Amsted Design-Build – Recognized as Ottawa Renovator of the Year a Record 7 Times

Ottawa, ON – November 15, 2017 – Last month at the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association annual Housing Design Awards Gala, local renovator Amsted Design-Build was honoured to take home two Housing Design Awards for recently completed projects, as well as being recognized for the seventh time as Ottawa’s Renovator of the Year.

“It is an honour to be recognized by the industry for our projects, and that recognition has even more meaning as, facing some stiff competition, we were once again named the Renovator of the Year,” explains Amsted Owner and President, Steve Barkhouse. “Winning this award is a true honour, because it speaks to the core of who we are as a company. And the fact that we have now won the Renovator of the Year a record 7 times – including 3 times in the past 4 years – is a reflection of the high standards our team lives by.”

The Renovator of the Year award is determined by blind judging, meaning the judges, who come from similar builders’ associations across the country, do not know the names of the companies they are judging and must rely solely on the detailed question-and-answer submission documents, along with client testimonials.

The submitting companies are grilled on things like the services that set them apart from other renovators, how they deal with challenges and remaining innovative, how they ensure a focus on being environmentally conscious, their client process throughout a renovation, how their employees are rewarded and advance their careers, and finally, how each supports the industry and the community at large.

Barkhouse shares, “All of these are areas that are key to Amsted’s success over the past 28 years, making answering them a simple process. We take pride in being easy to work with, in paying meticulous attention to detail at every step of the renovation process, in ensuring client satisfaction, reassurance and faith in our abilities, in standing behind our team and our work and in giving back in many ways.”

That attitude also helped Amsted become the first company recognized twice as the Renovator of the Year at the provincial level, in back-to-back years at the Ontario Home Builders’ Association Awards of Distinction.

As renovators, companies are given the responsibility of taking something that has been causing grief to a family, often for years, and turning it into something functional and beautiful. It is the company belief at Amsted, that a successful renovation is defined not by the transformation of a home, but by the transformation to a family’s lives. Amsted’s in-house team of professionals, proven process and highly personalized service all add up to excellent customer satisfaction.

But as an old saying goes, “What you say about yourself is a claim. What others say about you is fact.”

Therefore, the team at Amsted humbly allows their clients to speak to their experience on their behalf:  “In the end, Amsted delivered more than a renovated house, they delivered an improved quality of life for our family. For the first time ever, my husband and I were actually able to imagine how great daily life could be after retiring, because Amsted proved to us that it is good to be home.”

At the Housing Design Awards on Saturday, October 22nd, the Amsted team was also proud to accept two project awards. The first was for Custom Kitchen under 180 sq.ft. – Traditional, a modest kitchen renovation that offered a soft, matte colour palette offset by a striking red hutch. The second was for Renovation $200,001 – $350,000 for a unique garage addition that added functionality while balancing the scale of their home on the property.

About the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association

The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association is built on vision and commitment – a vision of a strong and positive role for the housing industry, and a commitment to support the professionalism of our member and provide affordability, quality and choice for consumers. For more information about the GOHBA or the Housing Design Awards, please call 1-301-229-4600.

About Amsted Design-Build

Amsted Design-Build has been renovating homes in the Ottawa area since 1989. A full-service design-build company providing custom homes and renovations, Amsted’s in-house design and construction professionals work collaboratively with each other and their clients to provide personalized service for all their design and renovation projects. For more information call 613-836-7434 or visit





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