Utah Valley Parade of Homes: 3 great outdoors spaces

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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.

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Oversized windows showcase the killer view from the Canyon River Homes parade entry in Orem. “The Caymus” backs out onto Sleepy Ridge Golf Course with a picturesque scene. The 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom home combined tile and wood to create a modern yet rustic vibe.

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Located on the bench of Maple Mountain, Summit Construction’s “The Betty Jane” was made for entertaining — both indoors and outdoors. This modern fire pit has seating for a crowd and s’mores in its future.

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The Parade of Homes route started with Home #1 in south Utah County and led parade-goers up to the northern-most home in Draper. Magleby Communities’ two Woodland Hills homes got things started with a bang with the first two homes. The outdoor living space is a focal point of “The Jasmine.” With a pool, fire pit, lounge area and a TV, all the comforts of home can be enjoyed outdoors in the magnificent mountain terrain.

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Kate Lehnhof Nash first joined Bennett Communications as a summer intern in 2009. Now, as an associate editor, she writes for magazines including Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley Bride and Prosper. Kate lives in Springville with her husband Steve and enjoys running, reading, sushi and her french bulldog, Chief.

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