the HOLLAND: Why We Love It, and Know You Will Too



Before closing on a home in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, we went through and took some photos for our gallery (side note: if you’re looking for an AMAZING photographer that will capture and enhance the beauty of your home, check out Jed with Mouve Media). This home is the HOLLAND floor plan and with its functional layout, stunning design and so many customizable options, it’s no wonder that we haven’t had this plan go past 4-way without selling yet! Here’s what we love about the HOLLAND:



The 10’ island, gas range, double ovens, and a sink in front of a window overlooking the backyard are just scratching the surface of this dream kitchen. Walking in from the garage, there’s a straight shot to the pass-through pantry. Taking one trip from the car to the house with 15 bags of groceries and a gallon of milk is what champions do, and you are a champion. We’ve just made it a little easier for you to dump all those groceries in the pantry, with an easy walk to the kitchen to put that milk away.



There are so many design elements of this home that make it beautiful, modern and unique. The exposed beam in the kitchen and great room area adds a touch of modern design and elegance. Railings accentuate the beautiful staircase. Aside from the overall architectural elements of the interior and exterior of this home, perhaps the most drastic design element is the windows. Designed to let in natural light and lot-fitted to frame the views of each specific lot, these windows make a bold statement both inside and out.




The front entry is defined, without being closed off. Unexpected guests will walk in to see your lovely fireplace and dining table, avoiding a view of the dirty dishes in the sink. Your dining table’s destiny is to remain clean, with an oversized mud room to keep everything organized.



Picture this: Your family of 5 has just returned from a camping trip. The kids discovered the joy of playing in mud and dirt all day, and you roasted marshmallows by the fire each night. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a room directly off the garage to keep the mess and the stink out of the rest of the house? the HOLLAND is designed to have a second washer and dryer in the spacious mud room for occasions just like that. Maybe you want to opt out of the washer/dryer idea to leave more room for a homework desk or a pet retreat. Either way, whether it’s coming home from school or soccer practice, the built-in hooks and cubbies create an organized space for everyone to put their things away as they walk into the house.


You’ll actually love walking up and down the stairs multiple times each day with the double-height staircase, complete with a large window and oversized chandelier to light the way.


How would you feel about having a large laundry room where you can wash, dry, hang, and fold with rods, cabinets and a countertop? Ecstatic? Thrilled? Overjoyed? We thought so.


We’ve got your must-have checklist covered:

* Large master bedroom

* Private location at the back of the house

* Freestanding tub

* Walk-in shower with Euro door

* Oversized walk-in closet off bath

* Water closet for the toilet

* His and hers sinks with a huge countertop and mirror


Each of the two large bedrooms upstairs has a walk-in closet. It’s easy to share a bathroom when the tub and shower are separated from the double sinks and mirror.



A covered rear deck off the great room allows you to fully enjoy your backyard year-round. Have a glass of ice cold lemonade in the hot summer months or sit and watch the snow fall with a mug of hot cocoa. The deck adds square footage to accommodate large groups and also allows for year-round BBQs. If you want to customize the front of the home, you can also add a private deck from the front upstairs bedroom.


With seating for five at the oversized island and room for a large dining table, you have plenty of space for a large family and to entertain guests. The great room off the kitchen offers a cozy fireplace for groups of all sizes, plus a rear deck that beautifully merges indoor and outdoor spaces. A half bath on the main is a necessity, keeping your everyone in the main entertaining spaces and leaving private quarters untouched.


This basement is planned to include a wet bar, large living room, bedroom and full bathroom. Make it your own by creating a theater room, game room, or just a fun hangout space for family and friends to gather.

We live in Utah, which means that nothing outside is year-round. You need both a lawn mower and a snow blower, patio furniture and snow toys. When the oversized garage doesn’t cut it, the ample storage areas in the basement provide plenty of space for your snowboards, skateboards, garden gnomes, decorations, food storage, and those “fat pants” and ugly Christmas sweaters you wear during the holidays.


Don’t forget about the many features that are included in every Tailor Built Home! Did you know that a cord chase is included in each of our homes in the great room and the master bedroom? This is a small finishing touch that you may not have even known that you needed. Mount your TV on the wall and the cords disappear into the wall, reemerging at the base of the wall and hiding all of those ugly cords. Some of our other features include:

* Two-toned paint

* Quartz or granite countertops

* Custom fitted cabinets

* Quality laminate and carpet in main living areas

* Tile in all baths and laundry room

* Stainless steel appliance package

* Designer lighting package


Do you want your new home to be the HOLLAND? We currently have one scheduled to be built in Millcreek, or we can plan one with you on your lot or one of ours! Call our team to get started 801.949.9865

Small Space Redesign DenMy favorite designs utilize every square inch of a home.  Lets not deny it, we all want more space but we want smart space, effective space, efficient space…not necessarily more square footage, but useable space.  So for all my mamas out there that want or need more from their current home, let me share some of my favorite designs that will give you that extra storage area, reading nook or guest bed that you so desire.

