A Manhattan Beach family builds a vacation getaway in the Wasatch Range of Deer Valley, Utah.

The desire to create family memories drove Manhattan Beach residents Bob Tiedemann and Laurie Hunter to make a major lifestyle investment; they decided to build a family vacation dream home. “We had been going on vacation to Park City and Deer Valley for years,” says Laurie, “so it was a place we knew well and loved.”

After spending many ski vacations there with their children, they decided to take a summer holiday in Utah. “Summer was the tipping point,” says Bob. “We’re avid golfers, and Utah has great courses and spectacular summers, so we immediately solidified our plans to build.”

Pat Killen designed the family’s Manhattan Beach home many years ago with project manager Daryl Olesinski. Filled with stone and wood and offering stunning ocean views, Bob and Laurie knew that Pat could recreate the same feeling in Utah with the magnificent Wasatch mountain views.

After finding the perfect lot in Deer Valley, Bob and Pat flew out to inspect the property. With a cold beer in hand, they sat in silence and watched the sun set over the mountains. Although a canvas tent would suffice with such a spectacular view, Pat was excited to tackle a mountain project. So they began the two-year building process.  

“We love the ranch,” said Laurie, “but the design process took a little longer due to the architectural review boards in Deer Valley.” Most ski resort mountain homes are very similar in design: huge lodge pole construction in a traditional mountain aesthetic, frequently complemented by a plethora of plaid, flannel fabrics and a carved bear at the door.

However, Pat, Bob and Laurie had other plans for the Deer Valley home. The house is modern and sophisticated, sited on an exquisite lot with unobstructed views in every direction. A glass conservatory floats in the front of the house so the entire range is within view.

The soaring spaces with spectacular views are maintained by clever architectural tricks—a twist on traditional lodge pole construction. For example, a hanging screen composed of massive beams floats down from the ceiling, defining the dining room area. This simple architectural feature offers the warmth and strength of wood while still permitting the feeling of light and space.

With two master suites and additional bedrooms, the house was planned for the future. “We want our children to continue to return here, and when they have children, we want enough space for the whole family to gather,” says Bob.  

Although the development offers many amenities, Bob and Laurie wanted their home to include as many features as possible. “Family is so important to me,” says Bob, “so when both my sister and father died, I wanted a way to incorporate part of them into this house.” He decided to have a custom pool table built and replace the traditional ivory sights with the pins and cuff links his sister and father collected during their careers in the air space industry.

“We’re now regulars on the Southwest flight to Salt Lake City,” says Laurie. The one-hour flight transports the family from the bustling chaos of Los Angeles to the powerful silence of the beautiful Wasatch Range.

With skiing, golfing, the arts, good friends and excellent restaurants in nearby Park City, Bob and Laurie have a relaxing life. However, it is their beautiful home in Deer Valley—where so many family memories are held—that keeps their hearts in Utah. •



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