State-of-the-art, short or long-term emergency space
OakWood Panic Rooms is a specialized design and build service that uses key innovations in energy, technology, and security to create high-quality, ultra-secure spaces for family members or employees during any emergency.
Forget bunkers and holes in the ground. OakWood brings over 60 years of Design & Build experience to create concealed, luxury safe rooms and mini-fortresses that will withstand home invasions, natural disasters, and anything you can imagine.
“A Panic Room is like an insurance policy. Something you get for maximum peace-of-mind and hope you’ll never have to use.”
– John Liptak, President & CEO, OakWood
Construction options for your panic room
The most cost-effective and best way to build a panic room is during the construction of a new custom home or building. Up to 20 percent of new custom homes now include panic rooms.
OakWood can also create a secure panic room by converting an existing space such as a den, walk-in closet, wine cellar, upstairs bedroom, basement, or storage area or by adding a custom addition with state-of-the-art security systems. Let’s talk about the best option for you.
Customized for your goals
The type of panic room depends on your goals. We can provide a custom design and build solution for an impregnable, short-term emergency safe-room or a longer-term, fully appointed, net-zero condo style facility with air filtration systems, CO2 scrubbers and high-tech systems for maximum protection. Understanding your goals and planning is the key to success.
Short-term panic rooms
Get protection from break-ins or intruders until law enforcement professionals arrive. These can be bulletproof, fire resistant and unbreachable with concealed access. They usually include battery operated alarms, monitored alarm system, fortified steel walls and door, options for storing supplies and valuables, and other features.
Longer-term, luxury safe havens
Our long-term solutions are limited only by your imagination and budget. These can be designed to meet the most stringent safety, emergency and threat protection requirements including natural disasters, bioterrorism, bomb attacks—even nuclear war.
Solutions can include blast-proof Kevlar walls, military grade air filtration systems, heat and cooling systems, emergency equipment and provisions, independent power systems, and much more. This is no survivalist bunker;you get a well-fortified, reinforced, highly secure luxury condo for long-term living.
Design plans are reviewed by specialized security professionals with top security clearance.
Ask about your High Performance options
OakWood specializes in High Performance design and build solutions that reduce energy usage, take advantage of Smart Technology and automation, ensure a healthy toxin-free environment, while using the eco-friendliest products and construction methods in the industry. Solutions can include solar panels, portable military diesel generators, fog screens, blast proof valves and much more. All planning and material selection take place conveniently from the award winning OakWood Design Centre and showroom.
How the OakWood Team will Work with You
Get maximum peace-of-mind working with our specialized experts—from planners and designers to the best trade professionals in the City
We can provide specialized Panic Room experts to assess your home and recommend a modeling solution that meets your needs without looking clinical
Realistic 3D renderings help you visualize planned changes (or we can work with an Architect or Designer of your choice)
Conveniently choose all materials and any specialized products from our award-winning Design Centre and Showroom
Everything is itemized by brand name based on your final material choices and the scope of work—guaranteeing you pay what we quote to the penny
All work is done by clean, specialized OakWood approved trade professionals who will respect your home and do a quality job
Get one-point of contact once construction begins ensuring your project stays on-budget and you are kept up-to-date at all times
You get 24/7 access to password protected VIP Client Portal with real-time updates, schedules and all documentation on your project. Workmanship is backed by a comprehensive 2-year warranty (optional 3, 5, or 10-years available).
What our clients say
"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 get many compliments on the addition and especially the very unique double vaulted ceiling in the family room!
“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
“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.”
“Thank you very much for a job well done. We do appreciate the commitment shown by everyone involved”
“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
“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.”
“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…”
"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 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
"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 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. ”
“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.”
“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 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.”
“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, 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 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."
“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
"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
"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 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
“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 kitchen and bathroom renovation."
"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
"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”
“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 highly recommend Oakwood to others considering a home renovation.”
Melissa Black & Christian Garrow
"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!"
"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!”
"I am completely blown away with my new basement. It is exactly what I was looking for."
“Thank you so much for all your help with this. Your work with us was amazing.”
Elliot Lee & Soojin Chun
“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 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 are both ecstatic and pleased with the finished product and professionalism demonstrated by your company."
Robert Cvetas and Serge Labrecque
Our house looks great! The curiosity of neighbours and friends has transformed to compliments and enthusiastic praise upon viewing. Thank you OakWood!
“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"
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“OakWood worked with us, listening to our ideas and delivered a fantastic design.”
Atul & Richa Aggarwal
“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.”
“…I cannot speak too highly of OakWood. I have passed your name to many friends who are contemplating renovations in the year.”
"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 in inclusive, trustworthy, honest…I don’t think there is a comparison.
“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.”
“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 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 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.”
“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 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
“We really appreciated the great service and project. Thank you and team very much.”
Berend Jan Velderman
Our kitchen is more than the dream we hoped it would be…
Larry and Carol Lethbridge Hudon
"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 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 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
"We hired OakWood to do our basement renovation a few years back. They did an outstanding job and even came back to fix a small repair job years later."
"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 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 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 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."
“Thanks to you and the team for a wonderful job. We LOVE our kitchen.”
“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!”
“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. ”
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