Though they are both in the business of providing their clients with dream homes, Shorée Boyd and Todd Evans were drawn to the simplicity offered by a relatively small, outdated rambler they found in one of Park City’s most sought-after family neighborhoods. Following a thoughtful remodel and a dose
of West Coast–inspired style, the end result is an artistic, easy-to-maintain home where Boyd, Evans, and their children go to recharge, relax, and get in touch with nature.
Longtime Park City locals Shorée Boyd and Todd Evans weren’t looking when they found their Silver Springs home, but when Evans saw the location, “I immediately fell in love,” he says. Considering the scene off the home’s back deck, it’s easy to see how he was so quickly smitten: the property sits on the neighborhood’s coveted open space corridor, featuring maintained trails that connect to the Willow Creek Loop Trail and the East 224 Connector Trail. A creek runs along the rear property line as well, drawing in frequent wildlife visitors that include moose, foxes, and Sandhill cranes. “And I love that we’re close to everything,” Boyd says. “It’s an easy 10-minute bike ride to Kimball Junction and a 3-minute ride on the city bus to Park City Mountain.”
But the house itself—a rambler built in the 1970s that hadn’t been updated in decades—was not so appealing. And so, with a professionally honed vision (she’s a real-estate agent with Coldwell Banker; he owns Blackdog Builders), Boyd and Evans got to work on an extensive, three-year remodel, transforming shag carpet and wood paneling into an elegant, modern, and livable oasis focused on a serenely artistic design, sustainability, and subtle technological conveniences.
The three-bedroom, 3,300-square-foot home represented a downsize for Boyd and Evans, which is exactly how they wanted it. “We travel and play, so we wanted a minimalistic home that was easy to maintain,” Boyd says. Evans and his team at Blackdog Builders designed and executed the extensive remodel, reworking the home’s footprint on different axis lines to achieve a distinct symmetry.
A must-have space Evans added in the reno was Boyd’s art studio, where she now paints overlooking a Zen garden with suspended bed. Another notable change was transforming what was once, as Boyd describes, “the swanky-town, ’70s jacuzzi and sauna sun room” into an airy master bedroom suite, with bay windows that blur the lines between indoors and the open space bordering their property; and an absolutely stunning master bathroom rivaling the spas at any of Park City’s high-end resort hotels. “They were really trying to make it special,” says interior designer Sheri Russell, owner of InStudio Design. “So, I made some recommendations for layout and window placement. For example, setting the tub in the master bathroom apart by adding privacy glass on either side.” Other features Evans added in the remodel include the dramatic 10-foot-high front door—a fittingly inviting entrance for a couple well known for their warm hospitality and top-notch culinary skills, his and hers garages, a wine cellar, and a bridge over the creek for easy skate-ski access to the groomed trails just beyond their property line.
A crisp, white backdrop accented with wood accents and bright pops of color distinguishes the Boyd/Evans home from the neutral grays, taupes, and beiges popular now in home design. Rich stained walnut—used in accents, flooring, and furniture—adds an organic element. And Asian-inspired accessories and art the couple have collected in their travels lend a sense of tranquility. “We started with simple lines,” says Bennett Lee, interior designer and owner of Bennett Lee Designs. “Then we added elements such as an antique Foo Dog statue and beautiful carved wood furniture. Those warm pieces make a very polished home quite unique.”
Boyd, who grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wanted to incorporate elements of the ocean throughout the home as well. She accomplished this mission with beautiful subtlety through custom walnut cabinet pulls reminiscent of driftwood, the Caribbean-blue leather dining chairs, and a rippling backsplash tile over the bar between the kitchen and great room.
Built for sustainability, the home also features solar panels as well as a state-of-the-art lighting system with capabilities that include changing the front door glass from transparent to frosted with a swipe of an app. Another reason they installed a lighting system was to easily maintain compliance with Summit County dark skies development regulations—a policy aimed at reducing glare and light pollution to provide minimally inhibited views of the night sky. “There is no uplighting allowed in the area,” explains Todd. “We want to see the stars at night.”
