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2015 People's Choice "Best Home" Winner

2015 People’s Choice “Best Home” Winner

We are proud to announce that McEwan Custom Homes has won the coveted Utah Valley Parade of Homes People’s Choice Award for “Best Home” again this year! Our 2015 entry “French Moderne Manor” dominated the People’s Choice Awards in 5 out of 6 categories, winning Best Home, Best Landscaping, Best Master Bedroom, Best Kitchen, Best Interior Design, and Most Practical Design. We are proud to receive this award, making it the 5th consecutive year to win.

We thought you might enjoy a recap of the 2015 Parade home, along with photos, award information, and other important tid-bits.

2015 Home Specs

Home price, not including lot price: $4,000,000.00
Total Square Footage: 19,935
Main Floor SF: 5,065
Second Floor SF: 2,440
Basement SF: 9,827
Garage SF: 2,603
Finished SF: 17,332

Total # Bedrooms: 9
Total # Bathrooms: 8

The home features an indoor racquetball court and large sports court perfect for basketball, tumbling and volleyball. A rock climbing wall, foam pit and indoor trampoline will be your child’s favorite part of this home. Grown up’s will love the fitness room, state of the art sound system in the home theater, and therapeutic steamer in the master bath that softens and enhances your mood using light and music therapy. Experience the small details, big difference. Learn about the geothermal and other energy saving systems installed in this home.

Related Information

Want more details on this home?  Check out our previous blog posts and a complete photo gallery featuring this home.

Top 5 Details of the 2015 Parade Home
Sneak Peak of the 2015 McEwan Parade Home
– Houzz Photo Gallery

Awards

Best Home
PLATINUM AWARD

Best Landscaping
PLATINUM AWARD
Subcontractor: LE Professional Landscaping

Best Master Bedroom
PLATINUM AWARD

Best Kitchen
PLATINUM AWARD

Best Interior Design
PLATINUM AWARD
Interior Designer: Alice Lane Home

Most Practical Design
SILVER AWARD
Home Designer: Curtis Miner Architecture

At McEwan Custom Homes, we surround ourselves with the best subcontractors and designers in the industry, and it shows. Because of the partnerships we have cultivated over the years, McEwan Custom Homes has become the most highly decorated and top award-winning construction company in the history of the Utah Valley Parade of Homes.

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All Things Pizza

Are you a pizza lover?  If you’ve got the “dough”, a pizza oven can be a great addition to any home!  In this post we’ll give you pizza ovens ideas, the history of pizza, and pizza recipes to assist you in All Things Pizza.

Pictures & Resources

First, let’s get your creative juices flowing with pictures of a few of the pizza ovens we’ve installed in some of our custom homes.

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2014 Utah Valley Parade of Homes entry “McDaniel Manor”.

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This pizza oven made it’s debut in our 2014 Utah Valley Parade of Homes entry “McDaniel Manor” and was a hit from the get go. People loved the idea of a basement kitchenette complete with a pizza oven – conveniently located down the hall from the home theater. Pizza/movie night is a frequent occurrence at this home.

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This wood burning pizza oven is nestled in the “castle” house basement kitchenette (as it’s known in the area) of our 2010 Utah Valley Parade of Homes entry.

For additional ideas and resources:

 

So what’s the cost to add a pizza oven to your home?  Well, there are a few things to consider:

  • What type of oven do you want?  This website explains the different types available.
  • Additional costs for electrical
  • Additional costs for stack installation and added insulation to create a heat barrier
  • Additional costs for materials and labor to beautify the wall/area the oven is installed

 

The pizza oven above (2014 Parade home pics) cost roughly $18,000.  Keep in mind that the plans included this feature in the new construction.  If you want to install an oven in your existing house, don’t be discouraged.  Just hire a licensed, insured experienced contractor to do the work.  And make sure they are a member of the local Home Builders Association.

The History of Pizza

The history of pizza goes back many years starting with what we know as flatbread.  But the invention of pizza as we know it today (crust with tomato sauce) occurred in the late 18th century.

“The innovation that led to flat bread pizza was the use of tomato as a topping. For some time after the tomato was brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century, it was believed by many Europeans to be poisonous (as are some other fruits of the nightshadefamily). However, by the late 18th century, it was common for the poor of the area around Naples to add tomato to their yeast-based flat bread, and so the pizza began.  The dish gained in popularity, and soon pizza became a tourist attraction as visitors to Naples ventured into the poorer areas of the city to try the local specialty.”

