If you love animated movies, the movie Up is probably on the list of ones you must not miss. For some lucky fans, the movie is their reality with an Up-themed home. A homebuilder made sure to replicate every little detail, from the windows to the mailbox outside.
In 2009, moviegoers were treated to a new story from Disney/Pixar.
Movie watchers were instantly drawn into the story, which centered
around an elderly man who uses thousands of helium balloons to lift his
home into the air on the way to South America to fulfill a dream that he
had with his deceased wife. The story is a sweet one and the house
takes center stage as viewers watch it float through the air on its
journey to South America. When a Utah area homebuilder had the idea to
pay homage to the film with a life size replica of the building,
Disney/Pixar gave an unprecedented approval after two years of
How The Exterior, Including Windows, Sets The First Impression
the movie, the home looks depressed, with the windows in sad shape and
the colors dull. This wasn't the impression homebuilders wanted to make
with the life size replica so the builder used bright, sunny colors like
baby blue, sunny yellow, lime green and other beautiful colors that
showed off what the building looked in its prime. Because the builder
wanted it to have a great exterior and be energy efficient, they turned
to a local window replacement company for advice. The window replacement
company helped the builder determine which windows fit the whimsical
feel of the house. Additional outdoor touches like Carl and Ellie's
mailbox, the weather vane and even the garden hose reel help complete
How The Inside Continues The Experience
though the house was built in 2011, the builders took great care to
replicate the inside, as well as the outside. In the movie, Ellie the
wife, paints murals above the fireplace and in the room that she hopes
will someday belong to a baby. The real life home has these same murals,
but the details don't stop there. The photos that line the staircase
feature the characters from the movie and the furniture is modeled after
the style of the 1950s. Even the kitchen is decorated in a retro look,
with shiny, baby blue appliances. Although everything is designed to
look old-fashioned, the house couples old-fashioned charm with modern
amenities like a high efficiency washer and dryer.
What The Home Did For The Local Economy
2011, the building sold for 400,000 to a couple who planned to make it
their home. However, before the house was ever sold, more than 45,000
people toured the house through the Salt Lake City Parade of Homes. The
building brought people to the local area from all over the country,
which increased the area's tourism and inspired the local government to
pass a resolution honoring the building. Additionally, touches like the
energy efficient windows and high efficiency appliances mean that the
home's carbon footprint is reduced.
The house became privately
owned in 2011 and therefore isn't open to tours, but homeowners who want
to experience the charm of an older home with the efficiency of a new
one can ask the builder for an Up-style home. Although it won't be
painted with the movie's cheery colors or be full of 1950s furniture,
owners can have their own piece of movie history.
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