Building innovation since 1956   (8,100+ Clients)

Basement Solutions

A complete, high-quality Design & Build solution for custom homes, major renovations, and remodeling projects

Johnston

“What impressed me over and over again was the ability of the OakWood Team to deal with each and every issue that came up in record time…”

Bethany Johnston and Dee-Anne Wilson

5 Star

Turner

“We always felt confident that our home was in good hands. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Oakwood to friends and family.”

Carolyn Turner

5 Star

Sobrino

“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.”

Pablo Sobrino

5 Star

Hudon

“Our kitchen is more than the dream that we hoped it would be…”

Larry and Carol Lethbridge Hudon

5 Star

Vant

“[OakWood] takes pride in the workmanship and professional touches. They work to keep their customers happy.”

Ruth and Malcolm Vant

5 Star

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“…OakWood remains our number one choice for any home renovation work that we may contemplate in the future.”

Walter Wood

5 Star

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We can help you love your basement!

For over 60 years we’ve been helping Ottawa homeowners transform unfinished cold concrete basements into the hottest spot in their homes. The possibilities are endless:

  • The ultimate entertainment room complete with home theatre, bar, and wine storage
  • A cozy place to curl up complete with a beautiful gas fireplace
  • An airy family room with custom shelves and a non-basement feel
  • An extra bedroom for guests or family complete with toilet and shower
  • A smarter utility room for a washer, dryer and better storage
Contractor for great ideas and a basement that’s well planned, designed and built right – high quality and always on-budget, guaranteed.

We provide a one-stop basement solution that includes:

OakWood basement concept design
In-house architectural design & planning experts including 3D renderings to help you visualize every detail of your finished basement
OakWood basement custom cabinets
Affordable shelving and custom cabinetry with unlimited wood, style, paint, and finishing options to dress up your basement
OakWood basement material selections
Material selection including fireplace, ceiling, lighting, wall & flooring solutions through our award-winning Design Centre
OakWood basement inspiration
Installation by OakWood’s certified trade professionals and exemplary project management to keep your project on budget – guaranteed

All work is done by specialized, OakWood approved basement experts.

Work & materials are backed by an industry-leading warranty.

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How We Can Give You a ‘High Performance’ basement Solution Like No Other?

OakWood specializes in high performance custom homes, renovations, and buildings that reduce energy usage, take advantage of Smart Technology and automation to simplify life, ensure a healthy toxin free living environment, while using the eco-friendliest products and construction methods in the industry.

Our basement solutions can include:

  • High R-value insulation to keep the heat (or cold) in
  • Energy efficient LED lighting solutions
  • High efficiency Energy Star washer and drier
  • HVAC systems or dehumidifier to control humidity
  • Mold and moisture resistant materials
  • And many others

These are just some of the ways we can help you save money while doing the right thing for your lifestyle, home resell value, and the planet. You can see many of these innovative products in fully functioning displays at the OakWood Design Centre

We also work closely with The Holmes Group to ensure all products are thoroughly tested and guaranteed to deliver the value promised by Manufacturers.

More on the OakWood High Performance Home

Let’s Talk About Your Project

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Top Basement Questions We Get Asked

Most of our clients ask us variations on these questions. An OakWood Project Consultant will be happy to elaborate and give you more detailed answers in relation to your basement project.

