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!
Having grown familiar with their work throughout his years photographing in the industry, Dan reached out to Weyer Companies of Fargo, North Dakota, to spearhead the renovation. The failing paint on the ceiling of the attic space was an obvious issue in the attic space, formerly used for storage.
After skimming the ceilings, the Weyer team chose to apply a texture known as Holy Smooth, speciﬁcally to preserve the integrity of the space, keeping in mind the age of the home. Using mesh tape, they ﬁxed various stress cracks that had inevitably formed in the walls of the older home, and by doing so, hopefully prevented them from reforming in the future.
Then, after coating the walls with several layers of primer, the in-house painters at Weyer Companies were sent in to ﬁnish the job. With guidance from the team at Weyer, the Francises chose to keep the smaller space light and airy, deciding on an all-over bright white.
The Francises also worked with Design Pro Flooring of Fargo, North Dakota, on their attic renovation. The team at Design Pro Flooring invited Amanda and Dan into their newly opened showroom and helped guide their decision-making process. Ultimately the pair decided on Trends MIRACLE Luxury Vinyl Planks, a dark laminate, heavy duty, textured flooring that would provide a base for the various shades of wood they planned to use in the space.
The dark wooden French door is original to the house, once used as an entrance to the dining room. Contrarily, the wooden desk is a piece Dan copped for the space at Dakota Timber’s recent blowout sale.
Amanda’s new office is ordained with an eclectic array of pieces, which the Francises have collected throughout the years; including thrifted suitcases serving as storage space, first edition copies by Amanda’s favorite authors, vintage cameras, and a custom art piece by Ashley Kunz of Moorhead, Minnesota.
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