Harmonizing traditional craftsmanship with today's technology

Beckwith Carpentry provides personable service and skilled handiwork

Our Services

General Contracting

General Contracting

Beckwith Carpentry provides General Contracting services to customers across the Ottawa region.
Custom Woodworking

Custom Woodworking

Beckwith Carpentry provides Custom Woodworking with a personable and professional approach.

Our Work

Our Reputation

  • If you are like me, you want to work with a contractor you can trust. As an architect, I worked with Mike Beckwith on many large and sometimes complex residential projects for over a decade. He has a comprehensive knowledge of best construction practices, and works professionally within established budgets and timelines. Recently Mike and his team completely renovated our basement and we are very pleased with the results. His patient, even temperament is a real bonus in stressful times!
    Beth Stikeman, Ottawa
  • We have contracted with Mike Beckwith on two separate occasions and in both cases found him to be reliable and creative with an exceptional attention to detail. On the first occasion he completely renovated our 100 year old residence, and after our recent downsizing he helped us reconfigure our current bungalow with spectacular results both times.
    June and Gordon Pimm, Ottawa
  • What started out to be a relatively straightforward home modernization quickly morphed into a major reconstruction project — the result of our wish list growing in leaps and bounds. The challenge lay in finding the right contractor. Following in the footsteps of close friends, we were reminded of the shortage of quality construction trades-people in Ottawa’s highly competitive marketplace. Moreover, we discovered firsthand how shopping around pays serious dividends as evidenced by the disparity between competing contractor bids. Our concerns were laid to rest upon meeting Mike Beckwith for the first time — the result of a former colleague’s recommendation. A rare combination of quiet confidence, a realistic timeframe and cost breakdown, along with a clear ability to listen won us over At risk of sounding corny, Mike and his team (Josh and Jeff) proved time and again that they were on our side. Their care and unwavering attention to detail, their responsiveness to our questions and concerns throughout, along with Mike’s expert guidance in our making the right design and procurement choices, point to a pride of craftsmanship rarely seen these days. The end result: the project was completed within budget, we now have the home of our dreams, and we couldn’t be happier!
    Carla Pellizzari & Eric Alexander, Ottawa
  • We had an outstanding experience with Mike Beckwith. He worked very well with our architect, developed thorough plans and timelines, and provided the accurate estimates we needed to manage financing. There were no surprises. We liked his well-organized approach and reliability in sticking to the schedule and meeting deadlines. His crew was great to have around — friendly yet serious and very competent. He also chose excellent sub-contractors, and coordinated the work very well. Overall, the workmanship was excellent, with a hands-on attention to detail and finish. On one occasion when he felt a difficult carpentry matter was not handled to his high standards, he re-did it himself at his expense. We found him prompt and responsive in dealing with client issues during the construction, and his post-construction follow-up has been first class. We would recommend Mike Beckwith unreservedly, especially to anyone contemplating a serious and complicated addition or renovation.
    Edwards, Ottawa
  • We recently engaged Beckwith Carpentry to renovate the entire second floor of our 1942-vintage home. We were impressed with the level of craftsmanship that Mike and his crew demonstrated throughout the entire project. The work was not only done with great care, but on time and budget. Mike offered sound advice when dealing with changes in the plans (due to ‘unanticipated structural surprises’ or unanticipated client ‘mind-flips’), and was always flexible and reasonable in dealing with these unanticipated changes. Mike and his crew also showed a high degree of courtesy, care and concern for our needs, as we were living in the home during the renovation, including cleaning up the workplace daily and closing the gates so the dogs wouldn’t escape (Mike had to personally chase down one of the dogs who made a break for it!). Renovations are a stressful undertaking, but Mike and his crew worked hard not only to complete the work, but to keep the stress levels down, and always had time for encouraging words and advice. We are now thoroughly enjoying our lovely, new and spacious second floor space.
