Highland Custom Homes
Highland Custom Homes is known for its creative designs in the Utah market.
By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media
It’s been a good few years for the folks at Highland Custom Homes. The Lehi, Utah-based custom homebuilder has doubled its business in the past 5 years and developed a reputation for creative trend setting designs in the Utah luxury home market. “We’re the busiest we’ve ever been,” Co-owner Kenny Anderson says. “Utah is one of the top states for growth and the demand for our product is strong. But we are keeping our projects from 20 to 25 homes per year to maintain quality and customer satisfaction. We want people to have a world class experience.”
Although the company plans to maintain that pace in the future, its business is expanding in Park City and Highland after being featured in the Utah Parade of Homes and Park City Showcase of Homes. Highland Custom Homes also has a strong presence in Alpine, Salt Lake City, Heber and Midway. “In the Parade of Homes, you have approximately 20,000 people that walk through your home in a two-week period,” Anderson says. “Then there’s the Park City Showcase of Homes. People come from all over the world because Park City is a recreation destination. We received great exposure and people came to know our products. We will continue to expand in those markets.”
Highland Custom Homes, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, prides itself on high standards in quality and design. Each home it builds must pass the company’s strict “quality checklist.” The company builds homes from 5,000 to 20,000 square feet that are priced from $1.5 million and up. Every home is unique and custom built.
“The relationship that we create with our clients goes beyond the build,” Co-owner Matt Yeates says. “We measure our success by the lasting relationships we create during the construction process.”
Attention To Detail
Highland Custom Homes is known for building both contemporary and modern homes. But it is especially famous for the level of detail in its designs and carpentry. For example, the company recently finished building a home that featured an old world architectural design. It also installed a wooden accent wall with a herringbone pattern that contained 1,100 individual pieces. “We also work with a lot of metal,” Co-owner Matt Yeates adds. “We use old world steel to create industrial detail for walls and fireplaces.”
One of the company’s luxury homes called the Chateau of Elegance, which was featured in the Utah Parade of Homes, is another example of detailed carpentry. Located in Alpine, the 9,000-square-foot home featured a dining room nook with 488 individual pieces in an elevated tray ceiling.
“They wanted an old world castle feel,” Yeates says. “So, we painted the ceiling with gold leaves and to get the texture we did an inlay of a quarter-inch corkboard. The home also had 10-foot custom iron doors and all the showers in the home had tiled-barrel ceilings.” In the basement, the owners wanted white marble floors but with no seams.
“So, we poured one solid concrete floor and created a special epoxy finish to resemble a custom marbleized floor,” Yeates adds. Outside, the home featured a custom limestone exterior with painted brick and custom-made copper roof lines and chimney caps. “I think our attention to detail is significant,” Anderson adds. “It makes us different.”