Utah Style and Design

Photo Friday: Different Slant

August 10, 2018

A Victory Ranch home by Kent Construction offers a different slant on vacation homes. The concept is a mountain vacation home with year-round recreation conceived and built for four families. The concept struck a chord, as some of our dear ones are right now vacationing with three other families at the beach. With such busy lives, there seems to be inadequate time to keep friendships alive and to let the kids run free together. This home offers a solution.

Kent Construction of Park City (Jamie and Cheryl Catley) built the home, which was designed by James L. Carroll & Associates of Salt Lake City. The home’s design avoids right angles in what must have been a challenging design to execute. The design concept for the four families is big common spaces indoors and outdoors for gathering together and four private master suites that resemble those in a luxury resort.

The great room combines living, dining and kitchen with disappearing accordion glass doors that lead out to terraced patios, an outdoor kitchen, and a plunge pool. Two masters flank the great room on each side. The glass stairway leads up to a crow’s nest conversation area with views outside in all directions, a combination home theater and recreation room with a pool table and shuffleboard, and the kids’ bunkroom. The interiors by King Design Group (Rosi Petrosch) emphasize neutral colors, texture, and interesting wood pieces.

I haven’t seen a similar approach to the bunkrooms. The configuration reminded me of train compartments off a common play area. Two had a double bed with a single above, and the third was just a double bed. My experience with young’uns piled together supports the need for kids to keep to their own sleep rhythms in order to stay their sunny selves.

The masters come in two sizes. The one above is slightly larger than the secondary masters, but all have luxurious baths and doors opening to private patios.

One of the most striking features is the great room’s fireplace. What looks like wall covering are actually very large thick slabs of granite that Kent Construction wire-brushed for texture.

Looking to the left of the fireplace, the hall shows two slanted walls. This was the challenge to photographing the home: square the camera without anything squared to align, and to show the quality the skewed angles bring to the home, a tension of the unexpected. It introduces a lively awareness calmed by the wood floors and horizontal elements like the hearthstone.   

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Scot Zimmerman
Architectural photographer Scot Zimmerman has been photographing exteriors and interiors of homes, and commercial and public buildings across the United States for over 37 years. He is the principal photographer of eight books; over 40 periodicals have featured his work; and 11 museums have exhibited his photos. He’s fond of adventuring in the Southern Utah desert.

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