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OakWood wins Consumers’ Choice Award for Ninth Consecutive Year
Voted Best Home Designer and Best Renovator in Ottawa
OTTAWA JANUARY 28, 2016 – In a major coup OakWood Renovation Experts has again been honored with the coveted Consumer Choice Award for Ottawa’s Best Home Designer and Best Renovator. OakWood is the first and only renovator in Ottawa to win this award every year since the Consumer Choice Awards were introduced in 2008.
“We thank the citizens of Ottawa for voting for OakWood again,” said John Liptak, President and CEO. “The award means a great deal to us because this is not chosen by a small panel of industry representatives but rather by homeowners and business owners,” he added.
The Consumer Choice Award is the only organization in North America to recognize business excellence by conducting extensive, statistically valid research via third party companies that survey both consumers and the business community. All winners go through a rigorous selection process to ensure only the most outstanding service providers are the winners in their respective industry.
OakWood launches new home improvement solutions at 2016 Ottawa Home Show
Visit OakWood at booth #1221, January 21- 24, 2016, Ottawa EY Centre
Ottawa, January 19, 2016 – OakWood Renovation Experts, Ottawa’s only Mike Holmes approved renovator, will be unveiling a comprehensive suite of home improvement services at this year’s Ottawa Home Show. Experienced renovation advisors, designers, and consultants will be on hand to provide expert counsel and advice on a broad range of renovation projects while providing detailed information on OakWood’s brand new home improvement services.
“We’re extremely excited about this year’s Home Show,” says John Liptak, OakWood’s CEO and President. “This will be the first venue where we will be previewing our brand new HandyManPRO™ and RenoTeam™ services. Both are now being offered in response to customer feedback and market demand for more flexible renovation services from a reliable, trusted contractor.”
OakWood RenoTeam™ is designed for small to mid-sized projects that generally do not require a high level of design consultation or customization. “This is ideal for customers who want the flexibility to choose specific services and materials from their preferred suppliers – but want a high quality renovation that is done right,” says Liptak.
HandyManPRO provides customers with the option to get OakWood’s pre-approved, credentialed, and qualified trades professionals for a range of small to medium sized fix it projects. This includes small repairs, installation of lighting, fans, or faucets, and many other “handyman” projects.
HandyManPRO and RenoTeam complement OakWood’s existing premium, established Design +Build service and Custom Homes service.
OakWood launches new home improvement services
HandymanPRO and RenoTeam provide OakWood quality on smaller projects
Ottawa, January 15, 2016 – OakWood Renovation Experts is now offering two new specialized home improvement services to complement its flagship Design + Build service and Custom Home service. These services enable customers to get OakWood’s reliability and quality on smaller or less complex projects that do not require a high level of planning, design consultation, or customization.
OakWood RenoTeam™ is represented by experienced Renovation Advisors and designed for customers who want the flexibility to choose service levels and materials from suppliers of their choice. “We provide customers with a menu of options to choose from,” says John Liptak, President and CEO, OakWood. “Everything is a la carte. If a customer wants to do the takedown and removal or get City Permits or use a cabinet solution from Lowes, our RenoTeam is the perfect solution,” he adds.
OakWood HandyManPRO™ takes OakWood’s expertise and reputation for quality into small fix it and home improvement projects. These include such fixing and hanging doors, putting up Christmas lights, repairing decks and fences, installing lights, fans or fixtures, and various other handyman type jobs. “Basically we’re making our pool of pre-qualified, trades professionals available for handyman type work,” says Liptak. “We match the trades person to the job to ensure the right experience, credentials, and expertise is provided.”
HandyManPRO and RenoTeam complement OakWood’s premium, established Design +Build service and Custom Homes. Design + Build provides a complete, turnkey renovation solution for projects that require custom design, high attention to detail, exemplary project management, and high quality materials available only from OakWood’s preferred supplier list.
Custom Homes provides OakWood’s Design + Build service to new homes, resulting in a “ground-up” solution often working with external architects and designers.
