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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

When it came time to choose a contractor for the repairs, we didn't hesitate to lobby for Amsted Design Build. They had already proven themselves to be trustworthy, professional, and deeply committed to our well-being. We were thrilled when they agreed to take on the project, and they did an outstanding job on both the roof repairs and the interior reconstruction.
Helena & Edward C. View Project
Our new living room is wonderful. The whole family including the dog have spent more time enjoying the room than in the past. The fireplace and accent wall/shelves are fabulous. Exactly what I had envisioned for the space. We also had our main bathroom redone. It feels like a spa with all the new features.
Lee J. View Project
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



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

Steve Barkhouse Receives Algonquin College Fellowship Award

Strengthening community has always been at the heart of Amsted’s values for the past 35 years. It is with great pride that we announce co-owner, Steve Barkhouse has been awarded the Algonquin College Fellowship Award. This honour has only been presented once before in the College’s history and recognizes exceptional individual community members who have made an invaluable contribution to the College. In an article announcing this award, Steve mentions attributing much of Amsted’s success and community-oriented mission to his upbringing in the close-knit farming community of Stittsville. Influenced by his family, who were builders and drywallers, and inspired by the principles of mutual support and collaboration, Steve pursued a career in the trades. Steve’s journey led him to Algonquin College, where he initially enrolled in the Architecture program before switching to Business Management. After graduating in 1988, he furthered his education at…

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Crafting a Perfect Urban Home

Project Highlight: Living in Colour Creating a custom home on a limited urban lot is a unique challenge, but one that we embraced with strategic design choices and innovative solutions. Located in Ottawa’s Golden Triangle neighbourhood, this custom home showcases how thoughtful planning and precise execution can transform a small plot into a spacious, functional, and beautiful living space. Here’s a look at how we achieved this: Maximizing Available Space: Layout and Lot This custom home effectively utilizes its limited urban lot through strategic design choices. Constructed on a previously underused urban plot, every inch was carefully considered to maximize space for a two-person family. The downtown location demanded efficient use of the lot, ensuring it met the needs of the homeowners without compromising on comfort or style. To create an airy and open interior despite the limited footprint, we utilized vertical space…

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Celebrating 35 Years with 35 Charitable Acts It can not be said enough that Amsted would not be where we are today without the support of our incredible team members, valued trade partners, and cherished clients. From Ottawa to Brockville, and everywhere in between, homeowners in these communities have given us 35 great years. At the start of 2024 we pledged to take part in 35 charitable acts, one for ever year in business. This was our chance for us to give back, bigger than ever before! Here’s a look at what we’ve accomplished so far: January: Our Holiday Staff Party Games were donated to the Boys & Girls Club and collections were sent to the Brockville Cooperative Care Centre. February: By partnering with a local small business, Maker House, 2% of our Client Celebration Gift Baskets proceeds go to Camp Smitty. March: Amsted…

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