Who we are

Surface developments is an award winning Ottawa based real estate development company specializing in design focused residential projects ranging from infill single family homes to condominiums. At the heart of our philosophy is a belief in the transformational potential of creative design and it’s capacity to create not only beautiful homes but also vibrant and exciting neighbourhoods. We’re focused on building for the future and creating spaces and places that are engaging and bring a greater quality of life not only to our clients but also to the neighbourhoods that our homes help create.

At the core of our process is the implementation of innovative design strategies that strive to maximize value across a broad spectrum of scales from that of the neighbourhoods we build in right down to the details and selection of finishes. We start by engaging and embracing the positive characteristics of our projects’ locations ranging from concerns about neighbourhood dynamics to site specific conditions that can be taken advantage of and enhanced. The result is innovative architectural forms that respond to the many facets of where we build with a language that is thoroughly modern but complimentary to it’s surroundings. Our homes are built for contemporary urban lifestyles that not only leverage cutting edge architecture but also innovative materials, digital technology and environmental sustainability.

The result is homes that showcase quality, ingenuity and value, and create unique living experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. We’re passionate about design, our city, it’s neighbourhoods and the beautiful things that can be created through a thoughtful process of making.


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Our Team


Jakub Ulak


Numerous years in architectural practice have instilled in Jakub the belief that thoughtful design adds tremendous value to a home. As both the President and designer of all of the company’s projects he strives to promote inspiring architecture within the built environment.


Darren Anderson


A designated Certified Management Accountant, our Controller Darren’s qualifications also includes a Bachelor of Commerce degree along with extensive management consulting experience.


Michael Martin

Construction Manager

With over 30 years experience as a custom home builder and former President of Terridar Homes, Michael brings an exceptional breath of industry knowledge and management expertise to the company in his role as Construction Manager.


Douglas Quinn, CA

V.P. Operations

In his position as V.P. Operations, Douglas Quinn leverages over 35 years of experience in both finance and management. A trained accountant and recently the former CFO of Ashcroft Homes Doug brings tremendous skill, depth of experience and industry knowledge to the management of the company.