OakWood works with, or is a member of, various leading professional organizations to ensure we meet or exceed all industry guidelines for quality design and construction. We are an active member in the following respected organizations.
Mike Holmes partners with top builders across Canada that are building to his standards. Mike’s guidelines give homeowners confidence their home is built with trust, integrity and his commitment to Make it Right®. OakWood became the first renovator in Canada and first contractor in Ottawa to measure up to Mike’s standard in 2013.
Tarion was created by the Government of Ontario in 1976 to administer the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act. Tarion provides protection to new home buyers by ensuring that builders abide by the provincial legislation. OakWood abides by all warranty guidelines set out by Tarion to provide our clients maximum peace of mind.
The Energuide for New Houses recommends investments that can be made at the planning and construction stage for lowering home or building energy bills. OakWood’s High Performance solutions follow the Energuide Rating system to improve the energy performance of new custom homes, major renovations, and commercial buildings. OakWood is a registered builder with Natural Resources Canada.
The Ottawa Board of Trade is the single largest independent Voice of Business in Ottawa, representing over 1,200 members. As a member in this organization, OakWood is constantly meeting and connecting with other prominent, successful businesses and organizations, many of which are part of our supplier and partner network.
The RenoMark symbol is the mark of excellence, identifying renovation contractors who have agreed to meet the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) Code of Ethics as well as renovation-specific Code of Conduct. OakWood is a proud member of GOHBA and abides by all guidelines and regulations designed to ensure the highest quality of service to clients including warranty protection, liability insurance, applicable licenses and permits, and more.
The Ontario Home Builders’ Association provides a strong voice and positive role for the housing industry; and is dedicated to supporting the professionalism of members and providing affordable, quality and choice for consumers. Member agree to operate their firm in accordance with OHBA’s Code of Ethics to provide homeowners with the best possible assurance that they will get the value and quality they can enjoy for years to come.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) was established in 1977 and is one of the top associations for the kitchen and bath industries. NKBA is dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of members, promoting ethical business practices and providing leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry. The association provides various specialized training and certification opportunities while hosting events including competitions that celebrate design excellence. OakWood designers are NKBA certified and must meet annual continuing education requirements.
The Ottawa Construction Association (OCA) was founded in 1889 and is one of the largest regional construction associations in Canada and the voice of the Ottawa’s non-residential construction industry. OCA works with all three levels of government to promote suitable, and desirable legislation affecting the construction industry while promoting and maintaining the highest standard in the construction industry. As a long standing member of OCA, OakWood is fully committed to the ethical and industry standards set out by OCA for all members.
The Canada Green Building Council is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices across Canada. OakWood supports the LEED green building rating system by offering a broad range of energy saving and eco-friendly products through its High Performance solutions in addition to practicing the greenest building practices possible.
LEED AP signals a credentialed member with advanced knowledge in green building as well as expertise in a specific LEED rating system. OakWood is distinguished with LEED AP Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C) credentials, giving it expertise in the design and construction phases of green buildings, serving the commercial, residential, and healthcare sectors. LEED AP is considered an advanced credential for LEED experts.
What Our Clients Are Saying
“…I cannot speak too highly of OakWood. I have passed your name to many friends who are contemplating renovations in the year.”
“Nice to read how well your company has been doing and the awards you have received to date. It shows how lucky we were to have hired your team on to build our home so many years ago. As I said we really enjoy it and hope to remain in it as long as we can. If we need to have any work done no doubt you will be the first we will call.”
“In the space of about four months you took us from a virtually useless space to a modern kitchen that fit to the style of the house…”
Jennifer Spence and Pablo Sobrino
“We recently moved into our new home and planned on renovating the basement. We approached OakWood and were stunned by their amazing Design Centre, state of the art technology and detailed processes. The renovation was a huge success!”
“We’re really enjoying our expanded kitchen and our opened-up front entrance. The project has given our 1970s era house an up-to-date feel and makes entertaining much more enjoyable."
Alex and Mindee Mirhady
“It was a pleasure working with OakWood for our kitchen renovation. John has been very patient in having the Oakwood team serve our interests."
"We are so grateful that we entered into a fixed price contract with Oakwood and that we were blessed with two extremely professional and talented people in Dan and Scott. Thank you!"
Joanne Levesque and Rick Picard
“This is an e-mail to express my appreciation for the work that Oakwood did in renovating my basement into a beautiful living space for me and my family. I am so happy with all the work that was done, it is just how I pictured it. I know it was a lot of work and Richard did a wonderful job. Thanks again for all your work in helping me get the basement looking so good.”
“Geoff and I are thrilled with the work that was done in the kitchen. I would like to acknowledge the professionalism that everyone demonstrated prior, during and after the project was completed.”
