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Higher Education: Interior Design & Retail Merchandising

Words by Tracy Nicholson / Photography by Dan Francis Photography / Digital files provided by Sydney Fritz and NDSU Interior Design Program One of the first things I learned while…

Words by Tracy Nicholson / Photography by Dan Francis Photography / Digital files provided by Sydney Fritz and NDSU Interior Design Program

One of the first things I learned while writing for this industry was the distinction between interior design and interior decorating. Last fall, I was introduced to an NDSU student by the name of Sydney Fritz. Although many may consider her an interior design student, I soon found out that her major was one that I was not familiar with; Retail Merchandising. It was perfect timing because Fritz had just completed a lengthy project for one of her required interior design classes. So, we headed back to school to find out how her area of expertise translated to the design world.

Meet the Student
Sydney Fritz is a retail merchandising student with an emphasis on interiors. She will graduate in the spring of 2019 with a degree in Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design, with a minor in Business at NDSU. Her major carries a heavier emphasis on the aesthetic side of interior design. Although the assigned project required space planning and construction documents, her retail merchandising emphasis does not rely on advanced qualifications to draw up construction documents like interior design majors. Regardless, this class will help her to understand this important aspect. Her degree is equally divided between interior design classes and business classes with over half the remaining classes taken in retail merchandising. With her retail merchandising major, Fritz is on her way to mastering the art of buying and merchandise planning, global retailing, promotion, global trade, consumer behavior, trend forecasting and the analysis of textile products.

The Project:
The Martin Residence
Assigned by NDSU Professor Ann Marie Ragan, this fictional project is a residential design assignment based on the needs of a retired couple, Clark and Ava Martin. The students were told that they had purchased a two-bedroom condominium in the 300 Building located in Downtown Fargo.

Project Requirements
The Martins requested the design of their home to have a more “urban” feel with Post War/Mid-century Modern influences incorporated throughout the home. Students selected a Post War/Mid-century Modern designer chair to incorporate into their final design solution.

Aging in place and universal design solutions had to be incorporated via finishes, furnishings, layout of the furniture, types and location of cabinetry and plumbing fixtures. As part of the assignment, students were told that sustainable design was to be an important component of the project. This would impact the material selection and use throughout the home. Students were asked to select and incorporated three works of art from at least one local or regional artist into the design.

According to Professor Ragan, students were also responsible for designing a custom light fixture for the Martins. “They began by sketching clothing from the same time as the Post War/Mid-century interior design style. These were provided by the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection located at NDSU,” said Professor Ragan. “Students were responsible for selecting the furniture, finishes, materials, artwork, lighting, furnishings and window treatments for the project.”

In-Class Activity: Designing a Custom Light Fixture

Getting Started
“Getting this interior design assignment was really overwhelming at first; especially trying to figure out where to begin,” said Fritz. “The description laying out the project was pages and pages of details. We started with an empty shell, laying out where we thought bedrooms should go. Then we had to get more technical with our math, figuring out the square footage that we had to work with.”

Since Fritz has chosen retail merchandising as her major, it’s important to note that her major does not typically require this type of detailed space planning. Out of the 19 students in this studio course, only one other person shared her emphasis in retail merchandising. Regardless, the class itself and knowledge of the concept is required for her degree.

Challenges & Limitations
Before Fritz and her classmates could get started, they had to understand the requirements and limitations. “There’s an atrium in this project, so we had to make sure all of the plumbing was on a certain wall. The space planning was the most challenging side of this project,” said Fritz. “What I learned was to keep it simple. I initially wanted to do a lot of angles and curves, but I realized that these would have also made it difficult to place the bed, nightstands and lighting. Even though I wanted to be different, I learned to keep it simple and focus on creating an easy flow, not putting too many obstructions to have to walk around. Each floor plan takes many hours to complete with several hours to copy the rough draft onto the vellum. It’s kind of like a puzzle figuring out how each space should function with the given square footage.”

“I thought picking out the furniture wouldn’t be that challenging, but it was,” said Fritz. “We were limited to furniture that fit the room but allowed for space to move around it. We also kept in mind that the older tenants would require furniture that was firmer and it had to be in the required Mid-century Modern style. If the furniture was overly cushioned it would be hard to transition from a sitting position. Along with space planning, we each had to design our own custom island, custom light piece and custom drapery.”

Professional Presentation
For Fritz’s classmates, this interior design project required designing floor plans, elevations, custom cabinetry, light fixtures and room layout – along with design details like accent pillows, throws, wall coverings, lighting, drapery and flooring. According to Professor Ragan, students in retail merchandising complete all the same work for the project except for the presentation drawings used on the final presentation boards. “Retail merchandising students are not required to complete rendered perspective drawings since they are not required to take the course where the students learn how to do these drawings,” explained Professor Ragan.

Mid-century Modern Influence
“I wanted more of a classic and timeless Mid-century Modern design, instead of the bright geometric design most people immediately think of,” said Fritz. “The version I chose is more of an upscale take on Mid-century Modern versus the more casual bold colors. I did a lot of neutrals, then I would be able to add in the colors through my custom drapes and artwork. I chose a local artist, Jessica Wachter to represent the art pieces for the entire design. I chose brushed gold finishes and lighter wood flooring, knowing that the other wood finishes would be darker. We each picked an heirloom piece and I chose a wire chair piece which will be covered in the muted red fabric to coordinate with the blinds.”

Design by Lifestyle
Keeping in mind the profile of the tenants who were nearing retirement age, Fritz and her class were asked to create a space that would be accessible with a designated guest space for the tenant’s visiting parents. This apartment would be their primary home and last residence before moving into an assisted living facility. With this lifestyle in mind, Fritz designed her extra-large, walk-in, tile shower with a floor that would be level with the bathroom’s tile floor to avoid complications. She also kept this in mind when choosing the bed heights and space on each side of the bed.

Fritz and her classmates were asked to create bubble diagrams, adjacency matrices, and circulation diagrams. The primary purpose of bubble diagrams and adjacency matrices is to analyze the room/space adjacencies, while circulation diagrams consider the flow of the rooms/space.

For the research portion of the programming binder, each student compiled articles on Mid-century Modern design and universal design. Students completed annotated bibliographies about the articles and reaction papers on different businesses that were visited during the studio course.

Coordinating Color
“A lot of students chose different eras of Mid-century Modern, many of them focusing on the version with geometric patterns and bright colors like oranges and lime greens,” said Fritz. “I chose an era that I felt was more suited for this older tenant. I used a lot of sophisticated navy blues, darker olive greens with just a little bit of muted red and lighter blues. I added a lot of texture with my throw blankets and pops of more vibrant color with Jessica Wachter’s art pieces. I definitely used more accent or interchangeable pieces for the bold colors.”

Inspirational Mentors
When she’s not in school, Fritz works for a Fargo-based interior decor, furnishing store, and design firm, McNeal & Friends. This gave her the added benefit of accessing the store’s vast inventory of fabric and wall coverings. She also had access to their team of designers including, Trever Hill who suggested the concept of having the carpet inset into the living room floor, creating a level transition. “This concept worked to help make the living room two separate spaces even though it’s actually one large room,” said Fritz. “I also consulted with another designer at McNeal & Friends, Jayne Wilson about my drapery choice. Picking out the materials was definitely the most fun for me.”

