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2022 Top Deck Trends For The Ultimate Outdoor Oasis

May 18, 2022

The outdoor deck became a huge hit in the 1980s when homeowners realized their yard could be an extension of their living space. Today the trend is more popular than ever, as the pandemic has motivated homeowners to create comfortable, safe places to gather. Staying on top of the latest outdoor living trends can help you build a composite deck that stands out. Let’s take a look at this year’s trend.

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GuildQuality’s 2022 Guildmaster Award Honours Amsted

May 3, 2022

Amsted of Ottawa, Ontario recognized among the top customer service leaders in the residential construction industry.

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5 Trends to Consider When Designing Your Dream Home This Spring

April 22, 2022

It’s difficult not to feel inspired and motivated when a fresh season rolls around, filled with so much promise and possibility. A new season presents a blank canvas for you to transform your dreams into plans, and there’s no time like Spring to plan the design of your custom dream home!

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CTV News- Renovation Realities

April 18, 2022

Everyone loves a good makeover, and the pandemic has led to an increase in home renovations over the past two years. Amsted Design-Build owner Steve Barkhouse gives us the inside scoop on the realities of renovating and the importance of planning, in this CTV News segment.

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Building a Custom Home: Elements To Consider That Will Surprise You

March 29, 2022

Have you ever wondered what goes into building a custom home? There is more than you might think. From architects, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and civil authorities — there are many moving parts. At Amsted, we take care of all of this so you can relax and see your vision come to life.

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Ultimate Guide To Living Through a Kitchen Renovation

March 16, 2022

Living at home during a kitchen renovation is an experience! As each day goes by, you see the material go from boards and boxes to the kitchen of your dreams. If you are gearing up for a kitchen renovation, and you want to know what to expect, read these five tips to prepare you for whatever comes your way!

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Reclaiming your Basement: 4 Ways to Update your Home’s Lower Level

February 26, 2022

Over the past two years, almost all of us have spent more time at home than ever before. For better or for worse, we have realized the impact our space can have on our lives, productivity, and happiness. Your house has gone beyond being a place you come home to at the end of the day.

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5 Tips Before Creating your Home Gym

February 11, 2022

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all realized how important some places are to us. Many of us have felt the impact of gym closures throughout the various lockdowns, and we have been forced to adapt. From Zoom workout classes to exercising while maintaining social-distancing outdoors, we have all shown our resilience during times of change.

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The People Plan: The Builder Nugget Podcast

February 4, 2022

Curious about Amsted’s “People Plan?” In the Builder Nuggets’ podcast, Amsted’s co-founder Steve Barkhouse discusses his experience with losing valuable team members, and how a mindset shift has helped overcome this challenge. Steve reflects on how valuing team members as individuals has helped in retaining talent throughout this Great Resignation.

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Thinking of Doing a Renovation? Read This First

January 28, 2022

Over the past two years, we have all spent more time in our homes than ever before. As a result of this ‘new normal,’ people are even more interested in making their homes as functional and beautifully-designed as possible. But before you take a sledgehammer to that wall which has been standing in the way…

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6 Common Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

January 22, 2022

A lot of homeowners are planning to do a kitchen renovation this year. This is no surprise considering that a well-executed kitchen renovation increases the value of your home and can greatly enrich your family’s lifestyle.  Of course, not all kitchen renovation stories have a happy ending. Poor planning can lead to big mistakes that deplete…

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Amsted Wins 6 GOHBA Housing Design Awards

December 20, 2021

We have exciting news! Amsted has won six GOHBA Housing Design Awards including Ottawa Renovator of the year. Our projects were also finalists in five other categories. 

These awards help to highlight our commitment to excellence and underline our motivation to build exceptional homes for our amazing clients.

Read on to find out more about our GOHBA Award winners and finalists.

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Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

November 22, 2021

With colder weather around the corner, now is the time to get your home ready for winter. That’s why Amsted Design-Build founder Steve Barkhouse recently appeared on CTV News at Noon to share a winter prep checklist.

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7 Tips for Hiring a Painting Contractor

November 3, 2021

Is it time to paint your home? A fresh coat of paint can make your home feel like new again. Whether you want to paint a couple of rooms or your entire house, it’s important to know how to hire a good painting contractor.

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Another Successful Volunteer Weekend at Camp Smitty

October 23, 2021

Giving back to the community is an integral part of our Core Values. That’s why we consider it a privilege to volunteer at Camp Smitty every fall.

The pandemic prevented us from volunteering in 2020 so we were especially eager to get back to work this past September.

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Amsted Is Nominated for 11 GOHBA Awards

October 12, 2021

We’re proud to announce that Amsted is up for 12 Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) Housing Design Awards!

Eight of our projects have been named finalists in 11 categories, in addition to being a finalist for the coveted title of Renovator of the Year. This is a testament to the power of our proven process and amazing team. We’re more dedicated than ever to creating exceptional homes while ensuring that our clients have the most positive experience possible.

Read on to find out more about our GOHBA Award finalists.

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How to Prevent Winter Foundation Damage

September 29, 2021

Canadian winters can be hard on a home. Rapid temperature fluctuations and shifts in humidity threaten to damage your home’s foundation. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent winter foundation damage and keep your home’s structural integrity intact. We’ve put together some tips to prevent the most common cold weather foundation issues. First,…

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4 Ways the Pandemic Has Changed Home Design

September 29, 2021

Home design is always evolving, but the pandemic has led to swift shifts in how spaces are used. COVID restrictions led many of us to become homebodies who work, play and exercise at home. We need our living spaces to reflect our new habits. Here are four ways the pandemic has changed home design.

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Employee Spotlight: Chris Mulholland, Architectural Designer

September 16, 2021

This month’s employee spotlight features Christopher Mulholland. Christopher has been an architectural designer with Amsted for eleven years. Read on to discover why he excels at his job, and how he uses his expertise to advocate for homeowners. Continuous professional development Christopher loves the versatility of his job, which involves designing family homes and multi-unit developments.…

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6 Benefits of Adding a Basement Suite to Your Home

August 10, 2021

A basements suite, also called a rental suite or basement apartment, is a multipurpose space that can provide many benefits to you and your family. With home prices increasing and rental prices skyrocketing, it’s no wonder that more and more people are interested in adding a basement suite to their home.

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Ctv News – Home Renovation Creates a More Cohesive Space

August 5, 2021

If you love a dramatic renovation before and after, we have the goods for you today. Amsted Design-Build owner Steve Barkhouse appeared on CTV News at Noon to share how we transformed a house in the Civic Hospital area. The home, which originally had a traditional Arts & Crafts style, became a modern, airy living…

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The Ultimate Guide to Sunroom Additions

July 16, 2021

If you’re thinking of adding a sunroom to your house, you may have a lot of questions on your mind. How much will a sunroom addition cost? What are the benefits? What type of addition should I choose? We’ll cover all of the above in this quick guide!

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Going Touchless | Renovation Tour

June 25, 2021

We’ve all come a long way during this pandemic which has forced us to adapt in order to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe. Halting the spread of COVID has become the planet’s number one priority. The good news; while we wait patiently for the mass distribution of the vaccine, there are ways…

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Kitchissippi Times Westboro | Renovation Tour

May 31, 2021

A Westboro family completed their renovations just before the pandemic hit. They were prepared for the repeated stay-at-home orders without even knowing it! Their story is shared in this article in the Kitchissippi Times by Anita Murray of All Things Home. Check out the article here.

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