“Thanks to you and the team for a wonderful job. We LOVE our kitchen.”
"Thanks to OakWood for making our new basement the kind of space we like to be in. We will certainly enjoy decorating it over the next few months. The Oakwood team, including all your subcontractors, made our home renovation project the easiest and most streamlined process.”
"I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the final result of our main floor renovation. The difference is stunning! We had a pretty good idea what we wanted right from the very beginning, but the end result is much better than we expected."
Our house looks great! The curiosity of neighbours and friends has transformed to compliments and enthusiastic praise upon viewing. Thank you OakWood!
“Oakwood was able to keep our project within budget and a reasonable time frame. The end result is a stunning, new and functional kitchen! We are extremely happy with our new kitchen and would not hesitate to recommend Oakwood to others considering a home renovation.”
Melissa Black & Christian Garrow
"We are absolutely thrilled with our new ensuite – it is so beautiful. We could not have created this oasis without the expertise from all of the different Oakwood employees."
Clare And Stephen Gray.
"We are both ecstatic and pleased with the finished product and professionalism demonstrated by your company."
Robert Cvetas and Serge Labrecque
Our kitchen is more than the dream we hoped it would be…
Larry and Carol Lethbridge Hudon
"From your initial response to our telephone call through the entire repair, the job was handled quickly and professionally. We thank you for your attention to this matter."
Judy and Doug Fyfe
“We wanted to thank you for the professional approach and great job that was done by the crew. It’s hard to get excited by a “sump pump room”….(wish it was a new kitchen or basement) but it’s exactly what we needed in terms of cleaning up that space and making everything easily accessible and damp free.”
“They’re not your standard construction company. They’re a company that’s leading-edge; that does a lot of things differently from everyone else.”
“As always, your staff is professional and meticulous. We really appreciate all of your great work and would not hesitate to recommend or use you for a future renovation.”
Nancy Carlson and Bruce Gordon
“Thank you so much, OakWood, for your exceptional work in creating my beautiful new bathroom. I'm sure I have the nicest bathroom in the entire condominium complex. I would recommend Oakwood unequivocally to family and friends.”
“We choose OakWood because friends of ours had OakWood do an addition for them. Also because the company seems to have a good reputation. Lastly because we are very busy and do not have the time to organize all contractors and supplies in order to manage a renovation project.”
“I wanted say how much I have appreciated your professionalism and your unfailing good humour in steering/pushing my kitchen renovation to a very successful conclusion. You kept things on track, pitched in to make things happen and were quick to get back to me to answer questions or follow up on concerns. I am extremely pleased with the results.“
“We really appreciated the great service and project. Thank you and team very much.”
Berend Jan Velderman
OakWood in inclusive, trustworthy, honest…I don’t think there is a comparison.
"They were able to make what could have been a harrowing roller coaster ride a smooth one. Working with OakWood wasn’t just the most important decision we made, it was also the best decision we made."
Erik van der Torre
"OakWood is a company that is committed to customer satisfaction, to a level of excellence and to ensuring that when the job is done, it’s done to perfection."
"I would like to say how pleased we are with the work being done to refresh our basement. Once again, thank you for all of your work in skillfully proposing and managing this project. We are very happy to have the Oakwood team leading these renovations.”
"We have been very impressed with the progress that has been made on our renovation project. All of our questions have been answered. Additionally, all of the contractors have been very polite and courteous, even knocking on the door in the morning before opening it with the key. They have left the house relatively clean and they tidy up behind themselves.”
David & Noreen Haley
"All in all we are very happy with our new kitchen, and looking forward to enjoying it for a long time. Thank you for your part in making this renovation experience as painless as possible! “
Paula and Dave Roach
“We are very happy with the renovation work done on our home…We had no real surprises and all change orders but one was initiated by us so we ultimately had control of expenditures. ”
"The project management on this aspect of our renovation was excellent. We were kept apprised of developments as the work progressed and our input and concerns were addressed immediately. The work was done in a professional manner with minimal impact on our daily lives. Overall it was a very positive experience and we are very pleased with the results”
“Thank you so much for all your help with this. Your work with us was amazing.”
Elliot Lee & Soojin Chun
“There are two areas that particularly impress us about Oakwood: the quality of work and the exceptional work crew…We always felt confident that our home was in good hands. ”
"We are very pleased with the work OakWood did on our basement. They were very knowledgeable about the planning and requirements of the project and all of their trades were extremely professional."
"We hired OakWood to do our basement a few years back. They did an outstanding job and even came back to fix a small repair job years later."
"We now know why OakWood has been in business for so many years and why we see so many of their signs in our neighbourhood."
