Country Homes

October 3, 2022

Unconventional Solutions Transform A House On Alberta’s Sylvan Lake

When the mother-and-daughter duo behind design firm By George Collective were looking for a one-of-a-kind design-build project to sink their teeth into in 2020, finding unique properties in Red Deer, Alberta were few and far between. “My mom and I incorporated By George Collective in February of 2020 after a late family member,” says McKenzie Milhousen. “We redevelop homes with a focus on designing for the one or two buyers that can’t live without it, versus designing for the masses.”

When they came across a Tudor Revival corner house surrounded by a bird sanctuary and overlooking Sylvan Lake, they knew they had found the one. The quirky bi-level home had salmon-colored walls and a less-than-ideal layout, but the bones were exactly right. “It had mid-century qualities, curved staircases, arches all over the place, and we leaned into it.” They scooped up the house and got to work providing clever, fresh thinking for common design problems. “We believe luxury is not always defined by square footage but by design-forward details and blurring the lines between historic beauty and modern conveniences.”

Step inside the reimagined Alberta home below!