Photo Above – Design by Joanna and Chipper Gaines // Photo from Country Living Magazine

Photo (top left) Hus & Hem //Photo (top right) by  Kajsa Blum // Photo (bottom) by Sarah La Rose Design

Above are some great examples of how to maximize unused space.  All of these areas were not being utilized to their full potential until a few shelves were added – we forget how much we can get out of a basic wall. By simply adding shelves, you can store books, toys, art, etc.


Photo Client’s Home

White Floating Ledge Shelf Set of 2      Gray Floating Ledge Shelf Shelving

Photo Client’s Home

Black Stripe Woven Storage Basket    Industrial Pipe Hardware for Floating Shelf

Kids Shopping Cart

Utilize baskets and bins to store magazines, video games and all your not-so-cute stuff like cords & papers.  You can buy these types of “easy install” shelves at Target, Walmart, Ikea, Home Depot or click on the links above.


By Ashley Goforth Design Orange Eames Chair

If you have a larger budget or a really handy hubby, this is the option for you!  This built-in really manages to give this room numerous uses. Often you find bookcases with drawers and cabinets, but adding a desk space for a home office or for the kids to do their school work definitely gives this room a few more end uses.



Photo (top) by Joanna Gaines//Photos (middle) Kim Vallee //Photo (bottom) by Patterson Custom Homes

One of my favorite areas of the home to be creative, yet constantly underutilized is the staircase.  We usually see dwarf-like closets that are not user friendly and end up collecting more junk than helping us stay organized.  All of these designs allow us to gain more “smart” space.  One option gives this home a mini reading nook or den, if you will.  The other two designs allow extra “usable” storage, keeping the homeowner free from digging through a tight space.


Photo by Interior Housing Biz

Another great option to gain space is to build up.  If you have high ceilings and want to add square footage for storage, a den or sleeping quarters, creating a loft is an excellent option. You will often see this design utilized on those “TINY” home shows or in city apartments.


Serena and Lily Red Star Sheet Set


Photo (top) by Jackson and Leroy // Photo (bottom) by Sarah La Rose Design

Maybe you don’t necessarily need more storage but rather, more sleeping spaces for guests, your childrens’ sleep over buddies or grandchildren.  Trundle beds and bunkbeds are great options to add an extra sleeping spot without taking up a ton of room; however, you can also turn an old walk-in closet or bay window into a little sleeping nook as well.

Photo (right) by Arcadian Homes // Photo (left) by Home Edit

Some  homes don’t have a proper dining room and can only allow enough space for a small bistro table in the kitchen area.  Some homes only have a dining room area and no space to  allow eating in the actual kitchen. If you don’t have enough seating when guests come to visit, here are a few examples of adding a shelf and some barstools to give your guests (or maybe even your family) a few mores spots to dine.

With a little research, the options are endless to help you utilize every inch of your home.    Email me at or leave a photo message in the comment section!  I would love to see your creative spaces and to share your photos with others that need a little inspo!! WW

DESIGN TIP:  Re-working your closets and drawers is a quick and easy way to gain more space.  By adding just a few simple shelves or racks, you can really maximize your current storage area and create a clutter free space. The Container Store has great storage options and customizable closet units.

Kitchen Canister Set        Spice Rack Drawer Tray


Home by Jackson & Leroy Utah Valley Parade of Homes

My obsession with doors started at a very young age. It sounds silly but I have always been fascinated with them. I remember being in middle school and riding my bike around the neighborhood in the evening. I loved looking at a home, the surroundings, and of course, its front door. At the time I had no idea how important a front door could be to the overall curb appeal of a home, or even more importantly, its feng shui.

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Feng shui experts have coined the front door to be the “mouth of chi”, in which all energy enters and exists the home. Color, condition and cardinal direction can impact your home’s overall feng shui.

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In addition, maintaining your front door’s appearance is equally important.  A front door is a crucial detail that gives others a snapshot into your life – how you live and what you are about. Always make sure to keep your front door in pristine condition – free of clutter, dirt, bugs and webs.  Make sure as weather and elements tarnish the condition, you  repaint, repair or replace if necessary. A broken, old or needed paint job may scare potential buyers. By maintaining your front door, you will ensure top dollar when you sell.  Again, this is one of the first details buyers see when they enter your home!!

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