Photography by Heather Telford
The first Utah Valley Parade of Homes was held in 1977. Nearly 40 years later, it’s still a summer highlight for those looking to build a dream home — as well as those living in a relative’s basement. This two-week, massive “open house” showcases the valley’s best builders and the hottest trends. You’re bound to hear “I need that!” and “Not for me!” in the same room (hopefully whispered discreetly). It’s all about being inspired and celebrating the thriving building industry in Utah County. Let’s walk (figuratively) and talk (openly) over the next 16 pages of haute homes.
Artisan Construction created this maptastic children’s bedroom in its 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom Pleasant Grove home. Of the 32 homes featured in the parade, the range of bedrooms and bathrooms per home varied from 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms to 9 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.
McEwan Custom Homes always wows the crowd with custom play areas, and this year’s Highland home is no exception. “The homeowners are a young, growing family and they wanted a home that could accommodate more children as their family grows,” owner Matt McEwan says. “Additionally, they entertain often and wanted plenty of bedroom and gathering spaces. They intend to stay in this home for years to come.”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know exactly what this princess-worthy bedroom was inspired by — Disney’s “Frozen.” Highland Custom Homes is the builder behind this sweet space located in Lehi. Lehi had the most parade homes in its boundaries this year with seven homes. Highland was close behind with six parade homes.
The oversized chalkboard trend is still a big hit in children’s play spaces. So are bookshelves that display books as well as organize them. Chatwin Homes created this children’s cove in their Provo parade home.