Story by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by Dan Francis Photography
In 1984 Greg and Bonnie Krueger broke ground on their first Krueger built home in Western North Dakota. Thirty-six years later, all three of their children, Corey, Kimberly, and Kristi take pride in carrying on the family business in Fargo-Moorhead. This month, we're taking you inside their daughter, Kimberly Krueger-Tehan's personal home with her husband, Jimmy Tehan and their son, Tripten. Their Cottagewood abode is nearly 4,500 square-feet of Classic Coastal craftsmanship that perfectly reflects their family's deep-rooted passion.
Meet the Kruegers
If you build a home with Krueger Construction, you might just get to know the entire family. Corey Krueger is the Vice President and Warranty Manager, Kristi Krueger-Roscoe is the Design Director, and her husband Clayton Roscoe is a Fargo Firefighter and Assistant Project Manager. This month, you're going to meet just one of the families that make up their homebuilder tribe.
Since 2009, Kimberly Krueger-Tehan has worked alongside her parents and siblings, eventually working with her husband, Jimmy Tehan after he left the Aerospace industry at UND. "In a relatively small, family-run business, we all wear a few different hats," said Krueger-Tehan. "Officially, I am the director of marketing, sales and business development, but unofficially, I do quite a bit with floor plan development and also lend myself to the design department as needed. Jimmy manages all of our projects, drafting, lot selections and pushes business development forward. He and I are both licensed realtors as well." While they normally work together to create other families’ dream homes, this month, we'll show you how they fused their skills to create their own.
A Homebuilder's Dream Home
"In our work, we very much take a team approach to the design and build of a home. With new floor plans, even when I’ve done the initial sketch or design, the plan goes to my brother, sister and dad for feedback and review; our best plans and designs have come from this collaboration," said Krueger-Tehan. "However, with our personal home build, with how busy the rest of the team was, we didn’t get to pick their brains as much as we usually do. Jimmy and I spent many lunch breaks and late nights after our son, Tripten, was asleep, planning out the execution of our build. I can vividly remember my parents doing the same when I was a little girl, and it’s really fun to be following in their footsteps."
For this build, the couple had selected a lot in Cottagewood years ago, even prior to building their last home. "We love the central location, yet it’s still private. It’s a small, architecturally designed neighborhood, and we love that aspect. Having built for several families in this area in the last few years, we already felt like it was home upon moving in," said Krueger-Tehan.
Krueger-Tehan's vision for her family's personal home was a classic, coastal-inspired sanctuary that sets aside popular trends, and embraces modern-traditional craftsmanship. This is a timeless style that showcases her love of design, and the couple's flair for carving out creative niches around every corner.
Inside the foyer, immaculate craftsmanship begins with two eight-foot doors, a built-in bench with shiplap and a tray ceiling encased in shiplap and crown molding. The family's office and den feature French doors with a transom window and cleverly hidden office storage. Stealing the show are built-in bookshelves, designed to flow into bold paneled walls and accent art lighting.
The main floor features 10-foot ceilings, a six-inch traditional base, oak inspired wood laminate flooring and oversized windows throughout. Krueger-Tehan designed their bright and white living space with a stunning coffered ceiling, custom fireplace and built-in bookshelves. For a historic touch with character, she added a craftsman-style transom window representing the separation between the open-concept living room and kitchen.
"We both feel privileged to help people design and build homes; we love what we do and the process takes us in so many fun directions with our customers," said Krueger-Tehan. "That said, both Jimmy and I really love classic and comfortable design. Our goal was to incorporate design that feels like us, without focusing at all on trends, and creating a timeless look. We love details like crown molding, wall and ceiling paneling, clean lines, more traditional profile trim and classic colors. I’d say our design style is best described as classic traditional, with an occasional nod to coastal elements."
At the heart of the home, the family's kitchen speaks to a fusion of styles, hitting the sweet spot between coastal, modern farmhouse and craftsman. Krueger-Tehan designed the space with a 10-foot oak island, custom hood, floating shelves, a farmhouse sink and quartz countertops. For the backsplash, they chose a glossy, textured subway tile to compliment the fresh white cabinetry with glass uppers and under-cabinet lighting. One of the touches you'll notice throughout the home is the cabinetry and all built-ins, by Wendt Custom Cabinetry, extend to the ceiling; an elegant feature that also creates added storage.
In a builder's house, even the pantry has its own design flair, complete with Serena & Lily wallpaper - an install that Krueger-Tehan and her mom tackled by themselves. This space features another transom window with just enough square footage to hide the essential appliances, showcase custom built-ins, open shelves and quartz tops.
