From site location and preparation to designing and building your new home in an established, urban neighbourhood
OakWood brings specialized expertise and services to ensure a high-quality custom designed home that looks fantastic on your infill lot. It will be fully compliant with City streetscape guidelines. Our approach will help shield you from potential insurance claims by ensuring that blasting, excavating and normal construction activity doesn’t undermine the structural integrity of your future neighbour’s home.
For a custom home that’s designed and built to perfection on your infill lot and on-budget guaranteed with no surprise extra costs, we invite you to book a preliminary free consultation or call us at 613 236-8001.
OakWood a name you can trust to do it right
First Renovator in Canada and first Ottawa Contractor to measure up to Mike’s standards
Consumer Choice Favourite
Voted Ottawa’s Best Designer and Renovation Company every year since 2007
Multiple Award Winner
Ontario’s Best Kitchen (2018), Ontario Renovator of the Year (2018), Best Design Centre in Canada and many more
“OakWood can guide you through the entire planning, design, and building process for your infill housing project and make this once-in-a-lifetime experience memorable and enjoyable”
– Trent Doherty, General Manager, OakWood
Specialized Infill Services
You see an exciting opportunity to build on a vacant or underused property within City limits. The neighbourhood is mature. The location is perfect. Maybe there’s an old home or building that needs to be demolished. No problem! You’re ready to start designing your dream home and preparing the site.
Not so fast! Building on an infill lot poses special challenges. In addition to our turnkey, one-stop Design & Build service and High Performance solutions for custom homes, OakWood provides specialized construction services to address building on an infill lot; and ensure the success of your project.
Neighbours are close
Often neighbours’ homes or other buildings are very close, in some cases built on or beyond the lot line. They are vulnerable to heavy duty construction activity and blasting. OakWood takes special precautions to ensure your project does not adversely affect the structural integrity of close neighbouring homes.
Ensure neighbouring homes are protected
Heavy construction work on your infill lot generates extensive seismic activity that exposes neighbouring homes to structural issues.
This become an even greater issue if you want to increase the ceiling height of your basement, which requires blasting and excavation of rock.
Foundations and walls of neighbouring homes can easily crack leading to expensive insurance claims and at minimum, bad neighbour relations even before you move into your new dream home.
OakWood mitigates these issues by using a seismograph to detect and record electronically the magnitude and depth of ground motion generated by blasting and excavation. The same type of device is also used by scientists to measure the depth, magnitude and exact location of earthquakes.
OakWood uses this and other specialized equipment to carefully monitor all construction activity and ensure neighbouring homes are not adversely affected by activity on your infill site.
OakWood also takes extensive safety precautions including ensuring blasting activity is conducted by persons holding a valid blast certificate, full compliance with the City of Ottawa’s blast regulations, and many others.
Teardown and removal
If your lot has an existing structure, you’ll need a building permit to demolish or relocate the structure. You also need to ensure that all utilities—water, electrical, gas—are disconnected from the building you want to knock down. OakWood plans for these contingencies and many others, including asbestos testing, to make sure your infill site is properly prepared and ready for construction.
Turnkey teardown and removal
In addition to a obtaining a permit to build your new dream home, you’ll need a building permit from the City of Ottawa to demolish an existing structure. Your application will be carefully reviewed by City officials.
OakWood will also assess the existing structure to determine the best and most cost effective method of demolition for the safe removal of an existing structure.
While mechanical demolition is most common, in some cases we recommend deconstruction, also referred to as demolition by hand. Although more labor intensive, this is a desirable approach when we can salvage many of the materials from the home.
Reusable materials may be sold to reduce the cost of your investment. In most cases we donate reusable materials to the Habitat for Humanity. That means your infill project could give a needy family the helping hand they need to build a better life.
The existing structure will also need to be inspected prior to teardown for the presence of asbestos, lead paint and other hazardous materials.
The City of Ottawa has established urban design guidelines for low-rise infill housing that will apply to your custom home design. Guidelines include the amount of landscaping, rear yard access, driveway widths, orientation of front door, and many others. OakWood’s award winning Architectural Design Team will ensure your home is fully compliant with all urban design guidelines and zoning regulations while making it look stunning.
