Words by Tracy Nicholson / Photography by Dan Francis Photography

For the Krueger family, making dreams come true is all in a day’s work. Founded by Greg and Bonnie Krueger in 1984, today their custom home-building team is spearheaded by all three Krueger siblings and their spouses. Kristi Krueger-Roscoe and Clayton Roscoe, Corey Krueger and Kim Krueger-Tehan with her husband Jimmy Tehan. This month, they took us on a tour of their recent model home in the beautiful Rocking Horse Farm neighborhood of West Fargo.

The Style

A custom home-builder by trade, it’s rare that the Krueger team builds the same home twice, but this is the second time they’ve built “The Lila” plan as a spec home. Model homes are meant to be shown, but the first time they built this particular plan, it sold before it was even listed, so it never quite got its time in the spotlight. “All of our homes are completely custom, so this is a great example of a larger footprint rambler,” said Krueger-Tehan. “The plan itself was originally designed by Jimmy and my dad, then Kristi selected the finishes. We love it because it’s a little out of our traditional wheelhouse. Kristi did an awesome job with more modern finishes and features like the floating vanity, flat cupboard fronts, waterfall island, five-panel doors and a horseshoe staircase design. I think it’s a great mix of styles, I don’t think it’s too stark or modern. That was kind of the goal when Kristi set out to design this – she wanted it to have modern elements but still be warm and inviting,” said Krueger-Tehan.

“Modern and edgy is a different style for us. We were used to building in a more traditional and craftsman style like our own homes, but it’s fun to do something like this with more of the geometric patterns incorporated,” said Krueger-Roscoe.

Shiplap Envy

In the open concept main level, the living room offers 11-foot coffered ceilings, contemporary built-ins and large-plank shiplap. This accent wall gives the room a more modern focal point with high-design using bold neutral tones.

Mid-century Modern Dining

The Krueger’s kitchen design centers around a nine-foot island with a stunning, waterfall-edge, quartz countertop. The team worked with Wendt Custom Cabinets to lend the kitchen a more modern appeal with high-dimension details like the raised hexagon backsplash tile. Mid-century modern lighting and waterproof, laminate flooring extend through to the remainder of the home for a unified design approach.

“Although many homeowners are buying their lighting online, the Krueger team has done their research, finding competitive pricing locally from Valley Lights in Fargo. “It’s really beneficial to have the company right here in town. They deliver it to the house, take care of all of the bulbs, and if something’s wrong with it they come and pick it up and warranty it,” said Krueger-Roscoe.

Mudroom Magic

Typically, we see mudrooms which are designed to accommodate just the homeowner with a location only accessible to those entering from the garage. With Krueger’s unique corridor design, this mudroom can be accessed from both the garage and the front entrance. As a custom design by Corey Krueger, vice president of Krueger homes, it offers the locker and cubby space homeowners want with barn doors on each side to close off the space. This design also eliminates the need for a separate coat closet near the main entrance. Krueger worked with Wendt once again to create the mudroom and drop zone cabinets in a black-stained poplar.

Master Suite + Functional Flow

With a larger footprint than the average rambler, the Krueger team was able to accommodate a more functional flow through the master suite. This layout leads the homeowner on a full-circle walk from the bedroom to the master bath, walk-in closet and laundry, which is then connected to the back entry and mudroom. “We do this a lot in our two-stories, but most of our model ramblers end up being under 1,800 square feet. It’s nice when we have more square footage where we can incorporate some of those interesting elements for a more convenient flow,” said Krueger-Tehan.

Why Rocking Horse Farm? 

“This is a really unique neighborhood in terms of character; people have really liked the different approach that Ken and Jan Promersberger took with their planning. Most standard lots are 80×120 but their standard size is 90×140,” said Corey Krueger. This is the sixth house their team has built in Rocking Horse Farm in West Fargo. They currently have two models in this neighborhood and a handful of other lots here that they’ve either optioned or purchased. “I think we just feel like this neighborhood is a good fit for the types of homes that we build in this type of community. There are a lot of great amenities and site planning. We also love the architectural review process through Chris Hawley Architects that they offer with each new build. Ken and Jan have been great to work with,” said Krueger-Tehan.

Transparency in Numbers 

“The majority of the homes we build are in the $450,000 to $600,000-plus range. This home is a model home and is listed at $374,292 plus the lot price of $67,700,” said Krueger-Roscoe. “Our pricing breakdown is meant to be very transparent and breaks down different finish upgrades based on what type of home it is and where you choose to build. We can do any type of custom finish, but since most of the homes we build are pre-sold, we really focus on staying within the homeowner’s budget.”

All in the Family

“We have been working with my dad since we were little kids,” said Krueger-Roscoe. “We scrapped sites, we cleaned for a long time then painted. We all went to college for something else but eventually came back to the family business. We each have our own areas of expertise; I work on the finishes, layout and interior design. Kim’s greatest strength is that she’s very meticulous, which is perfect for her role as a realtor and director of sales and marketing. Kim’s husband Jimmy is our project manager and came on board with an aviation background and masters in business. My brother Corey is our vice president and has become our top seller as a realtor – people really enjoy working with him. My mom also used to work in the office, but these days, being a grandma is her main priority. So, I think we all have something different and unique that we bring to the table.”

 

Find the Finishes:

Builder – Krueger Construction

Interior Design – Kristi Krueger-Roscoe

Staging – Kim Krueger-Tehan, Kristi Krueger-Roscoe

Mudroom, bathroom and kitchen cabinetry/countertops – Wendt Custom Cabinets

Flooring and tile – Imperial Flooring

Accent wall paint color – Black Fox, Sherwin Williams

Lighting – Valley Lights

 

For more information, contact:

Krueger Construction

1133-A Harwood Drive, Fargo

701.239.0015

kruegerbuilt.com

 

MLS #: 18-2025