Inside the new Weyer-For-Hire Office & the Trever Hill Design Suite
Story by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by Micah J. Zimmerman, Amdak Productions
With an unassuming, warehouse-style exterior in South Fargo, the new Weyer-For-Hire office offers much more than their neighbors would ever imagine. While the interior is specially curated to create a Wabi Sabi-inspired showroom which offices Weyer-For-Hire employees, it's also home to Trever Hill Design. As a tenant and friend to owners, Shawn and Rachel Weyer, Hill designed his own office suite and also worked with the Weyers to create and showcase the diverse services the company offers. Every inch of the 1,500 square foot addition is designed to display the same exquisite handiwork and character that Weyer-For-Hire exhibits on the job site.
From painting, to trim work, to decorative concrete flooring, drywall techniques and gorgeous wall coverings - this is a one stop shop that's officially ready to make its debut. Extending from the original warehouse, Weyer-For-Hire (W4H) and Trever Hill's office entrance is marked with custom metal signage by Grain Designs. The exterior's finishes feature a contemporary mix of nickel gap cedar with custom satin stain, Tricorn Black casings, and a 28-inch, aged brass door handle created by Red River Glazing.
Expansion & Addition
"It's my ongoing goal to be more about showing people what we can do, rather than just telling them," said W4H owner, Shawn Weyer. "That was the inspiration for doing The Showroom addition - to create an experience for our clients. We were also starting to grow out of our space, but I wanted to make it work since this is a prime location for us."
Once inside, guests are met with an immediate introduction to the caliber of work W4H and Trever Hill Design are capable of. The Weyers did a custom, acid stained concrete floor, burnished and sealed in a matte finish with an overlay resembling a non-skid rug. Look up and you'll see a stunning tray ceiling with metallic gold paint and an open skip trowel technique W4H completed by hand.f
Throughout the office, the floating shelves, front desk and the desk's ledge top were milled and installed by Dakota Construction with W4H managing the staining and sealing. The base of the reception desk may appear as if it's made entirely of compacted stones, but it's actually a Phillip Jeffries vinyl wallpaper, chosen by Hill and installed by the Weyers to perfectly hide seams.
A Wabi Welcome
"For the Weyer's new addition and my own office suite, I leaned toward a concept that's not very prevalent in Fargo - a designed inspired by Wabi-Sabi, which roughly translates to the idea that beauty is in the imperfections," said Hill. "They are known for being perfectionists, so I thought it would be really interesting to embrace and perfect the imperfect. It was even more challenging to do because it was a brand new building addition, but it was a great way to add character."
In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect".
Just behind the reception desk is a customized grasscloth wallpaper, designed in a collaboration between Hill and W4H. The inspiration for spraying gold at the top of the grasscloth came from a silk ombre paper with gold leaf by Phillip Jeffries. "We achieved this look with a tinted texture - it just shows one unique option that you can do to customize grasscloth wallpaper," said Shawn Weyer.
Near the entrance, Hill helped the Weyers create a purposeful art display, with each framed square designed to demonstrate a different wall texture, something paint clients often request to see.
Trever Hill Design
Just off the reception area Trever Hill Design leases one of the Weyer's office suites; here Hill can work one-on-one with clients, display and choose design selections, and work through renderings with his design assistant, Chase Nishek. His office also embraces the vintage Wabi concept, pairing perfectly with the raw finish of the stained concrete and charred wood ceiling beams from Grain Designs. As a center focal point, Hill displays a bit of vintage flair with a turquoise Regina Andrews, weathered beads chandelier.
To create an innovative backdrop for his furnishings, Hill chose a gorgeous Gucci wall covering, working with W4H to mark out the irregular design and complete a Finesse finish technique over the paper. "I wanted to design an authentic and chiseled-edge look - like we had chiseled away the plaster and uncovered this gorgeous wall covering. It's recreating the kind of detail and character you would typically only see in a historic home or downtown building," said Hill.
"Trever Hill Design put together the renderings for The Showroom so we could envision how it would all come together," said Shawn Weyer. "It really brought the design to life."
