About the Company

At Amsted, we have the qualifications, the abilities and, most importantly, the commitment to provide you the utmost personalized service, because adding comfort and value to your home is the service you have trusted us to provide for 30 years.

For each person, the design-build experience will be different, but it always starts by finding out what brings you comfort. Is it entertaining family and friends, cuddling up on the couch beside a roaring fire, relaxing with a book in a sun-drenched bay window, or cooking a giant pot of soup on a cold and blistery winter day? Whatever it is, these experiences make you, you. And being able to draw this out of you makes Amsted, Amsted. Our team is skilled at asking the questions, crafting the design and producing the quality that will leave you feeling like your home was meant for you.

Core Values

Integrity

Integrity is our trademark. We adhere to moral and ethical principles through sound moral character and honesty.

Excellence

Excellence is the key to our continued success. We consistently strive for excellence in all that we do.

Teamwork

Teamwork is our strength. Our carefully selected team works cooperatively, achieving common goals.

Respect

Respect is the basis of all our relationships. We recognize and value all people in their diversity, whether inside or outside our team.

Trust

Trust is our foundation. We build relationships and create a climate of trust among us all.

 

Loyalty

Loyalty is our commitment to the future. Loyalty is rewarded and highly regarded.

 

 

Fulfillment

Fulfillment is our obligation. We continually strive to exceed expectations and fulfill the dreams of our customers (clients, partners, team) and community.

Pride

Being proud is our reward. We set high standards for ourselves every day, both as individuals and in our teams, to maximize our performance and be proud of our accomplishments.

Empathy

Empathy provides our peace of mind. We know the importance of experiencing and supporting the feelings, thoughts, attitudes and circumstances of our customers (clients, partners, team) and community.

Progress

Progress is our advancement toward a higher stage. We continually strive to look ahead, anticipate and educate, in order to develop new solutions that drive progress.

History

Founded in 1989 by company President Steve Barkhouse, Amsted has grown from a single-person operation to an award-winning design-build company that employs more than 40 people and completes more than 30 projects a year. Yet of all the prestigious honours, our greatest source of pride is our clients’ continued satisfaction.

Amsted grew out of Steve’s inherent “people-pleasing” nature, and today that feeling has permeated throughout the company, reflected in our Vision, Mission and Core Values. Highlighted on our office walls and appearing in the wallets of every team member, we promise that not a day passes where these guiding beliefs aren’t considered. Our ideals help us focus on how we can positively impact all the people involved with Amsted—whether client, partner or team member.

Amsted also believes in the importance of giving back and is an active member of the Ottawa community, supporting such worthwhile organizations as the Boys and Girls Club Of Ottawa, Hospice Care Ottawa and many more.

Adding comfort and value to your home is the service you have trusted Amsted to provide, and that we’ve been thrilled to guarantee, for the past 30 years. We look forward to continuing this tradition for Ottawa-area homeowners for the next 30 years to come.

Vision Statement

We will be the most sought after company in its industry. To be highly respected for integrity, excellence and success. To provide a work environment that is enjoyable and achieves a balance between work and personal goals.

Mission Statement

Our Mission must be to exceed the expectations of our customers, whom we define as clients, partners, and fellow employees. We will accomplish this by committing to our shared values and by achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction. In this way we will ensure that our profit, quality and growth goals are met.

Awards

GuildQuality’s 2022 Guildmaster Award Honours Amsted
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Amsted Is Nominated for 11 GOHBA Awards
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CHBA Award

In light of this extremely challenging year, we are celebrating the talent and resiliency this industry has shown. Amsted has been featured in 'All Things Home' as a recipient of a Canadian Home Builder's Association Award in the Home Renovation category! For more on this accomplishment, read the article here!

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OHBA Renovator of the Year

The Amsted Design-Build team took home the title of Renovator of the Year for the fourth time at this year’s OHBA Awards of Distinction. This prestigious award celebrates renovators who demonstrate creativity, innovation and talent within our dynamic industry. 

