Big reveal coming for Aldergrove’s AOK home

Giving a house to the AOK Extreme Home Repair project is like watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly.

The process of transformation is underway now in Aldergrove for the 11th year, and crews are excited that very soon, single grandmother Pat Tapper will be able to see a new house and yard.

Volunteers have done a mountain of work already, and while there’s still plenty to do, a tour of the premises on Thursday revealed a vastly changed interior for the Aldergrove split-level.

The team has been working tirelessly over the last two weeks, culminating in a reveal on May 19, Victoria Day.

Things have been going pretty well for the team as they approached the last few days, said Tim Gertz, one of the organizing volunteers.

When asked if they will be done everything on time, Gertz was upbeat.

“Of course!” he said. “We’ve got the big guy on our side.”

Volunteers have consistently turned up as they were needed for specific tasks to happen in the right order, he said, sometimes by planning and other times by chance.

On Thursday, an enormous amount of work was being done both inside and outside.

A small backhoe was deployed to move dirt and dig up old tree stumps. Crews were returning the back yard to a state resembling an actual yard, rather than the shoulder-high thicket of blackberries that were there on the first day.

The house was, in many ways, structurally better than some of the others the crew has dealt with in the last 11 years.

It didn’t need an entirely new roof or all-new siding.

But indoors, a lot of paint, drywall, and plumbing work has taken place. Walls have been moved or repaired, new appliances are on the way.

The exact details won’t be revealed until Tapper can come home on Monday.

Every year, the Extreme Home Repair team picks an Aldergrove homeowner who has had trouble keeping up their house.

Often they have faced illness, personal tragedy, or major financial setbacks that have left them unable to keep up with repairs.

Tapper bought the house when it was just a year old, more than 30 years ago. She has been raising her 14-year-old grandson Chase there since he was an infant.

Check in with the Langley Advance next week to see Tapper’s reaction to her transformed home.

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