How long will my basement take?
It really depends on the scope of your basement project. A small refinishing project could take as little as 4 weeks to complete. A more extensive project where we are gutting the existing basement back to unfinished concrete and replacing everything with new, high efficiency solutions for insulation, lighting, and flooring, it could take 6 to 8 weeks or longer. If your basement project is part of a new custom home, the design and build will be part of a broader scope of work. Once we have a better idea for what you are planning, your OakWood Project Consultant will provide a preliminary schedule. Once your project starts, your schedule gets updated daily so that you know the exact status of your project at all times.
How much will my new basement cost?
This is an impossible question to answer without knowing what you have in mind. While many contractors will give you a broad range with costs ranging between $30 to $60 per square foot for a basement project, the truth is, these numbers are completely misleading. Sure, you can spend about $50,000 on a 1,000 sq. ft. basement. You can also easily invest upwards of $100,000 and still be paying a fair price for the quality you get. That’s because the biggest factors driving the cost of your basement project – whether it’s a renovation or part of a new custom home – are your material selections and the scope of work. If you want a lounge worthy basement complete with a wireless home theatre system, expect to invest more than if you’re refinishing part of your basement to create an exercise room. Fortunately, you have complete control over most cost incurring variables, which means in most cases we can plan a basement around your desired investment level. Your OakWood Project Consultant can provide you with a realistic investment range through our QuickQuote, based on the type of materials you are considering and the scope of work.
Do I need an egress window in a basement bedroom?
It may surprise you to learn that in Ontario, the Fire Code does not require that you have an egress window in a basement bedroom. While that’s an option for meeting emergency egress requirements, you can also meet this requirement using other windows or doors outside of the bedroom itself. As you would expect, the Fire Code provides precise specifications for the size and height of egress windows. Ask us for details if you’re planning a basement bedroom.
How much will a basement renovation add to the resale value of my home?
The Canadian Appraisal Institute reports that a finished or renovated basement is one of the top five renovations with the highest return on investment. In our experience, a finished basement will return up to 70% of the investment cost. Factoring in the added home value that a finished basement will make can help you make a better investment decision today. If the out of pocket cost of your basement renovation is $60,000 and 70% of that investment is potentially recovered at the time of resale, the real cost could be as little as $18,000! Of course, the number one reason to invest in a finished basement or any room is to increase your home enjoyment – which is priceless.
Do you have in-house designers?
We sure do. In fact, our in-house team includes qualified Project Consultants, Architectural Technologists, Interior Designers, Material Selection Coordinators, Quantity Surveyors, Resource Schedulers, Estimators, Project Coordinators, Site Project Managers, and other specialized expertise. What you get is specialized expertise at every step of your basement project.
Will you work with an architect or designer of my choice?
Absolutely. We work with some of the best Architects and Designers in the City. If you’re already working with an Architect or Designer, you can trust over 60 years of construction experience to transform your design vision and plans into reality. Our in-house certified designers, project managers and estimators will work closely with your Architect or Designer to:

  • Quickly understand your vision, the flow of spaces, and design
  • Provide constant, updated pricing throughout the process to keep your project on-budget
  • Anticipate potential construction or engineering challenges and offer practical, experience based solutions
  • Convert your design into a detailed build-ready document
Where do you get your cabinetry from?
Because we’re a high-volume cabinetry producer, OakWood has secured a production line inside Cabico that’s dedicated to Seriös, an OakWood owned company. Cabico has the distinction of being Canada’s largest independent manufacturer of quality custom cabinetry. The economies of scale that we enjoy enables us to give you a high-quality, tailor made cabinetry solution with unlimited options at an affordable price. Of course, we can also work with any cabinetry manufacturer of your choice. However, dollar-for-dollar, we doubt that you will get better value for your cabinetry investment than with Seriös.
What suppliers do you use?
Unlike many contractors we do not impose a list of suppliers for any of your material selections. While we have preferred Partners, these are suppliers that we have vetted for quality and reliability and can recommend them unconditionally. The reality is this: with OakWood, you have the freedom to choose materials from any manufacturer in the World. That said, our Design Centre is a living, evolving showcase for over 7,500 items. And you have access to over 150,000 items from an indexed database that is global in scope. However, if you have a specific product you want, let us know the manufacturer name, and odds are we will be able to get it and include that in your kitchen design. Best of all, everything you need is under one roof!
How will OakWood work me?
With OakWood, you get specialized expertise at every step of your basement project and never a jack of all trades. It starts with your OakWood Project Consultant who will work with you to understand your vision and provide an accurate and realistic fixed price proposal – with every product and service itemized. Once you sign with OakWood, your consultant will introduce you to the specialized team of experts who will work with you to make your bathroom project a reality in the most efficient way possible. That includes an OakWood certified Design Consultant – unless you are choosing to work with an external architect or designer of your choice – and a Project Manager, who will meet with you weekly once your project goes into production. Your Design Consultant will take advantage of our award winning Design Centre to help inspire you while enabling you to make all of your final material selections conveniently from one location. Once you’ve made those selections, your Design Consultant will provide you with a concept rendering to show what your final basement project will look like. Once approved, your project goes into production using the best trade professionals in the City. OakWood goes to extensive lengths to screen all trade professionals and ensure they have the work ethics, values, and skills required to provide the highest quality workmanship for your project possible.
What is unique about OakWood’s approach?
OakWood is a technologically advanced company. We are early adopters of new technologies while having invested in our own, proprietary construction specific project management software. This software is unique in the industry and the backbone of our company, enabling us to quickly give you highly detailed, fully itemized proposals and production schedules that are updated in real time and available to you 24/7 (in addition to all of your project documentation) through a password protected Client Portal. Similarly, our proposals are updated in real time as you move through a final material selection process with your Design Consultant – so you know exactly how your material choices are affecting your investment level.

