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Meet the Finalist: A Turtle-Y Awesome Basement Renovation

September 24, 2018

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…

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

September 17, 2018

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…

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Meet the Finalist: Home Renovation Gets Double Nominations

September 10, 2018

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…

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

September 4, 2018

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

August 20, 2018

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

May 22, 2018

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!

April 3, 2018

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!

March 21, 2018

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!

February 20, 2018

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

November 20, 2017

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!

October 30, 2017

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

October 16, 2017

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

October 2, 2017

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…

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Opening up Spaces in a Dated Home

September 18, 2017

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

September 5, 2017

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!

August 21, 2017

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

March 21, 2017

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

February 9, 2017

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

February 8, 2017

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

January 18, 2017

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

December 8, 2016

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

November 24, 2016

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

November 23, 2016

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

October 28, 2016

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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