Off of the kitchen, the family created an informal dining room with two complete walls of windows. One wall is designated for the patio door leading to their future outdoor living space.
Designer Drop Zone
The mudroom is designed to be family-friendly, with locker built-ins and brick-inspired tile flooring for easy cleanup. An eight-foot closet hides the necessities, while a transom window over the pocket door leads directly to the kitchen.
Taking the tour upstairs, you'll find an extra-wide, horseshoe staircase showcased, with an oversized window channeling natural light to the upstairs landing. Here, you'll find the master suite, their son's room, two guest rooms with double closets and two spacious guest baths.
When it came to Tripten's room, Krueger-Tehan created a classic, nautical-inspired space with rich tones and custom, wood-paneled walls. For efficiency, the room has double closets and custom shelf space designed for toy storage.
Inside the master suite, the couple chose a fresh, coastal design with vaulted shiplap ceilings, white beams and double windows for added symmetry. Beyond the master bedroom, you'll find a spectacular bath, walk-in closet and laundry with sink and a built-in sorting station.
For their spa-inspired master bath, Krueger-Tehan creatively carved out perfect niches for each element; a soaker tub with window, glass-enclosed tile shower, over-sized linen closet and private stool space. A painted gray vanity offers double sinks, quartz countertops, and a custom makeup counter - all with in-floor heat and marble-inspired tile flowing throughout.
The Book Nook
Finding room for fun, the Krueger-Tehan designed a vaulted bonus space for their son - complete with custom wall paneling, and one of her favorite built-in features; a charming book nook.
While the main floor and upstairs lean toward traditional design, with bright and airy elements, Krueger-Tehan describes the lower level and office space as moody and rustic. "The ultimate goal was to design spaces we could really live in, and also entertain in; flexible spaces like the sit-up counter between the bar and family room. This gives us a great space to host holidays or friends for a game, but it still doesn’t feel overwhelming for everyday life," said Krueger-Tehan.
Happy Hour at Home
The family's entertaining space does not disappoint, with attention-to-detail on every surface. Gorgeous stone pillars lead to a fireplace with built-ins, perimeter soffit ceilings and reclaimed beams with steel wraps.
For Krueger-Tehan, basements are anything but boring. To create an impressive entertaining area, they created a showstopping feature - a custom, glass-enclosed wine cellar with brick surround. From there, they kept the vibe moody, opting for grey-painted cabinetry, sleek quartz countertops, a tile backsplash and wood laminate flooring which extends into the future game space. "Features like the glass wine cellar, vaulted bonus room, and flex areas, were all dreamed up ages ago, inspired by some of our travels, and it’s so lovely to get to live in them now," said Krueger-Tehan.
The lower level's remaining space offers a full bath, gym space, two storage spaces and an enchanting under-stair play space for their son.
"In all of our floorplans, there is a high level of attention-to-detail, not just in design finishes, but the overall flow of the plan itself," explained Krueger-Tehan. "We are big fans of flexible living spaces, thoughtful flow and smart storage solutions. For us, our focus is always on excellent function and excellent design."
Budgeting Advice for Basements
"If you're thinking about building a home, I’d suggest people really think about finishing their basement," said Krueger-Tehan. "We build for so many folks who come back a few months later and want to finish out the space. What most don't realize, is that it's much easier and more affordable to do it when you are building the whole project. If you have no intention of ever finishing the space, or your budget doesn’t allow for it at the time, then I’d say skip it! Although, I definitely suggest putting some thought into how you plan to use the space eventually so that things are set up for options like a bar or fireplace."
For builders, Jimmy Tehan and Kimberly Krueger-Tehan, their approach to the design and build process is the same for them as it is for their customers. "Our experience is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to our own home, though. Jimmy and I both have strong opinions on floorplans and finishes, but he has found that I’m usually right," laughed Krueger-Tehan.
"When we set out to build this home, our focus was less on square footage, and more on making a house feel like a home. We wanted the character and finishes that spoke to who we are."
"My dad built the first Krueger Built home in Minot, N.D., the year I was born. We are continually looking to improve how we do business, but the constant that my parents have instilled in our team is that a home is the biggest investment most people make, and it's our job to do right by our customers," said Krueger-Tehan.
"Right now, we are seeing bold colors and a movement towards more flex spaces. We're building fewer formal dining rooms, more sunrooms and even sport courts. This year, we're introducing five new floor plans with others under development. It’s an exciting time to be a home builder with so many awesome options in floorplan and design to help meet the needs of homeowners. Design changes all the time; the way homes are built, and how we engage continually evolves as well. Ultimately, if we keep the customer's happiness as our top priority, things fall into place as they should."
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