One of my favorite locations in Heber Valley is the river bottom area just as you come down the grade from Park City. There’s a fairly new development within easy walking distance to the Provo River. Here, where I recently photographed a new home and its guest house, the homeowner just steps out and commences flyfishing. Kent Construction of Park City (Jamie and Cheryl Catley) just finished building the home, which is designed by architect Costantino Grandjacquet, also of Park City. Almost Nordic in its simplicity, I appreciate the clean lines and understated furnishings. This makes me perhaps sound better traveled than I am, but as a dedicated viewer of Wallander, I do have some credentials.
The home is designed in a cruciform pattern. The garage occupies one wing with the main entrance adjacent. The wing to the right of the entrance is the master suite, and the one opposite is an office and guest rooms. The main living wing is seen in the opening shot with a long, covered patio on the side. In the foreground is the guest house with its own covered porch that is planned for such comfortable living, I am surprised that guests ever leave. I plan to feature it in a future blog.
The entrance demonstrates the clean simple lines that I find so appealing about this home. The furnishings are simple: a pair of candle sconces and a painted canvas with a clerestory window running above. The natural light wood floors continue uninterruptedly through the master wing. The dark front entry door makes a dramatic statement, but even the door maintains clean lines complemented by sleek hardware.
The main living wing has tall cathedral ceilings supported by natural wood beams. Windows take up most of the wall space providing views to the surrounding landscaped acreage, the cottonwoods of the river bottom, and the Wasatch Mountains and Mt. Timpanogos in the distance to the west. To the south are hills that are part of Wasatch State Park and crisscrossed with hiking and mountain biking trails.
First, one enters the kitchen with the dining table adjoining and the fireplace seating area defined by a spacious pale area carpet at the far end. The furnishings, such as the log legs of the dining table, suggest a Scandinavian influence. To the right is the long, covered outdoor living patio.
Looking at it in the opposite direction from the far end, you can see how the space unfolds and the dominance of the windows, where the views themselves become the artwork in the space.
The primary bedroom offers the same large windows. Vertical wood slats make up the built-in headboard, and the same tones of light wood continue throughout. The white duvet and the white upholstery on the corner chair and ottoman and fabric overhead light fixture again seem Nordic and very much appropriate with the simple lines of the home.
Spaciousness with simple lines again define the master bath.
Daytime seemed like the best time to show how the natural light fills this home. With the recent rains, the grounds were a happy green and the trees were just beginning to turn. To best show the fenestration and the emphasis on numerous large windows, I photographed the exterior again in the evening. It just glows, doesn’t it?
This is an especially beautiful autumn for photographs. It’s a wonderful time to be out with a camera being able to capture so many recently completed homes.
Photos by Scot Zimmerman