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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: Explore the Colourful Craftsman Home

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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Family Kitchen Transformation: From Awkward to Amazing!

February 25, 2020

The owners of this Barrhaven family home came to us with a common problem: their kitchen was dated, awkward, and just wasn’t meeting their needs. The transformation it underwent was stunning!

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Your Renovation Checklist: How to Prepare for Your Next Renovation Project

February 18, 2020

You’ve been thinking about the projects that will turn your house into your dream home, but are you actually ready to get started? How do you guarantee your project goes smoothly and doesn’t turn into a nightmare? This handy checklist helps you and your entire family get ready for your next renovation project. It provides you…

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5 Benefits of the Design-Build Process That Simplify Your Renovation Project

February 10, 2020

Why is a design-build service the best choice when it comes to your renovation or custom home build? There are many reasons, all of which save you time and money. Amsted’s design-build service provides a one-stop solution, with our professional design and construction experts working together under one roof to create a seamless process.

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Thinking of Renovating? Start With Our Free Renovation Seminar

February 3, 2020

Are you thinking of renovating? Then you need to attend our free renovation seminar to get advice on the tackle your project the right way. The seminar highlights some of the common elements we see in renovations, typical roadblocks you may face, and acts as your guide to a successful renovation!

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Built-in Seating Is 2020’s Coziest Trend

February 3, 2020

According to Dwell magazine, one of the trends for 2020 is built-in seating. We couldn’t agree more, in fact, built-in seating is a feature we’ve been big on for some time. “Be it a window-side perch with a great view or cozy reading niche, seating that’s built-in adds character to a room and can be…

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Catch Up on What You Missed at the Ottawa Home Show

January 27, 2020

The Ottawa Home and Remodelling Show is a huge event that inspires people across the city to turn their houses into a home. Whether they are looking to complete a new build, renovate their existing home, or just get a few ideas, there’s something for everyone.

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How Asbestos Impacts Your Home Renovation: Part 2

January 20, 2020

What do you need to know about designated substances? In part 2 of his latest appearance on CTV News at Noon, Amsted’s Steve Barkhouse explains a homeowner’s responsibilities when it comes to asbestos and other designated substances.

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How Asbestos Impacts Your Home Renovation: Part 1

January 20, 2020

You may be considering making some big changes to your home, but before you start tearing down walls and ripping up tiles, we want to make sure you not only understand what designated substances like asbestos are, but how they impact your home renovations. In his latest two-part series on CTV News at Noon, Amsted…

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The Most Common Renovation Questions Answered

January 13, 2020

When it comes to renovating, designing, and building, homeowners naturally have lots of questions before they’re ready to sign on the dotted line and get started on their projects. Here are 13 of the most frequently asked renovation questions answered.

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