OakWood Awarded Best of Houzz 2016 – Design
Portfolio voted “most popular” by the Houzz community
Ottawa, January 13, 2016 – OakWood Renovation Experts, Ottawa’s only Mike Holmes approved renovator, is pleased to see that the “people have clicked” and OakWood has been awarded a Best of Houzz 2016 badge. The right to display this badge means photos from OakWood’s profile page have generated real buzz in the Houzz community over the past year.
This is the second consecutive year that OakWood has earned the right to display a Best of Houzz Design Badge. In previous years OakWood was rated at the highest level for client satisfaction by the Houzz community in addition to being voted a Houzz influencer.
“As a Design + Build company, we’re thrilled to see that we are being recognized for our design innovation and indeed very flattered,” says John Liptak, CEO and President, OakWood Renovation Experts. “Design is at the heart of what we do and we look for inspiration on new materials and trends from around the world,” he adds.
A “must see” new OakWood Headquarters Building
Ottawa, June 12, 2015 – After two years of construction the OakWood Team finally moves into its new world class facility. A “must see” what employees industry analyst, media and clients are saying about the design and functionality of this new leading edge building. The showroom is expected to open to the public in the spring of 2016.
OakWood Wins Eighth Consecutive Consumer Choice Award
Ottawa, January 23, 2015 – Ottawa consumers choose OakWood Renovation Experts for the eighth consecutive time as their favourite home design and renovation company. OakWood is the first and only Ottawa Renovator to be awarded the Consumer Choice Award for Ottawa’s Best Home Designer and renovation Company since 2008 to 2014 and again in 2015. Winning these prestigious awards for the eighth consecutive year is a great honour and reflects OakWood’s on-going commitment to quality, service, and best value in the Ottawa market. Unique to North America, the award is an initiative of Consumer Choice Institute of Canada. All winners are determined by consumers, not a panel of judges or professional renovation experts. The Consumer Choice Award is considered the seal of excellence and the coronation of local businesses’ efforts and achievements. It represents the most valuable reward of all: the knowledge that a company has earned the trust and loyalty of consumers in their community.
OakWood Is A Finalist In 4 SAM Awards
Ottawa, December 18, 2014 – OakWood is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as a Finalist for 4 projects in the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s 2014 National SAM Awards for Home Renovations. Being a finalist is an honour and a mark of distinction as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association considers finalists to be outstanding performers and that their projects have been deemed to be among the best in the country. Winners will be announced in March so stay tuned!
OakWood is a Finalist for the 2014 Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust
Ottawa, November 13, 2014 – This award is to celebrate and honour the outstanding businesses in Eastern and Northern Ontario and the Outaouais who promote trustworthy business practices through integrity and performance to ensure that the marketplace remains fair and honourable. As OakWood is committed to maintaining the highest quality standards of business integrity and honesty on every renovation project, being a finalist for this award is a great honour.
OakWood Receives Letter From Mayor for Recent Award Win
Ottawa, November 1 2014 – Mayor Jim Watson kindly sent OakWood the below letter for our recent Renovator of the Year award from the OHBA. We are honoured that Mayor Watson took the time to write this letter. Download the PDF.
“On behalf of my colleagues on Ottawa City Council, it is my distinct honour to congratulate OakWood Renovations on winning the 2014 Renovator of the Year award from the OHBA.
As Mayor, I’m proud of Ottawa’s thriving construction industry and creative innovators, such as OakWood Renovations, who raise the standard for all builders.
Please pass on my congratulations to your fantastic team.”
Sincerely, Jim Watson Mayor City of Ottawa
Mike Holmes Takes Private Tour of OakWood’s New Headquarters
Ottawa, November, 2014 – Mike Holmes, Canada’s renovation superstar was recently in Ottawa for a private tour of the new OakWood Headquarters Showroom building that is widely expected to achieve one of, if not the highest LEED Platinum rankings for any commercial building in Canada. This was a low key affair with a small group quietly following the popular Holmes on Homes® contractor as he made his way slowly through the new building that is rapidly nearing completion in Ottawa with several grand openings scheduled next spring. Holmes was on hand at the personal invitation of John Liptak, President and CEO of OakWood. In 2013 OakWood became the first renovator in Canada to meet Mike’s high standards for home improvement. That distinction has seen the relationship between OakWood and Mike’s Holmes Approved Homes Program – and Liptak and Holmes, in particular—deepen. “What OakWood has done here is impressive,” said Holmes following his private walkthrough. “Platinum certification alone will make this building stand out. It’s an example of what you can do when you have the right products, the right design and all the right pros working together,” added Holmes. “OakWood is building tomorrow’s buildings today. They’re leading by example and building it right.” Whether the OakWood building nabs the country’s top Platinum LEED certification is a “stay tuned” message. That it will earn Platinum designation is a certainty. “What we have learned here is massive,” says Liptak. “Going through the LEED certification process is going to help us bring the same best practices around environmental stewardship and sustainability into our other commercial and residential new-building and renovation business, and ultimately to individual homeowners,” he says.
