Home Builders and Renovators in Ottawa, ON

At Amsted, we make people our priority. From design to construction, project development to accounting, our award-winning team is comprised of “A-players” whose goal it is to provide you with superior customer service and a finished project that exceeds your expectations.

Our team knows construction inside and out, boasting a combined total of more than 600 years of experience. We focus that wealth of knowledge to create a pleasurable experience for you while simultaneously transforming your space into a home that is uniquely yours and ready for you to create many new family memories.

Get to Know Us

Our use of subject-matter professionals to work on different phases of a project makes us an excellent choice for custom home designs and renovations. Our dedicated team includes project coordinators, managers, facilitators, designers, and carpenters. We work together to deliver the results that our clients expect. With our “Amsted Advantage,” we can work with you to create a home that you will love.

If you are planning to build a new home or renovate your existing space, we are here to help you through every single step. Our process is simple, but detailed, to ensure a smooth and successful project. Your free in-home consultation will begin your relationship with your dedicated Project Coordinator. They will introduce you to your team of architectural designers, who are skilled at taking your ideas and making them a design reality. Once in construction, you will also have a dedicated Project Manager, and together with our team of carpentry professionals, they will take the utmost care in crafting your home. After the completion of your project, our industry-leading 5-year warranty and dedicated service department ensure that you will continue to be taken care of. All that’s left is to relax and enjoy your new space!

Be Part of Our Team

Our belief is that people make the difference when it comes to providing the level of personalized service that produces successful projects with outstanding customer satisfaction. We thank all those who have worked on our projects throughout the years. With that said, we are always seeking fellow “A-players” to join our team. If you’re looking for a career, and our vision, mission, and core values appeal to you, please contact us directly for opportunities.

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Our History

Founded in 1989 by company President Steve Barkhouse, Amsted has grown from a single-person operation to an award-winning design-build company that employs more than 40 people and completes more than 30 projects a year. Yet of all the prestigious honours, our greatest source of pride is our clients’ continued satisfaction.

Amsted grew out of Steve’s inherent “people-pleasing” nature, and today that feeling has permeated throughout the company, reflected in our Vision, Mission and Core Values. Highlighted on our office walls and appearing in the wallets of every team member, we promise that not a day passes where these guiding beliefs aren’t considered. Our ideals help us focus on how we can positively impact all the people involved with Amsted—whether client, partner or team member.

Amsted also believes in the importance of giving back and is an active member of the Ottawa community, supporting such worthwhile organizations as the Boys and Girls Club Of Ottawa, Hospice Care Ottawa and many more.

Adding comfort and value to your home is the service you have trusted Amsted to provide, and that we’ve been thrilled to guarantee, for the past 30 years. We look forward to continuing this tradition for Ottawa-area homeowners for the next 30 years to come.


Promus Ottawa is Amsted’s sister-company, providing responsible, responsive and professional disaster restoration services to the Greater Ottawa Area. Our teams work together under one roof, sharing staff, resources and a corporate culture, to take advantage of synergies that exist between the industries. This relationship provides peace of mind for Amsted clients; should an emergency arise, their homes are guaranteed the best care with Promus’ 24-hour emergency expertise in the case of fire, smoke, water, wind, mold or vandalism.


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Amsted’s strengths are planning and communication. What we were expecting to be a stressful process to endure became an exciting transformation of our home. The result is a bright and beautiful space that we enjoy every day. […]

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Vision Statement

We will be the most sought after company in its industry. To be highly respected for integrity, excellence and success. To provide a work environment that is enjoyable and achieves a balance between work and personal goals.

Mission Statement

Our Mission must be to exceed the expectations of our customers, whom we define as clients, partners, and fellow employees. We will accomplish this by committing to our shared values and by achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction. In this way we will ensure that our profit, quality and growth goals are met.

Core Values


Integrity is our trademark. We adhere to moral and ethical principles through sound moral character and honesty.


Excellence is the key to our continued success. We consistently strive for excellence in all that we do.


Teamwork is our strength. Our carefully selected team works cooperatively, achieving common goals.


Respect is the basis of all our relationships. We recognize and value all people in their diversity, whether inside or outside our team.


Trust is our foundation. We build relationships and create a climate of trust among us all.


Loyalty is our commitment to the future. Loyalty is rewarded and highly regarded.


Fulfillment is our obligation. We continually strive to exceed expectations and fulfill the dreams of our customers (clients, partners, team) and community.


Being proud is our reward. We set high standards for ourselves every day, both as individuals and in our teams, to maximize our performance and be proud of our accomplishments.


Empathy provides our peace of mind. We know the importance of experiencing and supporting the feelings, thoughts, attitudes and circumstances of our customers (clients, partners, team) and community.


Progress is our advancement toward a higher stage. We continually strive to look ahead, anticipate and educate, in order to develop new solutions that drive progress.


Guild Quality is a third-party surveying company that helps homeowners find a building contractor or renovator, and then facilitates rating them afterward through a candid online review of the company’s performance.

We look forward to any feedback that can help us improve our customers’ satisfaction. We encourage all our clients to post their reviews of our work at Guild Quality, and for prospective clients to see what our past customers have to say about our company.

The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) is a residential construction industry association that represents home building and renovation specialists in the Greater Ottawa area, and whose primary goal is quality housing for Canadians.

Amsted is an active member in GOHBA and is proud to have been received numerous design awards from the organization. Most notably, we have been named the association’s Renovator of the Year for an industry-leading seven times since its inception in 2008, and won Green Renovation of the Year for three consecutive years. Company founder and President Steve Barkhouse, and his father, Fred Barkhouse, are both past presidents of GOHBA.

Amsted is one of only a select few Ottawa renovators qualified to display the RenomarkTM Renovators Mark of Excellence. Members of this unique program are committed to raising the level of professionalism in the building industry, and have agreed to adhere to a higher standard of quality and performance for renovations and remodelling projects. Learn why you should hire a RenomarkTM renovator.

Remodelers Advantage is the industry’s most comprehensive support organization for remodeling businesses in North America, providing its members with the highest level of technical and business education and training in the industry. In keeping with Amsted’s core values, members are required to exhibit the highest ethical principles in their business, while delivering value to all stakeholders, including employees, clients, trade contractors and the community.

The Better Business Bureau is dedicated to fostering honest and responsive relationships between businesses and consumers, instilling consumer confidence and advancing a trustworthy marketplace for all.

Amsted is proud to be a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. We continue to achieve an A+ status, and Amsted has once again been named an Honour Roll Accredited Business.