    Max and Connie Finklestein, Ottawa
  • We engaged Mike Beckwith and his firm when we added an elevator/lift addition to our building. At the time, we had a chance to see a similar job he had completed at Rideau View Bible Chapel and were impressed with the workmanship. Also the detail that went into his bid process, with respect to the budget that we were working with, saw him present a competitive quote. Everyone has been extremely pleased with the finish product! During construction, Mike and his team were timely in completing the work, were available and responsive to changes once construction began, and kept us informed during all phases. His personal attention to detail and pleasant demeanour, along with the contractors and trades people he employed, was second to none. In all, he made what could have been a long 8 months for a church congregation a painless and worry-free experience – we invite anyone to come and see the lift for themselves. The bottom line: We’d highly recommend Mike to anyone by saying that he is our “Go To’ choice for any subsequent work that may be done at the church.
    Rev. Wayne Sollows (McPhail Memorial Baptist Church), Ottawa
  • We have very high praise for the team at Beckwith Carpentry. Our renovation was completed on time and on budget and we are thrilled with our new basement and bathrooms. Mike’s expertise with older homes in our neighbourhood was an asset and along the way he provided very practical advice to our reno project. Any unforseen obstacles were resolved quickly in a calm manner to our satisfaction. The staff and tradespersons at Beckwith were professional and completed quality work. We would definitely hire Beckwith Carpentry for future renovations. Thanks Mike!
    Ginny and Mark Sutcliffe, Ottawa
  • After considerable thought and trepidation I undertook a much needed renovation of my home. I engaged an architect to design and produce the technical drawings and invited 5 contractors to bid on the renovation project which involved a small addition, roof replacement, new siding, new windows, knocking out walls, installation of bathroom and fireplace and many other small upgrades. I met with three of the bidders and hired Beckwith Carpentry. The minute I met Mike Beckwith I got a good feeling. He was clearly a man with strong values and ethics and was honest and sincere in his approach. This major renovation project took place in 2010/11 and I thoroughly appreciated the craftsmanship and professionalism of Mike and his team. I lived in various corners of my house during the renovation and the team was polite, courteous and above all, clean!! They tidied up each day and were very respectful of me and my needs. The work was done in a professional manner and according to the drawings and specifications. Mike project managed all of the trades required and was upfront and forthcoming about the schedule and what would happen next. He was attentive to my needs and concerns and was flexible when I asked for changes to the scope. The wonderful thing about Mike is that he is unflappable. Renovations can be stressful and Mike was a calming force throughout the entire process. He did not leave the project until I was entirely satisfied with every aspect of the work performed. I remember him saying “we just want you to be happy” and he truly meant it. It was and is very refreshing to have a contractor that is so experienced, honest and dependable. I highly recommend Beckwith Carpentry for any construction or renovation needs.
    Lynn Townsend, Ottawa
  • Beckwith Carpentry built for us a 2 storey extension of approximately 800 sq.feet. We did interview a few other contractors, but then went with Mike Beckwith, who came highly recommended by a neighbour. We are extremely happy with the results, and with the whole process. We worked with Mike on a very detailed budget, and then stayed within that budget. Absolutely no surprises during the work. Mike’s calm, professional, diligent approach to his work was always very reassuring. He was invariably on top of things, very responsive, very responsible. Living through a construction can be stressful, but with Beckwith Carpentry the stress levels are greatly reduced, because they are really really good. We can highly recommend Beckwith Carpentry! Thanks, Mike and crew, for a fantastic job!
    Anna Jahn & Christoph Zürcher, Westboro

