Story by: Alyssa Nishek
Photography by: Dan Francis Photography
Dating back to 1984, Greg Krueger built his first ever home in Minot, North Dakota for his young family. Since, he has used his trade to build a family business, known as Krueger Construction.
“We know what it’s like to sweep the basements and pick up the scraps at new home builds!” explained Kimberly Krueger Tehan of her and her siblings' chores growing up.
Greg’s daughter, Kimberly, works as the marketing & business development director for Krueger Construction. Kimberly recently walked me around a newer home she and her husband designed themselves, located in the River’s Bend neighborhood of West Fargo, North Dakota.
River’s Bend is lined by a thick row of trees and boasts its own private pond. The neighborhood is home to an eclectic array of homes ranging from smaller ramblers to others upwards of two million dollars. It offers parks, bike paths and outdoor exercise equipment to its inhabitants.
The front entrance of this four bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home features custom oak, circle saw ceiling beams done by Wendt Cabinetry. Off the front entrance sits a home office space with glass enclosed doors. This space is something Krueger Construction aims to include in each of their floor plans, whether it be used as an office, kids' play space or den.
“One of my favorite features is the china hutch breaking up the huge kitchen,” said Kimberly of the wooden built-in kitchen storage. Also found in the bright and airy space is a dark stained island, a design choice typically made for usability purposes. The quartz countertops are from Wendt Cabinetry, sourced from Spalding Stone in Moorhead, Minnesota.
The unique shape of the painted fireplace is meant to mimic the hood of the kitchen stove. You’ll find the same wooden oak material of the ceiling beams serving as a mantle. Built-in cabinetry, also done by Wendt, creates extra storage on either side of the fireplace.
Sunroom: A step down off the living room space brings you to a vaulted sunroom, with a shiplap ceiling and oversized windows looking out onto the oversized lots of River's Bend. The wooden ceiling beam is made from the same custom oak material, tying in with the other woodwork throughout the home. Adjacent patio doors are available off the sunroom and dining area.
“When we set out to design a house, obviously we want it to be beautiful, but the livability portion is really important as well,” Kimberly explained of their focus on storage. Upstairs you’ll find four bedrooms, each with double closets. The second story is also home to two full baths and a linen closet.
The master bathroom features a deep soaker tub, a tile shower, quartz countertops and luxury vinyl plank flooring showcasing a unique damask pattern. In the master bathrooms of their larger rambler and two story homes, Krueger Construction offers various options to home builders, including a soaker tub, tile shower and stool space. All their master bathrooms also connect to a walk-in closet and/or laundry space, as well.
“Another great feature is the passthrough from the master suite to the laundry space. It’s so convenient!”
All of the home’s lighting was sourced from Valley Lights of Fargo, North Dakota, including the matching chandeliers in the master bedroom and stairway.
The back entry of the home, as Kimberly put it, "was a total departure from our normal design.” Still featuring their mudroom staples--built-in storage, a drop zone, a charging station with a USB port, and a closet--but offering a bit more vibrancy with its deep blue colored storage space and a half bath lined with decorative, geometric cement flooring tile.
A "Work From Home" Hideaway
Story by: Alyssa Nishek
Photography by: Dan Francis Photograph
Our very own Dan Francis and his wife, Amanda, recently embarked on a personal remodel project to their home, originally built in 1907. Former elementary school teacher, Amanda, recently started a new position within the State Behavioral Health Division. Amanda began working from home full-time in January and will likely be permanently doing so in her new position.
For the last five months Amanda’s home office has been in the enclosed porch space situated just off the main living area of the Francis's home. With a ten-year-old son who enjoys playing video games in the nearby living area, and uneven flooring in the enclosed porch that has caused Amanda’s desk chair to spontaneously roll away on more than one occasion, the space proved to be unfit for productivity. Thus, Dan and Amanda decided it was time to convert the attic into an office space!
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