By Annette Velarde

The craft of a homebuilder is a profession that contributes to all of our lives in the most fundamental ways. A family’s home expresses their needs, wants, hopes and dreams.

This year’s Showcase of Homes will feature exceptional residences constructed by some of the most respected builders in Utah. The showcase will be held the consecutive weekends of August 17-18 and August 31–September 2, 2013. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased prior to August 17th online at pcshowcaseofhomes. com. During the tour, tickets may be purchased for $15 at designated homes on the Showcase map.

We interviewed the Builders participating in this year’s Showcase of Homes to get a preview of the houses they will be opening for public view. There is a wonderfully wide variety of price ranges and styles being shown, but all are examples of extraordinary design and construction quality. Each will ignite your imagination, inspiring you with ideas that can make your own home an even deeper expression of yourself.

“If you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.” –Frank Lloyd Wright

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JUNIPER LANDING is quickly becoming one of the most sought after luxury home developments in the Park City area. Developed by Iron Mountain Group, a highly respected nationwide Developer, these lavish retreats are nestled on the Canyons golf course adjacent to the Waldorf Astoria – Park City. When completed, it will feature 57 townhomes ranging from 1,278 to just over 2,500 square feet with two, three, and four- bedroom townhome-style models with no up or down adjoining neighbors.

Iron Mountain Group designed Juniper Landing with an emphasis on amenities. Each unit is situated to take full advantage of the sweeping views that take in the golf course and Canyons Resort ski area to the mountains beyond, while being only steps away from the community benefits. The junior Olympic-sized pool, hot tub, fire pit, and health club with sauna are situated in the center courtyard of the community to offer maximum privacy to owners. The Waldorf Astoria is just steps away, making access to their spa and restaurants effortless for Juniper Landing owners.
These ski-in/ski-out homes are finished with only the finest materials. The stone entryways, hardwood floors, knotty alder cabinetry, granite countertops and designer Viking appliances all speak to the uncompromising commitment to quality. An attached two-car garage and separate owner lockouts make loading and unloading a breeze. Rugged stonework and soaring ceilings provide the ambiance of a grand mountain lodge while the floor plans are comfortable, fluid and efficient. Each Master Suite features a romantic fireplace and private balcony for those wonderful evenings that afford time to linger.

Juniper Landing luxury residences are priced starting in the low $800s. During the Showcase of Homes, allow yourself some extra time to explore and enjoy this ideally located gem of a development.

Juniper Landing - Park City, UtahTHE ENCLAVE AT SUN CANYON is a community of 35 luxury townhomes and five custom homes built by Kent Construction. Steve Urry, the visionary behind The Enclave, assembled a dynamic team of experts that include renowned local architect Michael Upwall, Jamie and Cheryl Catley of Kent Construction and Michelle King of King Design Group, to bring the first organic contemporary project of its kind to Park City. The team has collaborated to create a community that is designed to live in harmony with its mountain surroundings. They have been architecturally designed to intrinsically blend and synergize with their natural surroundings. Constructed of stacked stone, floor- to-ceiling glass and a combination of grass and metal roofs, these residences have been designed for indoor/outdoor living and present spectacular views. The community has over 60 acres of private trails that connect to Park City’s mid-mountain trail system and over 1,000 acres of terrain ideal for hiking, mountain biking and snowshoeing. Nearby Canyons Resort offers world-class skiing, golfing and a vibrant Resort Village featuring a variety of retail shops and dining options.

“A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy.”–John Sawhill

TALL PINES CONSTRUCTION
is presenting a thoroughly remodeled home in Deer Valley on the Showcase of Homes this year. “There are many beautiful residences in the Park City area that are on the market at remarkably low price-points. If a prospective buyer can envision one of these after it has been customized to express their own individual style and tastes, they can often achieve their dream home in less time at a great value,” said Garrett Strong of Tall Pines. The new owner of the Deer Valley estate loved the views and location that this home offered, but wanted a more contemporary floor plan and finishes. Working with a team of designers and decorators, Tall Pines took this home from Mountain Rustic to Modern Magnificent. “If the bones of a house are good, there is no end to the possibilities we can bring to life,” Strong smiled.