Wikipedia, 2015, July 31 published version. History of Pizza.  Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_pizza.

Now that we know the history of pizza and have ideas of our very own oven with warm, cheesy pizza swirling in our heads, let’s get to the best part… recipes!

Pizza Dough & Sauce Recipes

Pizza Dough Recipe
¾ c. Sugar
¾ c. Potato Flakes/Pearls
3½ c.  HOT water (not boiling-it will kill the yeast)

Mix sugar, potato flakes/pearls, and hot water together with a whisk in a commercial mixer.  Add:

 3 Tbsp. Yeast

Let all ingredients sit for 10 minutes in the mixing bowl to allow the yeast to bubble and work it’s magic.  Change mixer from whisk to dough hook.  Add:

2 tsp. Salt
¾ c. Melted Butter
2 ½ tsp. Vanilla
3 c. Flour
*Additional flour to create soft dough (6-9 cups roughly)  

Mix for 2 minutes.  Slowly add *additional flour in 1 ½-2 c. increments until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl to form a soft dough.  Remove bowl from mixing base and let dough sit for 15 minutes to let the dough rest. 

Divide into 3 groups (enough for 3 thick crust pizzas).  Roll out dough.  Sprinkle pizza stone with corn meal and place pizza on stone.  Add sauce (recipe below) and desired toppings.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until crust is brown on the bottom.  For the best crust results, let pizza stone heat up in the oven for at least 20 minutes prior to baking pizza’s so that the stone is nice and hot.  You’ll get a nice crust.

Pizza Sauce
8 oz. can Tomato Sauce
6 oz. can Tomato Paste
1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 tsp. dried Oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients together.  This recipe will make enough sauce for 3 large pizzas.  If you want a thinner sauce, add water until desired consistency is achieved.

My favorite pizza?  Blue Cheese Buffalo Chicken.  Baked by Rachel Blog. January 26, 2014 post.

Spec Home for Sale

While we primarily build custom homes on your lot, we’ll build spec homes for sale on very rare occasions, making this a once in a lifetime opportunity for a family who has dreamt of owning a McEwan Custom Homes home.  This modern farmhouse is the creative genius of Joseph Ward with HOMEWARDesign and our own Matt McEwan and is FOR SALE.

5984 W Woodshire Lane,Highland, UT 84003
$749,000

This home in this established neighborhood just off 6000 West in Highland, and sits on a .40 acre corner lot, with beautiful mountain views in the Stoneshire subdivision.  This lot is located in the Alpine School District, with Highland Elementary School across the street and a few minutes walk from your door.  Mitchell Hollow Park is a 5 minute drive away, with facilities that include volleyball, baseball & soccer fields, drinking water and restroom, and walking trails.

  • 4,970 total sqft, 2,485 sqft unfinished basement
  • .40 acre lot
  • Connection to public utilities (water, gas and sewer)
  • New Construction
  • Modern farmhouse style
  • 3 bd, 2.5 ba
  • Gas fireplace
  • And more…

 

View this listing on Zillow.  No agents, please.
To learn more, call 801-319-HOME.

*Renderings represent the house and spaces in the house, with furnishings, decor, and landscaping not included in the price.  Basement floor plan not shown.

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McEwan Spec 2015 Floor Plan

McEwan Spec 2015 Kitchen FINAL 2

MM Spec 2015 Living Room FINAL

Progress Pics :: Alpine

From doors and cabinets to ceilings and floors, the design elements in our Alpine project are creative and individual throughout the home.  Details.  Details.  Details.

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After 17,000+ people, and 13 days – spanning a 2 1/2 week period, the Utah Valley Parade of Homes comes to a close for this year. We hope you enjoyed our home!  For those of you not in attendance, we thought we’d share our top 5 favorite details with you, and why they made it on our list.

Number 5.  1/2 Bath on the Main Floor

This bathroom made it in the top 5 because of it’s uniqueness.  From the wallpaper style, tile pattern, cabinet selection, and ceiling detail (you can see the ceiling in the mirror reflection), the overall design achieved by Christy with Alice Lane Home was nothing short of genius.  For a powder bath, it’s quite dreamy.

