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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Amsted

Posted June 19, 2017

Amsted is proud to be one of Ottawa’s premiere design and build firms and we have been around for more than 25 years. But despite being a leader in the field, here are six things you likely did not know about the company.

  1. The name Amsted is an amalgamation of the first names of the company’s founders: SAM, STEVE & FRED. Only Steve Barkhouse, who is president, and his father, Fred, are still involved with the company.
  2. The company’s headquarters are in a renovated (of course it’s renovated!) barn on the Barkhouse family farm.
  3. Amsted is the only company to have been named Renovator of the Year 6 times by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association.
  4. The heads of both Amsted (Steve Barkhouse) and our sister company Promus Ottawa (Kirk Haw) have been friends since they were 6 years old.
  5. Amsted was the first company to complete a LEED Platinum renovation. (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a measure of a serious commitment to green building and living.)
  6. We really are one big family: 20% of the staff is related to one another!