OHBA presents OakWood Renovation Experts with the 2014 OHBA Ontario Renovator of the Year
Ottawa, September 22, 2014 – In a new category this year, OHBA presented OakWood Renovation Experts with the 2014 OHBA Ontario Renovator of the Year Award. Based in Ottawa, Oakwood has built an enviable reputation as a leading renovation firm during their 58-year commitment to high quality customer service and giving back to the community. Oakwood staff and renovators adhere to a strict code of ethics, continually embrace new technologies and building practices and incorporate ‘Green’ practices to minimize pollution and waste to reduce the environmental impact of their construction projects. Ontario Renovator of the Year Awards are presented to the company that demonstrates the highest levels of performance, creativity and ingenuity based on judging criteria in the areas of sales and marketing excellence, floor plan design, community service, support of the industry and its ability to adapt to changing needs.
OakWood receives recognition for workplace safety of New Headquarters Building
Ottawa, March 19 2014 – OakWood receives recognition for workplace safety at its’ new LEED Platinum Headquarters Showroom Building work site. The facility is a 22,000 square foot leading edge complex utilizing the newest industrial advancements in building technology. The complexity of the construction methods only adds to the requirement of attention to detail while working safely. From wall compositions that are three walls thick to the unique construction of a hybrid wood-steel composition utilizing the best of both residential and commercial building technologies, this building is definitely years ahead of its time. “This building is the most complex I have ever built, all the more reason we are very proud of the safe workplace we are being recognized for” says John Liptak President and CEO of OakWood Group of Companies. The building is expected to be completed in October 2014.
OakWood wins Consumer Choice Award for 7th consecutive year
Ottawa, February, 2014 – Ottawa consumers choose OakWood Renovation Experts for the seventh consecutive time as their favourite home design and renovation company. OakWood is the first and only Ottawa Renovator to be awarded the Consumer Choice Award for Ottawa’s Best Home Designer and renovation Company since 2008 to 2013 and again in 2014. Winning these prestigious awards for the seventh consecutive year is a great honour and reflects OakWood’s on-going commitment to quality, service, and best value in the Ottawa market. Unique to North America, the award is an initiative of Consumer Choice Institute of Canada. All winners are determined by consumers, not a panel of judges or professional renovation experts. The Consumer Choice Award is considered the seal of excellence and the coronation of local businesses’ efforts and achievements. It represents the most valuable reward of all: the knowledge that a company has earned the trust and loyalty of consumers in their community.
OakWood Wins “Ottawa Outstanding Company” BOBs Award.
Ottawa, December 1st 2013 – The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal announced that OakWood is a recipient of the prestigious “Ottawa’s Outstanding Company” BOBs award for 2013. The BOBs award was presented at the 20th Annual Best Ottawa Business Awards Gala and is presented to companies that have demonstrated outstanding performance in their field and in their community. Read more about the BOBs Award
Measuring up to the Holmes Standard
Ottawa, September 27th 2013 – OakWood is honored to announce that it has Partnered with Mike Holmes Group: Canada’s most celebrated contractor and Forbes Third Most Trustworthy Celebrity. OakWood is the first Renovator in Canada and the only Ottawa Renovator to meet the stringent partner requirements set out by The Homes Group for Home Improvement and Renovations. Read more about the Holmes Standards
OakWood wins Prestigious Provincial Award of Distinction!
Ottawa, September 25th 2013 – The OHBA (Ontario Home Builders’ Association) has selected OakWood Renovation Experts and their “Rockliffe Kitchen Renovation” to receive the prestigious award of – Most Outstanding Home Renovation (Client Cost up to $100,000) last night at the Awards of Distinction. Read more about this story
OakWood Future Headquarters!
