Though we love all projects great and small, building a beautiful home from the bottom up is as satisfying as it gets. Sometimes we get to work with clients from the get-go and help them unbox the spaces that they’ve been envisioning for years (usually via a packed Pinterest board. Here’s ours.), and sometimes we get to put something together ourselves! We love both processes–one of the best things about being a designer is that no two jobs are the same.
Today we’ll be spotlighting one of our favorite new-builds, which was featured in the Salt Lake Valley Parade of Homes this past summer. It’s called The Willow and was built by, as usual, Magleby Construction. We do a lot with Magleby and have worked alongside them for a few different new-builds. But with the Willow, there’s a twist. This is our lead designer Shawn’s home! So she greedily designed it all for herself (just kidding) (sort of).
But seriously, if you’re trying to unpack Shawn’s style and the team’s abilities, this is the place to do it. Welcome to The Willow! If you like what you see, feel free to contact us for a consultation.
We took a bit of a risk with this dark green exterior–which can look almost black in certain lighting–but it definitely paid off. It’s a clean and unique look that makes the house stand out without being gaudy or over the top.
The back of the home features a spacious (and I mean spacious) deck and patio, with a good amount of grassy space, a boxed garden, and cute matching shed. It’s got a little bit of everything! (Don’t miss the massive windowed wall on the back there, which peeks into the home’s great room.)
The Great Room
This deck is massive–it has plenty of space for, once again, multiple seating areas (and a barbecue or smoker). A theme in this home is leaving spaces wide open–no need to put walls where we don’t need ’em. The wide-open plan of the main floor allowed for this space to be left untouched, and it was definitely
The kitchen balances gentle tones and clean lines (the product of tons of storage space), and doesn’t overcomplicate. It leads naturally to the dining space, which connects seamlessly to the gathering areas of the great room–it’s basically an all-in-one space, with just enough separation to keep the areas distinct.
The best feature of this kitchen? The little
The master suite employs the same bright cleanliness of the rest of the home, with simple, symmetrical lines and easy tones. The spaces of the bedroom and bathroom are spacious and functional, while not being over the top. They’re such calming spaces to walk into!
Well, that was the entire main floor. It’s just the deck, great room, kitchen, and master suite. As a rambler, this is the perfect house for future retirees: everything you need’s on the main floor. The extra stuff? That’s in the basement.
This house is fabulous. I’m am so tired of humdrum cookie cutter houses being built in many subdivisions. Also the advent of HOAs make it almost impossible to have much variation of the exterior color and material of your home at least here in south Texas. I guess obtaining your own piece of land would help in building a home precisely as you want. But alas, I’ve retired and sold my former home. I hope this can give my adult children some ideas when to go to buy and build their homes.😊
Thank you so much! It was so fun to build and it’s such a refreshing color. Feel free to send your kids our way, we can help them out! 🙂
Have a great day!