Ottawa builders and renovators win five provincial OHBA Awards of Distinction

Amsted won a provincial home renovation award for the major update of an Island Park Drive home. The company was also named renovator of the year.

Two Ottawa builders/renovators each one two awards, and a third renovation contractor added to the total, resulting in five provincial awards at the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) Awards of Distinction on Sept. 28.

The 24th annual awards, held in Huntsville, Ont., honour builders from across the province in 39 categories ranging from production, custom and multi-unit architectural design to on-site sales presentations.

Minto Communities was recognized for the most outstanding high or mid-rise condo suite (four or more storeys and 801 square feet and over) in the architectural design category for a 20th–floor unit in its Lansdowne Park Rideau tower. The 2,002 sq. ft. penthouse suite  has a den and two bedrooms. Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects designed the Minto@Lansdowne, project, which includes a second highrise and townhomes.

RND Construction and Christopher Simmonds Architect was recognized for this double-decker deck at last year’s GOHBA Housing Design Awards. Now the project has received a provincial award for a renovation up to $250,000.

As well, Minto’s Quinn’s Pointe development in Barrhaven received a marketing recognition award  for the best video of a lowrise project.

Ottawa’s Amsted Design/Build also won in two categories, including the renovator of the year.  The other two Renovator of the Year finalists were OakWood Renovation Experts and RND Construction.

Amsted also was honored for outstanding home renovation with a retail value between $250,001 and $500,000. The Island Park Drive project involved a major updating of an older home, including a large rear addition and replacing the compartmentalized interior with an open-concept design.

Amsted was named renovator of the year. It also won a provincial home renovation award for this Island Park Drive update.

RND won for home renovation up to $250,000 for its double-decker deck, designed by Christopher Simmonds Architect. The project incorporates a sheltered kitchen and a gas fire pit.

The project won three prizes at last year’s Housing Design Awards in Ottawa.  This year’s local Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association (GOHBA) Housing Design Awards will be announced at an Oct. 3 gala.

For a full list of winners, visit

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