We built this house in 2007 and it is truly a dream home. Every detail, from the architectural plan to the door knobs, was selected especially for this home. It has never been harder for us to leave a home! The commute to the east coast, however, no longer makes sense and it is time for us to move.
The first step in building was finding the right lot and this lot is incredible. Spectacular views of Mount Timpanogos that will never be obstructed made this the perfect location for this dream house. We selected a house plan from Southern Living. It is called “Abberley Lane” and was the 2002 Idea House for the magazine well-known for its taste and style. The house plan was designed by famous architect John Tee and modified to fit this lot and Utah. It was a real advantage to be able to see pictures of the rooms before we built. We knew the house worked functionally and aesthetically.
Delightful surprises awaited us as the home went up. We found new views from every window: Rock Canyon, Utah Lake, the valley and even Mount Nebo! One day, construction started on the wrap-around porch in the front and continued around the side. As the builders came to the back porch, as planned, we shouted, “No! Stop!” The porch would have obstructed the jaw-dropping view of Mount Timpanogos. We are very glad we were visiting the construction site when the porch was being constructed! The porch became a large deck, where we have had many cook- outs in the shadow of the mountains, watching the sunset over Utah Lake and the western mountains. We are convinced that there is no better view in Provo.
We selected wide-plank birch floors, custom knotty alder cabinets and granite everywhere. It is wonderful to eat meals in the breakfast room, with its amazing views. The dining room is currently being used as a music room, but the floor plan allows for great flexibility.
The house features an all house built-in intercom system, making it easy to call folks to a dinner cooked in the gourmet kitchen. We wanted to try a house that had two dishwashers and we will never go back to just one dishwasher again! The double ovens make baking for crowds a snap. There is plenty of storage and counter space. The built-in music system extends to the kitchen/great room, library, master bedroom, master bathroom, game room and outside deck.
The theater room and game room have been the site of many good times with family and friends: pool and ping-pong matches, “Lost” and “24” marathons, and slumber parties. The first floor master bedroom has every convenience and you will enjoy the gas fireplace on wintry nights and the privacy of your own deck in the summer. The large walk-in closet is made even better by a stack washer and dryer located directly opposite the closet. Talk about convenience! The deep soaking tub and the shower with two heads, one a rainfall, make this bathroom a virtual spa.
Given all of these wonderful places in the home, it might surprise you that our favorite spot is the library. There is a roaring wood fire in the fireplace just about every cold winter evening. It is great to read, knit or watch TV by the fire – the perfect way to relax at the end of a long day.
The house is conveniently located close to shopping and restaurants, but the real treat is the proximity to Brigham Young University. It rarely takes us more than 10 minutes to get home from the most crowded football or basketball game. We can walk or bike to campus for lectures, classes and concerts.
The neighborhood is very friendly and people are always ready to help. We have an annual neighborhood Christmas dinner, with different courses at different houses. The Fourth of July breakfast is at the end of the cul-de-sac. We rarely get to shovel the snow from our driveway, as the Scouts usually beat us to it. There is a nice mix of older couples and young families in the ward. It is a model of Christian living. The family that moves into this house will receive a very warm welcome from neighbors.