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Wallpaper installation:  Michael H. Ostler, Inc.
Wallpaper name:  Alice Lane Home, Christy
Room Design:  Alice Lane Home, Christy
Light Fixtures:  Galaxie Lighting, Jared
Electrician:Copper Valley Electric, Jesse
Plumbing:  DCD Plumbing, Jared
Cabinet Hardware:  Alpha Omega Hardware, Justin
Cabinet Design:  Mountain Cabinetry, Craig
Countertop:  The Stone Shop, Sheridan (Marble – Carrara)
Mirror:  Alice Lane Home, Christy
Tile:  Westco Carpets & Interiors, Brian (Vogue Bay – Carrara Marquina)
Base:  Columbia Millworks, Joel (custom cut)
Paint:  Xavier Paint Contracting, Tyler

Number 4.  Home Style

In Parade years past, we’ve featured many different styles of homes.  But this year we wanted to showcase a style in the parade you haven’t seen from the McEwan team before.   When we met with this homeowner and reviewed their plans, we knew this was the perfect house for the Parade of Homes!

French country or french provincial style is inspired by homes in Provence with characteristic of the 17th and 18th century.  Balance and symmetry are the ruling characteristics of this formal style. Windows and chimneys are symmetrical and perfectly balanced.  Other defining features include stone & brick exteriors, and typically a two story home with a high, hip roof.

This home is no exception to the high roof rule.  At it’s peak, the roof reaches 35′ above the ground.  And even more interesting is the fact that this home is a whopping 40′ underground at it’s deepest point in the earth.

Because of the style’s defining features, it demanded we include it in our top 5.

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Roof:  Bartile, Steve (Cement, Custom color)
Stone Distributor:  Hearth & Home Stone, Lance (Limestone, Spiced Linen)
Stone Masonry:  Velez Masonry, Luis
Soffit & Fascia:  E & L Custom Exteriors, Maximo
Front Door Design & Production:  Sunroc, Dan
Accessories & Caps:  Hearth & Home Stone, Lance
Lighting Fixtures:  Galaxie Lighting, Jared
Electrician:  Copper Valley Electric, Jesse
Landscape Design:  Northland Design Group, Jeremy
Landscape Installation:  LE Professional Landscapes, Lynn
Excavation:  E.S.P. Excavation, Steve

Number 3.  Playhouse

Complete with wood shakes and shutters, this fun space includes a slide, play area with reading table, built-in bookshelves, and space for storing toys and books. When it comes to play time in this space, it’s the ultimate in imaginary entertainment.

And just in case you didn’t know, the playhouse is connected by a secret passageway to the home gym.  So conveniently and hypothetically, mom could be exercising on the treadmill in the home gym and the kids could be running back and forth between spaces.

Because this space was designed specifically for this family and is a one of a kind, it made our top 5.

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Room Design:  Alice Lane Home, Christy
Furniture:  Alice Lane Home, Christy
Finish Carpentry:  Cowie Construction, Preston
Central Vac:  Reed’s Built-In’s, Reed
Electrician:  Copper Valley Electric, Jesse
Carpet:  Cori Brown Associates (Summit Source, Grey Limestone)
Tile:  Westco Carpets & Interiors, Brian
Paint:  Xavier Paint Contracting, Tyler

Number 2. Master Bedroom Suite

If you were able to tour the home during the Utah Valley Parade of Homes, you’ll understand why the master suite came in at number 2 on our list.  The master suite is magnificent, a work of art, simply superb, with the detail, detail, detail.

The master bedroom has the perfect amount of space for comfortable lounging by the fireplace on a cold winter evening.  It also has easy access to a separate patio in the back yard through french doors with a jacuzzi tub conveniently located next to said patio.

The master bathroom is a creation to behold, and has so many hidden features that you wouldn’t notice at first glance.  But let me enlighten you on a few…

  • Shower has steam, light & music therapy that softens & enhances mood with body spray and rain heads.
  • Superhuman toilet self-cleans and has light and music therapy.
  • Bathroom floor is a Calacutta gold marble tile that is laser cut to create the pattern, and imported from Italy.
  • Drawer knobs are geodes selected specifically for this space.
  • Gold paint adorns the ceiling, with custom cut crown molding to accent the space.
  • Custom built closet to maximize hanging storage and make the closet functional.
  • Washer and dryer are conveniently located in the closet for easy laundering access along with a built-in drying rack for hand washables.

This bedroom suite is the ultimate in luxury comfort and loaded with so many fabulous features, we had to include it at the top of the list.