Styling Spaces
For much of the furniture, lighting and accessories, Fritz opted for pieces by Restoration Hardware with additional pieces from Room & Board and Pottery Barn. “Since a lot of my furniture was in neutral tones, I had to be careful not to add too much color, but just enough to give it character,” said Fritz. “I found the wall coverings at McNeal & Friends and chose two different grasscloth textures by Phillip Jeffries. The grey-toned one is for the master bedroom and the lighter covering is for the guest bedroom. I thought the texture really gave it class and more of an upscale look. I also chose brushed gold hardware for a really authentic, Mid-century Modern finish.”

Objectives of the Project
“By showing this project, I want people to know how technical this field is, it’s not just picking out a cute bed frame or fun pillows,” said Fritz. “In our process, we need to understand how that furniture or kitchen island is going to fit and function for the space. It’s researching fabrics and coordinating textures as well as deciding the right amount of space between furniture for proper flow and function, all based on the tenant’s needs and lifestyle.”

“Some of the questions we ask ourselves are; can a wheelchair fit in between the furniture pieces and does the kitchen island allow for seating as well as ample walking space on each side? We also have to be aware of where all of our drawers in the kitchen are being placed. Should they be pull-out drawers or doors and does the client prefer soft-close options? ”

For every square inch of a home, there are endless options to choose from, so for this project, it’s Fritz’s job to really think about the client’s needs and figure out which of those options will work best for them and the space. “Sometimes that means adding things like pocket doors in place of a normal door to save space and provide better flow. We would also educate the client on the pros and cons, noting that this type of door might not keep as much sound out and discuss if that will be a problem for them based on the room,” explained Fritz.

The Final Project
The final project submittals included a detailed programming binder with an explanation of the design solution, programming information, diagrams and information gathered from research. This is where the students referenced specification information for the furniture, fixture, artwork, accessories and finishes. Detailed construction documents (floor plans, elevations, reflected ceiling plans, cabinetry sections and wall sections), study models and presentation boards were also required for the final design solution.

Reviews on Sydney Fritz’ Design Project:
“Sydney seemed to have a great understanding of the design style which can be seen in her furniture, material selections and in her programming information,” said Professor Ann Marie Ragan. “Her selections incorporated furniture pieces that were representative of the Post War/Mid-century designs and upholstered in rich colors and textures. Sydney’s selections of artwork provided vibrancy to the space and helped to connect the many interior design elements utilized throughout the space.”

A Student’s Perspective: Investing in Design
“If people are willing to put money into building a house, I think they should also set aside a portion of their budget for having the house designed professionally,” said Fritz. “If it’s done right, you won’t be buying new furniture every two years, you’ll be buying statement pieces or good, classic pieces that will last a long time and fit the scale of your house. Some people fill large spaces with furniture that’s too small and it can really diminish the space being used and limit the liveable space.”

“I think homeowners should also gain a designer’s advice on where light switches and lighting should go. The electricians will do what is most functional for them, but not always what is needed for you or the home’s design,” said Fritz. “Working with a designer can open up a world of new furniture lines and brands that most people have never heard of. Some of these lines are only available to designers and what they can offer can really transform a home. Designers work with many of the local and national stores to gain access to furniture, rug, drapery and fabric lines that can open up far more options than what you see in the stores.”

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Interior Design vs. Retail Merchandising
“There are technically students from two different majors who currently enroll in the ADHM 251 Interior Design Studio I: Residential Studio course, interior design and retail merchandising with a focus in interior merchandising,” said Professor Ragan. “While these students take some of the same classes, these are very different majors, but both happen to be in the Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management.”

The Degree:
Interior Design

Distinguishing between Fritz’s major and interior design degrees, is the program coordinator for the interior design program, Dr. Susan Ray-Degges. “The interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Here, students study design fundamentals, theory, process, communication, research and technology to identify and solve problems for a wide range of physical, interior environments for all individuals regardless of socioeconomic background or situation.”

Three Career Paths of Interior Design
As Dr. Ray-Degges explained, “There are three main career paths that are typically chosen by the design professional; residential, commercial and specialized design. Residential involves the design of personal living environments while commercial design deals with public and work environments. Design professionals may also pursue career opportunities in such specialized technical design areas as lighting, codes, product design or product representative.”

Sydney Fritz’s Major:
Fritz’s area of study is Retail Merchandising with Interior Merchandising focus in the Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design major. To explain Fritz’s focus, we spoke to the Apparel, Retail Merchandising, and Design (ARMD) program coordinator, Dr. Jaeha Lee at NDSU. “The retail merchandising option in the (ARMD) program provides students with a firm grasp of retail business strategy. Graduates hold positions as buyers, store managers, visual merchandisers, marketing managers, sales and account executives, and trend forecasters with many retail companies. The course of study includes classes on buying and merchandise planning, global retailing, promotion, global trade, consumer behavior, trend forecasting and the analysis of textile products. Students in the retail merchandising option can choose a focus in the areas of textile product merchandising or interior merchandising. If students choose a focus in the area of interior merchandising, they take several courses in interior design that provide the knowledge needed to enter retail interior careers.”

Interested in a career in Interior Design or Retail Merchandising?
Contact North Dakota State University, Fargo
Academic Advisor
Connie Eggers
E. Morrow Lebedeff Hall 270
701.231.9847
Connie.eggers@ndsu.edu

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Edgewood Estates Elegance

Words by Tracy Nicholson / Photography by M. Schleif Photography You don’t have to wait for an open house to see inside Designer Homes’ latest listing. Before guests arrived at…

Words by Tracy Nicholson / Photography by M. Schleif Photography

You don’t have to wait for an open house to see inside Designer Homes’ latest listing. Before guests arrived at our ribbon cutting, we took a quick tour through their stunning home in the beautiful Edgewood Estates of North Fargo. This luxury, craftsman-style rambler with finished basement, is a rare find in any well-established neighborhood.

Home Stats:
3708 Aspyn Lane North, Fargo
Square Footage: 4,080

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3

  • Main floor master bedroom
  • Home is pre-wired for surround sound
  • 3-stall, insulated and sheet-rocked garage with floor drains and gas heater
  • No specials
  • Within walking distance of Edgewood Golf Course and Trollwood Park

With the open-concept layout of the main floor, the home’s great room boasts 10-foot-high ceilings with inset wood detailing. Designed to draw attention to it’s immaculate, craftsman detailing, the fireplace is surrounded by stone and crisp-white shiplap, a floating shelf mantel and custom built-ins for added storage and display.Perfect for a growing family or retirees, the main floor offers two additional bedrooms with two baths, mudroom, laundry and a custom locker system and message center, just off the garage entrance.

The master suite features custom wood ceiling details, a tiled shower, dual vanities and a spacious walk-in closet.

