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Bringing Stunning Renovations and
Custom Homes to Ottawa, Brockville, and Everywhere in Between

For 35 years, Amsted Design-Build has been Ottawa’s primary source for design and build services, renovations and custom homes. Most recently we have expanded to Brockville, and our in-house team of experts will create a functional and unique living space that reflects your personal taste and lifestyle whether you’re in Ottawa, Brockville, or anywhere in between!

We’re dedicated to:

  • Renovating and improving existing spaces.
  • Creating additions for both indoor and outdoor living.
  • Crafting a custom home that brings your dreams to life.
  • Delivering quality craftsmanship from an award-winning team with over 600 years of experience.
  • Providing innovative design, coordination and construction all under one roof.

Offering peace of mind through our industry-leading lifetime warranty.


The Amsted Advantage

Our award-winning team of in-house designers, carpenters, and project managers focus on communication so that we can deliver a home that is unmistakably yours.

We consider your existing decor and architecture to create additions and renovations that will complement your home and personal style. For your total satisfaction, we offer a proven process from start to finish, and back this up with a lifetime limited warranty.

Awards Won

Hard Working Staff

Custom Homes


Projects Completed

As beautiful and painless as a renovation project can be. Our entire first floor was completely modernized on time and slightly under budget - what else can we say? The Amsted crew was very responsive to any issues during the project. The design team helped us create a plan which is both functional and beautiful to our tastes with the main focus being to improve the kitchen.
Jamie S. View Project
We built a custom home with Amsted, and were blown away by the care, dedication, and expertise of the whole team. We LOVED that [Amsted] was a one-stop shop for design and build. We made a great choice, and our house build was an incredible adventure we will never forget. We couldn't be happier, and we couldn't recommend Amsted more highly.
Courtney S. View Project
This was our third renovation with Amsted, and we have always been pleased with the end results. The design team is excellent, and makes all the decisions much easier, and the final product is of excellent quality! We are very happy with our newly renovated kitchen and main floor!
Kathie G. View Project
To me, Amsted is all about engaging good people and following proven processes. The result is a beautiful kitchen renovation. When I recover, I will be calling again on Amsted!
Linda P. View Project
[...] What stays with me most is that everyone at Amsted and all their trade partners really cared about the quality of work that was done and worked to ensure that I was entirely happy with the end result. All of the team members were quickly responsive to questions or suggestions. The completed project is beyond my expectations. Amsted made what could have been a very stressful undertaking a smooth, collaborative process and I now have the beautiful, functional home I dreamed I would have.
Karen B. View Project
Amsted was by far the right choice. Their communication, professionalism, and quality of work surpassed our expectations., and left us with a beautifully remodelled main floor, including kitchen, foyer, dining room and living room. While they are more expensive than other design-build firms, the fact that the whole experience was seamless made it absolutely worth it. Highly recommend!
Zoe L. View Project
We selected the Amsted as we felt they understood best our vision and were extremely well prepared and engaged in the process from day 1. We were quite nervous with proceeding with the project as it was in 2021 in the midst of some major supply chain issues. To our pleasant surprise, the project started and ended on time and on budget with only minor changes (that were clearly articulated) along the way. The project management, proactive communication, solid craftsmanship, and overall customer service we experienced in working with Amsted is why we never hesitate recommending them to our friends.
Darryl R. View Project
We had a very positive experience working with Amsted as they helped us transform our recently purchased 1930s era home to make it our own, including modernizing the kitchen and family room space in the addition. Their support through the design process and professionalism and attention to detail through construction put us at ease. We would use Amsted again for our next project without hesitation.
Michael and Brenda View Project
You guys listened to everything we wanted and gave us the addition we saw in our dreams. Truly outstanding work, and we're excited and happy. You also handled every change and curve ball we threw your way, and found a way to achieve what we wanted. Our sincere thanks.
Shane View Project
Throughout the process of renovating our kitchen, the Amsted team were professional, imaginative and determined to make everything perfect. We wanted a kitchen with a big punch of red, and Amsted make it work beautifully--on time and on budget. We were especially grateful for the care they took protecting and accommodating our two cats. We were so pleased with the work and the experience that we had Amsted back this year to completely update the exterior of our home.
Connie View Project



Amsted has been named Ontario Renovator of the Year 4 times and Ottawa Renovator of the Year a record-breaking 9 times. These awards, which represent the highest achievement in the industry, recognize Amsted’s unique combination of design innovation, quality craftsmanship and superior client service.

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Proven Process

Proven Process.

Our design-build process highlights communication at every stage. From pre-conception to completion and beyond with our lifetime limited warranty, our integrated team is always on, anticipating your needs and supplying the services and solutions you require.

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Personalized Service

Personalized Service.

Your home is an investment of time, creativity, emotion, and money. That’s why we personalize your home every step of the way, taking into account the architecture and personality of your existing home and surrounding neighbourhood to uncover the synergies that leads to the perfect space for you and your family.

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In-House Team
of Professionals

In-House Team of Professionals.

Our full-time, in-house team is comprised of the most highly-skilled designers, carpenters and project managers in the business.

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Latest Blog Posts

CHBA finalist

2024 Canadian Home Builders’ Association Finalist

We are proud and honoured to announce that 4 of our stunning projects have been nominated for awards with the Canadian Home Builder’s Association (CHBA). It is an incredible feeling for our work and our client’s homes to be recognized at a national level. Check out these highlights below and visit our gallery for more images (Villas of Maison Maitland, Cedar & Serenity, All About Personality, Nature Inspired). Keep your fingers crossed for us as winners will be announced May 10th.             

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Amsted Design-Build is Building for the Future

2024 is a big year for Amsted. Not only does it mark our 35th year in business, but also our owners, Steve Barkhouse and Kirk Haw, are preparing for retirement. Amsted was recently feature in Ottawa’s Faces Magazine to discuss our continued success with a new leadership team, ensuring a lasting legacy for Amsted Design-Build. Read the full article here

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Planning Your Cottage Getaway

As the days grow longer and the promise of warmer weather beckons, it’s the perfect time to start envisioning your upcoming cottage getaway. Whether it’s loved ones gathered around the bonfire, the smell of pine in the air, or the sound of waves lapping at the shore, we know how important your cottage life is to you. People frequently underestimate the time it takes in planning a renovation, and cottage projects are no different. There are designs to be created and refined, selections to be made, products to be ordered, and trades to be scheduled – not to mention the work to complete! So there is no better time to start than now! To ensure your cottage days ahead are nothing short of spectacular, here are a few reasons why we encourage you to start your renovation planning: Avoid the Summer Rush: Summer is a peak season for…

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