Tartan Design Centre
Founded by Wes Nicol in 1966, Tartan Homes immediately set its sights on becoming an Ottawa leader in community development and home construction. It began in the city’s south end, with The Highlands and Faircrest—still regarded as two of the region’s most successful apartment developments. Tartan rapidly moved into single-family homes; the company was instrumental in turning Barrhaven into one of the region’s most popular family communities—and won numerous awards in the process.
But the company didn’t limit its horizons to the local scene. It ventured into Florida, where it built a prestigious condominium community for Laver’s Tennis Club, a world-class resort. And on the West Coast, it built The Inlets, a community of estate-like bungalows.Today, Tartan Homes is recognized as the discerning home buyer’s builder—the company that puts more thought, care and attention to detail into every home it builds. While Tartan designs consistently garner awards from industry panels, it’s what’s inside a Tartan home that truly sets it apart: advanced, long-lasting construction materials, high-energy-efficiency insulation and heating systems, superior quality finishes, and workmanship that is second to none.
Now under the direction of the next generation of Nicols—Wes’s son, Bruce—Tartan Homes is more active than at any time in its history. Its Havenlea, Woodland Trails, Findlay Creek, River’s Bend, Fraser Fields, Havencrest, Havencourt, Trailwest and Jackson Trails communities, plus its Java condominium flats in Barrhaven, are already home to hundreds of families. Tartan Homes continues to build in Findlay Creek and is also building in Poole Creek, Wateridge, EdenWylde as well as branching out to the east of Ottawa in Russell with the Russell Trails community. Continuing the company’s tradition of innovation, all Tartan homes are now ENERGY STAR® certified; in fact, Tartan’s Jackson Trails was Canada’s first community of ENERGY STAR® qualified new homes. Another example of Tartan’s leadership in new-home design is the company’s compact, one- and two-bedroom apartment condominiums.
Over the past 50 years, Tartan has built quality homes for generations of Ottawans—and will continue to do so for generations to come.