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About Us

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my website!

J. Murphy’s Contracting Inc., formally J. Murphy’s Handyman Service, is a small family run business located in Maple Ridge BC and owned and operated by James Murphy.

Brief History

After graduating from University College with a Technical Diploma in Forest Engineering, and then the University of Northern BC with a Degree in Forestry, I eventually earned my Professional Forester designation and began my career as a Forest Engineer on Vancouver Island. During the many years of working for industry, I acquired a great appreciation for wood working and ultimately started a small business on the side where I tried to perfect the art of cabinetry and custom designed furniture.

San-Jose-BeachOver the years while working in Forestry, I lived in many small towns throughout the province and in homes that were in serious disrepair. Never been one to trust others with my high standards, I eventually acquired all the necessary skills to do things such as all forms of tiling, renovating bathrooms and kitchens, building decks and stairs etc. No doubt my knowledge and skills acquired in fine woodworking have been put to good use as I transitioned into the world of home renovations.

I should also mention that being a Professional Forester has given me an appreciation for creative landscaping and designs. Over the years I’ve constructed many gardens equipped with irrigation, as well as customized flower beds and retaining walls. Through my education and employment in forestry, I have acquired a vast knowledge about trees, shrubs and their ecosystems etc. This knowledge comes in handy when planning large scale landscaping projects.

In 2008, I moved to Maple Ridge to start a family, and am now happily married with my now 6 year old daughter and 3 year old son.

Up until July 2010 I worked for the BC Forest Service as a Forest Engineering Specialist but am now pursuing my dream of self employment, by running J. Murphy’s Contracting full time.

In the fall of 2013 it became obvious that our humble Handyman Service had outgrown it’s name and needed to be updated to better encapsulate what is we do on a daily basis, without losing the Handyman part of our business that got us here in the first place.  The new name was simply a consensus from our friends, family and clients. That’s why we are now simply J. Murphy’s Contracting. The cornerstone to our business is now Bathroom, kitchen and Basement Suite Construction/Renovations but we still look after the little jobs as well so call us anytime, no job is too small.

My Philosophy

My approach to business is simple. I always try to provide the same quality of service and product that I would expect from any other professionals working for me. I never pretend to know it all and as a matter of fact, I’m the first to admit when a job is outside my scope and realm of knowledge and will always try to work with clients to find a quality trades person I can trust. Honestly, I’m just a family man who wants to run his own business so he can set his own hours and spend more and better quality time with his family.

So, don’t think of me as just another contractor, think of me as a friend of a friend or the neighbour down the street coming to give you a hand.  Someone you can honestly trust.

Looking forward to talking to you,



Memorial: Saying Goodbye to my 2 Best Friends

To Helsinki (2000 – Oct. 2010) 
I’ll miss your enthusiasm and youthful spirit. Hopefully everyone up there knows not to leave loaves of bread or any other food too close to the edge of the kitchen counter.

To Yosemite (1993 – Dec. 2010)
For 17 years you were always there for me, thanks for all your support. I could not have done it without you.

Goodbye, now you have each other.