Smart, sexy remodels like this are gentrifying Silver Springs into one of the most coveted neighborhoods in the Snyderville Basin and showing that bigger doesn’t always necessarily mean better.
Convenience Within Reach
One of Shorée Boyd and Todd Evans’s favorite features of their Silver Springs home is—surprising as this may seem—the lighting system. “I especially like how I can turn off all the lights in the house from a switch right by the door that goes into the garage,” Boyd says. While integrated lighting systems are nothing new, the Boyd/Evans home lighting system—designed by the Park City–based Avi-on Labs (2750 Rasmussen Rd, 844.704.8383)—makes enjoying the convenience, energy savings, and programmability of an integrated light system easier or more affordable than ever.
Here’s how it works: each Avi-on wall switch is Bluetooth-embedded, so all that’s required to achieve integration is simply changing out traditional wall switches for the Avi-on switches—there’s no need to install extra wiring, a central gateway, or a new electrical panel. And since all smartphones and tablets come equipped with Bluetooth technology, programming and controlling the system is as simple as downloading an app. “Avi-on was introduced to us about mid-remodel,” Evans says. “My electricians were almost dumbfounded by how simple it was to put Avi-on switches in the existing electrical boxes and control the LED lighting we chose to use in the project.”
Architect and builder: Todd Evans, Blackdog Builders, 435.659.1223, bdogbuilders.com
Interior design: Bennett Lee, Bennett Lee Designs, bennettleedesigns.com; and Sheri Russell, InStudio Design, 1167 Woodside Ave, 435.640.8997, instudiodesign.com
Ikebana floral arrangements: Lara Chho, Petal + Clay, petalclay.com
Lighting system: Avi-on Labs, 2750 Rasmussen Rd, 844.704.8383, avi-on.com
Plants: Aja Macheel, Cactus & Tropicals, 2735 S 2000 East, SLC, 801.485.2542, cactusandtropicals.com
Appliances and fixtures: Mountain Land Design, 2345 Main St, SLC, 801.466.0990, mountainlanddesign.com
Handmade, rippled backsplash tiles: Ann Sacks, annsacks.com
Walnut island and cabinets: Eric Lassig, Marwood Design, 7984 Welby Park Dr, West Jordan, 801.414.9936, marwooddesign.com
Granite countertops: Jonathan Metcalf, Atlas Granite, 238 W 1300 South, SLC, 801.746.4299, atlasgranitecountertops.com
White leather bar stools: Sheri Russell, InStudio Design
Surfboard dining table and imported Italian leather blue dining chairs: Sheri Russell, InStudio Design
Walnut flooring: Justin Koyle, Accent Hardwood Floors, 525 Trailridge Dr, Coalville, 801.631.7779
Artwork: Libby Gruber, 208.871.8021, libbygruber.com
Sonneman hanging light fixture: Bennett Lee, Bennett Lee Designs
Coffee table: San Francisco Design, 1890 Bonanza Dr, 435.645.7072, sanfrandesign.com
Fireplace: Hearth & Home, 973 E 2100 South, SLC, 801.701.8058, hhdu.com
Bedroom with loft
Ladder, loft, and banister: Todd Evans, Blackdog Builders
Metallic DNA light fixture: Elume Distinctive Lighting, 3156 Quarry Rd, 435.647.2997, elumepc.com
Tibetan lamb’s wool footrests: Bennett Lee, Bennett Lee Designs
Raked Thassos marble tile: European Marble and Granite, 2575 S 600 West, SLC, 801.974.0333, europeanmarbleandgranite.net
Ferguson standing shower, tub, and fixtures: Mountain Land Design
Phillips Collection recycled glass circular sculpture: San Franciso Design
Lighting: Elume Distinctive Lighting
Cabinets: Custom-made by Eric Lassig, Marwood Design
Mirror: Mountain Land Design