 

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10 Years in a Row! Winning the Guildquality Guildmaster Award for Client Satisfaction

Wow! Thanks to our fantastic clients, we’ve won an amazing 10th consecutive GuildQuality Guildmaster Award for customer satisfaction! Here’s how.

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Amsted Awarded Prestigious Fred Nielsen Award

We are thrilled to announce that Amsted Design-Build is this year's recipient of the prestigious Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) Fred Nielsen Award. The award recognizes a company that makes “outstanding and lasting contribution to the association and the housing industry,” GOHBA president Roy Nandram said when announcing the award at the association’s annual general meeting on March 10.

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Three More Awards We’re Proud to Add to Our 2019 Tally!

Ottawa’s awards season is blessing us once again! Amsted came away with an exciting three wins at last week’s SAM Awards for sales and marketing  excellence organized by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association!

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Wow! We’re Ottawa Renovator of the Year for the 8th Time!

We have big news to share — Amsted has been named the Ottawa Renovator of the Year for a record 8th time! The award was one of three we earned at Saturday’s Housing Design Awards put on by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association and we are absolutely thrilled to share the news with everyone!

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Meet the Finalist: A Flexible and Versatile Basement Renovation

This basement renovation is all about flexibility and meeting the needs of the family both now and in the future. And it’s a finalist in this month’s Housing Design Awards put on by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association!

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Meet the Finalist … on Reno Tour 2019!

This week’s Meet the Finalist instalment is particularly exciting because this is a project you can come and tour this Sunday, October 6th! Our entry for Reno Tour 2019 is our newest Living Room Presentation Centre and the apartment that’s upstairs. The powder room in this home is also a finalist in the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association Housing Design Awards this month!

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It’s a Three-Peat: We’ve Been Named Provincial Renovator of the Year for the 3rd Time!

We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to announce that for a third time in the past six years, we’ve been named the provincial Renovator of the Year! This wonderful recognition came at an awards gala last night celebrating the winners in the Ontario Home Builders’ Association Awards of Distinction.

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Meet the Finalists: A Full-Service Renovation

Kitchen and bathroom renos are among the most popular projects homeowners undertake. What’s not as common is a renovation that includes a full-service upgrade to a vintage car lover’s garage. We’ve written about part of this project before, but now we’re sharing all of it with you as a finalist for two renovation awards, one locally and one provincially!

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Meet the Finalist: Modern and Timeless in a Black-And-White Kitchen

A black-and-white kitchen is a classic look that’s also timeless, elegant and definitely on trend. In this Barrhaven main-floor renovation, traditional styling with a modern twist has helped this kitchen become a finalist in the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association Housing Design Awards this fall!

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Meet the Finalists: A Stunning Rockcliffe Renovation

As we get ready for both the Ontario Home Builders’ Association Awards of Distinction on Sept. 24 and the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association Housing Design Awards in October, we’d like to introduce you to our wonderful projects that have been nominated for awards, starting with this Rockcliffe Revamp.

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It’s Awards Season and We’re Nominated for 11 Provincial and Local Awards!

It’s an exciting week for us here at Amsted — awards season is upon us and we’re up for a whopping 11 trophies! Announcements were made this week naming finalists for both the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association Housing Design Awards and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association Awards of Distinction.

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Wow! Our 9th Consecutive Guildquality Guildmaster Award for Client Satisfaction

Wow, thanks to our awesome clients, we’ve just won an amazing 9th GuildQuality Guildmaster Award in a row for customer satisfaction! Here’s how.

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Amsted Has Been Nominated for Two Prestigious National Awards!

We’re thrilled to announce that Amsted has been nominated for TWO prestigious national awards from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association! The CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence saw more than 700 entries from across the country and it’s an honour to be chosen a finalist!

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A Double Win at This Year’s Sales and Marketing Awards

Often it’s the eye-popping renovations & additions that get the limelight, but all the behind-the-scenes work and details are equally as important as the finished project. That’s why we’re thrilled that Project Coordinator Paulette MacGregor, as well as all the effort we put into our signage, have been recognized as award winning, giving us a double win at this year’s sales and marketing awards!