Streetscape considerations and enriching established neighbourhoods
You can count on OakWood’s award-winning Architectural Design team to ensure your new home fits in or enhances homes in a mature neighbourhood.
Mainstreets are defined as those developed primarily before 1945. They typically feature small scale buildings with narrow frontages and are set close to the accessing street. The City’s guidelines are designed to “promote development that will enhance and reinforce the recognized or planned scale and character of the streets.”
Whether your infill project is taking place on a “Mainstreet”, the City of Ottawa provides design guidelines for all infill housing with the goal of ensuring new buildings that integrate harmoniously into an established urban neighbourhood.
Start with the OakWood Infill Home Feasibility Study
Ensure your infill project is doable. Identify potential issues and solutions before you design.
The potential issues noted above barely scratch the surface of what you’ll need to consider when planning your infill project. That’s why OakWood recommends starting with a feasibility assessment to ensure your building plan gets approved and there are no surprises when it comes time to apply for permits.
An OakWood Infill Home Feasibility Study is a modest investment to ensure a custom home (or building) design that is fully compliant with all city zoning and bylaws and there are no unforeseen construction issues that could undermine the success of your project.
OakWood Infill-Home Feasibility Study
A modest investment to ensure a custom home (or building) design that is fully compliant with all city zoning and bylaws.
Our assessment and report include:
- Site visit to take exact measurements of the existing lot and any buildings, analyze access and setbacks, review site topology
- Architectural analysis of proposed home or building style in the context of the neighborhood
- Assessment of City amenities and utilities serving your location including electrical hook-up, water, wastewater and sewer
- Feasibility and cost of septic systems if applicable, including size location, soil suitability and other factors
- Issues or challenges based on your design preferences, needs, and style of home or building
- Relevant options to fully leverage your ideas and preferences and make the most out of your property
- A summary of all permits required
- Home builders planning
You get a comprehensive report that ensures your dream home can be built at the infill location you want.
OakWood brings a balanced team to a Feasibility Study including Architectural Designers, Engineer, and Construction Manager.
To learn more about the OakWood Design & Build process and a Feasibility Study for your infill project, schedule a complementary consultation with an OakWood Project Consultant.
Get a turnkey solution for your infill project—from the ground-up
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Site Location and Planning
Whether you’re starting with a blank sheet of paper, have a custom design in mind, or are working with an Architect or Designer—OakWood provides a complete range of in-house services that span every step in the design-build process for your infill project. Material selection is conveniently under one roof at the award winning OakWood Design Centre, saving you hours and in many cases days of running around the City.
OakWood’s A to Z Custom Home Services for infill lots
- Help finding your dream infill lot location
- Site preparation including environmental remediation and municipal zoning
- Feasibility assessment to identify any potential issues
- Developing all specifications and building contracts
- All city inspections, ministry of labour and engineering documents
- Adapting a design for your site – or working with a designer or architect of your choice
- Developing a fixed-price budget based on your final plan and concept design
- Turning architectural designs into build-ready construction blueprints
- Access to a password protected VIP Client Portal to see all project documentation and real-time updates
- All product and material selection from interior to exterior conveniently from the award winning OakWood Design Centre
- Construction work and project scheduling
- Field project management of all Suppliers and Trade Partners
- Final inspection and a walk about of your new home to ensure your complete satisfaction
- Industry leading warranty for maximum peace of mind
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What our clients say
Our house looks great! The curiosity of neighbours and friends has transformed to compliments and enthusiastic praise upon viewing. Thank you OakWood!
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
Our kitchen is more than the dream we hoped it would be…
Larry and Carol Lethbridge Hudon
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.
Erick 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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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. ”
“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. ”
“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’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
“…I cannot speak too highly of OakWood. I have passed your name to many friends who are contemplating renovations in the year.”
“OakWood worked with us, listening to our ideas and delivered a fantastic design.”
Atul & Richa Aggarwal
“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 get many compliments on the addition and especially the very unique double vaulted ceiling in the family room!”
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