Ottawa, June 20th 2013 – OakWood has commissioned the services of Hobin & Associates, one of Canada’s premiere and most respected architectural firms, for the design of its new corporate headquarters in Ottawa. The new building will add to the 4 existing locations and consolidate office staff while providing customers with a state-of-the-art design and material selection Studio with design concepts and ideas from around the world. Read more about this story
OakWood announces winner of Draw at Home & Garden Show
Congradulations to L. Youngman!
Ottawa, March 28th 2013 – OakWood Renovation Experts is pleased to announce that L. Youngman! won the draw to receive OakWood’s FREE Concept Design service. The winning ballot was drawn by John Liptak, President, OakWood. And Patricia Liptak-Satov, COO, OakWood at the OakWood headquarters in Navan. Read more about this story
OakWood announces winner of Draw at Home & Garden Show
Congradulations to R. White!
Ottawa, February 4th, 2013 – OakWood Renovation Experts is pleased to announce that R. White! won the draw to receive OakWood’s FREE Concept Design service. The winning ballot was drawn by John Liptak, President, OakWood. And Patricia Liptak-Satov, COO, OakWood at the OakWood headquarters in Navan. Read more about this story
OakWood announces winner of Draw at Home & Design Show
Congradulations to M. Ranallo!
Ottawa, October 1, 2012 – OakWood Renovation Experts is pleased to announce that M. Ranallo! won the draw toreceive OakWood’s FREE Concept Design service. The winning ballot was drawn by Mr. Ian Forsyth, Managing Partner and Show Director, Caneast Shows at 4 pm on Sunday, September 30th from the OakWood booth. Read more about this story
OakWood Partners with Randall’s to launch new in-store Renovation Design Service
Four Renovation Design Centres across Ottawa offer homeowners a unique end-to-end renovation and décor planning experience
Ottawa, August 30, 2012 – OakWood, Ottawa’s largest and most established renovator, is announcing an innovative partnership with Randall’s, Ottawa’s #1 retailer for window and wall covering solutions, to offer a unique in-store end-to-end renovation and home decorating solution. The partnership is being celebrated with the Grand Opening of the new OakWood Renovation Design Centres on September 18th, 2012 at the Randall’s Barrhaven location. Read more about this story
Visit the OakWood booth at the Home & Design Show to win a FREE Concept Design for your dream renovation!
OakWood Renovation Experts is pleased to announce that it will feature a draw with a chance to win a FREE Concept Design service at the Home & Design Show, September 28-30, 2012. The Concept Design service includes 3D drawings and is valued at $5,000. Entry forms will be available from the OakWood booth, #711.
OakWood wins Ottawa Business Achievement Awards in Mid-Market Category
Gala celebration recognizes innovation and leading ethical businesses that contribute to Ottawa’s Success
December 1, 2011 – OakWood Renovation Experts has won the Ottawa Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) Mid-Market Business of the Year in the Bronze Category. The much coveted award was given by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Ottawa Business Journal at the Ottawa Convention Center during the prestigious OBAA Gala on Thursday, December 1, 2011. Over 600 prominent business guests attended the grand gala where winners were announced in six major business categories. Read more about this story
OakWood Renovation Experts wins 2011 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Trust
November 8, 2011 – OakWood Renovation Experts is pleased to announce that it was awarded the coveted Torch Award for Marketplace Trust in the Home Improvement category. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) announced the winners of the 15th Annual Torch Awards on November 8th at the Hellenic Centre in Ottawa. OakWood is the first Ottawa renovation business to win both the Torch Award and Consumer Choice Award. “Of all the awards in our industry the BBB Torch Awards stand out as particularly meaningful to OakWood,” said John Liptak, President and CEO of OakWood. “These awards are about trust and operating a business with the highest levels of integrity.” Read more about this story
OakWood featured as renovation experts on CFRA
Ottawa, January 16, 2011 – OakWood’s CEO, John Liptak and General Manager, Patricia Liptak take questions from CFRA’s Rabbi Bulka. Hear tips, ideas and a few renovation surprises!