Designer Homes went above and beyond with this gourmet kitchen that’s custom-designed for both entertaining and daily function. A walk-in pantry, maple cabinetry, quartz countertops, subway tile backsplash and high-end appliances complete the space.The home offers a fully-finished basement with 9-foot ceilings, beautiful wood insets, stone accents and full-service wet bar. The lower level also features a theater area and two additional bedrooms with a full bathroom.

Want to attend an open house or request a private tour?
Office: 701.492.5057
Cell: 701.492.5055
info@designerhomesfm.com

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A New Way of Redefining Value with Thomsen Homes

Words by Rebekah Stoll / Photos by Rebekah Stoll and Robb Siverson / Team photo by Dan Francis Photography Back from left: Heidi Toso, Britten Churchill, Shelby Gustafson, Josh Caroon…

Words by Rebekah Stoll / Photos by Rebekah Stoll and Robb Siverson / Team photo by Dan Francis Photography


Back from left: Heidi Toso, Britten Churchill, Shelby Gustafson, Josh Caroon
Front from left: Alyssa Asheim, Rebekah Stoll

The process of building your new home is an exciting time with a lot of decisions to be made. At Thomsen Homes, our goal is to make the building process fun and simplified, while still offering numerous selections. From the layout to the finishing touches, there are choices abound. When it comes time to decide on the selections that will turn your new house into a home, we have a professional team ready to help you make the decisions that best suit your lifestyle.

Wanting to ease the exterior design process by offering several curb appeal options, our Design and Studio Lead, Heidi Toso, Project Estimator Lead, Josh Caroon, and Architectural Drafter, Britten Churchill got to work. With the focus being able to present the client with different options, the goal was to introduce four new elevations for each of our floor plan offerings. These elevation options include a Modern, Craftsman, Colonial and Traditional style – the Traditional being the original style we offer.

The inspiration for this project came from multiple resources including the International Builders Show in Florida, common customization of client’s homes and upgrades of clients looking to have a more appealing or custom curb appeal. With both a challenging and rewarding task at hand, here were some of the obstacles these three faced.

 

“The most challenging aspect of the project was the task of coming up with a handful of visibly different elements for the designer to choose from while remaining cost-effective.
It’s a delicate balance between finding what people want and what they’re willing to pay for.”
– Britten Churchill, Architectural Drafter

“The first challenge was deciding on which three exterior options to design. Coming up with a Modern, Craftsman and Colonial elevation option, apart from our Traditional, was the goal. I wanted to present options that would appeal to any type of buyer. The second challenge was to make each floor plan its own, but to share common elements. I did this by incorporating different windows, materials, architectural details and colors.”
– Heidi Toso, Design and Studio Lead

“Trying to bring many of the details together from the design stage to a buildable product, all while keeping our ‘affordable luxury’ was the most challenging part, yet also most rewarding. We are expanding our product market and constantly innovating. This is one more way we are able to do that for the market.”
– Josh Caroon, Project Estimator Lead

Modern:
Our Modern-style home is a favorite of many. The incorporation of a bold front door and black trimmed windows is an immediate attraction. The stark, clean profile of this exterior style gives it a contemporary feel. Bold, black garage doors with frosted windows containing clean straight lines create, yet another, major statement piece on our modern elevation. Featuring trimmed out doors and windows, our Modern-style homes give the feeling of being crisp, spare and sharp. The special finishes of this option include EFIS, which is similar to stucco, board and batten, upgraded exterior lights, and metal or wood accents.

Craftsman:
Charming us with intricate, hand-crafted details, our Craftsman-style home is another new exterior option that has caught the eye of many. This style home features gable roof lines, overhanging eaves, exposed rafter tails and finishes that blend with the surroundings. A front door and porch that provides a gentle transition between the outside world and a cozy space inside. Reflecting a mixture of textures, these finishes incorporate elements such as shake, timber trusses, band accent details, and stone based or wood columns giving it a natural and hand-crafted feel.

Colonial:
Representing one of the most familiar styles of homes is our upscale, Colonial option. Using a decorative crown over the front door including a covered front entry supported by columns, our Colonial-style homes give the feeling of a “warm greeting”. The Colonial’s elements give these homes a fresh feel. Featuring multi-paned, double hung windows, corbels, shutters, window boxes, flower boxes and other small characteristics lead into the Colonial style.

Traditional:
The Traditional style includes a variety of elements such as upgraded LP siding and 4” band around all windows and doors on the front of the home. This style offers a classic appeal for any home buyer. White short panel garage doors, brick and custom window grids on the front of this home style for some great curb appeal.

Everyone has a style in mind when thinking of building their dream home. The challenging part is communicating that image, to watch it be brought to life. “These exterior options truly offer clients opportunities to turn their classic-style home into their own,” said Toso. To launch these new elevation options, Thomsen Homes built three winter models, two of them each featuring the Modern, Craftsman and Traditional styles. In a matter of just 15 days, all three sold. With the 2018 Spring Parade of Homes right around the corner, we have another great set of these elevation options waiting for you. No matter what your style may be, Thomsen Homes is sure to assist you every step of the way to achieve it, picture perfect. These elevation options are just the start of bringing that dream home of yours to life.

For more information, contact:
Thomsen Homes LLC
3168 41st Street S. Suite 1  Fargo
701.478.3000
Facebook: Thomsen Homes LLC
Instagram: thomsenhomes
www.ThomsenHomesLLC.com

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Family Retreat + Finnish Tradition [West Battle Lake, Minnesota]

Words by Tracy Nicholson Photography by Scott Amundson Photography When this Fargo family first sat down with Chris Hawley Architects to discuss their West Battle Lake build, the conversation got,…

Words by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by Scott Amundson Photography

When this Fargo family first sat down with Chris Hawley Architects to discuss their West Battle Lake build, the conversation got, well… a little steamy. Their new home’s design had to start with the sauna, the same way it had been done by the Finnish for centuries. For the homeowners, having a sauna was not just an amenity, it was a necessity and a time-honored tradition of their Finnish family tree. See inside the award-winning family retreat, that’s bound to inspire guests to sweat it out and run for the lake.

As Hawley explained, “Fins tend to be crazy about their saunas. Most of the time, these are detached buildings, but our site didn’t allow that, so it became a part of the house, which is pretty awesome,” said Hawley. “The sauna conversation drove the project. In terms of its location, it was a really important part of the project and was discussed in our very first meeting.”

Sweat it Out
“The sauna is my favorite part because it has an amazing view of the lake when you’re sitting on the bench,” said Hawley. It’s part of the home, but immediately accessible to the outside. From the exterior, it’s located just behind the black, spiral staircase to the side of the master suite, so guests can come and go as they please. The area consists of the master suite, sauna, laundry and three-quarter bath, all connected so they can come right in from the lake without having to walk through the house.

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Great Room:
Coordinating with the rustic, stone entrance details, the great room’s fireplace extends nearly 20 feet to the second level’s living space and Moso bamboo ceiling fan. As a unique design element and extension of the heated concrete flooring, a poured concrete firewood storage area was built near the bottom and doubles as a sitting bench.

Near the main entrance, Hawley and contractor, Jackson Strom, worked with Straightline Design to fabricate the custom staircase and railing.

