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In-law Suites

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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Self-contained in-law suites and living spaces

Private entry. Separate utility. A seamless extension of your existing home.

Maybe you’re accommodating aging parents that still want their independence, welcoming back a returning child, or want a self contained separate space to rent for income. Whatever your situation, in-law suites are really a special type of addition that usually includes its own entrance, kitchen, bathroom, and living space.

With over 60-years of experience, you can trust Ottawa’s only Mike Holmes approved Renovator for an in-law suite that’s done right – well planned, well designed, high-quality and on-budget, guaranteed.

We provide a one-stop Design & Build in-law suite solution that includes:

OakWood Consultation Inlaw suites
In-house architectural design & planning experts to assess your space and provide in-law suite options including 3D renderings to help you visualize every detail
OakWood Material Selections Inlaw suites
Material selection including insulation, ceiling, lighting, window, wall & flooring solutions through our award-winning Design Centre & Showroom
OakWood Construction
Turnkey construction by OakWood approved trade professionals including site preparation and extensive precautions to protect your home
OakWood Renovation Project Management Inlaw suites
Exemplary Project Management with one point of contact once construction begins, daily updates and weekly onsite meetings

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

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

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How We Can Give You a ‘High Performance’ In-law Suite 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 high performance in-law suite solutions can include:

  • High R-value eco-friendly insulation
  • Energy efficient LED lighting solutions
  • Smart locks using a wireless protocol and cryptography key
  • High efficiency Energy Star windows
  • Water saving low-flow faucets
  • Smart plugs and switches
  • 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

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Top In-law Suite 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 In-law suite project.

How long will my in-law suite take?
It really depends on the scope of your in-law project and the option you chose. Options include bumping out with a small (or large) addition or building up by adding an additional story (on a one-story home) or by adding living space above an attic. Each of these options involves very different planning, design, and building considerations which will affect your timeline. The planning alone could take 2 to 4 months including all City permits. From start to finish a project of this nature could easily take 6 to 12 months to complete – again depending on the option you want and whether there are any foundation and structural issues that need to be addressed first. 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.
Do I need a building permit?
The short answer is probably. Any time you are adding or altering your home’s structure with a building area over 10 square metres (just over 100 square feet) you will require a building permit from the City of Ottawa. That’s just the start. You may need permits for other aspects of your project including plumbing and electrical. OakWood will identify all permit requirements in a comprehensive fixed price contract, and it will secure all of these for you as part of a turnkey design & build solution.
How much will my in-law suite cost?
This is an impossible question to answer without knowing what you have in mind, the size of the in-law suite, and the features you want. Some contractors may suggest that the average in-law suite will be between $50K and $100K. We think that’s a meaningless number. Do you want a separate entrance? Are you building up or out? Will the space need to be fitted for plumbing and a new electrical panel for the increased load? There are so many variables that any ballpark quote will have little stock. That’s because the biggest factors driving the cost of your in-law suite are your material selections and the scope of work. Fortunately, you have complete control over most cost incurring variables, which means in most cases we can plan an in-law suite 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.
Will an in-law suite add to the resale value of my home?
In our experience, any addition that is professionally finished always adds to the sell-ability of the home and will invariably return a percentage of the investment cost to convert the space. However, an in-law suite typically creates a self-contained unit. As such, this will have high value to a particular buyer and it may reduce the addressable market simply because every buyer is not interested in this feature. One way to avoid this problem is by planning an in-law suite with the option of knocking down any walls and re-integrating it into your home when it is no longer needed. Ultimately the greatest value may be your increased 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 in-law suite 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 in-law suite 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 in-law suite 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 in-law suite 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 in-law suite 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 in-law suite 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

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613 236-8001
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