High quality. On-budget. Well managed.

Whether you’re planning your dream kitchen, a custom home, an investment property or commercial building, OakWood provides a unique, one stop Design & Build service.

  • Over 60 years of experience

  • Largest selection of Design & Build services

  • Respected innovation leader

  • Eco-wise builder

  • Professional, credentialed in-house experts

  • On-budget guaranteed

  • Code of Ethics

  • High performance solutions

  • Material selection made easy

  • A name you can trust

  • Honored with many awards

Over 60 years of Design & Build experience

A family affair—four generations of Liptak are behind your project

OakWood generation leaders - custom home builders

Established in 1956, OakWood is a fourth-generation, family-run Design & Build business that’s proudly owned and operated by the Liptak family.The company started as a small carpentry and renovation business over 60 years ago. On the strength of client referrals and a reputation for quality that is second to none, the company has steadily grown to become one of Ottawa’s largest and most established full-service Design & Build businesses.

+ The OakWood Story – Construction is in our blood!

Largest selection of Design & Build services in the City

One call is all you need

Renovated kitchen with portable island

OakWood provides the largest suite of specialized Design & Build services in Ottawa with solutions tailored to specific needs and budgets. And we’ve assembled the largest Team of Design & Build experts all under one roof. Whether you’re planning your dream custom home, a renovation, a small fix it project, or any type of residential or commercial building, we provide you with all the services you need from one trusted and reliable company.

Our comprehensive services now include: Architectural Design, Renovation Experts, Panic Rooms, Age-in-Place, HandyManPRO, Custom Homes, Model Homes, Estate Lots, In-fill Projects, Commercial Services, and Property Investments. We also have a dedicated production line inside Cabico, North America’s largest independent manufacturer of customized cabinetry, enabling you to get customized solutions at affordable prices.

+ What you get with every OakWood service

Respected innovation leader

John Liptak – receiving an Algonquin College Alumni of Distinction Award

OakWood leaders

Over the past six decades, OakWood has become a recognized innovation leader in both residential and commercial construction, and a company of many firsts. These include:

  • The first Ottawa contractor to meet the stringent standards set by Mike Holmes

  • The first and only Canadian contractor to Design & Build its own award winning, Design Centre and Corporate Headquarters to LEED Platinum standards to showcase the most innovative materials and technologies available today

  • The first Ottawa contractor to win the Consumer Choice awards for Best Home Designer and Renovator, every year since these awards were introduced in 2008

  • The first to win Ontario Renovator of the Year award, and then to win it again
  • The first and only contractor to guarantee a fixed-price contract for all work with everything itemized by brand name, fit and finish
  • The only Canadian Design & Build business to develop its own, proprietary client relationship management software to ensure an exceptionally well-managed project that is on-budget, guaranteed

  • The only contractor to provide real-time updates and all project documentation and road map through a password protected VIP Client Portal—see everything, anywhere, anytime from an IP enabled device

  • The first and only Canadian contractor to own a technology company as well as a construction company and combine the newest technologies with the Design + Build construction industry
  • And many others

This growing list of “first” means only one thing: you can trust OakWood to Design & Build your project to the highest standards in the City—and always on-budget, guaranteed.

Choose high performance, energy-saving solutions

Tesla Charging Station

Today, OakWood specializes in high performance Design & Build solutions for custom homes, renovations, and any type of residential or commercial building. By “high performance” we simply mean giving you the ability to choose the most innovative products, materials and technologies, based on your priorities, in four, fast changing areas:

  • Energy-efficient, low-cost renewable energy products for reducing your energy costs and carbon footprint
  • Technology enablement, including the Smart Home and intelligent building automation, all in a wireless format
  • Healthy living and work environments through toxin-free materials
  • Sustainable, green-building materials and environmental leadership through responsible construction practices
+ More on OakWood’s High Performance approach

Material selection made easy

Everything you need is under one roof!

OakWood showroom - kitchen and bar

The award-winning OakWood Design Centre is a unique LEED Platinum building that showcases over 7,500 energy-efficient, high-quality items through unique, fully functioning displays—with access to over 150,000 items in our extensive database.

The Design Centre is the backbone of OakWood’s Design & Build service, driving an inspirational yet efficient material selection process that is unmatched in the City. No running around from one supplier to another to choose products. Everything you need to plan, design, and choose materials for a custom home, renovation, or commercial building is conveniently located under one roof.

See how the Design Centre will support your project and give you a Design & Build solution like no other in the City

+ Interesting facts about the OakWood Design Centre

OakWood is a Name You Can Trust

Ottawa’s first Mike Holmes approved contractor

In 2013 Mike Holmes, the World’s most recognized and respected contractor, was looking for his first renovation partner in Canada. Mike chose OakWood because of our commitment to raising industry standards by building the safest and healthiest homes, using quality workmanship, and providing clients with honesty and transparent pricing. OakWood enjoys the distinction of being the first and only Holmes approved contractor in Ottawa.

“Do your homework. If you want a quality project…designed and built by pros who stand by their word, get OakWood and Make it Right.”

– Mike Holmes

+ Key reasons Mike partnered with OakWood

OakWood is a Name You Can Trust

Ottawa’s first Mike Holmes approved contractor

In 2013 Mike Holmes, the World’s most recognized and respected contractor, was looking for his first renovation partner in Canada. Mike chose OakWood because of our commitment to raising industry standards by building the safest and healthiest homes, using quality workmanship, and providing clients with honesty and transparent pricing. OakWood enjoys the distinction of being the first and only Holmes approved contractor in Ottawa.