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Amsted Wins 3 Trophies at the 2018 Housing Design Awards!

What a weekend! We were thrilled and proud that our team won three categories at the 2018 Housing Design Awards on Saturday! These awards celebrate the best of the best among the many companies that are part of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association and our wins were in categories that faced stiff competition.

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Meet the Finalist: Condo Transformation Earns 2 Award Nominations!

A renovation that turns out so well, like this condo transformation, is a reward on its own, but when it’s also nominated for two Housing Design Awards it’s double the pleasure! This charming condo renovation overseen by Project Coordinator Paulette MacGregor turned an industrial space into a fresh, feminine retreat that’s layered in white, stylish and tranquil.

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Steve Wins Prestigious Remodelers Advantage Impact Award!

We’re thrilled to announce that Amsted President Steve Barkhouse has won the prestigious 2018 Remodelers Advantage Impact Award! Chosen from among the top renovation companies in North America, it’s an achievement that’s not easy to attain and one that is awarded after a lengthy process that involves peer recognition, meeting strict criteria and demonstrating a superior commitment to both our business and our community.

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Meet the Finalist: How a Small Kitchen Design Can Have a Mighty Impact

It took our Director of Design, Chuck Mills, a long time to get around to redoing his own kitchen — much like that old saying about the cobbler being too busy to make shoes for his own children — but when he finally got to it, the result was a small kitchen design that packs a punch and is now up for an award at this month’s Housing Design Awards!

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Meet the Finalist: Planning Was Key for This Home Makeover

Capturing two award nominations, this elegant home makeover was personally planned down to the last detail to suit the growing needs of the family without compromising traditional style. This is also the project we’ve chosen to feature on the upcoming RenoTour 2018. Let’s take a closer look.

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A Winning Project at the OHBA Awards of Distinction!

We’re honoured to announce that Amsted has been named a winner at last night’s OHBA Awards of Distinction! The gorgeous ensuite from our mostly main-floor renovation claimed the award for bathroom renovation!

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Meet the Finalist: A Turtle-Y Awesome Basement Renovation

An unfinished lower level offered a perfect blank canvas to help a family create an awesome basement renovation that has everything on their wish list, including a space for their beloved turtles. There’s a movie theatre, home gym, hidden sewing station and plenty of room to relax — with clever ways to tuck things away when not in use. Our efforts have resulted in this project being nominated for the Basement Renovation award at the upcoming Housing Design Awards of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association.

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Meet the Finalist: Main-Floor Makeover Nominated for Three Awards

It’s humbling to have one of our projects nominated for three awards — and to have them be at both the local and provincial level! Our recent Kanata renovation is a finalist in the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) Housing Design Awards for Renovation $350,001 - $500,000 and has been named a finalist in the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) Awards of Distinction in both the Kitchen Renovation and Bathroom Renovation categories. Here’s a closer look at the project.

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Meet the Finalist: Home Renovation Gets Double Nominations

As is often the case with our clients’ home renovation goals, this project was an example of reimagining a dated, choppy layout and finding ways to make the space more functional, all while respecting the home’s traditional charm. We’re thrilled that our efforts have earned two nominations in the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association Housing Design Awards!

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Meet the Finalist: Creating More Elbow Room for an Expanding Family

In the lead-up to both the Ontario Home Builders’ Association Awards of Distinction on Sept. 25 and the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association Housing Design Awards Oct. 20, we’re introducing you each week to our fabulous projects that have been nominated for awards. This week’s project is all about creating more elbow room.

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Wow! We’ve Been Nominated for 14 Local &Amp; Provincial Housing Awards

We’re thrilled to announce that 7 of our stunning projects have been nominated for local and provincial awards this year! Both the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association released the lists of finalists for their respective housing awards programs last week and Amsted is up for a whopping 14 awards!

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How 8 and 5 Add Up to a 10 in Customer Service

Customer service is key at Amsted. We are dedicated to maximizing client satisfaction, which is why we utilize GuildQuality to ensure we are living up to that promise. So how does that translate to 8 + 5 equaling 10? Through the positive feedback of our clients!

