Daybreak Began as a Bunch of Ideas

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Lightbulb

We asked ourselves: how might we improve on the whole notion of community? How might we find ways to make each day more effortless and healthful and beautiful?

Lake Rendering
Lake Pier
Lake

At the beginning, some of the concepts seemed far-fetched. Like the idea of building the community around a large man-made lake.

Street Rendering
Walkway
Rocket

But that’s the funny thing about ideas. It may take a lot of work to get them started. But at some point they take on a life of their own. They begin to create their own momentum.

City Rendering
City Townhomes
Fireworks

Then one day you stop and look around. And you’re amazed at the transformation that has taken place.

Concert
Power

That’s the power of good ideas.

Ceiling Fan
IDEA 1: DESIGN

It’s EVERYTHING

If Daybreak feels different from other places, it’s because we see every decision as an opportunity to enrich people’s lives. To create something so beautiful, so smart, or so beautiful and smart that it actually changes your day for the better.

Variety

Architectural variety is the cornerstone of Daybreak’s design philosophy. It makes the simple act of walking down the street a joy. And it lets each home fulfill its most important role: to reflect the personality of the family who lives there.

THE FRONT PORCH

A big front porch stimulates conversation, inspires neighborliness and looks way better than a garage. That’s why almost every home in Daybreak has one.

GROWING THINGS

It takes more than grass and a few trees to create a great park. In Daybreak, parks and trails and native plantings are carefully designed to make every moment you spend out in the community a rich visual experience.

DETAILS

Was it necessary to give the public bathrooms next to Oquirrh Lake a touch of seaside architecture? Did we really need to invent the special plant boxes for SoDa Row? For that matter, did we have to create a massive book of design guidelines for homebuilders? No. But then again, yes.

Lake Grass View
IDEA 2: SUSTAINABILITY

REMEMBER
THE FUTURE

Daybreak is founded on the knowledge that the decisions we make today will be felt by our children and their children. We’re Daybreak Communities, the people behind Daybreak. And our hope is that Daybreak is helping to reveal a new pattern for growth in the Salt Lake Valley. Helping it become a place where commerce thrives. Where people feel a deep connection to nature and to each other. And where the careful conservation of energy, land and other resources gives our children the safe, healthy future they deserve.

Bike Bridge
IDEA 3: WALKABILITY

THE 5-MINUTE RULE

Studies have shown that most people are willing to leave the car in the garage if the place they want to go to is within a 5-minute walk. We based the plan for Daybreak on this simple rule, placing parks, restaurants, shopping, schools, offices and light rail within easy walking or biking distance from your home. And tying the entire community together with trails, sidewalks and bicycle highways.

Playground
IDEA 5: HEALTHY LIVING

GO PLAY

With 30 miles of trails, Oquirrh Lake in the Lower Villages, the Watercourse coming soon to the Upper Villages, and at least one park within easy walking distance of every home, Daybreak is really just one huge playground/gym/mediation studio. And with concerts, farmers markets and all the other events created by our dedicated LiveDAYBREAK team, Daybreak is a perpetual invitation to play together.

Girl Rain
IDEA 6: EDUCATION

LET ‘EM WALK
TO SCHOOL

In Daybreak, most kids live within walking distance of a good school. Even more amazing, most of them actually walk. How is this possible? First, we’re working with the excellent South Jordan School District to add neighborhood schools as the community grows. Then it’s just a matter of designing the whole place to make walking easier, safer and more fun. It’s elementary.

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