“If you look at a classic, 1950s cabin at the lake, the way that they used to be built was, they’d build a masonry fireplace, then build a wood house around it. That’s kind of here, but it’s done in a very 2018 way. It’s evocative of an old-school cabin, but meeting far more of the needs of the homeowners.”

Den:
Entering from a sliding barn door in the great room, this room has been designated as the den and sunroom, with a stunning view of the lake. From the exterior vantage point, this is the left, cedar-sided box facing the water. A two-sided, stone fireplace with custom steel detailing creates the focal point for their more casual living space. Cedar ceilings match the room’s exterior siding with polished concrete flooring for a more natural approach. 

Award-Winning Design
Recently, this project was awarded Juror’s Choice by the North Dakota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. “This was one of our first projects where we did the construction management on it as well,” said Hawley. “We designed and built it all in-house.” While Hawley was the main designer and did the initial front elevation and the floor plan, Strom managed the 3-D models of the home and the construction drawings. As the project progressed, Strom assisted Hawley in making tweaks to the original design, customizing it to meet the needs of the family.

Kitchen:
One idea that the homeowners presented to Hawley, was the concept of the kitchen being located at the back of the cabin. “Typically you see people come straight into the kitchen at the lake, but what’s cool about this is the fact that the door to the lake is wide open and the dining room is almost outside,” said Hawley. “When you’re standing in the kitchen, it still feels like you’re part of that lake scene. We typically don’t lay out houses this way, but it’s awesome.”

A major focal point in the kitchen, this column wrapped with steel and 2×2 cedar sections, was fabricated by Straightline Design and provides a transitional wall, dividing the kitchen and the main entrance.

“If we’re going to be honest, it seems like pretty much everything Chris Hawley Architects is a part of turns out awesome. This project was just remarkable and it was an absolute blast to be a part of it.”
Eric Soyring, Straightline Design

For the kitchen design, Chris Hawley Architects worked with Bill Tweten, a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer from Western Products. Wall-hung cabinetry in a sleek, contemporary design, flows seamlessly with high-end Cambria countertops to an adjacent wet bar. The family chose their own Mid-century Modern-inspired, lighting throughout the home.

Dining Room:
A stand-out feature on the main floor is the 12-foot-wide, bi-folding door panels which completely open the dining room setting to the exterior’s private patio and lake view. “We designed this with a motorized screen that comes down at the touch of a button, creating an interior, screened-in porch,” said Strom. “The bi-folding wall of doors is a great feature, but they don’t work well for going in and out throughout the day, so we made sure to include a swing door to the side of it.”

“Classically, a dining room table doesn’t get used unless it’s in a place where it should be used,” said Hawley. “In this case, it was front and center. The homeowners love to entertain and have dinner parties. They actually use their table and really enjoy each other’s company.”

(Cedar Wall)
This is the actual cedar from the exterior that was designed to flow through to the interior wall, creating the backdrop for the kitchen. The doorway on this wall is the entry to the master suite.

Master Suite:
“There were a lot of design elements that were indicative of a classic, Minnesota, shed-roof cabin,” said Hawley. “The stone chimney has a 1950s type of cabin approach, but they have the contemporary wood boxes that extend from the inside to the exterior. That’s really one of the coolest features in the design, especially the master bedroom. The master suite has a prime location facing the lakeside in the right hand, cedar-sided box.”

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Upstairs:
According to Hawley, the homeowner bought this entry light fixture back when she was in college, with the intent to put it somewhere, at some point in her life. “It’s a 1950s or 60s fixture but looks like something in a Mid-century Modern style you’d find now. So, she’s been saving this for about 20 years,” said Hawley.

Open-Concept Bathroom Design
With efficient design in mind, Chris Hawley Architects created a singular, yet spacious bathroom with an open concept, designed for sharing. The only private, doored spaces are the shower and toilet. The shower is a room in itself with an area designated for changing. The vanity area with double sinks and coffee bar is considered a large, communal space in a centralized location accessing the three upstairs bedrooms.

“We do a lot of these at the lakes, it’s a great solution for people who don’t want to clean three separate bathrooms for guests,” said Hawley. “What people always do with bathroom design is create one doored-off space which holds the shower, toilet, tub and sink area. So, that is a design where you can only have one person in there at a time. This is only one bathroom, but three people can easily be using it at one time. At the end of the day, it saves a lot of money and works just as well.”

Classic Cabin + Contemporary
The homeowners chose one of the last available lots on West Battle Lake with a 100-foot shoreline and a wooded lot that could accommodate their design. “We basically maxed this lot out – but we have to remain 10-feet from the lot lines,” said Strom. “If you looked at the lot from an aerial view, you’d see that the home is almost touching that 10-foot line at four different spots. The lot consists of 100 feet on the shoreline and it trails back to about 90 feet on the roadside. It’s parallel with the lakefront but then angles back to accommodate the smaller part of the lot.”

From the roadside, Hawley designed two intersecting mono-pitches with cedar soffits. On the left, the black dryvit garage has a custom cedar door and bonus room above while the other side represents the main form of the house. The two are connected by a more traditional, cabin-style, stone accent and custom steel trellis with inset 2×6 cedar boards.

Lakefront Hideaway
“A design perspective that I try to do on a lot of projects, is to create a pocket or a u-shape with the building,” said Hawley. “So, when you’re sitting on your patio, you’ll have ultimate privacy and the neighbors can’t see you.”

Hawley achieved this by using two mono-pitched rooflines with two cedar boxes that extended out toward the lakeside. This created a private, courtyard area between the two. The right side cedar box is the master bedroom with a rooftop patio and access from the black spiral staircase, while the left side features and den and sunroom.

Elevating the View
A Jack-and-Jill patio for three upstairs bedrooms, the homeowners’s rooftop space is custom-designed with guests in mind. Hawley and Strom worked with Straightline Design to create the spiral staircase and steel-fabricated railing which incorporates lighting within the handrail. The exterior’s spiral staircase is their own entrance to that living space and direct access to the lake and sauna. Not missing a detail, they also ran a line up to the rooftop, allowing for a gas fire pit for their upstairs guests to enjoy.

Carrying on a Finnish Tradition
If you want to learn more about the health benefits and long-standing sauna tradition, Hawley suggests a book called, “The Opposite of Cold” which he considers the “bible” of saunas. He’s also done his research, sharing information about how the Fins immigrated to the United States and set up shop in the Duluth, M.N., area. “Back in the turn-of-the-century, you’d walk down Main Street and every three storefronts was a sauna or bath house. That’s how important it was to their culture,” said Hawley. “When the Fins first moved here, they would build a sauna first – live in it, bathe in it, give birth to their kids in it; it was like the center of Finnish life back then and still is for many.”

