporates materials found locally—even some taken directly from the site. The structure is timber frame with the walls being built of wood chip/clay infill/bricks. The walls are finished with a natural clay plaster finish. The green (vegetated) roof will be fitted with a photovoltaic (solar) panel so the building can produce its own energy. Check out our blog under the News tab on our website for more info and photos of the project.

Nicole Lind

Nicole is passionate about living life as a Kootenay girl — never missing a moment to enjoy the beauty in the Kootenays — home sweet home. View all of Nicole Lind’s articles

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