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Master Bedroom
Room Design:  Alice Lane Home, Christy
Furniture:  Alice Lane Home, Christy
Finish Carpentry (Bedroom):  Cowie Construction, Preston
Central Vac:  Reed’s Built-In’s, Reed
Electrician:  Copper Valley Electric, Jesse
Lighting Fixtures:  Galaxie Lighting, Jared
Carpet:  Cori Brown Associates (Summit Source, Grey Limestone)
Fireplace:  Hearth and Home, Kevin
French Doors:  Sierra Pacific Windows & Doors, Brad
Paint:  Xavier Paint Contracting, Tyler

Master Bathroom
Tile:  Westco Carpets & Interiors, Brian (Calacatta Gold)
Countertop:  The Stone Shop, Sheridan (Marble, Calacatta Butterfly)
Shower:  The Stone Shop, Sheridan (Marble, Calacatta Butterfly)
Closet Design:  Alice Lane Home, Christy
Cabinet Design:  Mountain Cabinetry, Craig
Mirror:  Alice Lane Home, Christy
Crown:  Columbia Millworks, Joel (custom cut)
Cabinet Hardware:  Alpha Omega Hardware, Justin
Light Fixtures:  Galaxie Lighting, Jared
Electrician:Copper Valley Electric, Jesse
Plumbing:  DCD Plumbing, Jared
Plumbing Fixtures:  Standard Plumbing
Paint:  Xavier Paint Contracting, Tyler

Master Closet
Closet Design:  Alice Lane Home, Christy
Closet System:  Rocky Mountain Closet & Cabinet
Cabinet Hardware:  Alpha Omega Hardware, Justin
Carpet:  Cori Brown Associates (Summit Source, Safari)
Paint:  Xavier Paint Contracting, Tyler

Number 1.  Back Yard

This backyard was built for partying and has spacious and intimate spaces for small or big groups of guests.  We wanted to highlight the few things you may not have noticed while touring the home, and was not included in our previous Parade post:

  • The pool.  Need I say more?  The pool dimensions are 44′ x 22′ and 9 ft deep.  Oh, and don’t forget about the recirculating jets at one end of the pool, creating the ability to swim laps… without swimming laps.
  • The custom pool slide and spiral staircase.
  • The pool platforms and water falls.
  • Misters and patio lighting for the BBQ area by the pool house.
  • Gas fireplace pit area.
  • Jacuzzi tub off the master suite.
  • Underground trampoline along the back of the property line.
  • Grow boxes for a home garden.
  • Surrounding mountain view can be seen from almost any place in the back yard.

Because this space is the ultimate in fun, family, and entertainment, it topped off our list.

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Roof:  Bartile, Steve (Cement, Custom color)
Fireplace:  Hearth and Home, Kevin
Stone Distributor:  Hearth & Home Stone, Lance (Limestone, Spiced Linen)
Stone Masonry:  Velez Masonry, Luis
Soffit & Fascia:  E & L Custom Exteriors, Maximo
Exterior Doors:  Sierra Pacific Windows & Doors, Brad
Accessories & Caps:  Hearth & Home Stone, Lance
Lighting Fixtures:  Galaxie Lighting, Jared
Electrician:  Copper Valley Electric, Jesse
Landscape Design:  Northland Design Group, Jeremy
Landscape Installation:  LE Professional Landscapes, Lynn
Excavation:  E.S.P. Excavation, Steve
Exterior Handrail:  Barber Welding, Kent
Fireplace Marble Surround in Pool House:  European Marble & Granite, Kathleen (Zabrano)
Appliances:  Mountain Land Design, Kirk
Fence:  Stonehenge Fence
Countertop:  The Stone Shop, Sheridan (Quartzite, Black Dune)
Theater Equipment in Pool House:  Reed’s Built-In’s, Reed
Pool:  Paradise Pools

Want to see more pictures of this house?  Go to our Houzz account.

Progress Pics :: Orem

Our clients in Orem have done an amazing job selecting the materials for the exterior of their home.  They have made it their own by mixing wood shakes, stone, board and batten, metal, and stucco together to create this amazing masterpiece.  And wait until you see the finish work on the interior of the home… extensive and detailed.  We’ll post pictures as soon as the finish guys have wrapped up.  Enjoy!