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Main-Floor Reno Wins Canadian Home Builders’ Association Award!

We are thrilled to announce that a recent renovation project has garnered national attention, winning top prize from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association! The main-floor overhaul transformed a dark and dated home into a bright, open and welcoming space.

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Congratulations to Our Trade Partners!

We would not be the company that we are today without the valuable relationships we have with our excellent trade partners. That’s why, for the third year in a row, we’ve showed our appreciation by recognizing their efforts at our annual Trade Partners Awards Breakfast March 21.

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Main-Floor Renovation Named a National Awards Finalist!

We were thrilled to learn recently that a recent Barrhaven renovation project has been named a finalist in the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence. Take a mini tour with us through the project to discover why we think it’s so special.

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President Steve Barkhouse Awarded Order of Ottawa

Our leader, company President Steve Barkhouse, doesn’t like to brag, but we feel it’s important to recognize the huge honour he received last week when he was named to the Order of Ottawa!

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Thrilled to Be Named Renovator of the Year a 7th Time!

It is an honour to be recognized by the industry for our projects, as we were at the recent Housing Design Awards hosted by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association. That recognition has even more meaning as, facing some stiff competition, we were once again named the Renovator of the Year.

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Meet the Finalist: Balancing the Scale of a Home

It’s always a joy to work on a project in which balancing the scale of a home brings out its true charms. Such was the case with this impressive Carp home that sat alone atop a hill, and it resulted in two finalist nods for the upcoming Housing Design Awards.

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Have Some Design Fun With Your Powder Rooms

Powder rooms make a great canvas for having some fun. They’re small, contained spaces where adding extra oomph doesn’t seem like too much of a commitment and they offer a bit of an unexpected pop for your guests. That was the case with this powder room renovation, one of our finalists in this month’s Housing Design Awards.

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Opening up Spaces in a Dated Home

Many of our renovation projects involve opening up spaces. Once upon a time, dividing rooms by their function was the way to design, but many of today’s families prefer a more open concept so that family members can still be together even when they’re doing different activities.

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Meet One of Our Awards Finalists: A Kitchen Makeover With Character

A kitchen makeover doesn’t have to cost a fortune to create a striking end result, as this finalist in the 2017 Housing Design Awards shows.

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We’re an Awards Finalist Eight Times Over!

While validation of our work comes from a homeowner’s satisfaction in a job well done, it’s also a thrill to be recognized by our peers. That’s why we always look forward to awards season!

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Shining the Spotlight on Our Partner Relationships

Each year, Amsted welcomes our valued trade and supplier partners to breakfast to discuss how we can work together to improve the client experience, enhance our mutual success, and have more fun at work. We are also proud to recognize their excellence through our Partner Awards.

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Ontario Homebuilder Magazine Profile: Renovator of the Year

Amsted was proud to be named Ontario's Renovator of the Year at the Ontario Home Builders' Association Awards of Distinction. In this article, Amsted President Steve Barkhouse shares his thoughts on this honour, and what it means to the company.

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Amsted Recognized as Customer Service Leader

Amsted is proud to announce we have been recognized for our seventh consecutive Guildmaster Award with Highest Distinction. This award honours companies across North America who demonstrate exceptional customer service in the residential construction industry.

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Showcasing Award-Winning Transformations on Ctv News at Noon

Amsted President Steve Barkhouse joins Leanne Cusack on CTV News at Noon for his first appearance of the New Year, showcasing two award-winning renovations that incorporate recent trends in kitchen and bath design for a stunning end result.

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Amsted Receives Bronze in Inaugural National Award

Among peers from across the country, Amsted was honoured at the Canadian Contractor Outstanding Renovator & Custom Homebuilder Awards to take home the BRONZE in this inaugural year.

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Recognizing Excellence in Sales & Marketing Innovation

Amsted celebrates sales success at the Greater Ottawa Home Builders' Association SAM Awards.

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Amsted Recognized as a Finalist for Inaugural Award

Amsted is proud and honoured to share that we have been named a finalist for the inaugural Canadian Contractor Outstanding Renovator & Custom Homebuilder Award!

