Jeanette Bennett, utahvalley360.com
Springville’s Bill and Margaret Pope have given most of their lives to building up causes and communities they believe in. UVSC even has a “Bill J. Pope Science Building,” named for the million-dollar donation from the Popes.
But when the Popes sold a large portion of their company, U.S. Synthetics Corporation, Margaret told Bill that she wanted something.
“I wanted a house for my family to gather in,” Margaret explained.
So they found a 50-acre parcel up Hobblecreek Canyon, next door to one of their four children, and began the 18-month journey of building their 12,500-square-foot dream home.
“We’ve designed this to be a four-generation home,” Margaret says. “We see our grandkids lots more now that we have a place where there are things for them to do and enjoy.”
Options include tennis, hiking, enjoying the scenery and playing sports on the four acres of nothing but grass.
And that’s just the outside. The interior of the home, built by L&T Construction, includes seven spacious bedrooms, each with its own bathroom.
“These bathrooms are bigger than the ones our grandkids have at home,” Margaret jokes. “We love to have people stay with us and enjoy our home.”
The multi-million-dollar home, now 18 months old, was not stressful to build, Margaret says.
“Bill told me we could build the home if I would oversee it,” she says. “Building a home from scratch is one of the most exciting things you can ever do.”
Margaret took that attitude to heart. During the construction months, Margaret came to the job site nearly every day. She spent a couple hours at the site reviewing, discussing and planning with the contractors. Then she would often spend an additional five hours per day working on selecting flooring, meeting with designers and researching the next phase.
“It was a full-time job,” Margaret says.
The home, which easily ranks among the most impressive in the county, also was a full-time job for area contractors. Margaret has a list of more than 80 companies who participated in making her home unique, beautiful and functional.