2019 Parade of Homes Review: Another Year Illuminates Utah Valley Living

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In June, nearly 35,000 bootie-clad people attended the Utah Valley Parade of Homes. On average, each ticket holder visited 11 of the 40 homes. In case you missed it, or didn’t make it to every artfully designed and decorated home, we’ve got you covered with this photo essay. Over the next 40 photos, we share our two cents on million-dollar rooftops from the 2019 Utah Valley Parade of Homes. We’ll also let you in on the behind-the-beams stories from the builders themselves. Take a tour from House #1 to House #40.

Photos by Heather Telford | Courtesy Utah Valley Home Builders Association

Home 1: Located just south of the Payson Temple, Home #1 by Bastian Homes was built for empty nesters who still want room to host. The home was highlighted by a finished basement perfect for the holiday season — including an under-the-stairs playhouse. #granddaughtersdream

 

Home 2: Who doesn’t love a covered deck? Visitors to “The Robinson” — completed by Capozzoli Construction — saw a shaded deck that took the living nicely outdoors. Unique Italian-style cabinetry allowed the home to stand out while offering homeowners the convenience and storage of modern living.

 

Home 3: “Our entry was actually built inside a factory in Spanish Fork. It was constructed in 12 weeks and, after modules were brought out to the site, the home was completed six weeks later. This allowed us to miss a lot of the delays that plagued other builders in the parade with the wet spring.” -Kam Valgardson, Aspiration Homes

 

Home 4: Above the valley floor, with rejuvenating views on all sides, Woodland Hills is a destination neighborhood that draws homeowners looking for a bit of “getaway” in everyday living. The “Summit Creek” entry from Split Rock Custom Homes showed off the best parts of this south county community with huge, custom-view, black-paned windows.

By the Numbers

  • 89% — Percentage of ticket holders who visited the entry from McEwan Custom Homes
  • 11 — Average number of homes entered per ticket purchased
  • 34, 969 — Number of attendees at the 2019 Parade of Homes
  • +19.8 % — Parade of Homes attendance growth from 2018 to 2019

Home 5: “From the curb, you walked up a sidewalk with exposed aggregate concrete with crushed mirror particles to make the concrete sparkle. We also put in X-pattern control joints to add character. Then, as you stepped up onto the red brick runway, above was the stained-wood barrel ceiling as you approached the clear glass French doors.” -Brady Roundy, Innovate Construction

 

Home 6: “This home was special because it was the ‘crown jewel’ of a subdivision I’m a partner in. It showcased the beautiful area and captured the amazing views of the Spanish Fork river bottoms and surrounding area,” says Casey Cloward, Raykon Construction. The professionalism and creativity of Four Chairs Furniture & Design of Orem earned the home top honors in the People’s Choice “Best Interior Design” category to go along with “Favorite Home” honors. “There is a lot of hard work that gets put into delivering the types of jobs and projects we do. It’s such nice recognition for our staff and such great motivation to continue to do our best for our clients, who we love like family,” says Lindy Allen, Four Chairs Furniture & Design

 

Home 7: As one of three featured homes in the exclusive Vincent Ridge neighborhood of Spanish Fork, the entry from Sweetwater Homes was nestled along the south bench of the city with unobstructed views of Mount Loafer to the south and Spanish Fork Canyon to the east. The high ceilings highlighted by exposed beams accentuated the open floor plan. The home also included “under the hood” amenities like a tankless water heater and water softener system.

 

Home 8: “My two favorite features of this year’s Parade home were, first, the staircase. It was very open and let a ton of light into the house. It was in the middle from the second floor down to the basement — kind of like a spiral staircase. The second thing I loved was the flow of the house, especially the kitchen and great room. These spaces just felt cozy and welcoming — the way a home should feel.” -Kurt Antonino, Green Tech Construction

 

Home 9: One of 18 entries located south of Provo (illustrating the robust growth in the south county housing market), “A Growing Family’s Dream” by Arive Homes was an effective display of efficient home building. The liveable home hosted 5,115 visitors and featured a farmhouse design.

