Gore Brothers Featured on Hoarding: Buried Alive
The Gore Brothers have never backed down from a challenge, and this is proven especially true given their most recent endeavor. After taking on the task of renovating a high volume of homes in Chilliwack, B.C., they took on the job of renovating a home containing one of North America's worst hoarding houses. With the help of the Gore Brothers and their aunt, the talented professional designer Lily, a spiraling hoarder named Michelle is now able to start from a clean slate in a greatly refreshed house that she can now call a home.
As home-owners themselves, the Gore Brothers knew just what to do after unknowingly purchasing the house of a hoarder. After realizing what they had gotten themselves into, they quickly created a game plan to get the house they had purchased back into shape. With a great deal of effort and a few favors called in, they were able to restore the property to its former state. The Gore Brothers have since sold the home back to Michelle, making no money in the process, but walking away with a sense of satisfaction that they did the right thing. It was a job only the Gore Brothers would have agreed to, and they completed it without an ounce of remorse.
The episode has already aired for the first time, but it can still be seen on TLC, so check your PVR for upcoming airings! To see a clip of the show and watch the Gore Brothers at work, click here.
Viewers have been showing their support to the Gore Brothers and we're beyond grateful! It goes to show that hard work and helping others is something our supporters feel strongly about. Here are some of the responses we've had so far:
I have to tell you, I am so proud to be able to say I work with you guys! One class act.
Durk, U.S Property Manager
I just watched Mark and Tony on Hoarders and they were great! Real naturals on T.V.
Too bad they are so busy because they could have their own show. I loved it...
Zita, Richmond, BC
Gore Family Legacy Commemorated
The Gore family's Legacy to Garrison Crossing has been permanently commemorated. The legacy panel is located at the corner of Nicomen Cr and Chehalis Ave. Contents of the panel featured below.
A Former Military Community
Garrison Crossing was once home to military personnel stationed with their families at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Chilliwack, from 1942 until its closure in 1998. The postwar houses were a mix of single family, duplexes, row houses and an apartment block, all organized in clusters according to rank. Many of the homes you see in Garrison Crossing are restorations of the Permanent Married Quarters (PMQs) dating back to 1945. The row of 11 homes across from you on Nicomen Crescent and several others on this side of the street were former PMQs that were moved onto new basements, completely renovated and integrated with new housing.
A Family Affair
A principal goal of the developer of Garrison Crossing was to retain and restore as many of the PMQs as possible to preserve the site's history and not burden a landfill. This challenge would require expert assistance. In 2004, following an extensive selection process, brothers Mark, Lee and Tony Gore, all fourth-generation Chilliwack residents specializing in the restoration of distressed properties, were chosen to apply their expertise to 17 former PMQs in the first phase of the redevelopment. Of these homes on Cheamview Crescent, 14 were in place and three others were moved onto new basements. In tackling the challenge, the Gore brothers were joined by their uncle, Bob Whitbread, architect of the renovations, and their aunt, Lily Isenor, who finished the interiors and furnished the show homes. Their sister, Jill Hall, and her husband, Matt Hall, handled the sales of the restored homes to the public, making this a true family business success story.
There was no shortage of people wanting to buy into a community that valued its history, and the restored PMQs sold quickly. One hundred forty-nine of the former single family and duplex PMQs were extensively renovated and refitted to modern standards with new architectural features such as spacious, welcoming front porches and detached garages. Of these, a total of 102 were moved and placed on new basements in new locations, and 18 duplexes were split prior to being moved and restored as detached single family homes. In all, 209 units were retained and restored by the Gore brothers, 60 of which were "plain jane" row houses, extensively renovated and renamed "The Quarters" and "The Quarters West." Homeowners, visitors and retired military personnel alike marvel at these homes and at the special contribution the Gore family made to the preservation of the history of this place.
The accolades and astounding demand for the Gore Brothers Homes at Garrison Crossing has delighted Mark, Lee and Tony Gore, three locally-born craftsmen, who have formerly led British Columbia's largest renovation from the beginning.
"The military base is a special presence and we are honoured to have been chosen to refurbish the permament married quarters and preserve an important piece of Chilliwack's history" said Mark Gore, president of Gore Brother's Vintage Homes, who, along with brothers Lee and Tony, are fourth generation Chilliwack residents. The Gore Brothers, master renovators and new home builders, were selected by Canada Lands to refurbish the vintage housing as part of its masterfully planned Garrison Crossing redevelopment of the former military base.
The Gore Brothers are excited to announce they are now offering for sale new executive style attached and detached single family homes with the same attention to detail and superior craftsmanship they are renowned for.
"We are thrilled with the demand of the Gore Brothers' Homes and are excited to announce we will now be building new homes. These executive style homes will offer luxury features such as whole home audio for relaxing music listening with Bluetooth connectivity, technology outlets in most living areas with home office, internet, television, multiple phone line capabilites plus a smart panel box which will centralize all your technology needs. As a gift to our home owners we are offering one free year of Telus Optik wireless internet and cable television. We want our home buyers to have the ultimate lifestyle of convenience and luxury." said Mark Gore of Gore Brothers' New homes.
This is your last chance to own a home built with true craftsmanship, which has become a hallmark of the Gore Brothers' homes. In honour of the Gore Brothers' Canada Lands Company has designed and erected a legacy panel commerating the dedication and contribution to Garrison Crossing by the Gore Brothers. The legacy panel for the Gore Brother's can be viewed at the corner of Nicomen Crescent and Chehalis Drive.
Located in Garrison Crossing and surrounded by large mature trees, parks and trails, sits a beautiful 153-acre community once home to military personnel and their families. The beautifully finished homes by the Gore Brothers feature spacious porches and rear lanes, encouraging the look and feel of a quaint pedestrian community.
The original homes, built 50 years ago by the Corp of Engineers as Canada celebrated victory in World War II, have been restored with respect, maintaining the character seen in long wood strip flooring and precise, rock-solid construction. Today, the Gore Brothers homes echo that history with rich heritage tones, welcoming front porches, and the massive trees that guard the lush landscaping. Yet the energy-saving technology, bright open floor plans and detached garages match the latest in contemporary living.
The Gore Brothers exclusive in-house architect, designer and landscaper coordinate the homes into the charming streetscape. A short walk along the gently winding streets leads to parks, the Vedder River, the Rotary Trail, and fine schools. A nine million dollar upgrade has already been completed on the neighbouring Cheam Community Centre, which includes a new indoor pool and outside spray park, and Canada Lands has already constructed a new Village retail centre, which includes Coopers grocery store, a restaurant, and many more services within an easy walk. Also within walking distance is the University of the Fraser Valley's Trades and Technology centre.
Exceptional care and detail has been put into these homes and into the unique neighbourhood ensuring that the Gore Brothers Homes development becomes a very desirable and exciting place to live for years to come.
To date the Gore Brothers have built over 300 homes at Garrison Crossing. Gore Brothers are now please to announce they are now constructing new homes in the final phase at Garrison Crossing. This is your last chance to own a home with true craftsmanship which has become a hallmark of the Gore Brothers homes at Garrison Crossing.