Find the Finishes:
Architect and contractor – Chris Hawley & Jackson Strom – Chris Hawley Architects
Steel fabrication – Eric & Tami Soyring, Straightline Design
Cabinetry & Countertops – Bill Tweten, CMKBD – Western Products
Great room ceiling fan – Haiku, by Big Ass Fans
Lighting – Homeowners

For more information, contact:
Chris Hawley Architects
2534 S. University Drive #3, Fargo
701.478.4600

info@chrishawleyarchitects.com
chrishawleyarchitects.com

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Perfecting the Patient Experience

Photography by J. Alan Paul Photography When we think of healthcare and virtually any clinical environment, blinding fluorescent lights and ill-designed, sterile surroundings are typically what come to mind. Recognizing…

Photography by J. Alan Paul Photography

When we think of healthcare and virtually any clinical environment, blinding fluorescent lights and ill-designed, sterile surroundings are typically what come to mind. Recognizing a change in the way healthcare is approached, Dr. Fadel Nammour and his wife Heidi Nammour of Dakota Gastroenterology Clinic worked closely with Paces Lodging architect, Kim Matteson to redefine the patient experience.

From the exterior, the South Fargo clinic is reminiscent of a contemporary spa with its clean lines and varying textural elements. “We just looked online and drove around and took different pieces of buildings that we liked,” said Heidi Nammour. “Then I would take pictures and get them to Kim Matteson, the architect at Paces Lodging. I wanted the exterior to have dimension as well, so we were able to do that using varying materials for the siding.” Inside, Heidi Nammour designed the space’s 6,500 square-feet to be a soothing sanctuary for incoming patients.

Clinical Comfort
In this business, Dr. Nammour knows that putting patients at ease with a comfortable environment is a prerequisite for better healthcare. “It’s a Gastroenterology clinic. When people hear colonoscopy, they flinch,” laughed Dr. Nammour. “We tried to create a warm environment prior to the procedure so they will be comfortable here in the waiting room and the suites. A lot of patients have been telling me that when they come here, they feel like this is a spa or a home. They wait in comfort and when they go into the procedure, they are much more relaxed.”

These days, even hospitals are rethinking their decor in their new construction and remodels, veering away from the more sterile, institutionalized environment they’ve been known for in the past. “We wanted a more modern, contemporary look, trying to stay away from that cold, clinical feel one would expect,” said Heidi Nammour.

Waiting Room I
In the Endoscopy waiting room, Heidi Nammour chose a modern, Scan Design sofa accented with beautiful statement pieces from online sources, Wayfair and Joss & Main. High ceilings and expansive windows bathe elements of reclaimed wood, glass and stone in natural light.

Waiting Room II
To create a contemporary space with warmth, Heidi Nammour favored rich textures like marbled quartz, stacked stone and comfortable furnishings.

For the room’s rustic elements, she chose a Grain Designs magazine rack coffee table, floating shelves, side tables and custom barn doors.

To get the custom barn door hue, Grain Designs used a whitewash finish with an ebony stain. “I wanted something unique for the ceiling, so I spent a lot of time looking online, at different magazines and on the Houzz app for inspiration for the round ceiling details,” said Heidi Nammour.

“I had a vision of white countertops with marbling to help create a modern look to complement the rustic feel of the barn doors. I got ideas for the reception desks by looking through magazines and going online searching out reception desks,” said Heidi Nammour. “I gave Paces pictures of what I wanted based on what I found, and eventually came up with a design which incorporated reclaimed wood for the front of the desk to match the custom barn door. I knew from the very beginning I wanted barn doors and a reclaimed wood wall. For the flooring, I chose a distressed, vinyl laminate in a wider plank design.”

The Doctor Will See You Now
On the clinic side, a long hallway consisting of exam rooms is designed with custom barn doors from Grain Designs.

Beyond the exam rooms, patients can relax in one of the many La-Z-Boy-style recliners chosen to provide comfort for the patients.

Architect, Kim Matteson of Paces Lodging
“From the very beginning, Heidi and Fadel had a vision for what they wanted their contemporary building to look like. They had photos of design elements, materials and colors that they showed me and wanted to be incorporated into their building. Those were so beneficial and became a starting point for the design of the exterior and also as a basis for the interior finishes,” explained Matteson. “We utilized three-dimensional modeling as we worked through the exterior elevations and how the various materials would look and be arranged on the building. Then we were able to present those ideas to them from all possible views. We even used 3-D modeling when we worked on the design of the curved reception desk and its varied elements. The interior finishes are also a contemporary arrangement of materials and features that incorporate their design style into distinct and appealing spaces for their patients.”

Dakota Gastroenterology Clinic
Dakota Gastroenterology Clinic is an independently-owned clinic specializing in digestive health since 2014. The clinic offers diagnosis and treatment of digestive conditions as well as a non-surgical weight loss procedure.

About Dr. Nammour
Dr. Fadel Nammour is a board-certified gastroenterologist. He is originally from Lebanon and moved to Fargo in 2002 after completing his internal medicine and gastroenterology fellowship in New Jersey. When his career took him to Essentia Health, he met Heidi, who was a nurse at the time. Today, the couple resides in West Fargo with their three sons.

Find the Finishes
Contractor – Paces Lodging
Architect – Kim Matteson, Paces Lodging
Barn doors, side tables and floating shelves – Grain Designs
Fireplace – Home & Hearth
Flooring – All States Flooring
Quartz countertops -Fabricators Unlimited
Artwork – SCHEELS Home & Hardware, Kirkland’s
Recliners – A&B Business Solutions
Roofing – Herzog Roofing
EIFS – OTXteriors
Landscaping – Pro Landscapers LLC
Painting – Weyer for Hire LLC
Casework and plastic laminate countertops – Woodside Industries
Aluminum windows and doors – Galaxy Glass and Caulking
Doors and millwork – Builders Millwork, Inc.
Plumbing & HVAC contractor: Midwest Mechanical Construction, LLC
Electrical contractor – JDP Electric Inc.

For more information, contact:

Dakota Gastroenterology

5049 33rd Avenue South, Fargo
701.356.1001
dakotagi.com

Paces Lodging
Kimberly Matteson – Senior Project Designer, Associate AIA

4265 45th Street South, Suite 200, Fargo

701.499.0212
paces-lodging.com

 

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Unconventional Elements

Words by Tracy Nicholson House photos by Robb Siverson Photography Portrait of Trever Hill and Rebecca Knutson – J. Alan Paul Photography When Trever Hill explained his latest design project…

Words by Tracy Nicholson
House photos by Robb Siverson Photography
Portrait of Trever Hill and Rebecca Knutson – J. Alan Paul Photography

When Trever Hill explained his latest design project in Jamestown, N.D., melding traditional and contemporary stylings, we had to see this unlikely pairing for ourselves. After living in their home for eight years, Michel and Jay Grotrian were ready for a lower-level upgrade which would reflect their eclectic style and love of local art. Without the usual, marital decor squabbles, this couple was equally enthralled with both ends of the style spectrum and ready to get creative. Marrying the two vastly different tones, amidst an extensive basement remodel and complete demo, meant bringing in reinforcement. Before heading West, Hill called on designer Rebecca Knutson of Floor to Ceiling to collaborate, brainstorm and help define the space. See inside the Grotrian’s extraordinary entertainment space, custom-designed to give guests a glimpse of local talent and their native Jamestown flair.