Michelle and Glen
"Thank you very much for all the work that you have put in so far as the site supervisor in our kitchen renovation project. We appreciate very much the time and effort that you have taken to familiarize yourself with our project, to coordinate and supervise the work of the various trades people and to answer our many questions. Your commitment and expertise have contributed to make our renovation experience a lot easier.”
Myron & Francine Oleskiw
“We are absolutely loving our new ensuite bathroom - the rain shower and heated floor being the highlights. The powder room downstairs is also really beautiful.”
"Our Designer got to know us by listening to what we were looking for and brought forward innovative ideas, pushing a bit to see where we were comfortable and where we were not. The design process was organic-growing from a concept and it took a good number of versions and modifications as the process went forward. Throughout it all, Our Designer was patient and professional, answering questions and providing advice."
Marilyn and Peter Hill
“We are extremely pleased with our new kitchen renovation. We love the colour of our cabinets, the backsplash, the countertop and the flooring. We are also very pleased with the lighting, the effect is exactly what we wanted."
“OakWood worked with us, listening to our ideas and delivered a fantastic design.”
Atul & Richa Aggarwal
"After I worked through your site many times and searched out customer reviews on OakWood I knew we had found what we were looking for."
“We did our homework for over a year and looked at all the custom builders in greater Ottawa, OakWood had the most knowledgeable team by far – period. We are very detailed and OakWood walked us through all of the design and building options. Their design centre is stunning.”
“OakWood was a pleasure to work with for our kitchen renovation. They were very good at listening to what we were trying to do and what problems we were trying to resolve. It was really easy to follow the changes and new designs as our ideas matured during the design and product selection phase."
“We were, and remain impressed by your consistent emphasis on quality materials, caliber of work and the client service mentality that obviously drives your business…”
“We love every single aspect of our kitchen, and I can't think of a single thing we would have done differently. I am also confident that if we hadn't chosen OakWood and their respective teams, the experience and end result would not have been nearly as positive."
“We had worked with OakWood before when we added a master bedroom, bathroom, office space, and a walk-in closet to our house. Our experience back then we overall very positive, and when we decided to potentially change our kitchen we contacted OakWood again.”
"I am completely blown away with my new basement. It is exactly what I was looking for."
We get many compliments on the addition and especially the very unique double vaulted ceiling in the family room!
“We chose Oakwood for our second large scale renovation because of the great customer service they provided when we renovated our third floor loft space a few years back. In fact, I specifically remembered the Oakwood crew for their quality work from our first reno and requested them to do the kitchen reno. This time around, it was very gratifying to see that the customer service is still a priority. We appreciated that you recognized us as a return client and went above and beyond to welcome us back.”
“We're quite happy and we'd just like to express commendation. We're extremely pleased and relieved. Thank you very much for the time you've taken to put things right for us.”
Michael & Caryl Pratt
“I also really appreciate your work in managing this project - your communications have always been professional, honest and open, making this experience much more palatable"
"OakWood's creative problem solvers and friendly staff work together to ensure a quality finished renovation project which fully meets customer needs and expectations. You can trust OakWood to get the job done!” Susan Roberts
"Once again, Oakwood has met all our expectations for this project involving the tree removal, the fence installation and the relocation of the shed. We assure you that with a few more projects to come, we will continue to refer to Oakwood without any hesitation. Thank you for everything!”
“We have hosted a lot of parties and dinners in the last 6 months and everyone has been truly impressed with our new kitchen. We would not hesitate to use Oakwood again" Randy and Lynda Miller
“Our first reno was a Sunroom addition by Oakwood. The work was excellent, on time and on budget. We had no hesitation in contacting OakWood once again to discuss a complete renovation of our kitchen and bathroom."
“I found everyone right from the initial designers to the last person out the door to be extremely professional, hard working, friendly and very respectful of my home. ”
"To summarize, Oakwood delivered our project on time (actually faster than expected), exactly on budget, while providing excellent collaboration, transparent communication, and an indefatigable commitment to delivering exactly what the client wants. Can you tell I'm a happy customer? Chose Oakwood and you will be too!"
"In short it was a brilliant success! The end result exceeds expectations and along the way we met lots of great people with great skills and talents. The entire process was professional, well managed, well-staffed and we had complete confidence that the end result would be worth any renovation anxieties along the way."
“The OakWood Team seems really innovative. They seem really systematized – they’ve got the whole model down. They understand what people want, what they are looking for.”
“Thank you very much for a job well done. We do appreciate the commitment shown by everyone involved”
“I just wanted to thank you for everything (ensuring things were fixed, digging into what had happened before you joined the project, and getting the front and back finished, amongst other things!). It's so nice to have both projects finished.”
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