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.



The fireplace is the focal point of this Edge Homes’ living room, with seating and decor planned around it. This Lehi home’s quartz hearth with carrara marble is clean, crisp, chic and classy.



For 2015, it’s all about linear fireplaces. Highland Custom Homes utilized this trend in their Highland home with a distinctly industrial look. Homeowners are starting to request fireplaces outside on patios and covered decks. “This increases the number of months the outdoor living spaces are usable and creates a gathering space,” says Nate Larsen, owner of E Builders.



This is one of the six fireplaces found in McEwan Custom Homes’ Highland stunner. The home won 5 of the 6 People’s Choice awards including: Best Kitchen, Best Master Bedroom, Best Landscaping, Best Interior Design and the overall award for Best Home.



Summit Construction’s Mapleton home — “The Betty Jane” — features this streamlined fireplace design that is hot, hot, hot. This home was one of 12 unsold homes featured in the 2015 parade.

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