UV Parade Review: Heart of the Home


Maybe it was the perfect outdoor living space that inspired an update to your yard.

Perhaps it was the way the bold granite countertop went with your to-die-for white-kitchen.Or, maybe you just wanted to meet Donny Osmond.

Whatever “it” was, visitors from around Utah Valley — and far beyond — saw dream homes and dreamy ideas at the 2016 Utah Valley Parade of Homes, presented by the Utah Valley Home Builders Association and sponsored by Osmond Designs.

Utah Valley Magazine selected one dreamy detail from each of the 40 homes. If you were one of the record-setting 29,253 attendees this year, here’s a stroll down memory lane — or a chance to peek into homes you didn’t have time to get to. If you didn’t attend, enjoy the next 14 pages and mark your calendar for next year’s real-time local Pinterest board on June 8-24, 2017. 

Home #36, Jackson & LeRoy


The People’s Choice winner’s kitchen is a host’s dreamland.

“The kitchen is a space where you can create something really unique and beautiful. Whether it was the three kitchen islands, the full butler’s pantry and herb garden, or the dining nook with floor-to-ceiling windows, there was something about this kitchen everyone loved.”
— Brandon LeRoy, partner with Jackson & LeRoy.

Home #34, Highland Custom Homes


“The white kitchen was incredible. This home has classic European styling with a family appeal. Plus, people were in line for an hour to meet Donny Osmond and his wife, Debbie.” — Heather Osmond, owner of Osmond Designs

Home #5, Elite Building Group


With a focus on maintance-free living and affordable luxury, this Spanish Fork townhome showed that kitchen elegance doesn’t need much space.

Home #32, Handcrafted Homes


Handcrafted had two homes in the Parade and this second, one of four homes in Lehi, had a kitchen filled withnatural light.

Home #24, Foster Custom Homes


“This home features a contemporary Rock ‘n’ Roll style. The homeowner has a musical background and has released her own album, ‘Stephanie Boyd,’ being sold at Deseret Book.” — Heather Osmond, owner of Osmond Designs

Home #19, Handcrafted Homes


Handcrafted’s other home, a 6,656-square-foot masterpiece in Saratoga Springs, used the increasingly popularrustic modern design in its decor, especially evident in the kitchen’s cabinetry and appliances.

Home #16, Chatwin Homes


The paradoxically named “Cowfish” utilized the popular farmhouse sink in its kitchen. The Cowfish was one of two Lindon homes in the Parade, along with the Ivory Homes entry.

Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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