Best-in-class solutions for deterring thieves and improving home guardianship
OakWood offers a comprehensive range of services and individual point solutions for ensuring your home is both secure and safe from various threats. These can include breaking and entering, extreme weather, fire, terrorists, biohazards, cyberattacks, and others. The reality is that today, the security options available for your home are extensive. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the many options available for protecting your home. OakWood’s Safe Home services cut through the clutter of irrelevant options and complicated technology to provide an objective analysis of your home and the protection systems that will be most relevant and beneficial. OakWood continually assesses security and safety solutions and only recommends the top rated brands based on criteria that includes reliability, ease of use, independent reviews, customer testimonials, price to value, and ultimately effectiveness – do they work as promised?
We can incorporate state-of-the-art home security and safety solutions into a Design & Build plan for a new custom home or renovation or as a standalone service for an existing home. Book a preliminary free consultation or call us at 613 236-8001.
“We can assess points of vulnerability and provide tasteful, unobtrusive security and safety recommendations tailored to your threat concerns and home security goals.”
– John Liptak, President & CEO, OakWood
OakWood Homes – Safe and Secure by Design
Solutions for deterring, detecting, denying, delaying, and defending
OakWood conducts tailored security assessments to identify your integrated security needs to protect what’s important to you. Our analysis will identify points of vulnerability based on your home’s location, age, and design.
OakWood’s assessment gives you a detailed report that covers key areas of concern including vulnerable access points, lighting issues, obstacle considerations, reviews of any existing alarm systems, the value of CCTV installation and monitoring systems, incident management processes, and others.
Applied Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Principles
OakWood home designs incorporate the principles of natural surveillance and access control to optimize your property’s security. CPTED is a proactive crime prevention strategy that uses design to eliminate or reduce criminal behavior by creating the perception or reality of effective home guardianship.
The key idea behind CPTED is to identify and lower the curb appeal of your home to thieves and create a climate of safety that discourages criminals. OakWood applies CPTED principles to a customized crime risk assessment of your home and makes recommendations for modifications that will reduce your risk. These can include removal of trees and shrubs that obstruct your home (creating the perfect hiding place and cover for criminals) or conversely adding thorny yet attractive shrubs;opportunities for the installation of fencing with a lockable gate, areas that will benefit from bright security lighting, solid core doors with deadbolts, and various other CEPTD home security strategies aimed at deterring thieves.
Concealed Safe/Panic Rooms
OakWood offers a wide range of innovative options for Safe/Panic Rooms to provide shelter and peace-of-mind for you and your loved ones during a crisis. A safe/panic room can be the equivalent of a mini-fortress that will withstand home invasions and provide an impregnable location for comfortably waiting for law enforcement help to arrive.
A safe/panic room does not need to be an ugly, claustrophobic, and spartan bunker. OakWood specializes in the planning, design, and building of attractive and well equipped safe/panic rooms that enable you and family members to quickly retreat to a comfortable place with the certain knowledge that you are completely safe and secure. Our safe/panic rooms can also introduce any level of luxury you can imagine while enabling you to sit out short or long-term threats that can include home invasion, bio-hazards, terrorist attacks, extreme weather, and others.
Visit our Panic Rooms page in Renovation Experts for more detailed information on this very specialized Design & Build service from OakWood.
Single Point Solutions
A variety of specific tactical level solutions can be used to bolster or reinforce your home’s safety features. Many of these security options are used with other systems to provide an integrated complete security solution for your home.
Reinforced Windows and Doors
OakWood offers a range of elegant, reinforced windows and doors for added security. The fact is most thieves target homes that simply look easier to break into. The majority gain entry through the front door, either by opening an unlocked door or by simply kicking-in the door gaining entry with little sophistication in seconds. First floor windows are the second most common access points.
Door solutions include sturdy deadbolts and interior locks, reinforced door frames, and solid steel doors that are more likely to dent when kicked or abused. Window solutions include upgraded window locks, steel window bars, and reinforced tempered glass. Both door and window solutions for improved security benefit from additional outdoor, motion detected security lighting and cameras.
Security Surveillance and Detection
OakWood can equip your home with state-of-the-art security surveillance and detection systems to monitor your home and property. The focus is always on securing and monitoring key entry points such as doors and windows. Most solutions involve combinations of hardware connected to monitoring services that call enforcement or emergency responders if your system is triggered. Basic hardware starts with sensors that detect when a door or window is opened – or a loud, glass break noise is detected.
Interior and exterior motion sensors are a common addition to most security systems. These can also be connected to a high-decibel alarm or sirens. Interior and exterior cameras for monitoring, recording, and storing footage – accessed through mobile apps adds to your peace of mind. Smart home connectivity can also give the ability to remotely control your security system in addition to various home features including thermostats, lights, and appliances. Affordable, professional self-monitoring security systems with the option to watch live feeds are also options.
Security fence and gate options can also be used as part of a layered security design to protect your home, family, and pets. While electric fences are not legal on residential property, a broad range of decorative steel fences can be used to discourage intruders.