People’s Choice Awards

Favorite Home

  • Raykon Construction Shiloh Ridge, Home 6
  • McEwan Custom Homes Creekside Resort, Home 37
  • Markay Johnson Const. La Maison Noire, Home 39

Best Kitchen

  • Raykon Construction Shiloh Ridge, Home 6
  • Robison Home Builders Red Stag Moderne, Home 38
  • Shelby Homes The Berkshires, Home 19

Best Master Suite

  • McEwan Custom Homes Creekside Resort, Home 37
  • Markay Johnson Const. La Maison Noire, Home 39
  • (tie) Brinkerhoff Custom Const. Mountain Pastoral, Home 12 and Robison Home Builders Red Stag Moderne, Home 38

Best Floor Plan

  • Raykon Construction Shiloh Ridge, Home 6
  • Robison Home Builders Red Stag Moderne, Home 39
  • R.C. Dent Construction Mountainside, Home 15

Best Landscaping & Outdoor Space

  • McEwan Custom Homes Creekside Resort, Home 37
  • R.C. Dent Construction Mountainside, Home 15
  • Titan Constructors House of AnJill, Home 21

Best Interior Design

  • Raykon Construction Shiloh Ridge, Home 6
  • Markay Johnson Const. La Maison Noire, Home 39
  • Titan Constructors House of AnJill, Home 21

Best Exterior Design

  • Markay Johnson Const. La Maison Noire, Home 39
  • McEwan Custom Homes Creekside Resort, Home 37
  • Titan Constructors House of AnJill, Home 21

Home 10: D.R. Horton has been America’s largest home builder for 16 straight years, and “The Oakley” showcased why with a spacious floor plan, modern kitchen and natural light.

 

Home 11: More than 12,000 visitors got an impressive taste of France with the “Notre Maison” by Suited Custom Homes. The 11,164-square-foot masterpiece was highlighted by a stunning staircase and traditional French architecture, while still including all the fun bells and whistles of a modern home, including an indoor basketball court, workout room and theater.

 

Home 12: “Some of my favorite features are the comfy reading room and library off the kitchen. It has a wood-fired stove, cool art, built-in bookshelves, a mountain-view deck and cool winding staircase. I also really like the kitchen. It has a unique live-edge resin ‘river table,’ dining booth, high-quality appliances and finishes. The entire kitchen space was warm, inviting and artistic.” -Dustin Brinkerhoff, Brinkerhoff Custom Construction

 

Home 13: The Murdock Builders entry in Mapleton had all the requisite features of a modern 5,000-square-foot family home, plus a reading nook bed/lounger at the top of the stairs that is every bookworm’s Sunday afternoon dream. Complete with built-in shelving, pillows and books, it turned heads throughout the Parade. Throw in large porches perfect for its setting at the base of Maple Mountain and it was a family favorite.

 

Home 14: “The ‘Kelly Kapowski’ floor plan was developed to maximize the amount of square footage and home features on a budget under $1 million. How often do you see a home for $92 per square foot that includes a 2,000-square-foot garage … and an indoor soccer field … and a theater … and a gourmet kitchen … and seven bedrooms … and a 600-square-foot deck … and a kitchen sink.” -Wade Peterson, Journey’s End Homes

 

Home 15: The “Mountainside” by R.C. Dent Construction lived up to its name, nestling against woods and wildlife in a perfect backdrop to one of the best landscapes and outdoor living areas in the Parade. In fact, visitors were so wowed by the outdoor living options — including a fire pit, outdoor pizza oven, workshop (complete with big-screen television), gathering areas and hot tub — they voted the home second place for “Best Landscaping & Outdoor Space” in the People’s Choice Awards.

 

Home 16: With striking views of the south valley from high above Springville, “The Beau View” by Maple Shade Construction brought liveable luxury. Not only did it have the luxuries you would expect (and some you don’t … hello hunting room), but it did it in an efficient 5,249 square feet.

Quirky Question

Dustin Brinkerhoff of Brinkerhoff Custom Construction says one common question from the 2019 Parade always made him smile.

“People would ask, ‘Is your client Tom Waits?’ The rec room had a great recording studio and other rock ‘n’ roll pictures of Tom Waits on display, so people thought it was the rock star’s house. The truth is, the homeowners just like Tom Waits,” Dustin explains.

Home 17: “I loved the theater and basement area. The open theater concept, with booths on the backside of the theater, adds interest and functional seating. I also loved the garage. I’ve never had anyone complain about having too much garage. This is the largest garage space I’ve built in an attached garage at 3,200 square feet. Plus, the back patio is pretty spectacular with the hot tub and see-through fireplace.” -Casey Cloward, Raykon Construction

 

Home 18: “Despite our home being only 2,400 square feet (small compared to many of the mansions featured in the Parade), we had countless people comment on how they loved the openness of the floor plan and the size of the master bedroom. We purposely designed the home to make the size manageable and affordable, but wanted the master bedroom space to be grand for the homeowner. Many people loved it and we were happy with how it turned out.” -Jacob Yamada, Forum Builders

 

Home 19: “This home was built for a couple from the Pacific Northwest who wanted to be closer to family. They also wanted to ‘see blue skies on a regular basis.’ I loved the 33-foot climbing wall, amazing pool and faux-rock feature and grotto. There are multiple places for the grandkids and large spaces for entertaining.” -Mike Deuel, Shelby Homes

 

Home 20: For years, the Provo Riverbottoms has been a desired spot for people wanting to live the good life. “Peacefield in the Riverbottoms” by E Builders was the latest in a run of strong Parade entries in the area. With its amazing features and central location, the home welcomed nearly 15,000 booty-clad guests to its his-and-her office, main-floor guest suite and star-studded theater room.