Familiar with Hill’s past projects, the Grotrians were excited to see what kind of elements he could bring to their own space. After realizing the scope of the project, Hill decided to recruit Knutson, whom he knew would bring her expertise in flooring, tile and cabinetry.
As avid art collectors, the Grotrians worked closely with Hill and Knutson to fuse their styles and give every inch of their basement eclectic appeal.

“They’re not that transitional of people, as most would say,” said Hill. “They truly love both traditional and contemporary decor. Obviously, these are opposite ends of the spectrum, but they both pretty much have the same taste. It was such a pleasure working with them.”

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“In my first meeting with the Grotrians, it was clear that we needed to have a wine cellar somewhere. They have a beautiful, curved stairwell that actually goes from the upstairs to the main floor then down to the lower, basement level,” explained Hill. “It’s a fantastic feature of the home. So, I thought, how amazing would it be to have a curved wine cellar under the stairwell and design smaller windows in between the beams.”

“We worked with Straightline Design to fabricate the interior wine storage and then decided to take it one step further and hang mini-pendant lighting that would show through the small windows. This added feature created a gorgeous focal wall for a seating area on the curved wall exterior,” said Hill. “For the seating area, we were able to use some of their existing furniture from Room & Board. We absolutely loved those two chairs that are in front of the wine cellar.”

“Michel and Jay definitely wanted the space to be ready for entertaining their friends as well as a cool family hangout space,” said Knutson. “There would need to be durable finishes for kids to play on and beverages and snacks to be served. Enter, the bar design. The size and octagon shape fills the space with plenty of standing and sitting room for guests to chat. We covered the walls in the bar with an amazing mosaic tile and tied it into the wine cellar area – a space the clients spoke passionately about from the beginning.”

“We collaborated with Straightline Design on the bar shelving making sure the metal details didn’t cover up too much of the mosaics,” said Knutson. “The cabinetry has the unique finish of a hand-brushed glaze and houses many appliances and electronic components behind hidden doors.”

“I wanted lights on the inside of the bar, shooting up onto the bar shelves, so we did glass shelves so the light really emanates through,” said Hill. Then we had puck lights installed above. The electrician initially had some concerns about this feature, but they are fully sealed and technically considered outdoor lighting, so we made it work.”RCS_6857.jpg

“All of our appliances and lighting came from Alisha Wiesshoff at Ferguson in Fargo. She’s been wonderful to work with,” said Hill. “For the flooring, we ran the laminate at a diagonal throughout the entire basement. We really wanted it to go with the line of the octagon. We also chose beautiful, Cambria countertops and hanging pendant lights that have a handblown glass effect. I really like these because each one is different and has its own unique dimension of color. I really thought these were true to the Grotrian’s style. There’s is so much that’s handmade in this home.”

“In addition to the bar and wine cellar, the Grotrians wanted this space to feature a theater and game room with shuffleboard and ping pong,” said Hill. “I felt it needed a focal wall, so I did Phillip Jeffries wall covering along with two sconces flanking the theater screen. We found our theater seats from FourSeating.com. We didn’t do elevation in the theater like you’d normally see, so we chose Four Seating because they have seats that come in three different levels of elevation.”

“We wanted to have a bar looking into the theater on each side, so there’s a walkway in the middle and bar height counter on each side,” explained Hill. “Throughout the house and the traditional features, they have arches everywhere. So, I really wanted these pillars to have arches as well. They’re very stately, so you can’t miss them. Trying to find a way to give them some personality, I came up with an idea to add the drink rail around them and use the lit, inset area to display the same Phillip Jeffries, metallic wall covering we had used on the accent wall. I thought this was such a great feature and really serves to anchor the room.”

“We also did a guest bathroom and included a shower just in case they ever wanted to make their pool table room into a bedroom with the existing egress window,” said Hill.

For the Love of Art
“Trever and I road tripped to the client’s home last fall where I fell in love with Michel and Jay’s colorful style and love of art,” said Knutson. “We knew from then on that we needed to pack a punch into this entertainment space and tie in details with their main floor finishes.”

“The pieces that you see on the left of the wine cellar are handblown glass, they’re through McNeal & Friends, but they’re from a company called Global Views. All of their pieces are handmade,” said Hill. “There’s a story behind each piece and artisan. Also, you’ll notice when you come down the stairs, next to the bar is a piece from local artist, Steve Knutson. This was a piece that I had found at his art exhibit at Abovo in Downtown Fargo. It was kind of a fun play, because of Jay’s career, they do have people that come from out of town and visit and I thought it was kind of a fun play on Jamestown’s buffalo heritage.”

Running down the hallway, on the other wall closest to the theater, we’ve chosen Jessica Wachter paintings,” said Hill. “Those are some of the mixed-media pieces that she had displayed at her Scottsdale, Arizona residency and I just knew that they had to be in here.”

“Your art does not have to match your home, however, I felt that Jessica and Steve’s works were a fun pop of color, yet still coordinated beautifully and made it a cohesive space,” said Hill. “They have so many Walter Piehls up here in the space – in fact, the Grotrians are the largest Walter Piehls private dealer besides Microsoft.”

Collaboration & Creativity
“Rebecca and I have been collaborating now for a little while and it’s been amazing working with her,” said Hill. “It made the process much easier, being able to choose and order the flooring, countertops, cabinetry, tile and backsplash, all through her at Floor to Ceiling.

“My design studio staff at Floor to Ceiling Carpet One is an integral part of our process,” said Knutson. “We provide 3-D renderings and hand sketches to best explain our designs. My assistant, Shannon Simon, supports the design process on all levels including tile and flooring quoting, ordering and scheduling. Krystal Andersen inputs all of our ideas into our cabinetry design program and assists with ordering, while our design intern creates the 3-D renderings of the entire space. It’s an awesome experience to watch all of these creative people come together to give our clients the best experience possible by showing them every angle of the design intent. This is definitely a highlight of how we function in our Design Studio, in conjunction with the large showroom at our fingertips.”

“Trever and I had so much fun exploring finish options for this project together,” said Knutson. “Our team is a well-oiled machine and we have meshed so well with Trever. He is so imaginative in his selections and we really work well together when we collaborate on projects,” said Knutson. “Through my project management role, we were able to design and install the complete project in a timeline that allowed the Grotrians to host their first party, just in time for March Madness.”