Permits are not needed unless you are creating a swimming pool enclosure however there are height restrictions in Ottawa for front and backyard fences. You can erect a security fence of roughly two meters between neighbors and to enclose a backyard and no more than 1 meter in the front yard. OakWood can provide specific recommendations for appealing fences that will enhance the curb appeal of your property while discouraging would be burglars from attempting to gain entry or finding places to hide.
OakWood can help you choose from a range of tasteful security lighting solutions to complement any existing surveillance systems, add extra safety while accenting your home and property. There are many powerful LED outdoor options for providing dusk to dawn or timed coverage, and Hi/Low combination motion activated lighting. Key features OakWood recommends for a cohesive lighting solution include motion detection, adjustable timing – you may not want dusk to dawn coverage or you may want to adjust the duration on high intensity light when motion is detected – and a back up power source, usually a rechargeable battery. Traditional floodlamps, spotlights, hardwired and battery powered light systems, solar lights, and motion activated systems are all considerations for a total solution.
OakWood offers a range of emergency communication systems to provide reliable 24/7 communications. These systems can include rechargeable battery powered home intercom systems, the ability to get real-time emergency information from local authorities, and two-way communication with the ability to contact others during a disaster situation. Some of these systems are powered by solar panels to provide communication capabilities even when the grid goes down. Voice over Internet Protocol, land lines, satellite phones, two-way radios, in addition to conventional landlines and cellphones can be included in a cohesive emergency communication system for maximizing your potential to connect with others during any crisis while receiving valuable public updates, reports, and posted announcements.
Fire and Life Safety Systems
Not surprisingly ceiling mounted, battery powered smoke detectors are a key component for protecting your home from fire. These should be installed throughout your home including hallways, common rooms, kitchen bedrooms, and lower levels or basement. These can also be augmented with strobe lights to alert loved ones of an immediate threat, fire blankets, and fire safety ladders. Portable dry chemical fire extinguishers should also be in key areas of the home and used to quell small fires. Similarly, carbon monoxide detection systems must be mounted in key areas of your home.
Fire detection devices that trigger fire alarms systems can also trigger automatic sprinkler systems that when activated can contain the spread of a fire until fire protection services can reach your home. OakWood can recommend an integrated system providing specific recommendations on the type of systems, number of devices, and locations including periodic checks to ensure all equipment will perform as required.
Counter Surveillance Technical Inspection
OakWood’s Technical Surveillance Counter Measure professionals can conduct residential inspections to effectively detect and neutralize technical threats. For most residential situations this involves inspecting all services and equipment to assess potential points of vulnerability and to ensure all systems are operating to manufacturer and safety standards.
For commercial properties or if you are involved with classified activities including National Security, these inspections will include highly specialized equipment to identify security breaches and detect eavesdropping or spy devices such as hidden microphones, bugs, or cameras. These devices are often hidden inside various home or office products including smoke alarms, table lamps, desk phones, wall clocks, USB chargers, and others. Our team will conduct a deep search of your home or commercial location to detect and professionally remove any eavesdropping devices to ensure or restore complete privacy.
OakWood Cyber Security professionals can conduct cyber security assessments to identify your integrated cyber security needs and to protect your personal data and privacy.
The goal is to identify potential points of vulnerability and provide recommendations for defending your computers, mobile devices, network(s) and any electronic systems including servers from malicious attacks. OakWood can recommend a range of cloud based and on-premises solutions for improving the security resilience of your devices, data, network, and applications.
What our clients say
"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
“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
Our house looks great! The curiosity of neighbours and friends has transformed to compliments and enthusiastic praise upon viewing. Thank you OakWood!
“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 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. ”
"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!”
“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.”
"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
"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 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
“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 really appreciated the great service and project. Thank you and team very much.”
Berend Jan Velderman
"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'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
"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."
"I am completely blown away with my new basement. It is exactly what I was looking for."
“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 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
“…I cannot speak too highly of OakWood. I have passed your name to many friends who are contemplating renovations in the year.”
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
“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 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."
“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.“
"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
"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.”
“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."
“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
We get many compliments on the addition and especially the very unique double vaulted ceiling in the family room!
“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 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.”
"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.”
“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."
“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 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
“OakWood worked with us, listening to our ideas and delivered a fantastic design.”
Atul & Richa Aggarwal
"We are both ecstatic and pleased with the finished product and professionalism demonstrated by your company."
Robert Cvetas and Serge Labrecque
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
“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.”
“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."
“Thanks to you and the team for a wonderful job. We LOVE our kitchen.”
“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 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.
“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.”
"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."
“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 very much for a job well done. We do appreciate the commitment shown by everyone involved”
“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.”
"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…”
Our kitchen is more than the dream we hoped it would be…
Larry and Carol Lethbridge Hudon
“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 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 in inclusive, trustworthy, honest…I don’t think there is a comparison.
“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.”
“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
"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
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