 

Home 21: Design won the day for Titan Constructors. The company’s “House of AnJill” was recognized for interior and exterior design in the People’s Choice Awards. That design included artisan crafted millwork, a gorgeous staircase and exterior spaces that offered form and function. The swimming pool was surrounded by thought out concrete squares interlaced with grass accents, giving it the durability of a concrete pad with the softness that comes from green space. A putting green and hot tub surrounded the pool area, making the outdoor space a luxurious extension of the amazing interior.

 

Home 22: Showing that great things can come in semi-custom packages, Arive Homes really did create “A Hidden Gem in Orem” with its most recent Parade of Homes entry. The practical, 4,756-square-foot home highlighted liveability while offering a splash of fun. A favorite was the desk in the loft, complete with plenty of light, that made a perfect place for afternoon homework.

 

Home 23: Clyde Homes’ “Cypress” was full of fun, but nothing beat the bonus room located above the second floor. A perfect hide-away from main-floor living, the bonus room could be used as a teenager party sanctuary or a quiet family gathering area for conversations that need a little more privacy.

 

Home 24: “The single most appreciated thing about this home was the style. We designed the home around a ‘coastal contemporary’ style home and added the must-have open-concept living spaces and topped it all off with an abundance of beautifully designed custom lighting.” -Dan Garvin, Garvin Contemporary

Dramatic Doors

The Shelby Homes entry was noteworthy for a pair of antique doors that drove much of the rest of the look for the home.

“They are from Spain and were built around 1880,” says Mike Deuel of Shelby Homes. “We took cues from the design on these doors and added it to other parts of the home to make it feel consistent. The doors themselves are amazing.”

Home 25: “The floor plan was done in-house and specified to the clients’ needs. The upstairs was designed to allow all the spaces the parents use to be connected while still keeping the kids contained and close by. The full-size basketball/volleyball court was a huge upside and the cute, little riding lawn mower garage that was part of the main house was fun, too. Oh … and this home included our first-ever virtual reality room.” -BJ Chandler, Millhaven Homes

 

Home 26: For years, locals have dreamed of living in the beautiful area just east of the Mount Timpanogos Temple. Its central location, natural beauty and proximity to major commute routes is part of what makes it ideal. The Patterson Elite Builders’ entry — “Meerkat” — took advantage of its desirable location with a home that accentuates the views while giving a family everything else it might need. Cool theater room? Check. Loft with foosball table and television? Check. Second-floor balcony for that perfect prom entrance? Check.

 

Home 27: Despite this being the company’s first entry in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes, Symphony Homes is a mainstay in Parades throughout other parts of the state — especially in the Northern Wasatch Parade of Homes near their headquarters in Centerville. However, the company dove into Utah Valley and made a splash with its 4,698-square-foot “Octave.” The exposed beams in the ceiling of the family room were a particular favorite.

 

Home 28: Eagle Mountain has long been a place where families can find affordable housing, and the “Tate” from Ivory Homes is a stellar example of the quality available northwest of Utah Lake. The modern split-level design gave the home an efficiency perfect for growing families.

 

Home 29: The wall behind the bed in the master bedroom was a bold design element and one of the features that made the Lennar entry memorable. Another Eagle Mountain home, “The Tahoe” was 3,701-square-feet of beautiful goodness in an affordable package. The design included a fourth bedroom that gave it that “just right” size.

 

Home 30: “Some of our favorite features were the breathtaking, open, majestic, airy feel with grand windows in the great room complimented by the floor-to-ceiling fireplace/mantel.” -Shane Roxburgh, Sierra Homes

Avoid the Crowds Next Time

Dates with most entries to parade homes

  • Thursday, June 6 — 10,984
  • Friday, June 7 — 21,979
  • Saturday, June 8 — 37,926
  • Tuesday, June 11 — 21,466
  • Wednesday, June 12 — 19,702
  • Thursday, June 13 — 20,445
  • Friday, June 14 — 30,960
  • Saturday, June 15 — 43,617
  • Tuesday, June 18 — 29,318
  • Wednesday, June 19 — 27,614
  • Thursday, June 20 — 28,169
  • Friday, June 21 — 35,490
  • Saturday, June 22 — 51,832

 

Home 31: Toll Brothers is a national leader in home building and recently entered the Utah Valley market. The company’s first Utah Valley Parade of Homes entry — “Friberg” — was full of quality, highlighted by this curved staircase.

