Building innovation since 1956   (8,100+ Clients)

Why OakWood

For your new custom home, renovation, or building?

Over 60 Years of Design & Build Experience with a Growing List of “Firsts”

Established in 1956, OakWood is a fourth-generation, family-run Design & Build business that’s proudly owned and operated by the Liptak family.

With over 60 years of residential and commercial building experience, OakWood has become a recognized innovation leader and a company of many firsts. These include:
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The only Ottawa contractor to meet the stringent standards set by Mike Holmes


The first and only contractor to guarantee a fixed-price contract for all work with everything itemized by brand name, fit and finish


The first Ottawa contractor to win the Consumer Choice awards for Best Home Designer and Renovator, nine years in a row


The first to win Ontario Renovator of the Year award


The first to design and build its own award winning, Design Centre and Showroom – one of Canada’s highest LEED Platinum buildings and a showcase for the most innovative materials and technologies available today


And many others

This growing list of “first” means only one thing: whether you’re planning a new custom dream home, major renovation, fix-it project or a new building, you can trust OakWood to design and build your project to the highest standards in the City – and always on-budget, guaranteed.

A family affair – every major business decision still gets discussed around the kitchen table!

Liptak Ottawa Renovation

John Liptak

Liptak Ottawa Renovation

John Liptak Sr.

Liptak Ottawa Renovation

John Liptak Jr.
President & CEO

Liptak Ottawa Renovation

Patricia Liptak-Satov
Vice President, Operations
Angela Mallon
Vice President, Finance

Unique Design & Build Approach

Today, OakWood specializes in high performance Design & Build solutions for custom homes, renovations, and buildings.

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 efficiency

Choose products and solutions that will lower your energy costs and/or carbon footprint

Technology enablement

Smart Technology, intelligent building automation, IoT and other wireless solutions

Healthy Home

Create a toxin-free environment for cleaner, better living and work

Eco-friendly materials

Go as green as you want while knowing OakWood builds using the most responsible construction practices

In addition to embracing the most innovative solutions available for residential and commercial construction, our Design & Build approach is further distinguished – and supported – by the following:

How you benefit

  • OakWood leverages its exclusive Ottawa partnership with Mike Holmes to continuously research, test and validate the most innovative products, materials and technologies available to ensure they’ll give you the value and benefits promised by manufacturers
  • Few if any contractors in Ottawa have the resources or expertise to conduct this type of ongoing research and to understand the implications for a custom design and build solution for your project
  • Our award-winning Design Centre is not only a showcase for many of these innovative products, it also facilitates a streamlined material selection process – enabling you to conveniently see and choose all products for your project while being inspired by one-of-a kind, fully functioning displays
  • We provide a final-fixed price contract for all projects based on your final material choices – and this is what you’ll pay to the penny unless you authorize changes in writing
  • Our in-house Designers will work with you to provide architectural renderings of your project – with the option to see photo realistic, 360-degree views (we can also work with external Architects or Designers of your choice)
  • All material and design decisions are summarized in a comprehensive OakWood BuildPlan™ to provide a detailed roadmap of your project
  • All construction is done by OakWood approved trade professionals and in accordance with increasingly stringent manufacturer guidelines – critically important for ensuring warranty protection
  • For new custom homes and major renovations, we provide an optional Holmes High Performance Inspection which adds to the resale value of your home by documenting the entire installation process and confirming performance
  • We offer an industry leading warranty for maximum protection and peace-of-mind

Award Winning Design Centre

Saves you a bundle of time while helping you get very inspired!

The OakWood Design Centre is a unique LEED Platinum building that showcases over 7,500 energy-efficient, high-quality items through unique displays – with access to over 150,000 items in our extensive database. Everything you need to plan, design, and choose materials for a custom home, renovation, or commercial building is conveniently located under one roof.

The Design Centre enables you to:


See one-of-a-kind displays showcasing the most innovative materials and design options for your project


See your final material selections represented architectural renderings; so, you know exactly what your project will look like – before we lift a hammer


Enjoy the freedom to choose materials from any manufacturer in the World – or from our quality, OakWood approved Partners


Work with our in-house designers or external Architects or Design consultants of your choice

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

Mike Holmes Partnership

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 customers with honesty and transparent pricing. OakWood enjoys the distinction of being the first and only Holmes approved contractor in Ottawa.

Key reasons Mike partnered with OakWood
  • Reputation
  • Adherence to code of ethics
  • Longevity in business
  • Breadth of services
  • Comprehensive processes
  • In-house design service
  • Detailed planning
  • Construction excellence and scheduling
  • CRM and project management systems
  • Financial stability
  • Energy efficiency designs
  • Technology leadership
  • Use of industry leading-edge eco-wise products that help protect the home and homeowner

Honoured with Many Awards

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


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


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


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.


OakWood is also the 2016 winner of Ottawa’s Best of Business (BOB) award for most outstanding business.

Work is Completed by Credentialed In-House Experts

You never get a Jack-of-all-Trades

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


Architectural Technologists


Project Managers


Interior Designers


Quantity Surveyors


Resource Schedulers


Certified Designers


Material Selection Coordinators


Construction specific Estimators


and other experts.

Let’s Get Started

Whether you need a qualified handyman or a complete design and build solution for a renovation, custom home, investment property or a commercial building, it all starts with a call and complimentary consultation with an experienced OakWood Project Consultant.

Call 613 236-8001


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