Coffee Bar & Lounge
To give the coffee corner unforgettable character, Hill had an interesting idea. "I wanted to go further with the Wabi concept, so we did a weeping grout for the mortar on the Clé Tile brick backsplash - a feature that has an old world type of feel, not so perfect and structured," said Hill. Above the backsplash, W4H complimented the approach with a sand-textured finish, similar to the concrete-inspired look on the nearby fireplace wall.
To complete the coffee bar, Hill chose a floating shelf by Grain Designs, antique brass hardware, and a Moaine (chiseled) edge, Cambria countertop with waterfall side. Showing additional services from W4H, the space also features cabinets they stained with Old Masters "Spanish Oak" satin finish.
For the lounge area as well as the offices, Hill presented the Weyers with various styles before the trio traveled to market, where they handpicked each of the furnishings. The majority of the pieces, and some of the lighting, were chosen from the Four Hands line.
The lounge area features unique beams that were charred and supplied by Grain Designs, sealed by W4H and installed by their contractor, Dakota Construction. "We're not in Downtown Fargo, it's not a renovation, but it has just as much character," said Rachel Weyer.
Using the same Finesse finish to create a concrete visual effect, W4H utilized an architectural metal feature called Fry Reglet. The antique bronze fireplace insert was then custom-built out of forged steel by Dakota Construction.
To the back of the new showroom, the Weyers have created a sample display where clients can see and feel the difference between deck and exterior stains, cabinetry paint and stains, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paints, sheen options, as well as an array of epoxy floor textures. Clients can also take a closer look at their selections of wall papers, trim and drywall corner bead options.
In the conference room, the Weyers worked with Hill to design and furnish a space that would showcase the more commercial and industrial side of their business. Purposely keeping the trusses raw and exposed, W4H painted the open ceiling in Extra White flat paint by Sherwin Williams. The two large pendants are repurposed from the Weyer's house and their team painted all of the heavier, router-carved doors in a high-gloss finish. The entire office, including the conference room, features custom shades designed with expertise from window coverings specialist, Kim Stromberg of Fargo Glass & Paint.
Flanking the entrance to the conference room are antique iron pillars from Shawn's hometown of Stillwater, Minn. "This is a great way to display Wabi design and bring character into a new space; it's seeing the beauty in aged and imperfect pieces," explained Hill.
In this office, even the bathroom is curated to showcase striking design. Hill chose an asymmetric, Four Hands Brinley mirror and an exquisite tile, imported from Spain. For dramatic effect, Hill found a light fixture that would naturally become the art; an antiqued brass, statement sconce. The walls are painted in a Black Fox, matte sheen by Sherwin Williams.
Office #1 - Pete Stevenson, Weyer-For-Hire's General Manager
For Stevenson's office near the main entry, the Weyers show a Spanish textured tray ceiling, in matte finish "Iron Ore" by Sherwin Williams. Hill had Dakota Construction custom build the industrial, piped book shelf and W4H managed the paint and custom dyed, concrete overlay floor.
Office #2 - Shawn Weyer, Owner
For owner, Shawn Weyer's office, the beauty is in the details. His team executed a rare, smooth-finish tray ceiling, painted in high-gloss, Sherwin Williams "Iron Ore" - a laborious technique which requires multiple sandings and sheer perfection to achieve. To draw the eye upward, Hill chose a unique spider pendant light; as an ode to the Weyer's business, he customized it with hanging paint brushes for a splash of unexpected color.
"The new addition is just over 1,500 square feet, but there's so much detail and character; "You'll notice the trim runs perfectly into the base, smooth matte walls, the gloss doors and trim, which are the same color, but show a different level of sheen; these are just a few of the details that we really want people to see."
Weyer-For-Hire of Fargo, LLC is a local business that's expanded considerably since it opened in 2010; Shawn Weyer began learning the trade at just 13.
With unparalleled service, the W4H team has become well-known in the region for providing professional skills with a focus on perfection. The team of 25, along with partnerships with local subcontractors, allow them to specialize in residential, commercial, interior and exterior painting projects, including wall coverings, cabinetry paint/stain and custom concrete floor finishes - all under one roof.
Just to the north of the new addition, the Weyers have around 8,500 square feet of shop that allows them to finish projects both on-site and in the spray shop. The shop has an in-house spray booth, so their team can service nearly every painting and staining need, including millwork packages, cabinets and doors.
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