In the first few minutes of Disney/Pixar Studios’ beloved movie “Up,” viewers are treated to Carl and Ellie’s realization of a childhood dream: bring their colorful vision of home to life in a run-down house that ultimately takes Carl on the adventure of a lifetime. For many people, it resonates with personal visions of the meaning of home.
The movie caught the eye of Utah-based custom builder Bangerter Homes, especially Blair Bangerter, who fell in love with the idea that a similar home could be purchased and lived in by a family that will start to build memories the day they move in, just like Carl and Ellie.
Two years and many long conversations with Disney/Pixar later, Bangerter Homes had the go-ahead to recreate the house – a rare occurrence from Disney that limited permission to building just one home.
The Bangerter design team poured over film footage of the house to create an exact replica, imagining the unseen parts of the house. A challenge in the design was finding the right windows. In the movie, the couple fixes up an old house with boarded-up windows, but Bangerter was building in the new-to-look-old style.
To find the best solution, Bangerter turned to Salt Lake City-based All Purpose Windows and Doors. The two companies had a long working history, so understanding the unique challenges of the project, including the budget, led to fast window selection: Andersen® 100 Series windows.
With Fibrex® composite material frames and a seamless, understated design, 100 Series windows delivered the best of both worlds: strength allowing for narrow frames, durability and a low-maintenance finish that could be changed without voiding the warranty. The price fit the builder’s budget too. Bangerter had found the perfect windows for their “Up” house.
Complete with balloons rising from the chimney, the 2,800 square-foot house built in Herriman, Utah, was the star of the 2011 Salt Lake City Parade of Homes. Find out more about this unique home and Bangerter Homes here.