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Progress Pics :: Highland

Enjoy these progress pics of a home in Highland.
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Sneak Peek of the 2015 McEwan Parade Home

It’s parade time! McEwan Custom Homes is gearing up for the 2015 Parade of Homes with another awe-inspiring creation. Fresh off of our fourth People’s Choice Award, we’ve been working hard to build our latest submission for this year’s show.

As you already know, we’re all about the details. Each of our homes includes unique, custom details that set us apart from any other. This home is certainly no exception as we’ve got some exciting plans in place for its completion.

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So without further ado, here are some of the highlights you can expect to see when you stop by our Parade home this year.

Energy Efficiency

This house is on energy saving steroids, and has several features that may surprise you.

  • Geothermal System:  Geothermal is energy made by heat inside the Earth’s crust.  A water-filled, closed loop of 1-inch high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe ferries heat between the earth and the house. The system is moving heat, not creating heat.  Pumps cycle water through the pipe loop to the heart of the system: the geothermal unit, which acts as furnace and air conditioner. This machine uses refrigerant and the temperate water from the underground pipes to heat or cool air. The air is then circulated through standard ductwork of the home.

 

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This house has over 3 miles of underground polyethylene piping that is used to ferry water to the geothermal system.

  • This home is pre-wired for solar panels.
  • Insulation rating is R50.  Meaning, this home is SUPER insulated and their energy bills will reflect it.  To reach that rating we’ve used a blown in blanket system with Icynene closed cell foam and a rigid foam thermal break.
  • LED Light bulbs

Pool House & Patio’s

Between the pool, pool house, and backyard patio’s, it’s party central at this home!

  • There is a full basement underneath the pool house along with an open theater and seating area totaling 1400 square feet.  The pool house basement houses the pool pump and equipment, and has additional space to store patio furniture.
  • The pool house has it’s own heating/cooling system that is independent of the rest of the home.
  • There is a drop-down radial movie screen that projects a movie on both sides of the screen so that it can be viewed from virtually anywhere in the back yard.
  • A telescoping projector drops out of the ceiling on telescoping legs that extend out from the ceiling electronically.
  • The pool house has it’s own shower, bathroom and changing room.
  • Outdoor living area includes 3 BBQ’s, an ice maker, refrigerator, sink, drinking fountain, fire pit and fireplace.
  • Pool is equipped with recirculating pool jets on one side creating the ability to swim laps, without swimming laps…
  • What happens to the back patio when it snows, you ask?  We’ve installed snow melt radiant heating underneath the back patio which will eliminate snow and snow build up.

 

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Smart Home Controls

This feature will allow the homeowner to control nearly every function of their home from their phone or tablet. System control includes lights, security system, roller shades, sound, heat and air conditioning.

Sports Court

The indoor court provides the ultimate space for a fun get together.

  • Court capabilities:  Pickle-ball, volleyball, climbing wall, trampoline, foam pit, slide, jumping platform and observation deck for parents with camera capability viewable on any t.v. in the house.

 

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Suspended slabs weighing 198,000 pounds were installed in this room. That’s roughly the same weight as an average sized male blue whale.

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The room dimensions is 60×30, the size of an average 1,800 sf house.

Racquetball Court

This indoor court provides a dedicated space for the serious racquetball player.

Master Suite

This suite will be perfect for enjoying a little R&R after a long day!

  • Shower has steam, light & music therapy that softens & enhances mood with body spray and rain heads.
  • Superhuman toilet self-cleans and has light and music therapy.
  • Bathroom floor is a Calacutta gold marble tile that is laser cut to create the pattern, and imported from Italy.
  • Custom closet was designed by Alice Lane Home.

 

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Lighting control – Includes lights, shades, curtains all on one control.

Now that you’ve had a sneak peek of McEwan’s 2015 Parade of Homes submission, be sure to check out the finished product this summer. The Parade will be held Thursday June 4th through Saturday June 20th. Homes will be open for walk-throughs and tours Tuesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 9:00pm, and closed Sunday and Monday.  We will be offering private tours so watch our Facebook and Instagram pages for details.

See you there!

Completed Project :: Highland

Here are photos of another completed project.

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Doors and Passageways

Hidden doors and passageways are unique and practical. This pic from last years Parade home shows a hidden door and passageway from the home office to the master bath.

We love showing off this cool feature in our Parade homes as it seems to take visitors by surprise. This year is no exception. Be ready to be amazed by our 2015 Parade Home!