These are definitely not your grandma’s backyards. Utah’s top designers and builders are taking the indoors out, creating outside living spaces that prove you don’t have to leave sharp style and supreme comfort at the back door. And as COVID-19 forces us to spend more time at home than ever, spaces that give us fresh air and blur the line between indoors and out are more desirable than ever. Check out some of our favorites from this year’s Utah Valley Parade of Homes.

Utah Valley Parade of Homes, Riverside Dream, Bastian Homes, Multi-tiered deck, Home exterior
All photos courtesy Utah Valley Parade of Homes

Riverside Dream from Bastian Homes takes advantage of the property’s views of the American Fork River with a multi-tiered deck that offers scenic lookouts from different vantage points.

Alpine Swoop, E Builders, Pool, Home exterior, Fire pit, Pool house, Casita

Alpine Swoop from E Builders has more than a backyard—its landscape might as well be a fully functional second home, combining a multi-use sports court, outdoor casita, meandering stream and a pool house with a full kitchen. This home has the recipe for a perfect summer night: a dip in the pool and s’mores by the fire.

Utah Valley Parade of Homes, Brinkerhoff Construction, Quiet Eloquence, Pool, Patio, Outdoor living space, Outdoor kitchen

This state-of-the-art poolside pavilion in Brinkerhoff Construction‘s Quiet Eloquence elevates your everyday summer barbecue. The covered patio with ceiling fans and a fireplace adapts to any weather, and nearby is a full outdoor kitchen and dining room.

Lucca Modern, BLJ Construction, Pool, Hot tub, Home exterior

You don’t have to be tethered to your air conditioner during 100 degree days in Lucca Modern by BLJ Construction. The covered hot tub is an ideal place to unwind—rain or shine.

Utah Valley Parade of Homes, Maison de Reve, Davies Design Build, Covered deck, Outdoor furniture

Maison de Reve by Davies Design Build has something for him, her and them. The house includes outdoor living spaces attached to the “man and babe caves” and a covered deck with cozy furniture outside the master bedroom.

Utah Valley Parade of Homes, Millhaven Homes, Deer Crest Tudor, Covered patio, Pool, Barstool, Outdoor furniture, Grill
Millhaven Homes, Deer Crest Tudor, Outdoor furniture, Wicker chairs, Outdoor dining room, Outdoor living space, Patio, Home exterior

Millhaven Homes’ Deer Crest Tudor doesn’t skimp on outdoor furniture. Curved barstools, which soften the patio’s hard edges, are ideal poolside seating, and wicker makes a welcome appearance at the heads of the dining room table.

Utah Valley Parade of Homes, Quiet Eloquence, Brinkerhoff Custom Construction, Pool, Home exterior, Pool pavilion, Water feature, Splash pad, Landscape

The interiors of Quiet Eloquence boast hand-crafted details and ornate design, and the home’s vast landscape matches this air of classic elegance. The pool area, which includes a water feature and splash pad, is a serene getaway, and the yard also boasts a gazebo, lush gardens and several patios.

Golden Summit, Summit Creek, Beartooth Holding & Construction, Home exterior, Patio, Deck, Outdoor furniture

Golden Summit at Summit Creek, built by Beartooth Holding & Construction, extends its sleek, modern design to its exterior. Located in the grand mountains of Woodland Hills, this home is centered on stunning landscape views with open windows and a large patio and deck.

Utah Valley Parade of Homes, French Country Manor, Xtreme Builders, Home exterior, Sports court, Pool, Outdoor furniture, Fire pit, Playground, Landscape, Yard

This drone shot of French Country Manor from Xtreme Builders shows off the property’s endless options for entertaining, including a pool, sports court and whimsical ship-inspired playground.

Can’t get enough of these homes? We rounded up some of the biggest trends at this year’s Utah Valley Parade of Homes here. The Parade of Homes is open for virtual tours until Aug. 22.

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