Ensuring your home supports the way you live today
Like most homeowners, you are doing more in your home than ever before. Your home may be a workplace for earning a living and learning, particularly if you have school age children. And you may also be using your home for more indoor play, exercise, and creative activities. Having your home function well for these and other activities means looking at your space differently.
That’s why OakWood increasingly sees your home as the hub for everything you do. It’s more multi-functional with multi-use spaces that need to work better for how you live, learn, earn, and enjoy in your home. We use this as a framework to provide design solutions that better meet your new or expanded needs. This can lead to different ideas for layout, design, connectivity, and the material choices that will best support the way you live.
It’s all part of OakWood’s unique Design & Build service. To learn more call 613-236-8001 or schedule a free consult.
“By looking at your home as the hub for everything you do, the OakWood Team provides you with the best design and material recommendations to meet your needs today.”
– Patricia Liptak-Satov, VP Operations, OakWood
How we approach Your Home Is Your Hub
Looking at your home as your hub is part of how we approach design for any renovation or new custom home. We help you consider “the whole home” for any project to make sure the end result is a space that will work for what you need it to be today and in the future.
Design follows function
We are design and build experts that look at every aspect of the home when planning a renovation or new home build. We start by understanding how you will use your space, how you need your home to function to better support your lifestyle and what’s important to you. Whether it is the function and design, materials and finishes, build process and quality, a healthy home, energy efficient home, safe and secure home or a connected home that embraces SMART technologies.
Together, we’re redefining how we design and build. We do this by understanding the multi-functional role of today’s home. And by turning ideas into action through design solutions and material choices that meet the needs of our clients and how they need their home to work for everything they do.
Top ranked interior features desired by homeowners
OakWood stays on top of fast changing trends and homeowner preferences to provide design and build solutions that work for how clients use their home today. Did you know that the top ranked interior features desired by homeowners are kitchens with an island, designated formal dining and living rooms, home office, and less interest in a fully open concept design. These and many other trends reveal the way homeowners are starting to think differently about their home and what they need their spaces to do. Let’s talk about your home or renovation to see what’s important to you.
The OakWood Team can consider the type of connectivity you need for a given room, space, or your entire home. The top ranked features desired by today’s homeowners are WiFi thermostat, lighting automation, and security systems. Not surprisingly, Smart Home technology is forecast to have significant growth, including video entertainment, home monitoring & security, smart speakers, lighting, thermostats, and others. Almost 60 of homeowners want SMART appliances. Let’s talk about your connectivity needs.
More and more of our clients are looking for energy efficient solutions to lower their heating and cooling costs, in addition to reducing their carbon footprint. Increasingly, as part of a total home solution, we are helping them choose energy efficient appliances, energy efficient windows, air exchange systems, LED lighting solutions, solar electric and many others. If energy efficiency is a priority for you, we can show you solutions with anticipated R-values and payback. Let’s talk about your needs and goals.
Homeowners have become much more aware of and concerned about the materials used in the place they live, learn, work, and play. Off-gassing is one issue. However, overall air quality is another. That is why air exchange systems (HRV/ERV) are among the top features desired by homeowners.
Placing an emphasis on a healthy home also means choosing non-toxic materials and embracing proper construction and ventilation methods. The OakWood Team can recommend many design elements and environmentally safe materials that eliminate irritants and ensure a healthy, toxin-free home hub.
Our research and direct client experience reveals that security systems are one of the top three Smart Home features desired by home owners. Leading home security systems include wireless surveillance cameras, keyless entry locks and deadbolts, adoption of cloud-based technologies, remote arming of home alarm system.
The increasing desire by our clients to ensure the safety and security of their home is why OakWood offers a comprehensive Safe Home consultation and solutions. This includes several options for deterring break-ins and protecting loved ones. This can be an important consideration when looking at your home holistically as a hub for everything you do.
Give us a call to discuss your safe home needs and a security assessment. Or see our Safe Home services.
Functional and beautiful with OakWood
With our Home as Your Hub approach, you can count on the OakWood Team to provide inspirational design solutions that meet your functional needs while appealing to the visual senses. Your renovated space or custom home will not only look beautiful, it will function perfectly for all that you need it to be.
The Time They Are A Changin’
The pandemic has fundamentally changed how people are using their homes – and plan to use their homes post pandemic.
Shifts in consumer preferences are defining a trend that OakWood is calling: Your Home is Your Hub for everything you do. It’s a recognition that your home has become much more multi-functional, with multi-use spaces that need to work for how you live, learn, earn, and enjoy in your space.
What our clients say
“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.”
OakWood in inclusive, trustworthy, honest…I don’t think there is a comparison.
“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!”
“Thanks to you and the team for a wonderful job. We LOVE our kitchen.”
“We really appreciated the great service and project. Thank you and team very much.”
Berend Jan Velderman
"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
“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.”
“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.”
“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. ”
"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."
“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
“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.”
“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 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
“…I cannot speak too highly of OakWood. I have passed your name to many friends who are contemplating renovations in the year.”
"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."
Our house looks great! The curiosity of neighbours and friends has transformed to compliments and enthusiastic praise upon viewing. Thank you OakWood!
“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 not hesitate to recommend Oakwood to others considering a home renovation.”
Melissa Black & Christian Garrow
We get many compliments on the addition and especially the very unique double vaulted ceiling in the family room!
“Thank you so much for all your help with this. Your work with us was amazing.”
Elliot Lee & Soojin Chun
"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."
“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
“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. ”
"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”
Our kitchen is more than the dream we hoped it would be…
Larry and Carol Lethbridge Hudon
“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. ”
"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 hired OakWood to do our basement a few years back. They did an outstanding job and even came back to fix a small repair job years later."
"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
“Thank you very much for a job well done. We do appreciate the commitment shown by everyone involved”
“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."
"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
“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…”
“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 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 are both ecstatic and pleased with the finished product and professionalism demonstrated by your company."
Robert Cvetas and Serge Labrecque
“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 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.”
"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!"
“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.”
“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 renovation of our kitchen and bathroom."
“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.”
"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!”
“OakWood worked with us, listening to our ideas and delivered a fantastic design.”
Atul & Richa Aggarwal
"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
"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 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.”
“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 am completely blown away with my new basement. It is exactly what I was looking for."
"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'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
"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
"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
“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 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.
“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'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
“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 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 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.”
"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.”
“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.”
"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
“It was a pleasure working with OakWood for our kitchen renovation. John has been very patient in having the Oakwood team serve our interests."
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