14 features we are still daydreaming about from the Utah Valley Parade of Homes


The 2018 Utah Valley Parade of Homes has officially come to a close, but we’re still daydreaming about the #housegoals we saw during its two-week run.

With 33 homes scattered throughout Utah County that cost anywhere from $201,000 to $2 million, there were a variety of home features and designs that had us sketching house plans. Even though every home had something Pinterest-board worthy, here are just 14 features that caught our eye during the 2018 parade.

Nothing but net

(Photos by Heather Telford)

Home #4, built by Raykon Construction, is a basketball buff’s dream room with a combined exercise gym and court. But really the gym is nothing but net — and we’re not just referring to the basketball hoop in the corner. The gym also includes a retractable indoor batting cage that is located over the basketball court.

A geometric lover’s dream

Square is out — cutouts are in. Jerry Stubbs Construction created a geometric lover’s dream in Home #6. Throughout the house, rooms are designed with a variety of patterns giving each room a whole new dimension.

Indoor playground

Rainy days have nothing on Home #6. Jerry Stubbs Construction included an indoor playground complete with a slide and swings.

Double door bedroom entrance

The seven bedrooms at Home #12, built by Chatwin Homes, have quite the welcoming party. The double doors lead to a brightly lit bedroom.

Inspirational floor decor

There’s nothing like receiving motivation from your daily stroll to the bathroom. Robison Home Builders included inspirational floor decor in Home #13. And, yes, you are brave.

Gonna let it shine

This little light of Home #15 shines to light up the room. R.C. Dent Construction used large windows throughout the kitchen and living room to let in natural light.

Into the woods

The cubbies in the mud room at Home #17 is sleek and wooded. Constructed by Millhaven Homes, this mud room has a place for everyone to sit down at the same time to prepare to come inside.

Baby needs a hero

It’s a bird, it’s a plane — no, it’s a comic book nursery! Home #26, built by Murdock Builders, has a nursery dedicated to comic book heroes.

Open layout

Keeping things in the open, Ezra Lee Design created an seemless layout from kitchen to living room and even connected the main floor to the upstairs with the stair design in Home #28.

House inception

The big kids get their big home and little kids get their small home. Shelby Custom Homes built an inside playhouse to match the feel of the home. And, yes, a slide was included.

Thirsty for design

Raykon Construction included a water fountain that appeared to fit in its natural habitat in Home #31.

A spot for man’s best friend

There’s a place for the humans and now for man’s best friend. As part of the back entrance in Home #32, Highland Custom Homes -included a small home for a pet.

Plié let us dance

E Builders’ Home #33 has a rhythm to it. And that rhythm is met with the beat of a dance room, complete with a bar. Plus, there is a nook in the corner sporting a couch for adoring fans.

Hit the trail treadmill

For those wanting the outdoor running experience, but without the time to do it, E Builders included a mural on the wall in Home #33 that takes you outdoors while staying indoors.

Bonus: An Alexa that can fold the laundry

This message in the laundry board at Home #15 is such a tease. When will the Amazon Echo Dot learn to fold the laundry?

Review the layouts of all the 2018 Utah Valley Parade of Homes participants here.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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