The name Little Cottonwood Canyon entertains me, because except for a long forgotten tree, there is nothing little about the dramatic canyon that winds up to Alta and Snowbird. This new home is right at the canyon’s mouth in a prime location.

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The design is by Park City architect Bruce Taylor, Summit Design, with interiors by a relative newcomer to Salt Lake, Hannah Galbreath Interior Designer.

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The concept was a cottage that has had additions over time, and this can be seen on the exterior with the massing and varying roof pitches and exterior finishes. The home is designed for year-round fun, and the finishes and industrial accents and furnishings are durable enough to withstand the traffic in and out from the pool or the slopes. Similarly, the long open floor plan adapts well for bringing family and friends together for entertaining.

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As far as location, it sits in a transition zone between being in the canyon and being in the Valley—urban and rustic, and the design reflects this. It sits comfortable in its location, and the inviting warmth and floor plan all work well for its purpose.

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Plus, who wouldn’t want to gaze up at that canyon while doing backstrokes in the pool?

— Scot Zimmerman

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