words and photos by: Scot Zimmerman

While many couples say they could never do it, I meet many couples where the strong relationship at home extends to business.

Perhaps it’s because I work closely with my wife Ann in our architectural photography business that I am sensitive to the number of couples we come across in our work who also work together. In our case, Ann is my photo assistant, sometime stylist, and in charge of anything that involves a spreadsheet. She is also a writer, and we collaborate frequently, most recently on our book The Coastal Cottage, released last month.

The term ma and pa business has gone out of fashion (some say thankfully), but the concept seems to be living strong. I am mentioning some of the professionals we work with as couples, and I as I write this blog, I am recalling many more who I could have also listed.

Builder John Ford and designer Martha Ford are behind J. Ford Construction, the builder of this Park Meadows redo that updated the home for a young couple with contemporary taste.

The firm Sparano + Mooney Architecture won the prestigious award, AIA Western Region Firm of the Year 2016. Principals John Sparano, FAIA, and Anne Mooney, AIA, are partners in the firm and at home. The residence is located in Glenwild, and both the Wall Street Journal and Utah Style and Design have featured it.

Ryan and Jessica Taylor are the dual forces behind Upland Development, a builder of highly custom homes. Jessica shares in decisions and often finds clients their property, as she is also a real estate professional. The featured home is classically detailed and located in the foothills above Draper.

The interior designer for this contemporary Holladay home is Design Plus, Inc., of Salt Lake City. Designer Kaye Christiansen Englert, ASID, takes charge of design, while husband Rob Englert manages the business end.

The duo of Markay Johnson, owner of Markay Johnson Construction, and designer Ashley Johnson teamed on this custom home in Kayenta featured in this year’s St. George Parade of Homes.

A second generation work together at Markay Johnson Construction. Chad Broadhead manages projects and wife Rochelle Johnson Broadhead handles business and promotes the company. The featured project built by Markay Johnson Construction under Broadhead’s management is in Atherton, California.

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