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Double Award Wins at the GOHBA Housing Design Awards

The GOHBA Housing Design Awards were held on Saturday night, bringing together the best of the best in housing design in Ottawa. Amsted was proud and excited to accept two awards that evening!

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Ottawa Citizen: Ottawa Builders Honoured at Ontario Home Builder’s Awards

By Anita Murray: He did it again! Topping off a 25th anniversary year in which respected renovator Steve Barkhouse and his team at Amsted Design-Build were named both the local and provincial renovator of the year in 2015, the company has managed the difficult feat of repeating as Ontario’s best.

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Amsted Named 2016 Ontario Renovator of the Year!

It has been an exciting month for Amsted, honoured for the second consecutive year as Ontario Renovator of the Year by the Ontario Home Builders' Association.

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Ottawa Citizen: Ottawa Builders Dominate Provincial Award Nominations

Anita Murray shares details on the five local companies whose projects were named finalists for the Ontario Home Builders' Association Awards of Distinction.

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Amsted Named Provincial and Local Housing Design Awards Finalists!

We are very proud to announce that Amsted has been nominated as a finalist in this year's provincial and local awards!

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Award-Winning Transformation on Ctv News at Noon

Steve Barkhouse joins Leanne Cusack on CTV News at Noon, sharing the beautiful main floor renovation of a home in the Glebe. This video highlights the impact paint choices and colour schemes can have on a space.

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Amsted Honoured for Customer Service Excellence

Amsted Design-Build is thrilled to announce that for the sixth consecutive year, we have been awarded the Guildmaster Award with Highest Distinction for exceptional customer service.

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Ottawa Citizen: Canadian Home Builders’ Association Awards

By Patrick Langston

"Two members of the local housing industry — Amsted Design-Build and Corvinelli Homes — captured national honours last week at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association annual awards in Kelowna, B.C."

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Amsted Wins National Award for Glebe Transformation

We are thrilled to announce that a recent main-floor renovation in the Glebe has been awarded top honours by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association at the organization’s National Awards for Housing Excellence this past weekend in Kelowna, BC.

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Amsted Continues to Achieve BBB Honour Roll Status

Amsted Design-Build has proudly earned a place on the Honour Roll of the Better Business Bureau for promoting trust in the marketplace. Amsted has been an Accredited Business since 2000 with an A+ rating and remains complaint-free in 2015.

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Amsted Named a Finalist for the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence

A finalist in both the local and provincial competitions, Amsted's dramatic main level transformation of a home in the Glebe has now been selected as a finalist on the national stage. The project, which involved rebuilding a rotting addition and reworking the layout of the entire main floor, was designed to respect the home's Victorian heritage, while creating a more functional floorplan for this young family. Dramatic colours and a grand foyer now occupy the formal front of the home, while a mudroom and open concept kitchen and living room at the back allow ample space for everyday living.

Every detail was considered in this thoughtful renovation, and we thank the homeowners for entrusting us to create a home that is unmistakably theirs.

To see photos of this beautiful project, click here!

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Amsted Wins Best Medium Business of the Year

Amsted Design-Build proudly took home the award for Best Medium Business of the Year at the West Ottawa Business Excellence Awards on Thursday, February 25th. This award is a proud accomplishment that shows Amsted is not only a leader in the industry, but also a leader in the business community.

Named one of five finalists out of a pool of 35 nominees, Amsted President, Steve Barkhouse, was delighted but admittedly surprised when Amsted's name was called. This was the first time the company had submitted to the awards. He humbly accepted on behalf of the entire team at Amsted, and we recognize our clients and partners, along with our staff, that have had a hand in making Amsted so successful throughout our history.

Steve Barkhouse was also named a finalist from a pool of more than 20 nominees in the Business Leader of the Year category.

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Celebrating 25th Anniversary With Award Recognition and Community Service Initiatives

Amsted was proudly featured in the November Issue of Impact!, the Greater Ottawa Home Builders' Association's monthly newsletter. The piece highlighted Amsted's recent award successes, and features our "25 Acts in 25 Years" initiative, which was designed to give back to the communities who have helped us achieve 25 great years in business.

