Behind Beautiful Doors
[ Dawn Schmitt, Floor to Ceiling Carpet One ]
Story by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by Robb Siverson Photography, with portrait by Dan Francis Photography
A hot ticket on the Remodeled Home Tour (October 5-6), the Heggedal's updated Prairiewood residence does not disappoint. Working with Interior Designer, Dawn Schmitt of Floor to Ceiling Carpet One, and Dan Savageau Construction, their 1985 golden oak home got a gold star overhaul.
Starting at the foyer and circling around to the living room, kitchen, dining room, powder room, laundry room and back mudroom - the Heggedals have redesigned the home they've loved for 22 years. Beginning with demo on August 27 last year with Interior Designer, Dawn Schmitt of Floor to Ceiling Carpet One, and contractors, Dan and Dillon Savageau, the team was able to complete the renovation by Christmas.
"Our goal was to design a new kitchen, but I knew it would expand into the dining room and other rooms because of the way the walls were. In the back of my mind, I thought it might turn into more; my husband, however, thought maybe it was just going to be the kitchen," laughed Mona Heggedal. If Heggedal looks familiar, chances are she is - she is a kindergarten teacher at South Fargo's Lewis & Clark and is happily going on her 32nd year in teaching.
What was once a dark, golden oak kitchen is now a spacious, white and bright focal point. Schmitt worked with the contractor and homeowners to redesign the space with custom, maple cabinetry, quartz countertops, polished chrome hardware, rain glass inserts and custom columns with crown molding on each end. With the removal of walls, the columns created an elegant detail which doubles as clever room dividers with display and book cases.
The new kitchen island is a 15-foot masterpiece which is cleverly angled to provide an additional four-feet with more seating for entertaining. To create interest, they chose a custom color base with lighted display facing the front entrance of home. "We lit up the toe kick on purpose - originally, when you walked in the house, this area was closed off, so we wanted the first thing people see when they come in, is something beautiful," said Schmitt.
With the idea to keep their kitchen design seamless, Schmitt worked with the contractors to design a hidden basement door, building the new cabinets around this feature. From the outside, it appears to be large cabinet doors, probably to a pantry, but open it up, and you'll find the secret stairs to the Heggedal's lower level. "The secret doorway carried a sense of fun and uniqueness that is so very important for a successful remodel or build," said Schmitt.
To create a new dining room, the team took over the space once designated as the family room. To update the existing brick and wood fireplace, they added a gas insert, created built-ins, added a weathered wood mantel and surround with soapstone seating. Beautiful built-ins extend to bench seating with a view of the golf course, while a custom column and display cabinet cap each end.
By taking down walls and reconfiguring the space, the team was able to carve out a much larger laundry room. A stunning gold foil penny tile from Floor to Ceiling flanks the laundry room's walls - a finish that was also carried into the upstairs bath. Beyond the laundry, Schmitt and Dan Savageau Construction created a back entrance mudroom and drop zone with a pocket door leading to the new powder room.
"I love what I do and I always try to transfer some of that excitement to my clients during the process. I look for a color, a finish, or an idea that they really love, and then build on that to increase their happiness upon completion. Mona loved those star burst knobs early on and we just had to find the perfect spot to place them. They still make her smile, and that is very important to me," said Schmitt.
Down with the Walls
While you might see a den and piano room now, this space was once a formal dining room, closed off and divided by a wall. In addition, the old formal living room is now the family room. Eliminating the hallways and the wall between the kitchen and the new den allowed for a much brighter, open-concept layout that influenced the entire main level.
To avoid a costly rebuild or refinish on the foyer's golden oak stairwell, Dan and Dillon Savageau painted the skirt boards all the way up, leaving the stairs and railing as-is.
Challenges & Triumphs
"One of my challenges was to try and keep character in the home, even though we were tearing all the walls out," said Schmitt. "The other challenge was just that there were so many different aspects going on - we didn't want to make it too busy, so we had to find some common threads, which is what we did with the posts, custom trim and colors. To do this, we assisted with the selection of all the lighting, paint finishes, and some of the furniture. All the large rugs in the home were custom made by Floor to Ceiling. We also updated the flooring throughout, choosing Carpet One's luxury vinyl plank in a distressed, wood-look."
"One of the challenges for us was making sure the second floor was supported properly as we were taking out walls; we added three beams for support," said Dan Savageau. "We also updated all of the electrical and lighting, and the plumbing had to be moved." The idea for the columns was initially chosen because they thought they would need to hide water pipes within posts.
"We planned everything out really well, so we didn't have any big surprises. My favorite part of this project was working with Mona, she was always more than happy to try something new and she really put her herself in our hands," said Schmitt.
"We are just loving the changes, and it's so much more relaxing. When we're entertaining, it's wonderful to have everyone all together in one room. Both my husband and I felt like we could really trust Dawn and the team. We had a timeline and they really stuck to it."
Find the Finishes!
Take a Tour: HBA's Remodeled Home Tour
If you'd like to tour the Heggedal's renovation, the HBA's Remodeled Home Tour runs October 5-6 and their Prairiewood residence is one of five featured homes included on a $5 ticket. Proceeds benefit Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation. Find the details at paradefm.com
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