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Beckwith Carpentry was started in 1988 by a young carpenter named Mike Beckwith doing small jobs like kitchen and bathroom renovation projects as well as basements and decks.

Although Beckwith Carpentry has grown from a one man operation, we still provide the personal service that we feel is necessary to have our projects run smoothly and achieve results that everyone involved can take pride in.

Our team works together with a long list of carefully-selected tradespeople so that we can handle the challenges your project has to offer.

Beckwith Carpentry has evolved over the years implementing the industries changing list of materials and technologies while still maintaining the high level of craftsmanship that our business was founded on.

To get started working with Beckwith Carpentry, contact us and let us know about your upcoming project.

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There are numerous Contractors in the Ottawa area that do good work, so we won’t tell you that we are the only ones for your job. We won’t even tell you that we are necessarily the best ones for you. The Customer-Contractor relationship should be one that you are comfortable with, so find a good fit for you. Make sure the contractor is someone you can communicate with and someone you can trust.

Unfortunately, there are also many bad Contractors around as well. These bad Contractors are the people that give the Contracting industry a bad reputation. We’ve all heard the horror stories of shoddy work, huge delays and even swindlers.

On that note, make sure you ask around to get referrals and check the references supplied by the Contractors that you meet with. Speaking with people that dealt with the Contractor before will be able to tell you what to expect.

Be prepared for the process. There will be lots of decisions to make. We advise doing that early. A lot of people get weary toward the end of the project when a lot of the finishing details need to be decided. Make sure to consult an Architect or Designer who can help a great deal with these details.

Be prepared for the inconvenience. Your belongings will have to be rearranged, stored and covered up because there will be a lot of dust.

Finally, don’t make a decision based on price alone. This is a common mistake that discourages good Contractors. Many times we have lost a job to a lower bid only to be called back at a later date to see if we are available to fix or finish the job for a frustrated home owner.

If you have any other questions about what to expect, please contact us today.

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We have been providing both General Contracting services and Custom Carpentry work to the Ottawa community since 1988. With our years of experience, you can be sure that we offer the knowledge and skill to handle the structural and aesthetic touches that your home needs. From simply building a new deck, to remodelling your entire home and everything in between, Beckwith Carpentry can provide the personable service and quality workmanship that you are looking for.

Over the years we have had many repeat customers which is a testament to our personable service and our workmanship. Communication is a key factor to a successful project so we place a high priority on the Customer-Contractor relationship. It is good when the Home Owner and Contractor can be friends after the job is complete.

As with any good company, our reputation is built on our past work. Each job we do carries the weight of maintaining that reputation.

As with any good craftsman, we enjoy doing good work and we take pride in it.

To get started with Beckwith Carpentry, contact us now.