Take a look here!

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Amsted Recognized as Ottawa’s Renovator of the Year

 

At the Greater Ottawa Home Builders' Association Housing Design Awards on October 3rd, Amsted proudly took home the Ottawa renovation industry’s top prize, for the 6th time and 2nd consecutive year – Renovator of the Year.

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Amsted Recognized as Ontario’s Renovator of the Year

At the Ontario Home Builders' Association Awards of Distinction on September 29th, Amsted proudly took home the Ontario renovation industry’s top prize - Renovator of the Year.

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Ontario Home Builders’ Association Names Amsted an Aod Finalist!

 

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association Awards of Distinction (AoD) program is an opportunity to pay tribute and honour the creativity, innovation and talent of builders, renovators, designers and marketers within the new home building and renovation industry," said OHBA President Vince Molinaro who added, "The building industry continues to be a major driving force in our province's economy and the Awards of Distinction celebrates this dynamic sector."

Amsted is honoured to have been named a finalist for 2015 Renovator of the Year as well as two renovation project awards. Winners of the OHBA Awards of Distinction will be announced on September 28th.

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Amsted Named a Finalist for 11 Local Housing Design Awards

 

Amsted is thrilled to announce we have been named a finalist for 11 awards at this year's Greater Ottawa Home Builders' Association Housing Design Awards, including 2015 Renovator of the Year.

These local industry awards recognize design innovation and superior craftsmanship for builders across the city, and we are honoured to continue to be recognized year-over-year.

Award winners will be announced at a Celebratory Gala on October 3rd.

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Amsted Earns Honour Roll Status From Better Business Bureau

Amsted Design-Build has proudly earned a place on the Honour Roll of the Better Business Bureau for promoting trust in the marketplace. Amsted has been an Accredited Business since 2000 with an A+ rating and remains complaint-free in 2014.

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Amsted Recognized as a Customer Service Leader for the 5th Consecutive Year

Amsted Design-Build is thrilled to announce that for the fifth consecutive year, we have been awarded the Guildmaster Award with Highest Distinction for exceptional customer service.

Over the past few months, GuildQuality reviewed numerous survey responses submitted by customers of Guildmaster candidates. In granting awards, two primary metrics are considered: the percentage of customers who would recommend and the percentage of customers who responded. Amsted achieved a recommendation rate of greater than 90% from our customers surveyed through GuildQuality.

Amsted is proud to have been selected as one of just 300 North American builders, remodelers, developers, and contractors recognized by GuildQuality for our ability to deliver a consistently superior customer experience.

GuildQuality is an independent customer satisfaction surveying company, and has powered the Guildmaster Award since 2005 to celebrate service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and home services professions.

Please click here to review all feedback collected through GuildQuality from Amsted Design-Build clients.

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Guildmaster With Highest Distinction for the 4th Consecutive Year

Amsted Design Build is thrilled to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, we have been awarded the Guildmaster Award with Highest Distinction for exceptional customer service.

Over the past few months, GuildQuality reviewed numerous survey responses submitted by Amsted customers. In granting awards, two primary metrics are considered for each candidate: the percentage of customers who would recommend and the percentage of customers who responded. Amsted achieved a recommendation rate of greater than 90% from their customers surveyed through GuildQuality.

Amsted is proud to have been selected as one of the over 200 North American builders, remodelers, developers, and contractors recognized by GuildQuality for our ability to deliver a consistently superior customer experience.

GuildQuality is an independent customer satisfaction surveying company, and has powered the Guildmaster Award since 2005 to celebrate service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and home services professions.

Please click here to review all feedback collected through GuildQuality from Amsted Design-Build clients.

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Amsted Earns Honour Roll Status From Better Business Bureau

Amsted Design Build has proudly earned a place on the Honour Roll of the Better Business Bureau for promoting trust in the marketplace. Amsted has been an Accredited Business since 2000 with an A+ rating and was complaint free in 2013.

