[Urban Prairie Homes ]
Story by Alyssa Nishek
Photography provided by Micah J. Zimmerman, Amdak Productions
Local home builder, Urban Prairie Homes, provides a building experience rich in creativity and design. Based in Fargo, N.D., owner, Joe Richards, spent twenty-one years as the owner-operator of a large drywall company before branching out to home building.
“I wanted to provide something different at an affordable price point,” shared Richards, who's project designs range from modern, contemporary farmhouse to conservative.
In the beginning...
Richards carefully assembled a team of experienced subcontractors with the same level of care for the home building process as himself.
“On our houses, I’ve been lucky to work with a great group of subcontractors that I’ve been friends with and worked with all these years. Most of them are on the jobsite throughout the build as owner-operators and care about the homes as if they were their own”, shared Richards, whom, with his old school work ethic, can be found onsite of each build as well.
To create their specialty custom experience, Urban Prairie Homes offers homeowners first-hand involvement in the building process alongside draftsman, electricians, sheet rockers, cabinet makers, and finish carpenters. The building process is thoroughly a team effort from the beginning to final stages, contractors and homeowners are commonly on a first name basis by the end of the build.
With an architectural flair and a consistent desire to provide something unique, Richards has yet to build the same home twice. You'll notice this element of diversity in the detailed design found throughout Urban Prairie Home's array of projects we have photographed.
Richards's natural eye for design continually compliments the goals and unique ideas that clients bring to the table. “The best part is creating something new for each individual homeowner. We get to take their ideas, and bring them to life,” explained Richard on his love for the craft.
Though Urban Prairie Homes has consistently built in the mid to higher end price range, Richards and his team is working on providing an affordable price point option to encompass all aspiring homeowners. By putting all blueprints out to bid, UPH actively searches for pricing to accommodate every client's budget. When possible, seeking and creating alternative options is an essential part of the Urban Prairie process.
What the Homeowners Are Saying!
“Joe has taken my vision and turned it into a reality, working with me on details ranging from floorplans to cabinet handles. Seeing my vision come to life even better than imagined has been truly exciting.”
“We had an amazing experience working with Joe, Jenny, and the Urban Prairie Home team. They gave us the creative flexibility to build the home we had been dreaming of. Their support through the whole process made building a one of a kind house easy and fun.”
"As a first time home builder, Joe was phenomenal to work with. He was professional, honest and only gave us options that worked in our budget. He kept an open mind and had an exceptional level of detail in his work. We love our home and highly recommend the Urban Prairie Homes experience."
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