A Real “Up” Movie House Built in Utah

I really liked the animated Disney/Pixar movie Up and the colorful little house that Carl and Ellie spent their lives together in. I still get sniffly just thinking about that opening montage that tells their love story.

So I was intrigued when I heard that some enterprising homebuilders were recreating the house from the movie in Herriman, Utah. What a fun idea! Here’s how it turned out:

Love it! Local station KSL.com reports that Bangerter Homes first got Disney’s permission to build it and then went to work.

It’ll be open for the Salt Lake Parade of Homes July 29-August 14 (man, I wish I could go!) and then it’ll be sold for around $400,000–just enough to cover the building costs.

They paid attention to every small detail, from the weather vane on top of the house:

To Carl and Ellie’s mailbox:

Remember the murals Ellie painted in the nursery and above the fireplace? Those were recreated, too:

The interiors aren’t finished yet, but they’ll have furniture designed to look like what was in the movie.

I would love to see it when it’s finished. Any readers in the Salt Lake area who could go to the Parade of Homes and snap some pics for us? Pretty please?  :-)

There were a lot of colors in the animated version of the house for the builder to replicate:

This makes me wish we used more colors on all of our houses. It’s so cheery!

“The movie kind of captured the idea that a house is a place where you live and you grow up and you live your life,” builder Blair Bangerter says. “We’ve tried to take this movie and bring it to life in a real home.”

They added a little extra space to the house and included a basement that the one in the movie (obviously) didn’t have. Their version has 2,800 square feet and a 2-car detached garage.

With the exterior finished, lookiloos are already stopping by to snap photos of the Up house. The builder adds balloons to the roof on the weekends for fun. “But not too many,” he laughs.

You can read more about it and watch the video on KSL.com. There’s more information and photos of the house being built on the builder’s website. Thanks to Sherrie for telling me about it!


My readers came through! They sent me some great interior photos of the house that you can see here.


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  1. says

    Sweet! It’s pretty amazing that they were able to get permission from Disney to do all of that. I loved “Up!” and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with the rest of the interiors.

    Have a great week!

    : )

    Julie M.

  2. says

    That is excellent! There are few houses I’ve seen on other websites that look similar, but I love that someone has actually recreated the house. I’d love to see pictures of the inside.

  3. says

    How charming! I haven’t seen the movie (heard it was sad, and I get all misty with sad stuff), but our local *nice* theatre is showing it this month as one of the kids’ $2 movies!

  4. says

    I love it and totally agree with you that we should all live in more colorful homes. They ARE cheery and it would be especially fun in the suburbs where homes look so similar.

    I can’t wait to see the inside of this home. I’m sure someone will take you up on your offer to take photos or the local paper or someone will do a great photo slideshow on it.

    Thanks Julia for another great post.

  5. Lynette says

    I live right by Salt Lake! I want to go to the parade of homes and if I do I will definitely take pictures of this house and send them to you!

  6. says

    Just your luck Julia! This house is being built within miles of me….I haven’t made plans to go to the parade of homes yet (we are year round school so I am still busy trying to do all things summer in the next 2 weeks for me kids!) But I’ll see about getting a ticket so I can go take pictures just.for.you!!!! :)

    • hookedonhouses says

      I knew I could count on you guys! I’d love to see anything you get! :-)

    • hookedonhouses says

      How fun! I love the cake and how you put balloons over the little playhouse. Thanks for sharing the photos, Etta! :-)

  7. says

    What a charming house–I love the details and the cheerful colors! I wish I lived out there and could see it in person.

  8. says

    I’m going to the Salt Lake Parade of Homes, so I’ll make sure to get good pictures!

  9. Chrissy says

    Okay, that is just TOO COOL! Love it! Hope all your readers can send you lots of pics!!!! I’d love to see the inside w/ furniture, especially their his/her chairs.

  10. says

    I’ll get my ticket very soon! It’s the closest thing to an English cottage in arid Utah! And the colors can’t help but cheer one “up”!

