An interesting aspect about being an architectural photographer is driving up to a project and really not knowing what to expect for that day’s work. This recent project sits on a high bench in Draper with views across the Valley and north to Salt Lake City. Driving up the cul-de-sac, the stone exterior, roof pitches, and entry fit comfortably into the neighborhood.
My plan was to meet Jessica Taylor, wife of Ryan Taylor, who owns Upland Development, the custom builder of the home. With Upland, I always expect a solid, built-to-last home with careful craftsmanship, detailing, and some interesting problem solving. Upland adapts so well to the desires of the family building the home, there isn’t really an identifiable Upland style, so I am always a little uncertain what the home will look like until I get there.
Entering the home, I was again surprised—happily, pleasantly surprised to have a chance to photograph such a sleek, well considered, beautifully designed, but totally livable home. For a day, I got to play with light and reflections, contrasts, sumptuous materials, and the modern, almost Asian lines of the timber and woodwork.
The interior design was an interesting collaboration between the wife of the couple and her adult son, an airline pilot. As a result, there is a pleasing masculinity that comes through but doesn’t dominate the design. Upland future-proofed the home in terms of providing for wheelchair access, the need for which may be unforeseen now. It is something they do exceptionally well.
Often I leave a shoot with a room that’s my favorite. In this home: no. Throughout the two floors, nothing fell short, although I admit the exercise room is memorable. It is a great house, and I had a truly enjoyable time making the photos, because when I photograph architecture I can take the time to see and appreciate it.
— Scot Zimmerman
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