CAMEO HOMES is showing a Tuhaye estate that is as green as it is beautiful. “One of the most crucial components of today’s design and construction teams are experts in green products,” said Chris Quinton of Cameo Homes. “It’s exciting that technologies in environmentally sensitive building practices are advancing quickly, and we at Cameo Homes have dedicate ourselves to staying current.” Through the use of cutting-edge products such as Icynene Insolation and DaVinci composite roof shingles, Cameo Homes has ensured their Tuhaye property is energy efficient as well as built to last. “When we chose to build in Tuhaye, we wanted the finished product to be as spectacular as the development it was in. Our Tuhaye home is as environmentally responsible as it is beautiful and comfortable.”

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution.” –William A. Foster

UTAH HOME BUILDING COMPANY has been renowned in the Park City area for its expertise and painstaking attention to detail since 1992. Their motto is, “If you can dream it, we can build it.” UHB has built strong relationships with local subcontractors and is uniquely positioned to offer a high degree of personal attention typically found in smaller construction companies, with the capabilities and resources to handle large- scale projects typically found in larger firms. They have three model homes in the Showcase of Homes this year: one in Promontory, one in Browns Canyon, and another in Midway.

When the owners of the UHB Promontory home purchased their lot, they envisioned a place to spend time with their family for generations to come. This home, situated on the brow of a hill overlooks the golf course with panoramas of the beautiful mountains of Park City. Mammen Associates Architecture designed the home to take full advantage of the view while controlling the vistas so that even the nearest neighbors are unseen. The interior designers from Morning Sky Design sensitively responded to the architect’s vision to ensure the house is a warm haven for family gatherings. The finish materials were selected to create a timeless home that will be easy to maintain while also being inviting, comfortable and relaxing. Attached to the house is the “Hermit Cabin”. This is a small cottage that is a refuge within a refuge. The cabin is designed with the look and ambiance of Utah’s pioneer days with all the conveniences of our modern era. It is a wonderful sanctuary to quietly sit in the rocking chair on the porch and watch the deer, and other wild creatures meander through the woods across the gully.

When UHB was selected to be the builder of the home in Browns Canyon, they knew they were going to be part of an elite team that would bring this family’s dream to life. It is rare to find a 40-acre site in close proximity to Park City, and when UHB saw this breathtaking site they knew the home would have to be as awe-inspiring as the land. They also knew it would have to be an example of green building practices second to none. As a result, their Browns Canyon home features an off-grid power source, on-site water supply, septic system, and geothermal heating. It also utilizes cutting-edge insulation technology and every detail is thoughtfully designed to be extremely energy efficient. The interior of the home boasts clean, modern lines with the generous use of steel, wood, concrete and water in the finishes. The owners now have the home of their dreams with a perfect marriage between seclusion, self-sufficiency, and contemporary design.

UHB’s third home on the Showcase of Homes is in the development of Fox Point, located in the heart of beautiful Midway, Utah. Distinctive single-family residences on large lots are the hallmark of this neighborhood. All of the houses in FOX POINT possess spectacular postcard views of Mount Timpanogos and Deer Creek Reservoir. UHB is a principle builder in this community and constructs custom-built homes or pre-planned homes in seven distinctive floor plans. The elementary school is within walking distance and the employment centers of Park City or Utah Valley are just a half hour’s drive. Starting in the low $300’s, these homes are perfect for a family with children.

DOUGLAS KNIGHT CONSTRUCTION has three model homes in the Showcase of Homes this year: two in The Woods at Parley’s Lane and another in Promontory. DKC has been a name associated with the very finest home building in Utah for over 20 years. Douglas and his son, Nick, are best known for their hands-on, team-oriented approach. Having completed over 100 custom homes in the most prestigious neighborhoods in Utah, DKC has earned their reputation one home at a time. They don’t just build wonderful houses; they develop long-term relationships with their clients. DKC believes that trust and communication between builder and client is the foundation of success. By working collaboratively with only the most skilled subcontractors, architects, and designers, DKC consistently delivers the highest quality finished product that suits even the most discriminating client’s needs. Sophisticated in their depth of experience and unshakable in their character, they encourage their clients and team members to call them directly with questions or concerns. This accessibility gives everyone involved in the project a high level of comfort and confidence.

