"Serendipity is how we met. Community involvement, love of design and attention to quality and detail
is what keeps us working together."
– UM Houses
A decade ago, two Canadians, George Ilagan and Paul Hastings, designed, funded with friends and built 42 homes for destitute families in the Philippines. At the same time, Thomas Lukaszuk led a group of Canadian volunteers to the Philippines to build a playground for underprivileged children. Upon meeting each other, they decided to merge the two projects and build "Edmonton Village". A partnership between these like-minded individuals quickly developed.
Today, George, Thomas and Paul specialize in sourcing and importing high quality, innovative and ecologically-friendly building materials from Europe. Combining their experience in architecture, design, construction and community development with their access to superb building materials, they formed UM Houses – a leading home design and development company.
Bringing Paul and George’s 35 years’ experience creating custom, high-end homes together with Thomas’ extensive public service background creates a different kind of company, one based on respect and integrity, always putting the customer first. As professionals, they feel the design and construction process should be efficient and hassle-free, with no surprises. At UM Houses, designs are created to suit your unique needs. They don't buy into fads, choosing instead to build homes that stand the test of time.
George, Paul and Thomas continue their tradition of community support, donating a share of UM Houses profits to local community leagues and associations.