OakWood is also the only contractor in the City that has invested in a state of the art, LEED Platinum Design Centre. This Centre supports a unique Design and Build approach like no other in the City. First, it features over 7,500 items and one-of-a kind displays to pique your curiosity. However, you are in no way limited to the products you see or the 150,000 products available from our database – or our preferred, pre-screened quality Partners. You have complete freedom to choose your materials from any manufacturer in the World.

More than anything, our Design Centre is a showcase for OakWood’s commitment to the most the advanced, state of the art solutions available for any residential or commercial project. We call this the OakWood High Performance Approach and this enables you to choose, through the Design Centre, advanced solutions in four fast changing areas: energy efficiency, Smart Home technology, healthy living, and eco-friendly products and practices. Solutions in each of these areas have been vetted by two names you can trust – OakWood and The Holmes Group – giving you complete assurance that the benefits promised by manufacturers will be realized by you when they are included in a distinctive design and build bathroom solution from OakWood.

Another unique aspect to OakWood’s approach is our commitment to fair pricing for quality work – and provision of a fixed price contract. What we quote is exactly what you will pay, to the penny, unless you authorize changes in writing. With OakWood, you will know exactly what your bathroom project will cost before lift a hammer. Few if any other renovators in the City can make that claim – and that is why the average renovation goes 27% over budget. That will never happen with OakWood – we guarantee it!

Get Inspired by Our Gallery

See 100s of inspiring ideas for your basement when you visit the OakWood Design Centre & Showroom

The OakWood Promise

High-quality and on-budget – you will never pay a penny more than we quote

Whether you are considering a simple upgrade or complete Design & Build makeover, you want your renovation done right.

We take that responsibility very seriously. We guarantee the OakWood Team will not let you down.

What you get with every OakWood service
  • Fair price for quality work
  • Material selection through the OakWood Design Centre
  • Photo realistic 3D rendering of your final design
  • Tear down and removal
  • Comprehensive Build Plan
  • City permits and inspections
  • Eco-wise construction methods with reusable materials being donated to Habitat for Humanity
  • Meticulous planning and project management using state-of-the art tools
  • Fast and accurate estimates
  • All workmanship by OakWood approved trade professionals
  • Broom clean up at the end of every day with “no go” zones where Trades workers cannot go
  • Timelines and schedules
  • Job site fencing if needed
  • Dust protection
  • Weekly onsite project meetings
  • Your project completed on-budget with no surprise “extra” costs
  • True passion and the experience you need to make your dream renovation a reality today
  • Courteous, professional workers who will be respectful of your home and on-time
  • Appropriate insurance to protect your home
  • Access to a password protected Client Portal to get real-time updates on your project
  • 24-hour emergency hotline service
  • Comprehensive 1-year warranty on all products and services with optional 2, 5, and 10 year plans
  • An OakWood-Randall’s VIP Discount Card entitling you to exclusive savings at Randall’s stores
  • Final walk around and inspection to ensure your complete satisfaction
Patricia Liptak-Satov, Vice President, Operations and John Liptak, President & CEO accept a Best Ottawa Business Award from the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Ottawa Business Journal

OakWood has completed over 8,100 successful projects with an average approval rating of 98.9%

Why You Can Trust OakWood for High-Quality and Best-Value

Holmes Group
The first Renovator in Canada and only Ottawa Contractor to measure up to Mike’s standards
Consumers Choice Award
Voted Ottawa’s Best Home Designer and Renovation Company every year since 2008
Awards
Winner of many prestigious awards including Best Design Centre in Canada and Ontario Renovator of the Year

Let’s Talk About Your Project

Book a complimentary no obligation consultation

Everything about our Design & Build service is customized to your specific needs. Let’s get started with a call. Or schedule a complimentary, no obligation consultation with one of our expert Project Consultants now.

613 236-8001
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