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
Fixed Price Contract and Build Plan
The Best Licensed Trade Professionals
Industry Leading Warranty
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
“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 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
“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.”
“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
"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
We get many compliments on the addition and especially the very unique double vaulted ceiling in the family room!
“We really appreciated the great service and project. Thank you and team very much.”
Berend Jan Velderman
“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 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.”
"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 are both ecstatic and pleased with the finished product and professionalism demonstrated by your company."
Robert Cvetas and Serge Labrecque
"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!"
“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…”
“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.”
"I am completely blown away with my new basement. It is exactly what I was looking for."
"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
“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. ”
“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 cannot speak too highly of OakWood. I have passed your name to many friends who are contemplating renovations in the year.”
"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
"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
“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
OakWood in inclusive, trustworthy, honest…I don’t think there is a comparison.
“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.“
“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"
“It was a pleasure working with OakWood for our kitchen renovation. John has been very patient in having the Oakwood team serve our interests."
“Thank you so much for all your help with this. Your work with us was amazing.”
Elliot Lee & Soojin Chun
Our house looks great! The curiosity of neighbours and friends has transformed to compliments and enthusiastic praise upon viewing. Thank you OakWood!
“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.”
“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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
“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.”
“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."
“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
"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."
“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.”
"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 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 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
“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. ”
“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.”
"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”
“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 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
“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."
“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.”
“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!”
“OakWood worked with us, listening to our ideas and delivered a fantastic design.”
Atul & Richa Aggarwal
"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
“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.”
“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 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.”
"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
“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 are absolutely loving our new ensuite bathroom - the rain shower and heated floor being the highlights. The powder room downstairs is also really beautiful.”
"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 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.”
Our kitchen is more than the dream we hoped it would be…
Larry and Carol Lethbridge Hudon
"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
"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
“Thank you very much for a job well done. We do appreciate the commitment shown by everyone involved”
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