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Steve Barkhouse joins Leanne Cusack on CTV News at Noon to discuss Covid-19 Site Protocols

Amsted on CTV: On-Site Protocols During Covid-19

January 15, 2021

In September, Amsted President, Steve Barkhouse, joined Leanne Cusack on CTV News at Noon to share the on-site protocols being observed during Covid-19. Our construction team is well equipped with safety measures designed to keep homeowners, staff and tradespeople safe.

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OHBA Renovator Of The Year

November 24, 2020

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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Owen & Shannon Ripley

November 5, 2020

When Owen and Shannon first bought their house in Hintonburg, there was a lot of work to be done.

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David & Elizabeth Mann

November 5, 2020

David and Elizabeth have lived all over the world, but have made Ottawa their home. Working with David and Elizabeth has been a delight.

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Jonathan Higdon

November 5, 2020

Jonathan and his wife own a beautiful home in the Glebe, with tons of natural light and bright, open spaces. But it didn’t always look this way.

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Jennifer M.

November 5, 2020

Working with Jen on her home renovation project was extra special because this house has been a part of her life for decades.

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Must-Have Muskoka | Renovation Tour

October 28, 2020

Big, bright and beautiful! Inside and out, the Amsted team worked wonders on this Muskoka dream house. This renovation made for a more family-friendly home including open common spaces, five bedrooms, a separate in-law suite, and a Craftsman-inspired exterior.

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Can’t Get Enough of Kenilworth | Renovation Tour

October 15, 2020

Home is where the heart is, so why not make it a space you love? That’s exactly what we did for the owners of Kenilworth. This newly-renovated dwelling showcases an open-concept kitchen, contemporary sunroom, updated living room, added powder room, redesigned staircase, and a fully finished basement.

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Protect Your Deck With These 6 Tips

September 25, 2020

From BBQ dinners on the patio, sunbathing on the deck after swimming laps, and starry nights under the pergola, your backyard has made this summer one to remember. Nevertheless, as much as we hate to admit it, the harsh Canadian winter is well on its way. Be ready for it and protect your beloved deck…

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Back-To-School Renovation Ideas

September 15, 2020

Though the Back-to-School season looks a little different this year, it’s time to start planning and prepping for its arrival. These helpful renovation ideas will set your kids up for success, whether they’re learning virtually or spending their days in class. Thoughtful touches to your existing spaces will help them ace the academic year ahead!

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Steve’s top 3 renovation tips

August 24, 2020

While there is plenty of advice Amsted President Steve Barkhouse can give to homeowners who are thinking of renovating, when asked to narrow it down to his top 3 renovation tips, here are his key recommendations.

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What is scope creep and how do you avoid it?

August 10, 2020

Scope creep — it sounds scary, and it can be a menace, but with proper planning, good communication and an understanding of how to minimize it, scope creep doesn’t have to adversely affect your renovation project.

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Why it works: White kitchens still rule, but it’s easy to add a dash of colour

July 13, 2020

White kitchens stand the test of time because they are clean and fresh — and don’t risk becoming a passing fad (think avocado or harvest gold). While bold colours are exciting, there is a way of mixing the two that creates a recipe for a great space.

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10 years in a row! Winning the GuildQuality Guildmaster Award for client satisfaction

July 6, 2020

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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My Favourite Project: From traditional to contemporary

June 16, 2020

Here’s the latest in our occasional series highlighting some of the favourite projects of our staff. Our Director of Design, Chuck, loved this award-winning project, which transformed a home from traditional to contemporary.

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Virtual seminar! Your Guide to a Successful Renovation

May 29, 2020

We may not be able to gather in a group, but that’s not stopping us from bringing you our popular and FREE renovation seminar! If there’s a reno in your future, the best way to ensure success is to arm yourself with great advice before you start. That’s exactly what our renovation seminar will do.

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Getting ready for deck season! What type of deck should you build?

May 19, 2020

If the long-overdue change in weather has got you itching to get out in the backyard, you’re not alone. Finally, we can start thinking about relaxing with a pint on that perfect deck while firing up the barbecue. If you’re one of the many still needing to build that perfect deck and wondering what type…

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How our 3D renderings help you visualize your space

May 11, 2020

When you’re renovating your home, being able to see what a design will look and feel like can make the difference in deciding to proceed — and that’s where our 3D renderings come in so handy.

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Amsted Home Care: Home repairs, maintenance & smaller upgrades sized to fit your needs

May 4, 2020

Have you heard about the Amsted Home Care program? It offers speed, convenience, and trustworthy expertise to homeowners seeking home repairs, general maintenance, and smaller upgrades. It’s the perfect program for those who may not know where to turn when they want to take care of those small projects before they turn into big ones.

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My Favourite Project: Explore The Colourful Craftsman Home

April 6, 2020

Today we’re beginning an occasional series highlighting some of the favourite projects of our staff. Our Director of Design, Chuck, stepped up first to share one of his favourites, an Arts & Crafts inspiration that became an award-winner.

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Amsted Awarded Prestigious Fred Nielsen Award

March 30, 2020

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…

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Are You Ready To Start Your Spring Maintenance Projects?

March 23, 2020

As a result of social distancing, you may find yourself with more time on your hands than you’re used to. Use that time to tackle your spring maintenance. And our handy checklist will help you clean up from winter and ensure your home is ready for the change of season.

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Recognizing Excellence And Celebrating Our Trade Partners

March 11, 2020

Our annual trade partners breakfast is one way we can thank our awesome trade partners. Now in its 5th year, it’s our way of showing the value and importance of our commitment to each other and to our clients.

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Learn How To Plan For A Successful Renovation At Our Free Seminar

March 2, 2020

The best way to have a successful remodelling project is to arm yourself with great advice before you renovate. That’s exactly what our renovation seminar will do. And best of all, it’s FREE!

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