  11. EmilyC says

    Oh fantastic! I watched this movie with my kids and fell in love with that little house! I can’t wait to see the inside!

  12. says

    How fun is this house?! Such a great and cool idea, and a cheery, vibrant house to recreate from film. I have never seen UP! I was told it was sweetly sad, and as such I haven’t seen it. Disney movies are known to make me cry (Bambi anyone?) but this house is decidedly cheerful! Thanks for sharing Julia!

  13. says

    My Hubby and I love this movie! What fun to receate the home. I wish we lived close so we could tour it. I sure hope someone does and shares it with you so we can see the inside. You find the most wonderful things.

  14. says

    I love that they recreated the movie house. It would be great to see it in person. (Whomever ends up living there will probably always have fans of the movie knocking on their door wanting to see the inside.) I look forward to seeing the interior pictures!

    • hookedonhouses says

      You’re right–I’m sure there will be a lot of uninvited guests in their future!

  15. Kim says

    I’ve seen “Up” more than once and it is a great movie and one of the best pixar movies. How fun that they created the house from the movie! I can’t wait to see pictures of it.

    • hookedonhouses says

      I love Columbia Tusculum! I grew up near there, actually. The houses really are colorful and fun to look at. Thanks for the link, Anne! :-)

  16. Brian says

    I have watched this movie w/ my nephew more times than I can count, I would love to take him their. I’m also amazed at what a detailed job the builder did. If you are building a home, you would want a builder with OCD (or atleast I would) and it looks like this guy has it.

  17. Brian says

    Zoning may not allow this, but wouldn’t it make a great daycare?

  18. says

    Wow Julia! Too adorable! I live just about 15 minutes from that house and I don’t even know if I would have made the effort without your post … YAY! Now I will for sure go. I think we can all try to take pictures, but sometimes in these homes (during the parade) there are signs that say no photos … maybe with cell phones the way they are they know peeps will do it anyway. I’ll try to get some good ones for you!

    • hookedonhouses says

      That’s a good point–they don’t always allow photos. Crossing my fingers that they will this time! :-)

      • Shauna says

        I actually think they would, since they’re trying to sell it, it’s free and easy advertisement!! But I live no where around there (Tulsa, OK), nor have I ever been to a parade of homes (though I’ve always wanted to)!!

    • hookedonhouses says

      I love that they actually tested it out–and it worked. Too funny. Thanks for the link, Laura!

  19. Mary says

    I like those colors. I found a coloring book I used 50 years ago, with a “Twas the Night Before Christmas” theme. No red/green there.. it was all the candy/pastel shades of the little UP house!

  20. says

    I am so glad to know that I was not the only one who teared up during the beginning of this film. I was so glad I was watching it at home with my daughter, because I literally burst out into a sob… it was so precious!

  21. says

    My 10 year daughter, Joelle ,says “Sweet”! and that is the “awesome kind of sweet!” Very fun!!

  22. Janice Mahon says

    This is just wonderful. The movie was spectacular. I read somewhere that Ed Asner, who voiced Carl, wasn’t too happy about how he was physically portrayed in the movie. Well, Ed Asner is an old curmudgeon just like Carl. You gotta love them both! Thanks for posting.

  23. says

    That’s not too far from me! I’d love to take some pictures from the Parade of Homes and share them with you!

  24. Andreanna Ahn says

    Wow~ That’s toally awesome!!
    Thanks for sharing~~ ^^

  25. Amy says

    This house is beyond adorable. I love that they stayed true to so many details from the movie. Those colors! And the murals are so cute.

