|It was a Mother’s Day gift that put most other Mother’s Day gifts to shame.
Deciding that flowers or a card just wouldn’t be good enough, actor Ashton Kutcher recently surprised his mom by remodeling her home in Homestead, IA.
According to People, Kutcher decided to give his family home a much-needed renovation as a way to give back to his mother and stepdad — and to accommodate his own growing family after the birth of his daughter, Wyatt Isabelle.
“My mom has been the greatest influence in my life – my parents gave me everything,” Kutcher, 37, explained. “They went to great sacrifices to give me the life that I have and anything I can do to say thank you is the right thing.”
The soon-to-be Mr. Mila Kunis filmed the entire home improvement process in a documentary, and orchestrated the entire project from his home in Los Angeles for added secrecy. He used online home design website Houzz, a startup in which he has invested money, to hire home improvement contractors from afar.
“This was definitely a great Mother’s day gift and a beautiful way of saying thank you to a parent — you don’t see that every day. Most of my older customers are left alone with their remodeling projects,” said Peter Kiwior, owner of Pro-Home Services Inc. “Their kids are busy working, so they rely on contractors to give them advise and help them with their remodeling needs.”
Kutcher kept the project secret with the help of his stepdad, Mark, People reported. After the basement remodel, which took 27 days, Kutcher finally revealed the result to his ecstatic mom.
“Oh, this is beautiful,” she can be seen exclaiming in the documentary, wiping tears from her face.
For the former That 70’s Show and Two and a Half Men star, it’s the least he could do to show her how much he appreciates her, he said.
“You know, you grow up and you have a good parent, and I don’t know that there’s anything I could ever do that really says thank you, but trying sure feels good,” Kutcher said.