Utah Style and Design

Photo Friday: New in the Neighborhood

June 7, 2019

Just when the stately, treed Avenues neighborhood seemed to be all built out, a new home pops up to the cheers of neighbors and delight of passersby.  

For more than a century, a narrow lot sat vacant with charming period homes on all sides. The waiting stopped when Salt Lake City made exceptions for lot width, and the narrowness of the site inspired architect Dallas Davis’s design. White clapboard siding, black trim, square paned glass, a broad friendly porch, and a gable pitch like its neighbor seems like a modest formula, but the clean modern styling and careful minimalist detailing announce that the home is an architectural gem.

The interior demonstrates how little space is sufficient for graceful, efficient living. An open plan, the front entrance opens to the living area and fireplace and flows back to the dining area with a window bench and kitchen. The white oak flooring, white walls and open ceiling, and the same approach to the black steel windows unify the space.

Dallas Davis designed the home for himself. He entrusted Brassey & Company (Brian Brassey, Park City) to frame and build the home to about 50 percent completion, and then Dallas and his father, Brent Davis (Davis Mill & Cabinet) together painstakingly finished the home and accomplished the fine detailing. Elements in the home tell portions of Dallas’s story. For example, the reclaimed bricks date to an early Salt Lake building and then comprised the walkway of his parent’s home in southern Utah County. A close family friend built the wall and fireplace.

The kitchen is a study in efficiency. Natural east light, crystal pendants, a lustrous backsplash, and lit glass-fronted cabinets adding brightness and sparkle.

Dallas Davis executed the kitchen artwork, as well as the other artwork throughout the home.

The master bedroom has glass doors that open to the back yard and the perfume of the flowering locust tree. The locust tree was on the property, and Dallas carefully protected it during construction.

The master bathroom vanity floats cantilever-fashion with soft lighting below. The bathroom is spacious, especially considering the small footprint of the home.

In the lower level, a cozy den for relaxing and a second bedroom and bath make up the remainder of the 1,150 square-foot home. The cabinet doors on the opposite side of the room open up to a desk and home office.


The white walls and ceiling of the home are very advantageous for a photographer, as they reflect the natural light. I supplemented very little with flash except for the lower level, and even then kept the flash at a very low setting.

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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. Follow his work on Instagram: @scot.zimmerman



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