  26. Shauna says

    I LOVE it!! I actually saw this on AOL, thought “hmmm, I wonder…,” and low and behold, your link is the one imbedded in their article!! Now I definitely know (not that I ever doubted!!) you’re on top of your game!! I’ve never posted before (I don’t think, that is!), but I couldn’t resist on this one. I’ve never, even as a kid, been a fan of cartoons or anything animated (I know, sad, right?!), but I’ve started to over the past 3+ years, especially since all the D/P movies are so great. UP was one of my favorite movies, likely due to the love story (a genre which I’m a HUGE fan of!!) that starts in the beginning and is woven throughout the entire film. Also, I loved the bird, and that was before they started calling “him” Kevin, which is my husband’s name!! The movie really felt similar to our relationship, and as both of us are nursing students, we both felt really connected to the relationships the characters had, the constant draining of funds for rainy days (we were married in Jamaica in 2005 and started school a month before our 1 year anniversary in 2006, we’ve been trying to save up and it’s never happened!), and understanding that life is short (we deal with death, or the possibility of death, every day). Sorry this is so long, I just wanted to say that I loved Up, I love love LOVE your website (seriously, LOVE; I’m a big fan of homes, we rent an apartment, but what’s kept my sanity over the past 2+ years of nursing school is that my “stress reliever” has been planning our dream house in my spare time (using websites like http://www.eplans.com and http://www.floorplanner.com, and yours now too (I’ve only known about HOH for a few months, and I could spend all my waking moments getting caught up!!))). Thanks for posting this, I’m on hubby’s computer, but I’m soon going to hop over to mine and post this to FB. Love your blog, keep it up, PLEASE!! Hope you’re having a beautiful week!!

  27. says

    me too, me too! I have fallen in love now!!!!! Hope to see some more pictures from inside, when it´s ready! sunny greetings from germany, geisslein

  28. Sariah says

    My sister in law works for Bangerter homes and was the person who designed the floor plan for the “Up” house. She took us on a little private tour while it was mid-construction and it was great seeing how livable the house is. It’s a great combination of the sweet house from the movie meeting modern construction. A few extra details, that seem rather ironic compared to how I’m sure we all picture the movie version of the house, include a theater room in the basement (in which they’ll be playing the movie during the Parade of Homes) and two full sized laundry rooms – one upstairs and one in the basement. They’ll also have a member of the Bangerter family dressed up as Carl sitting in his chair during at least part of the tours too, which I thought was a great idea.

    The only sad part is that the city is requiring them to re-paint it “normal” colors and to take out the picket fence after the tours are over. :(

    • hookedonhouses says

      Seriously? They’re making them repaint it? AND take the picket fence out?! That IS sad. :(

  29. mon says

    I loved reading this article, up to the point where I saw that the house was 2, 800 sq. ft. Sorry, but to me that just defeats the whole purpose of recreating the house with all its details… Love the colors, and windows, and porch. But why supersize everything these days? *sigh*

  30. Shellyce says

    just a quick note, the website is KSL not KLS (that one is not a good one)

  31. Cassandra says

    I drove past it last week and took some photos. It is so cute, my heart went pitter patter.

  32. jane says

    Uhm, you guys didnt match EVERYTHING exactly as the movie, the roof is hardly the same. How disappointing.

  33. Emily Miskin says

    I have pictures of the UP house, where do I send them to you?!! It’s amazing inside- when you walk in it truly feels like you’re in the movie!

  34. Shan says

    We just saw this house during the Parade of Homes. You would love the kitchen. It’s retro and turquoise!

  35. Natalie says

    I saw it on the 2nd to last day it was open for tours and it was so adorable! I felt like a little kid cause half a block down my cousin and I got free ice cream and cotton candy. I asked one of the Bangerter brothers who was there for questions if the house is being repainted and…he said no! :) The city loved it so much they said everything could stay! Also he said that Disney loved the floorplans etc they bought all the rights to it so if anyone wants to build another Up house they’ll have to go through Disney. :) Yay for happy cute homes!

  36. Tim says

    I just saw an item for this house on the news… enchanting! The concept goes hand-in-hand with Mark Bennett’s book of his fantasy blueprints for famous TV family homes, “TV Sets.” People have a fascination with this sort of lighthearted fun! Along with Cleveland’s “‘Christmas Story’ House” and Iowa’s “‘Field of Dreams’ ball field,” this could become a fine tourist attraction. Since Disney has the rights and blueprints, however, maybe they want to build their own version in their parks! It sure brings a smile… :-)