  • If you are like me, you want to work with a contractor you can trust. As an architect, I worked with Mike Beckwith on many large and sometimes complex residential projects for over a decade. He has a comprehensive knowledge of best construction practices, and works professionally within established budgets and timelines. Recently Mike and his team completely renovated our basement and we are very pleased with the results. His patient, even temperament is a real bonus in stressful times!
    Beth Stikeman, Ottawa
  • We have contracted with Mike Beckwith on two separate occasions and in both cases found him to be reliable and creative with an exceptional attention to detail. On the first occasion he completely renovated our 100 year old residence, and after our recent downsizing he helped us reconfigure our current bungalow with spectacular results both times.
    June and Gordon Pimm, Ottawa
  • What started out to be a relatively straightforward home modernization quickly morphed into a major reconstruction project — the result of our wish list growing in leaps and bounds. The challenge lay in finding the right contractor. Following in the footsteps of close friends, we were reminded of the shortage of quality construction trades-people in Ottawa’s highly competitive marketplace. Moreover, we discovered firsthand how shopping around pays serious dividends as evidenced by the disparity between competing contractor bids. Our concerns were laid to rest upon meeting Mike Beckwith for the first time — the result of a former colleague’s recommendation. A rare combination of quiet confidence, a realistic timeframe and cost breakdown, along with a clear ability to listen won us over At risk of sounding corny, Mike and his team (Josh and Jeff) proved time and again that they were on our side. Their care and unwavering attention to detail, their responsiveness to our questions and concerns throughout, along with Mike’s expert guidance in our making the right design and procurement choices, point to a pride of craftsmanship rarely seen these days. The end result: the project was completed within budget, we now have the home of our dreams, and we couldn’t be happier!
    Carla Pellizzari & Eric Alexander, Ottawa
  • We had an outstanding experience with Mike Beckwith. He worked very well with our architect, developed thorough plans and timelines, and provided the accurate estimates we needed to manage financing. There were no surprises. We liked his well-organized approach and reliability in sticking to the schedule and meeting deadlines. His crew was great to have around — friendly yet serious and very competent. He also chose excellent sub-contractors, and coordinated the work very well. Overall, the workmanship was excellent, with a hands-on attention to detail and finish. On one occasion when he felt a difficult carpentry matter was not handled to his high standards, he re-did it himself at his expense. We found him prompt and responsive in dealing with client issues during the construction, and his post-construction follow-up has been first class. We would recommend Mike Beckwith unreservedly, especially to anyone contemplating a serious and complicated addition or renovation.
    Edwards, Ottawa
  • We recently engaged Beckwith Carpentry to renovate the entire second floor of our 1942-vintage home. We were impressed with the level of craftsmanship that Mike and his crew demonstrated throughout the entire project. The work was not only done with great care, but on time and budget. Mike offered sound advice when dealing with changes in the plans (due to ‘unanticipated structural surprises’ or unanticipated client ‘mind-flips’), and was always flexible and reasonable in dealing with these unanticipated changes. Mike and his crew also showed a high degree of courtesy, care and concern for our needs, as we were living in the home during the renovation, including cleaning up the workplace daily and closing the gates so the dogs wouldn’t escape (Mike had to personally chase down one of the dogs who made a break for it!). Renovations are a stressful undertaking, but Mike and his crew worked hard not only to complete the work, but to keep the stress levels down, and always had time for encouraging words and advice. We are now thoroughly enjoying our lovely, new and spacious second floor space.
    Max and Connie Finklestein, Ottawa
  • We engaged Mike Beckwith and his firm when we added an elevator/lift addition to our building. At the time, we had a chance to see a similar job he had completed at Rideau View Bible Chapel and were impressed with the workmanship. Also the detail that went into his bid process, with respect to the budget that we were working with, saw him present a competitive quote. Everyone has been extremely pleased with the finish product! During construction, Mike and his team were timely in completing the work, were available and responsive to changes once construction began, and kept us informed during all phases. His personal attention to detail and pleasant demeanour, along with the contractors and trades people he employed, was second to none. In all, he made what could have been a long 8 months for a church congregation a painless and worry-free experience – we invite anyone to come and see the lift for themselves. The bottom line: We’d highly recommend Mike to anyone by saying that he is our “Go To’ choice for any subsequent work that may be done at the church.
    Rev. Wayne Sollows (McPhail Memorial Baptist Church), Ottawa
  • We have very high praise for the team at Beckwith Carpentry. Our renovation was completed on time and on budget and we are thrilled with our new basement and bathrooms. Mike’s expertise with older homes in our neighbourhood was an asset and along the way he provided very practical advice to our reno project. Any unforseen obstacles were resolved quickly in a calm manner to our satisfaction. The staff and tradespersons at Beckwith were professional and completed quality work. We would definitely hire Beckwith Carpentry for future renovations. Thanks Mike!
    Ginny and Mark Sutcliffe, Ottawa
  • After considerable thought and trepidation I undertook a much needed renovation of my home. I engaged an architect to design and produce the technical drawings and invited 5 contractors to bid on the renovation project which involved a small addition, roof replacement, new siding, new windows, knocking out walls, installation of bathroom and fireplace and many other small upgrades. I met with three of the bidders and hired Beckwith Carpentry. The minute I met Mike Beckwith I got a good feeling. He was clearly a man with strong values and ethics and was honest and sincere in his approach. This major renovation project took place in 2010/11 and I thoroughly appreciated the craftsmanship and professionalism of Mike and his team. I lived in various corners of my house during the renovation and the team was polite, courteous and above all, clean!! They tidied up each day and were very respectful of me and my needs. The work was done in a professional manner and according to the drawings and specifications. Mike project managed all of the trades required and was upfront and forthcoming about the schedule and what would happen next. He was attentive to my needs and concerns and was flexible when I asked for changes to the scope. The wonderful thing about Mike is that he is unflappable. Renovations can be stressful and Mike was a calming force throughout the entire process. He did not leave the project until I was entirely satisfied with every aspect of the work performed. I remember him saying “we just want you to be happy” and he truly meant it. It was and is very refreshing to have a contractor that is so experienced, honest and dependable. I highly recommend Beckwith Carpentry for any construction or renovation needs.
    Lynn Townsend, Ottawa
  • Beckwith Carpentry built for us a 2 storey extension of approximately 800 sq.feet. We did interview a few other contractors, but then went with Mike Beckwith, who came highly recommended by a neighbour. We are extremely happy with the results, and with the whole process. We worked with Mike on a very detailed budget, and then stayed within that budget. Absolutely no surprises during the work. Mike’s calm, professional, diligent approach to his work was always very reassuring. He was invariably on top of things, very responsive, very responsible. Living through a construction can be stressful, but with Beckwith Carpentry the stress levels are greatly reduced, because they are really really good. We can highly recommend Beckwith Carpentry! Thanks, Mike and crew, for a fantastic job!
    Anna Jahn & Christoph Zürcher, Westboro

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