Spanish Fork home mixes modern with Medieval
Photos by Alan Honey, Busath Photographers
Home owners Brandon and Nikki Thomas are confident believers in self expression. They both love European and Russian art, and they showcase their unique personalities in their clothing, tattoos and hair styles.
So it made sense to them that their house also reflect their tastes.
They built their Midieval style brick home in Spanish Fork to illustrate their favorite styles and time periods.
And they have certainly drawn a crowd.
The “Gargoyle House,” as it is called by most who’ve seen it, has been known to create traffic jams in the modestly sized cul-de-sac in which it sits.
The Thomases have gotten used to people driving by slowly — or even knocking on the door to see if they can take a peek.
“It’s flattering, but at the same time a little uncomfortable to have people so interested in our home,” Nikki says. “For the most part, people are complimentary, but we have had a few peculiar notes left on our porch and we’ve had to call the police because people have trespassed into our home.”
The 6,500-square-foot home took two years to build, and the Thomases have lived there for nearly four years.
“It’s still a work in progress,” Nikki says.
Still on the “to-do” list: complete the backyard landscaping and finish the basement.
They are patient with each project because they want to complete it in their own non-cookie-cutter style.
“Contrary to rumors, we’re just normal people who love working on our home,” Nikki says.
Brandon’s background is in masonry, and he has worked as a foreman for major construction companies in the valley.
But now he is his own boss, with three separate corporations to his name.
Nikki’s background is in hair design, as she was a stylist at Scissors in Orem for eight years.
“But now my main focus is taking care of my kids and helping Brandon,” she says.
Brandon and Nikki recently purchased a second home in Arizona. The couple enjoys boating on Lake Powell and Lake Havasu with their two children — Tayme and Charm.
The couple, ages 30 and 28, will likely build several homes in their lifetimes, they say.
“Each home should reflect what you like at the time,” Nikki says. “When we build again, we’ll probably incorporate a Mediterranean style with a modern flair.”
The Thomases admire those who avoid the carbon copy style of many homes in Utah.
“People who create their own homes are courageous,” Nikki says. “We had no idea what a response we would get from people about our home.”