 

Home 32: “People appreciated the unique architecture and interior design inside and out. They loved the floating fireplace, the open-concept laundry room, polished concrete floors and the indoor/outdoor living. This project allowed our firm to design and build a truly unique home in the market. It speaks to our capabilities as architects, builders and designers. We strive to push the envelope and deliver an extraordinary product for our clients.” -Trevor Hudspeth, Ezra Lee Design + Build

Home 33: The second Suited Custom Homes entry featured spectacular views, a pneumatic elevator, a workout room, large deck and separate mother-in-law suite. Located in the desirable Traverse Mountain area in the heart of Silicon Slopes, the 7,844-square-foot included an exercise room under the garage and upper flow bonus room.

Lack of Lines

The Sierra Homes entry was set to be completed a month before the parade. However, gas and electricity lines weren’t installed in the new community until two weeks before the Parade opened, which left the contractor scrambling to finish on time.

Home 34: Walker Home Designs brought a European warmth to the Silver Springs Homes entry, “Stonegate.” The home included a kids media area, accordion doors opening to the great room and a large backyard with a firepit, perfect for a family gathering.

 

Home 35: “Our Parade homes are designed around our specific homeowner and their family, so we get to create something that reflects their style as well as ours. Our family this year was a huge tennis family. They wanted a U.S. Open regulation tennis court — which we were thrilled to execute. They also valued spending time together as a family, so we created a couple of open-format gathering areas, which encourage meaningful family moments. It’s exciting when we get to bring someone’s vision to life!” -Ed Axley, Davies Design Build

 

Home 36: Amidst the towering mansions and estate properties, J Thomas Homes brought a touch of town to the Parade with the “Highland Vista Townhome.” This home showed that quality can come in a smaller package.

 

Home 37: No house in the parade saw more visitors or created more buzz than “Creekside Resort” in Alpine by McEwan Custom Homes. The 22,872-square-foot dream estate featured a full indoor tennis court, theater and tunnel to the detached garage. However, it was the outdoor living area — complete with a creek running through the property — that brought 31,142 people into the home — more than any home in the history of the Utah Valley Parade of Homes. “This home was a very special project for us and has been five years in the making. I met these clients at my Parade home five years ago in Alpine. We have been working on plan, engineering, permits, design and construction since then. One of my favorite and most unique features of this home was the indoor tennis court. We were tasked with creating this space so that it would blend in with the front elevation of the home and also make it seamlessly part of the home from the inside. It was a fun challenge for our team to blend recreation space and living space.” -Matt McEwan, McEwan Homes

Snack Time

“The home had a large butler’s pantry,” says Ed Axley with Davis Design Build. “We filled the pantry with yummy treats and other items to show how it could be utilized. It was entertaining to watch kids and adults sneak treats from the pantry. Some were subtle about it, and others were not!”

Home 38: “The idea behind the architectural design of this home was to have a wing of the house that looked like it had been on the property for a hundred years. This wing of the house has a typical A-frame farmhouse shape with an older looking stone to help with the ‘old’ look. The rest of the house is meant to look like a large modern addition.” -Kory Robison, Robison Home Builders

 

Home 39: “Everyone commented on what an amazing job we did capturing the views from the moment you step into the side entry. The views are framed and captured perfectly! Guests also loved how striking the exterior was from the black shakes to the windows.” -Chelle Broadhead, Markay Johnson Construction

 

Home 40: Rounding out the Parade was Patterson Homes’ “Andrea” in Alpine. Situated between Lambert Park and national forest land, the home featured vaulted ceilings masterfully displaying the surrounding beauty and a full range of amenities. A particular favorite was the spacious loft, featuring lounge and reading areas.

Judges Choice Award Winners by Tier Size

  • Tier 1 D.R. Horton, The Oakley
  • Tier 2 Bastian Homes, Whistler
  • Tier 3 Arive Homes, Growing Family’s Dream
  • Tier 4 Maple Shade Construction, The Beau View
  • Tier 5 Innovate Construction, The Highline
  • Tier 6 R.C. Dent Construction, Mountainside
  • Tier 7 Split Rock Custom Homes, Summit Creek
  • Tier 8 Raykon Construction, Shiloh Ridge
  • Tier 9 McEwan Custom Homes, Creekside Resort

Tiers are based on final home price with upgrades, minus lot and landscaping. Tier 1 homes are the least expensive. Tier 9 are the most expensive.

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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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