Building beautiful homes and relationships since 1998.

In 1998, Urban Escapes was founded by Jim and young Tyler Lorencz, father-and-son building duo. The desire to build beautiful custom homes stemmed from years of working together on personal backyard projects, which eventually culminated to Jim’s first, personal custom home. After finishing the home, Jim and Tyler realized they shared a passion for building great houses for good people. In years forward their projects reflected the relationship, pride and workmanship Jim and Tyler always put into their original backyard projects.

In 2004, Tyler officially became a partner with his father, and in 2011 became the sole owner. Jim is now officially retired, though the duo still regularly work on projects together. The two feel incredibly fortunate to have found such success and to have won several awards for their unique home projects, ranging from rustic log and timber frame homes to modern and contemporary homes. Urban Escapes homes are found throughout Grande Prairie, including Carriage Lane, Taylor Estates, and various lots in the County of Grande Prairie.

“We have found success by simply not taking on too much at a time and giving ourselves the time for individualized, personal service. Our philosophy is built on the idea we are building not just a home, but a relationship with the people we serve.” – Tyler Lorencz

Our Team

Tyler – President & Owner

  • Over 20 Years Building Great Custom Homes
  • Possesses Diploma in Business Administration
  • CHBA GP Board Member
  • Has His Commercial Pilots License
  • Enjoys the Great Outdoors: Skiing, Mountain Biking & Camping
  • A Winter Ski Trainer and Coach


Jim – Founder & Senior Advisor

  • Over 40 Years in Business and Project Management
  • More Than 17 Years in the Home Building Industry
  • Passionate About Building, Golfing, Skiing and Hiking
  • A Proud Grandpa

Amy – Assistant & Design Consultant

  • Started with Urban Escapes in 2014
  • Received Diploma in Interior Design from the Interior Design Institute in November 2015
  • Enjoys working with our clients and helping  with Interior and Exterior selections
  • Passionate About Painting with Acrylics, Charcoal Drawing and Writing
  • Teaches Paint Classes