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 #4, Robert Nelson Construction


A great home starts with a great lot. This piece of land, located on the southeast bench in Spanish Fork, has views of Loafer Mountain. The landscaping highlights the views while being useable.

“We built the hot tub to look like an infinity pool and talked a lot about how we wanted to use the space and where we wanted to put the amenities. Decorative Landscaping came out and offered great suggestions. Then it was a team effort to put the plan in place.” — Matt Nelson, Robert Nelson Construction

Home #38, McEwan Custom Homes

Everyone knows McEwan builds a great house. In fact, he won five straight People’s Choice Awards (until being knocked off by Jackson & LeRoy this year). However, this year’s Alpine entry featured a backyard paradise that leaves little wonder as to why he won the People’s Choice for Best Landscaping.

Home #25, RC Dent Construction

Located in the Drycreek area of Lehi, the home has bells and whistles including a man cave, home theater and full kitchen. However, it’s outdoor living space took third in People’s Choice voting for Best Landscaping.

Home #39, Highland Custom Homes

With its prime Alpine location and an off-the-charts inside-outside liveability, Highland Custom Homes drew 14,670 visitors, including 420 re-entries.

Home #1, Grizzly Mountain Development

It’s sort of an unfair home-field advantage to have your lot in Woodland Hills, but Grizzly Mountain Development made the most of its lot with this fire-pit friendly layout. Despite its distance from other, more populated areas of the Parade, Home #1 still had 3,761 visitors.

Home #33, E Builders

More than 13,000 put booties on at this Highland Home that had gorgeous living inside (third place for Best Interior Design) and outside, highlight with stonework around the grill.

Home #37, Raykon Construction

“This rustic-industrial home is nestled against the mountain at the end of a cul de sac. The rustic wood and the accent of metals give this home a Sundance mountain resort feel. Great floorplan — I love the cohesive feeling of bringing the outside inside.” — Heather Osmond, owner of Osmond Designs

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