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Amsted a Finalist for Prestigious Fred Case Award

The Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year Award was created in 2007 to honor and recognize the entrepreneurial spirit of remodelers and the importance of creativity and innovation to the industry. The award is modeled after the professional achievements of Fred Case, founder and CEO of Case Design/Remodeling, one of the largest full-service remodeling companies in the U.S.

Judges evaluate nominees based on three principal criteria: business acumen/company’s financial strength, community and industry involvement, and entrepreneurial spirit. From a competitive pool of nominees, four finalists are announced and Amsted is proud to have been named to this year’s group! 

The award, regarded as one of the most prestigious in all remodeling, was presented during a banquet on May 8th  in Alexandria, Va.

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Amsted Named to “Remodeling 550”

The REMODELING 550 is a list of the nation’s largest residential renovation companies. Compiled by Remodeling Magazine, companies are divided into four categories: full service/design-build; replacement/specialty; insurance restoration; franchisors.

Amsted is proud to have been named #44 and the only Canadian company on the list of 300 full-service remodelers. Amsted’s sister company Restore-All Corporation also secured a spot on the list of insurance restoration companies.

For complete details and industry statistics, click here to be taken to Remodeling Magazine.

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Amsted Wins Top Honours at the 2014 Housing Design Awards

Amsted is proud to have been recognized for two awards at the 2014 Housing Design Awards.

Organized by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association, the 31st annual gala was held on Saturday, October 4th at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

Joining forces with Chuck Mills Residential Design & Development, Amsted was first called to the stage in the category of Renovation $500,000-$749,999 for the transformation of a cottage-style home into this Arts & Crafts-inspired beauty. (Also named a 2014 finalist in the categories of Custom Kitchen 191-219 sq.ft., Custom Bathroom over 91 sq.ft. and Green Renovation Entire Home.)

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Associations

Guild Quality

Guild Quality is a third-party surveying company that helps homeowners find a building contractor or renovator, and then facilitates rating them afterward through a candid online review of the company’s performance.

We look forward to any feedback that can help us improve our customers’ satisfaction. We encourage all our clients to post their reviews of our work at Guild Quality, and for prospective clients to see what our past customers have to say about our company.

Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau is dedicated to fostering honest and responsive relationships between businesses and consumers, instilling consumer confidence and advancing a trustworthy marketplace for all.

Amsted is proud to be a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. We continue to achieve an A+ status, and Amsted has once again been named an Honour Roll Accredited Business.

The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association

The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) is a residential construction industry association that represents home building and renovation specialists in the Greater Ottawa area, and whose primary goal is quality housing for Canadians.

Amsted is an active member in GOHBA and is proud to have been received numerous design awards from the organization. Most notably, we have been named the association’s Renovator of the Year for an industry-leading seven times since its inception in 2008, and won Green Renovation of the Year for three consecutive years. Company founder and President Steve Barkhouse, and his father, Fred Barkhouse, are both past presidents of GOHBA.

Renomark Renovators Mark of Excellence

Amsted is one of only a select few Ottawa renovators qualified to display the Renomark Renovators Mark of Excellence. Members of this unique program are committed to raising the level of professionalism in the building industry, and have agreed to adhere to a higher standard of quality and performance for renovations and remodelling projects. Learn why you should hire a RenomarkTM renovator.

Next Level Contractor Peer Groups

NextLevel is Canada’s most comprehensive support organization for renovators. It is a peer group program where contractors from non-competing markets have the opportunity to discuss challenges on the road to success, helping each other by sharing ideas, solutions and encouragement.

In keeping with Amsted’s core values, members are required to exhibit the highest ethical principles in their business, while delivering value to all stakeholders, including employees, clients, trade contractors and the community.

OTTAWA BOARD OF TRADE

Ottawa Board of Trade is an advocacy group that works for collaborative and sustainable community growth/ prosperity. It accomplishes this by building support for local businesses as they launch, pivot or grow and driving initiatives to remove barriers  saving costs and uniting local businesses. The Ottawa Board of Trade is a champion of the city of Ottawa as a great place to live, work and invest.