Find the Finishes:
Appliances and lighting – Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
Main flooring – Engineered vinyl plank by Shaw, Floor to Ceiling Carpet One
Mosaic tile for bar and wine cellar walls – Daltile, Floor to Ceiling Carpet One
Bar cabinetry – Décor Cabinets, clear alder, painted with hand-wiped glaze – Floor to Ceiling Carpet One
Bar, drink rails, and bathroom countertops – Cambria Quartz, Floor to Ceiling Carpet One
Bathroom flooring and shower tile – Syverson Tile
Metal fabrication – Straightline Design
Bathroom cabinetry – Omega Cabinetry, Maple with a painted finish, Floor to Ceiling Carpet One
Hardware – Vintage nickel finish, Floor to Ceiling Carpet One
Wall covering – Phillip Jeffries, McNeal & Friends
Chairs – Room & Board
Cowhide rug – Eco Chic Boutique
Bar stools – McNeal & Friends
Theater chairs – FourSeating.com

For more information, contact:
Trever Hill Design
trever@treverhilldesign.com
treverhilldesign.com

Floor to Ceiling Carpet One

Rebecca Knutson, CID
360 36th Street South, Fargo
701.237.6601
rknutson@ftcc1.com
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[ Inside the New ] McNeal & Friends

Sisters, Rondi McGovern and Shelly Neal opened their home boutique, McNeal & Friends nearly six years ago on Broadway in Downtown Fargo. With a focus on high-end design services and…

Sisters, Rondi McGovern and Shelly Neal opened their home boutique, McNeal & Friends nearly six years ago on Broadway in Downtown Fargo. With a focus on high-end design services and exclusive furniture lines, their business quickly blossomed. This year, McNeal & Friends made the move South to the Shoppes at BLU Water Creek. Going from 1,900 square feet to 5,000 meant doubling their staff and expanding their inventory. With the expansion came a stunning new showroom and complete design studio offering a fresh new take on home decor.

From Left; Jayne Wilson, Bree Duval, Shelly Neal, Kendra Steffes, Rondi McGovern, Desirae Putnam, Pam Miller. Not shown, Trever Hill, Sydney Fritz, Holly Peterson, and Chase Nishek and Nancy Bong.

Although Neal and McGovern longed to keep their roots planted in Downtown Fargo amidst the excitement of Broadway, the reality was that they needed more space for their expanding furniture lines and design studio. “We really wanted to stay downtown, but after months of searching, we just couldn’t find the right combination of accessibility and parking for moving furniture in and out of the store,” said Neal. “We heard about the Shoppes at BLU Water Creek and the women-centric shops that would be in this area and realized that it might be a great fit.” The new space would offer a high-visibility location while doubling their square footage.

Neal and McGovern have found that both of their passions are necessary to running a successful business. Neal manages the designers and studio while McGovern handles the store’s business and accounting. Besides Neal, they currently employ two other designers, Jayne Wilson and Trever Hill, along with six team members who handle retail layout, inventory and management of the store.

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Whether you’re looking to browse or gain guidance on a design project, McNeal & Friends welcomes both shoppers and design clients in one location. Shoppers will find their entire staff is quite knowledgeable in the array of furnishings and decor, with two of their retail associates currently enrolled in design courses at NDSU. To find their unique accessories, dishware, linens and furnishings, the team routinely travels to Market in North Carolina, Atlanta and Las Vegas. Their travels bring home over 100 high-style lines once thought to only be carried in larger cities.

McNeal & Friends carries sought-after Michael Aram gift and collector items, as well as dishware by Vietri, Simon Pearce, Juliska and their newest line, Farmhouse Pottery. Just in time for summer, a must-see is Juliska’s new melamine and acrylic collection which is perfect for patio and poolside dining.

Hand-poured Lafco, Nest and Mer-Sea & Co. candles can be found throughout the showroom. Artwork in an array of styles features the silver-framed work of Soicher Marin and Shadow Catchers’ vintage collection of swim caps.

Please Sit on the Furniture
“Although we loved the old store, we didn’t have the space to carry enough styles for people to try out and actually be able to sit on and experience in-person. Here, we’ve been able to bring in a lot more options so our clients can try it before they buy it and feel confident in placing special orders for furnishings,” said McGovern. Guests can expect to browse an eclectic mix of styles from Lee Industries, Highland House, Four Hands, Hickory Chair, Gabby Home, Palacek and Bunakara, with luxury linens by Amity Home and Pine Cone Hill.

“We have a really unique chandelier line that can’t be found anywhere else in town, Ro Sham Beaux,” said Wilson. “This line has a lot of beautiful detail in the hardware and brass. They also use sustainable and recycled materials such as hemp, organic cotton and beads. Anything that you see with the signature tassel on is Ro Sham Beaux.”

“We’ve expanded on our coffee table and cookbooks as well as our tote line by Graf & Lantz. We love their felt, wool tote bags with leather handles,” said Wilson. “We also carry Mer-Sea & Co. wraps and ponchos which are really nice for the beach or traveling because you can fold it into the bag and use it as a pillow.” Accessories and gift items can be found throughout the showroom with unique items from Mainly Baskets, Chilewich, Sugarboo & Co. and new this year, gorgeous shell and bone bead sets from Bliss Studio.
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Design Studio
“Our new design studio has everything in it from fabric samples to Phillip Jeffries wallpaper, Hunter Douglas window coverings, carpet, rugs and more,” said designer, Jayne Wilson. “Now customers or designers can come in and pull fabrics themselves and really use our studio.”

“Although we have access to just about any line a client could want, we don’t place limits on our designers to stay within the store’s inventory,” said Neal. “It’s just about creating spaces that speak to the individual. Trever and Jayne do a wonderful job working with and really understanding their clients.”

In their studio, guests are welcome to browse fabric options and upholstery from high-style lines like Lee Industries, CR Laine, Highland House and Kravet. The new space also features many different rug and carpet options. “Dash & Albert is one we work with a lot, but we also offer Jaipur, Kravet and Ellen DeGeneres’ collection of rugs through Loloi,” said Wilson. “This year, we’re also offering more one-of-a-kind, vintage Persian rugs.”

“In the design studio, we love when people drop in and if one of our designers is available, we can certainly meet with them right away,” explained Neal. To guarantee a designer’s time, clients can simply call and schedule a time to meet.
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Setting the Tone
“In staging the store and choosing our accessories, we really thought about spring and going into the lake season,” said Wilson. “We chose a lot of coastal navy tones and a timeless, deeper green tone in accessories. Navy is really reminiscent of the lake and sea and using green in a design really brings the outdoors in, which a lot of people are trying to do this time of year.”

Shopping for Inspiration
“Whenever I travel, I make sure I go to other home furnishing shops. More often than not, the stores that I’m drawn to are left sparse and kind of let the furnishings do the talking,” said Neal. “If anything, our store is inspired by a great store in Atlanta called Bungalow Classic – this is one of my favorites. To achieve that kind of vibe, we really wanted the showroom to have a clean look and bring in as much natural light as we could. We like neutrals and layering of textures, but warmer colors are definitely coming back. We find that the pendulum is swinging back to a more traditional and timeless look.”

Up and Coming!
Follow McNeal & Friends on social media to find out about upcoming events and their May grand opening celebration.

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For more information, contact:

McNeal & Friends
3265 45th Street South, Fargo

701. 235.0031
mcnealfriends.com
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Evolving Builder…Growing Family

Words by Tracy Nicholson Photography by Dan Francis Photography For one local builder, this home is symbolic of 20 years of changing times, evolving styles and growing families. The Lassig…

Words by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by Dan Francis Photography

For one local builder, this home is symbolic of 20 years of changing times, evolving styles and growing families. The Lassig family has built with Jordahl Custom Homes not once, but four times. It all began with David Lassig moving into his first Jordahl home as a bachelor. Fast forward nearly 20 years and three more homes with Jordahl, and today, David’s life has evolved just as much as his builder has. Now married with a 20-month-old daughter, David and his wife, Shanara, were happy to give us a glimpse inside their new, open-layout rambler, custom-designed for an upgraded life with a blossoming family.

