[Epic Homes + Lindsey Grace Interiors + Mevold Studio]
Story by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by Dan Francis Photography
If you work in the city, but dream of small town living, Casselton Farms just might be your perfect match. A stone's throw from their newly renovated school, this development is already off to a beautiful start. Last month, during the Fall Parade of Homes, Epic Homes debuted the neighborhood's first model home with three finished levels and 4,000 square feet. To create unique finishes and give every inch architectural appeal, Epic Homes worked closely with Lindsey Grace Interiors and Mevold Studio. The result is a timeless, family-centric home, custom designed for families on the grow.
Welcome to Casselton Farms
Located roughly 20 minutes west of Fargo, Casselton Farms was developed by Kenny Johnson and designed by Jan Mevold of Mevold Studio, to help meet the needs of Casselton's growing community. As the first to break ground, Mevold worked with Epic Homes and Lindsey Grace Interiors to design a memorable model home, making the most of the 20,000 square foot lot. According to Mevold, phase one will be located closest to the school and include nearly 50 homes, all of which will have access to architectural consults from Mevold Studio.
Inside the Family-Centric Design
At 4,000 square feet, the model home features three fully finished floors with a three-stall garage including bonus back space and enclosed storage. The main floor and basement are both comprised of 1,130 square feet, while the second floor with five bedrooms and flex space equates to 1,620 square feet.
According to Taylor Belk of Epic Homes, one of their biggest goals was to create a family-friendly home that would be a stand out in design and function. "The interior is a good mix of styles; it's bold, but simple at the same time," said Belk. To create this style, the three had to work together via architectural design, interior design and construction. "Before we started, Lindsey put together an inspiration board; it was great and very timeless, so we ran with it," said Mevold. "During the Parade of Homes, people mentioned how they felt it was contemporary, but also warm, which is what we were trying to achieve."
"We used primarily higher-end finishes, luxury vinyl tile, and natural stains that we knew would be able to keep up with kids, pets and busy families," said Christie. "The palette has a lot of neutral tones with some industrial elements, but it feels a bit softer. I didn't want to ignore the details just because I wasn't working for a specific client yet. We had the free rein to go above and beyond with the details."
The rein of finite details begins with a striking exterior and is quickly noted in the foyer and beyond. "We did a case opening from the foyer to the kitchen to make it feel more finished," said Christie. "Details like this added durability, making sure we didn't have exposed sheetrock in a high traffic area." Throughout the home, white-washed oak doors, white trim, black hardware, and antique bronze lighting offer families a timeless base to build upon.
Living Room Luxe
Combining subtle focal points through distinguished details and a variance of wood species, the team opted for stained poplar beams, white shiplap ceiling, and a CORETec, luxury vinyl plank in a white-washed wood look. Adding a major focal point is a stunning, custom fireplace with a cabinet surround and a quartz bench which mimics the high-style of soapstone, without the maintenance. Christie staged the home with inviting and timeless furniture pieces, relying on neutral tones which would allow for layering in throw pillows, artwork and pops of color.
"The Midwest generally sees trends two to three years after they've hit the east and west coasts. One of my goals is to take those styles and bring them to the Midwest," said Christie. "Everyone still wants that fresh white, blank palette, but they want to bring in the different woods. Just in this one space, we probably have four or five different woods in the home design as well as furniture. Mixing wood tones can be a really beautiful way to add texture and make the home feel a bit more livable and comfortable. I want this model home to be an example of the importance of investing in millwork like the ceiling details, beams and fireplace. These details are the difference between a house looking like new construction or feeling like a real home with established character."
With a gourmet kitchen and dining room at the center of the main level, the team opted for a mix of bold and organic design, using the exterior's real stone for the kitchen and coffee bar's backsplash with floating shelves. To further define the kitchen, Mevold framed in the stone wall from floor to ceiling. Features include a 10-foot, white-washed oak island with oversized pendants, apron farmhouse sink, polished nickel plumbing, and industrial black hardware.
To the left you'll find a pocket door to the walk-in pantry with an additional freezer and motion sensor lighting. To the right is a dining room with three-quarter height board and batten, offering a dose of modernized, historic charm.
"Throughout the home, we did a lot of layered lighting with can lights, pendants, wall sconces and chandeliers - it really helps to bring out the detailing, but also gives us different levels of lighting which makes the space feel a lot warmer," explained Christie.
Beyond the kitchen is a mudroom made for multitasking. Christie chose a beautiful, porcelain brick tile, charcoal cabinetry built-ins with antique brass hardware, and an enclosed coat closet with barn door and modern acrylic pulls. This back area also offers a powder room with floating vanity, leather pulls, and a higher backsplash, custom cut by Northern Stone.
The home's second level includes three kid's bedrooms with an office/flex space, hallway homework nook, guest bath, laundry and master suite. With the goal to make one of the five rooms a flex space, the team designed the office with a vaulted ceiling and a spacious walk-in closet that could easily transition to another bedroom.
In the hallway, you'll find a unique homework nook with black and antique brass sconce lighting. "With side-by-side seating, families always say how nice it is to be able to sit next to each other for homework, instead of having that divide in the middle," explained Christie.
Mastering the Suite
Upstairs, the master suite is a haven with six windows designed to capture natural light, playing perfectly with the neutral tones and vaulted ceiling of the expansive room.
Inside the master bath, the team put their creative minds together to create a one-of-a-kind, spa-like retreat. A separate makeup vanity resides near the massive walk-in closet, while a his and hers vanity feature shaded wall sconces mounted directly on the custom mirrors. One of the home's standout features is the custom glass enclosure by Frontier Glass. To create a seamless transition from the vanities into the enclosed glass shower, the team worked with Northern Stone to design waterfall edge quartz that finishes inside the glass.
Lower Level Luxe
Vowing to redefine typical basements, Epic and Mevold designed the lower level with spacious windows to capture natural light and give the family room a lighter and brighter aura. To create the room's feature wall, the team opted for black shiplap with natural walnut built-ins and a contemporary, linear fireplace. Just off the family room, the team made the most of the under-stair storage space creating a charming playhouse entrance with custom stonework and playful half door.
This level also features a sleek wet bar with black shiplap, waterfall edge bar top, custom-painted cabinetry and ample space for a nearby pool table.
Find the Finishes:
For more information, contact:
Taylor Belk, EPIC Homes
Lindsey Christie, Lindsey Grace Interiors
Jan Mevold, Mevold Studio
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