Utah Valley isn’t known for its modern home styles, but Ezra Lee from Ezra Lee Design + Build is starting to change that. His team’s latest modern masterpiece was featured in the 2013 Parades of Homes. Located at the base of Lehi’s Traverse Mountain, the 6,138-square-foot home is a blend of industrial elements and soft organic materials.
“By using natural building materials we can make contemporary design feel warm and inviting,” Ezra says. “I love showing people they can have a modern home that is still very livable.”
The concrete kitchen floor is the perfect example, and it began on a trip to Costa Rica where Ezra noticed a concrete floor with wooden planks running throughout.
“I’m sure it was unintentional, but it really gave a sense of warmth to the concrete, and I wanted to re-create that in the home,” Ezra says.
Another highlight of the Lehi home was the casita, which included a bedroom, bathroom, walk-in-closet and a wet bar. It is attached to the house, but still separate from the main living areas, making it the perfect spot for guests.
Ezra Lee Design + Build is unique in that it is a truly full-service design and construction firm. Instead of hiring an architect, a builder and an interior designer, Ezra and his team take the client from conception to completion.
Because Ezra’s team is involved from start to finish, the function and form of a home work together seamlessly. Take the sliding doors in the home’s master bedroom, for instance. Instead of just selecting a simple pocket door to separate the bathroom and bedroom, Ezra installed a sliding barn door that is a mirror on both sides, separating the room and providing a design element.
One of the most common comments Parade-goers make while walking through one of Ezra’s homes is how clean and uncluttered they feel.
“We want the architecture and floorplan of the home to be the main focal point,” Ezra says. “We want the home to still look amazing even if you took out the furniture and décor.”
The 2013 Parade has come and gone, but you can still explore this amazing home as it is currently being used as Ezra Lee Design + Build’s office and design center