[EPIC Homes + Lindsey Grace Interiors]
Story by Lindsey Christie
Photography by Northern Stories
As a designer, this newly constructed, modern farmhouse in North Fargo's Edgewood neighborhood, was a dream to work on. I recently partnered with EPIC Homes and worked alongside Taylor Belk, and architect Jan Mevold, of Mevold Studio. Working with the homeowner's vision and Epic Homes' expert craftsmanship, we got the opportunity to make their vision a reality. Through a timeless fusion of modern and farmhouse finishes, see how the exterior's stunning design was carried through to every beautiful interior space.
Partnering for Perfection
I am so fortunate to be able to work alongside the EPIC Homes team. As a local designer (Lindsey Grace Interiors), my role in the ongoing partnership is to make sure no details go untouched; not only help in pulling together finishes, but also schedule meetings and track selections. Building a home can be stressful and it's common to hear from homeowners who have been overwhelmed during prior building experiences. The possibilities are endless and homeowners want to know all the options available to them, while also ensuring everything will come together upon installation. This is what led to my partnership with EPIC Homes. Our ultimate goal is to simplify the custom home building process while making it enjoyable for the homeowner.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!
We simplify the process by breaking down selection meetings, creating visuals of each space, and maintaining constant communication with the clients throughout the build. But, the "teamwork makes the dream work" process doesn’t start there. It actually starts with architect, Jan Mevold of Mevold Studio. EPIC Homes partners with Mevold Studio to carefully create floor plans specific to the homeowner’s lifestyle and vision. The exterior details of the home are shown in customized renderings, allowing the clients to visualize their design from the very start. "Partnering with an architect allows us to make each home unique; it’s a vital part of the process that makes us a true custom home builder,” explains EPIC Homes partner, Taylor Belk.
Their process begins by sitting down, and truly listening to the homeowners - a time that the EPIC Homes team feels is pivotal to the success of each build. In these meetings, space functionality, ceiling design and overall layout are discussed in detail. For example, utilizing natural lighting along with window placement is a top priority to make each home feel larger and brighter.
Take a Tour!
[Room by Room Breakdown]
The Edgewood Farmhouse was built to showcase the homeowner’s personal style. The layout is also suitable for the homeowner’s busy family with an open layout on the main level, and a large bonus room leading up the stairs, just off the kitchen. I often explain to clients that when building a custom home, not every selection has to match, but it should make sense. The key to a well thought out design is keeping the finishes consistent throughout, while also adding unexpected details.
The exterior of the Edgewood Farmhouse showcases stained beams and red brick, which can also be found in the expansive great room upon entering the home. As for the unexpected details? Those can be found in each room.
The kitchen cabinetry showcases a custom stain created specifically for the homeowners. They also selected a classic white subway tile, but switched up the design when it came to installing, then went with a herringbone pattern. The pattern stays subtle, but beautiful with the matching white grout. The custom, shiplap hood design perfectly compliments the adjacent great room fireplace, tying together both spaces.
Hints of pattern can be found in the laundry room flooring, a vinyl product, as well as the ceramic, fish scale patterned tile in the main level bathroom.
The staircase design started with an inspiration picture from the homeowners and evolved into a truly custom, one-of-a-kind design in the heart of the home.
The master bathroom and closet are open to each other, but a custom barn door separates the two spaces from the master bedroom.
The Edgewood Farmhouse is a true example of teamwork coming together to create a beautiful custom home to meet the homeowner’s vision. When asked their favorite part of their jobs, the EPIC Homes team all agreed that it was listening to the homeowner’s ideas, guiding them through the building process, and ultimately watching their smiles as they walk through the door for the first time - realizing their vision has come to life.
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