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January 15, 2021
As of January 15, 2021
It’s our goal at Amsted to be a valuable source of information to Ottawa homeowners such as yourselves. Given the new restrictions and stay-at-home order that were announced on Tuesday, we wanted to email you once again to help clarify what this means for your renovation – whether current or in the planning stages.
If you were watching Tuesday’s press conference or read the articles following, you may have heard or seen that the new public health measures included “non-essential construction to be further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.” If this left you scratching your head, you weren’t alone! We’ve taken the last few days to get a full picture of what this means and how it impacts all of us moving forward.
With direction from the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association, we now understand this to mean that all projects currently underway and with approved permits are considered essential work. Thankfully this means no one is about to be left with a gaping hole in their home, without a kitchen for longer than expected, etc. The work we do continues to be deemed an essential service in an effort to keep your homes running smoothly and effectively.
To ensure your peace of mind, please know our construction team is well equipped with safety measures designed to keep homeowners, staff, and tradespeople safe. Strict guidelines outlining who can be on site, protective equipment required for all workers, and an increased cleaning procedure implemented, all provide enhanced safety.
For those of you still gathering ideas and considering your renovation plans, or if you are in the design phase of your project, we encourage you not to let this dim your excitement! Over the year our team has become skilled at virtual meetings that keep the momentum going without sacrificing our proven process. Space planning, design reviews, material selections, plan approvals, and more – all can be done virtually without any need to leave your home.
We are being asked as a community to stay home and stay safe. It is our top priority to ensure that your home remains a safe space, your haven, during this time.
March 12, 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.
October 14, 2019
At Amsted and our sister company Promus, we love to give back and one of the biggest ways we do that is our annual weekend helping out at Camp Smitty. For 14 years now, we have volunteered for a weekend in September to go up to the camp, which is a Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa initiative that ensures kids of all means have access to the summer camp experience, and tackle a variety of projects to help spruce things up. The work that we do to improve the camp’s infrastructure means that more of the necessary funds can be used to send underprivileged kids to camp.
August 19, 2019
For several months we’ve been periodically introducing you to the members of our fantastic team. We would not be the company we are without them and it’s a pleasure to share them with you. This time you’re meeting Kevin, Hugh and the big guy — our founder Steve.
July 29, 2019
We like to recognize employee milestones here at Amsted and there’s none bigger than company founders Steve Barkhouse and Kirk Haw, who are marking 30 years at Amsted this month!
June 24, 2019
Amsted Lead Carpenter Ally W. went back to school last month to mentor a group of high school girls and show them how rewarding it can be for women in the trades. “Thank you for sending us Ally! It was an amazing experience for our students!” said teacher Natalie Wainwright of St. Francis Xavier High School.