Not Just a Cookie Cutter House

Not Just a Cookie Cutter House


          Wonder. Curiosity. Contemplation. These words describe a state of mind we enter when we think about the possibility of others who are living and leading a completely unique and different life than ourselves with dissimilar personalities. This state of mind can transpire when you encounter a stranger at a grocery store, or when you meet eyes with a stranger on the road in their car, it’s an interaction. This particular photographic exploration is about encountering a home, a home that stands out from all the rest. No, you don’t see a face, or an expression, but you do see a home which can represent an expression of those living inside of it. They chose it, they fit it, or does it fit them? Who are these people, so willing to leave the commonplace and all consuming cookie cutter house behind and choose something different?

          Since the 40’s “cookie cutter” houses have been built and have grown like wildfire. But when you come across a truly original home, even if it is older or smaller, it has a character that is simply lacking in this prevailing cookie cutter house movement that has lasted for decades. With an undying curiosity of the personalities that live in these spaces, I have approached these homes and vowed to discover if the home matches the home owner in personality and style. Homes were chosen based on their originality and ingenuity.



          This home and it’s beautiful modern aesthetic was designed by Kevin Mccabe in 1982. Autumn and her husband are the second owners but the home had a few previous renters. Their home adorns over 40 windows adding a lot of natural light to their everyday home experience. What originally drew them to the home is the unique architecture design. As they’ve lived there they’ve also found a love for the beauty of the area and comfort of the neighborhood.


Cheri & Doug

          Cheri and Doug’s’ lovely home has a lot of character, inside and out. When they bought this home, it was about ready to be torn down. They originally bought the property as an investment property to eventually replace the house with a duplex but regardless of the state of the home, Cheri and Doug loved the land and large trees and made the home theirs to raise their children. The neighborhood was perfect as there were many other children to play with in the Orchards across the street which eventually was torn down and is now filled with cookie cutter houses.


Eva & Owen

          Eva and Owen’s home was built in 1905 by Cyrus Dallin, the founder of the Springville Art Museum and the sculpture artist of the first modern version of the Angel Moroni now standing on the Salt Lake City LDS temple. Eva and Owen are the third owners of this beautifully designed home. Eva grew up in a historic home in Salt Lake and when looking for a home to live in and raise their kids felt like this was a good fit. Their yard used to be exclusively grass, but together they have created an aesthetically pleasing garden making the home even more of their own.


James & Joyce

          This home was built in 1901 by James’ great-grandfather. James and Joyce decided to move into this home in 1980 and kept some of the original aesthetic qualities. James loves this home because of the heritage it holds. He likes to think about the people who built and lived in this home and the memories it holds of his different family members. Together James and Joyce have built a beautiful backyard and made this home their own in that way.