“Beauty is an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.” –Leonard Koren

MAGLEBY CONSTRUCTION had the distinction of being named as recipient of the coveted National Custom Home Builder of the Year by the NAHB in 2007. Much of their success can be attributed to the company culture and philosophy of Paul Magleby, who founded the company nearly 40 years ago and is still involved on a daily basis.

The home Magleby Construction is featuring in the Showcase of Homes is located in The Colony, one of Park City’s most distinguished addresses. This elegant residence is hallmarked with radius walls that invite the viewer into the grand entry through the porte-cochere. The foyer is graced with a stylish, curved staircase that ascends to a spacious sitting area that overlooks the great room. The expansive great room peacefully transitions to the full-service kitchen. The dining area leads the residents to beautiful vistas from the sweeping balcony of the lush mountainside. Beyond the main level, one can descend to the enlivening-entertainment area hosted on the lower level. The outdoor living areas are equipped for every season.

During the winter, residents are able to privately access the home directly from the slopes. In warm weather, residents and guests enjoy the exterior grand balcony that overlooks the beautiful mountain terrain.

LANE MYERS CONSTRUCTION believes in building the home that is uniquely designed and built for each individual client. Every family is different and requires experienced, professional, hands-on attention to ensure the job is done well. They have worked for over 25 years perfecting their team of construction professionals who act as their customer’s advocate during the construction process. They have built over 200 custom homes, many for repeat clients. The home they have entered in the Showcase of Homes this year is in Glenwild and features sweeping views of the award-winning golf course. Liberal use of rock, timbers, and clean lines has created an entirely contemporary mountain craftsman style. One of the most interesting features is a linear flame inset in the substantial kitchen island that lends warmth and intrigue to the room.

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” –William Morris

PARK CITY DESIGN & BUILD offers their clients a one-stop-shop experience in custom home building. For over 30 years, they have assisted their clients with site selection, designing a home perfectly suited to that location, and exceptional construction. They have the unique ability to be there for their clients throughout the entire project. You communicate with just one team, which saves you time and money. The home they are including in this year’s Showcase is in Promontory. They have designed it specifically to feature the incredible 180-degree views of Park City’s stunning mountains. The contemporary three-story floor plan is clean, sleek, and perfect for entertaining or family life.

According to Builder Magazine, D.R. HORTON CONSTRUCTION has been one of America’s top homebuilders for the past eleven years running. They bring 35 years of experience and commitment to the table when offering their clients uncompromising value and quality. In this year’s Showcase of Homes, D.R. Horton is spotlighting their recently completed home in Red Ledges. It has been deemed to be an entertainer’s dream home with its sweeping entryway, dramatic staircase, and a great room that boasts breathtaking views of majestic Mount Timpanogos. The spacious deck opens off the great room
to make summer entertaining even more enjoyable. The lower-level game and media room is perfect for children who want to spread out and relax. All the luxury of Red Ledges combined with the value and quality of D.R. Horton make this home an extraordinary find.

Located in the mountain hamlet of Midway, Utah is CERVINO, a planned community that takes full advantage of the breathtaking views and small- town ambiance. Starting in the mid-400’s, the seven distinctive designs are customized to become truly unique homes with the functionality, affordability and the individual style of living each family demands. Cervino approaches each projects as a team effort, including plan and site selection, personalization and field construction. Focusing on customer satisfaction rather than volume of sales, they offer the service and attention to detail that is required when building a quality home. Cervino knows that their reputation depends entirely on their customer’s satisfaction, so their highly regarded name is evidence of their uncompromising commitment to quality.

These featured homes represent the best work of the renowned builders participating in this year’s Showcase of Homes. If you love architecture, interior design, and creative expression of one’s self, the Showcase will leave you inspired, and thoroughly charmed by the passion and commitment to excellence that is opened for you to explore. The Showcase takes place in Park City’s finest neighborhoods and then stretches out to Browns Canyon and Midway. In addition to the magnificent homes, the route takes in some of northern Utah’s most glorious vistas and serene meadow views. Taken at your own comfortable pace, the 2013 Showcase of Homes will remain in your memory as one of the most enjoyable days you had all summer.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pcshowcaseofhomes.com.