“Do your homework. If you want a quality project…designed and built by pros who stand by their word, get OakWood and Make it Right.”

– Mike Holmes

+ Key reasons Mike partnered with OakWood

Eco-wise Builder

Leading by example: how we support eco-friendly methods and fight climate change

OakWood practices the most environmentally sound construction methods in the industry today. Any reusable material from a renovation or construction site is redirected where possible to families in need or directly to our Partner, Habitat for Humanity, and used to support new building & renovation projects for families in need. Material that can not be reused is recycled: OakWood subcontracts with the leading environmental services company in Ottawa to ensure compliance with the Environmental Protection Act while embracing the practice of reducing waste, reusing and recycling.

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Eco-wise Builder

Leading by example: how we support eco-friendly methods and fight climate change

OakWood practices the most environmentally sound construction methods in the industry today. Any reusable material from a renovation or construction site is redirected where possible to families in need or directly to our Partner, Habitat for Humanity, and used to support new building & renovation projects for families in need. Material that can not be reused is recycled: OakWood subcontracts with the leading environmental services company in Ottawa to ensure compliance with the Environmental Protection Act while embracing the practice of reducing waste, reusing and recycling.

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Honoured with many awards

OakWood Awards

OakWood has been bestowed with many of the industry’s most prestigious awards including:

Renovator of the Year (2018) Ontario Home Builders’ Association

Best Kitchen under 180 sq. ft. (2018) Ontario Home Builders’ Association

Best Design Centre in Canada from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (2017)

Renovator of the Year (2014) Ontario Home Builders’ Association

The only Ottawa contractor to win the coveted Marketplace Trust award twice

The only Ottawa Renovator to win the Consumer Choice Awards for Best Home Designer and Best Home Renovator every year since they were introduced in 2008

Winner of Ottawa’s Best of Business (BOB) award (2016 and 2014) for most outstanding business

Many more awards…

Work is completed by credentialed in-house experts

You never get a “Jack-of-all-Trades”

Couple discussing design plans with home builder

OakWood brings together a specialized team of in-house experts to support every step in our unique Design & Build approach for both residential and commercial projects. We only hire the very best credentialed expertise to ensure every task of your project is completed by the right pro.

Our in-house team includes:

  • Project Consultants, Certified Designers, Architectural Technologists, Project Managers, Construction specific Estimators, Interior Designers, Material Selection Coordinators, Quantity Surveyors, Resource Schedulers, and other experts.

On-budget guaranteed

When we say “on-budget” we mean it!

Many contractors promise a residential or commercial Design & Build project that will be “on-budget” and “well-managed”. Can they deliver? With OakWood, you’ll receive a final fixed price agreement based on the material selections for your project. Everything will be itemized by brand name, fit and finish. If you make a change during the material selection stage, you’ll see your budget updated in real-time.

You are always in full control of your investment level. What you sign is what you’ll pay to the penny unless you authorize a change order in writing. This is how we can guarantee your project will be on budget with no surprises or “extras.”Plus, every detail of your agreement along with production schedules are accessible to you 24/7 from our VIP Client Portal—so you know the exact status of your project once construction begins.

On-budget guaranteed

When we say “on-budget” we mean it!

Many contractors promise a residential or commercial Design & Build project that will be “on-budget” and “well-managed”. Can they deliver? With OakWood, you’ll receive a final fixed price agreement based on the material selections for your project. Everything will be itemized by brand name, fit and finish. If you make a change during the material selection stage, you’ll see your budget updated in real-time.

You are always in full control of your investment level. What you sign is what you’ll pay to the penny unless you authorize a change order in writing. This is how we can guarantee your project will be on budget with no surprises or “extras.”Plus, every detail of your agreement along with production schedules are accessible to you 24/7 from our VIP Client Portal—so you know the exact status of your project once construction begins.

Guided by a clear mission, vision and code of ethics

What you can expect from OakWood

OakWood’s vision is to support individuals, families, and businesses in pursuit of a Great Life. Our mission is simply to create beautifully designed buildings that are energy-efficient, healthy and eco-friendly—while providing exceptional client support. Our vision and mission are guided by a Code of Ethics that establishes the highest quality standards of business integrity and honesty on every Design & Build project. Our Code of Ethics is more than a collection of ideals: it is a commitment to a way of doing business and an explicit promise of how we will operate as a company. All individuals employed by or engaged by OakWood will be held accountable for adhering to this Code. Here’s what you can expect.

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Guided by a clear mission, vision and code of ethics

What you can expect from OakWood

OakWood’s vision is to support individuals, families, and businesses in pursuit of a Great Life. Our mission is simply to create beautifully designed buildings that are energy-efficient, healthy and eco-friendly—while providing exceptional client support. Our vision and mission are guided by a Code of Ethics that establishes the highest quality standards of business integrity and honesty on every Design & Build project. Our Code of Ethics is more than a collection of ideals: it is a commitment to a way of doing business and an explicit promise of how we will operate as a company. All individuals employed by or engaged by OakWood will be held accountable for adhering to this Code. Here’s what you can expect.

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