Words by Tracy Nicholson
Photos by Dan Francis Photography
Both raised on family farms in Stephen, Minnesota, Angie and Jayson Kuznia are experts when it comes to combining home-grown heart with hard work. As the owners of Titan Homes in Fargo, N.D., this couple began their venture into building and designing in 2005 and have been happily raising kids and building houses together ever since.
If you took in the HBA’s Fall Parade of homes, you may have noticed this two-story model home, not just for the stunning interior, but also the well-established neighborhood. Located across from the pond, in close proximity to the Edgewood golf course, this is one new neighborhood with a rare sight…fully grown trees. One of North Fargo’s last in-town areas to be developed, homeowners in Edgewood Estates enjoy plenty of green and sought-after privacy.
For their modern farmhouse, craftsman mix of style, the Kuznia’s make seamless steel siding standard in every home. They also include landscaping, grass, patio and often trees as part of their standard plan.
Exterior Siding – Great Plains Construction
Landscaping – Valley Landscaping
Irrigation – Aqua Lawn
Angie + Jayson
A couple since they were 16, the Kuznia’s streamlined system of working together, began from the ground-up and is still rooted in hard work. Jayson Kuznia graduated from NDSU in mechanical engineering. He also achieved the North Dakota Professional Builder Certification. “I worked as an engineer for a while and when the business started taking off, we went full-time. It was kind of a natural fit. A lot of what I do in project management is making sure all of our jobs stay on schedule and on task. So a lot of my engineer skills, even my farming background, helped build up the skills required to do this kind of work,” said Jayson Kuznia.
Angie Kuznia’s design experience is self-taught and hard-earned.”I attended college for dental assisting, we had kids young, so we really started with nothing. Everything we’ve done we’ve had to do ourselves, from scratch,” said Angie Kuznia. “I was a stay-at-home mom for around seven years until we started this, then I began coordinating around my kids, and it took off from there. Now our youngest is a senior this year at Sheyenne.”
The Kuznias know that building upwards of 30 homes a year takes patience, passion and dedication. After 12 years, they’ve perfected a system of working closely on each home. “We work well together as a team, we’ve got our system down. I do the design end of it from the beginning to the end and Jayson manages the construction process and sub-contractors. I have two design assistants that work with me. They assist going to meetings with our customers as well. They do a fabulous job.”
For Angie Kuznia, building and designing homes is a true passion, built on personal experience. “We built our first home in 2002 for ourselves, then we started with just one model, but it’s always been my passion. At the time, the market was slowing, but I was offering something much different than what was out there with the white trim and doors and additional features like mudrooms. During this time, we didn’t slow down, we just kept growing. I think it’s because I was coming at it with a different approach and just different ideas. We include a lot of upgrades already in our base price, so when people come in, not everything is an add-on, which they really like. A lot of the things that you see in our homes are standard options,” said Angie Kuznia.
Walking us through their gorgeous, farmhouse-inspired model home based on their “Ava” floorplan, Angie Kuznia shows us the custom finishes that make each of their builds unique. “I think it’s a good price-point for most people. You can get a lot of square footage for your money and people like the openness of it,” explained Angie Kuznia. “We’ve been building this plan for probably eight years now with many different renditions of it. Our style as a builder is typically more of that modern, farmhouse, craftsman look.”
Staging – The Private Collection
Cabinetry – Wendt Custom Cabinets
Laminate flooring – Floor to Ceiling Carpet One
2,600 square feet – main and upper floors
Main floor – office, family room, kitchen, pantry dining room, mudroom and half-bath
Upstairs – Master suite plus three additional bedrooms, additional bath and laundry
Designing for the Heart of the Home
For this model home, Angie Kuznia designed a crisp, white kitchen made perfect for entertaining with its open floor plan. A custom-stained, alder island in Knotting grey, stands as the centerpiece of the room. Ample in-island storage, quartz countertop, custom tile backsplash and a farmhouse sink, complete the custom design.
Farmhouse sink – Home Plumbing & Heating
Tile backsplash – Floor to Ceiling Carpet One
Cabinetry – Wendt Custom Cabinets
Plumbing – Home Heating & Plumbing
Tile- Floor to Ceiling Carpet One
Cabinetry and built-ins- Alder in Knotting Grey, Wendt Custom Cabinets
Soaking tub – Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
Fireplace stone – Hebron Brick
“I think the thing for us is that we are very hands-on. A lot of our business is word-of-mouth from previous clients,” said Angie Kuznia. “Many of our contractors that we use have been with us since we started, so they’re really more like family. We just work hard to give people what they want and end up doing a lot of custom designs for people.”
Contact the builder or request a tour of the home:
4631 40th Avenue S, Suite 110