The Fourth Time’s the Charm
This is Shanara’s second Jordahl home, while it’s her husband’s fourth. “The first time I bought a Jordahl Custom Homes house, the price was very affordable. It was 2002 and I was a first-time homebuyer, so I chose a bi-level house,” said David. “Then I built again a year later with them. It was nice because I still got to pick out a lot of the things in the home. I thought there were a lot of options to choose from back then, but compared to now, there’s so much more they can offer.”

“Even compared to the last home we built together versus this one, the new options and additional customizations we could do design-wise, were just incredible,” said Shanara. “We worked with the lead designer, Katie Kern and were given so many design choices and that’s something that we really liked about the process. Even though we did a lot more in this house, it was still very affordable.”

“Obviously, when we went to the Parade of Homes we’d look at other houses, but most of them were way more expensive,” said David. “Not a lot of builders have this many options to choose from like Jordahl does. In four houses, we’ve always had a positive experience and based on the price-point and what they could offer, we decided to stay with Jordahl.”

Evolving Life…Evolving Home
Before adding their own personal touches, the Lassigs worked with Jordahl to find the floor plan that suited their family, eventually customizing the Augusta #5 plan to add Isla’s room and a mudroom. “We really liked the design for the stairs,” said Shanara. “We had to change it when we added Isla’s bedroom, so now there’s more railing and it turned out really nice. We had a pretty good idea of what we liked and didn’t like, so the process went quickly.”

“Our last home (#3) was a two-story and a more traditional layout, so it was just a much different living style. The rooms were more compartmentalized, which was great for us at the time, but now, with our daughter, we are much happier with the open layout of this design. I don’t worry about her being in her room, I can easily see where she’s going,” explained Shanara.

Staying on Budget
For any homeowner, budgeting with big dreams is not an easy task, but the Lassigs came up with a plan to work their budget backward. “Jordahl’s team really helped us stay on budget,” said Shanara. “We went to the top of our budget right away by choosing everything in the house that we wanted – then we scaled it down from there. So, some upgrades we decided to still do, but we compromised by opting to do them later on. If there was anything that we couldn’t do, we discussed with them to figure out what would work for us. There was a lot of switching back and forth and they were really kind and patient about it.”

Making their House a Home
For the Lassig’s overall design, the conversation began with a family heirloom. “I had told Katie that the house was going to have to be built around my grandparent’s hutch in the dining room,” said Shanara. “The original plan had three beautiful windows at the top which would have been lovely, but there was no place to put the hutch, so we made sure that the windows got changed to make room.”

Shanara is a preschool teacher, so items like the antique chalkboard above her cabinets and school bell near her fireplace are not just fanciful decor. “In our decorating, we tried to incorporate things that we loved or items that were meaningful to us. We like antiques, modern and farmhouse, so these are little touches of our personal style,” said Shanara. “As we’ve grown as a couple together, we’ve definitely changed our style and it’s become more unified.”

Designing their Dream…Again!
While Shanara’s favorite features lean toward design elements such as the theater room snack bar, shiplap fireplace, and custom built-ins, her husband didn’t take long to answer that his stand-out favorite feature was the three-stall garage. “We love having a basement and place for Isla to play. It’s been great to have a mudroom in this home too. We didn’t have one before and it’s so nice to be able to just throw everything up on a hook and toss our shoes in the bins,” said Shanara.

“Another thing we loved about working with their team is that they scheduled time for us to be able to come into the house before the flooring and trim were in,” said Shanara. “We wanted to do some of our own painting and details, like in Isla’s room and the distressed, wood accent wall. So, we just came in for a couple of days and got our projects done. They were really flexible about that which we really loved.”

The Lassigs bought their own lighting and reclaimed shiplap wood from Dakota Timber Company, but Jordahl Custom Homes agreed to install it for them. Throughout the process, David can recall only one regret. In his fourth build, he had decided to keep some of the work for himself, like building and installing the barn door near the entrance to the laundry room. After the arduous DIY process, he quickly changed his mind, jokingly vowing that if he ever built again, that task could stay with Jordahl.

“I think the process has gotten a lot easier over the years. There are so many different people that you talk to and everyone has a specific part that they play in the process. They’ve been great at helping us make those decisions. I know it’s cliche to say that it feels like a home versus just a house, but this one really does,” said David.

Feedback from the Builder:
“It is our goal to customize each home to the client’s needs and do it at an affordable price. Building a home can be overwhelming and have lots of unknowns, but we have a great team in place to make sure their experience is easy and fun,” said Suzie Rohde, Vice President of Jordahl Custom Homes. “Being a custom home builder, we have the belief we can build anything a customer wants.”

 

“We have five full-time designers who work with customers to fine tune the selections and finishes specific to the customer’s wants and needs,” said lead designer, Katie Kern. “Over the years, the process has evolved from having one interior design appointment to having up to seven appointments with one of our on-staff interior designers. The designers are all masters in their field, keeping up with the latest trends and bringing that value to their design appointments with homeowners and showcasing those trends in our models. We also work very closely with suppliers and subcontractors to ensure we can offer a large variety of options and selections.””It has been fun to see the Lassigs come together as a couple, and also see their family grow,” said sales consultant, Nicole Rygh. “We love that they trust us in both quality and design. Being a first-time homeowner or building a larger house for a growing family, we know we can construct a great house but it is the family that makes it a home. The Lassigs are truly a part of the Jordahl family.”

For more information, contact:
Jordahl Custom Homes
4802 Amber Valley Parkway, Fargo
701.234.0404
info@jordahlcustomhomes.com

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The Starving Rooster [Minot & Bismarck]

Words by Tracy Nicholson Photography by Scott Amundson Photography Most people know Chris Hawley as an award-winning architect of homes, but in Western North Dakota, he’s a jack-of-all-trades. Back in…

Words by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by Scott Amundson Photography

Most people know Chris Hawley as an award-winning architect of homes, but in Western North Dakota, he’s a jack-of-all-trades. Back in their hometown of Minot, Chris and his wife, Sarah Hawley, had ventured into developing and restoring old buildings when they struck a partnership to create a new restaurant concept, The Starving Rooster. See inside the Minot location inspired by the 1917 Aultman & Taylor Machinery Co. and the Bismarck location that just opened its doors last year. While their infamous, starved rooster logo was once known as a symbol of farm equipment efficiency, starving the rooster to better feed the farmer – it now symbolizes a fantastic, brick-oven dining experience with a respectful nod to their hometown heritage.

Restoration vs. Restaurant
Six years ago, Chris Hawley, his brother-in-law, Chad Thompson, and Thompson’s cousin, Joel Welstad, decided to buy the 1917 Minot building that was originally the home of the parts and distribution warehouse for Aultman & Taylor. Located in an industrial part of Minot, the team began their project by designing 21 units of funky, loft-style apartments on the top half of the building. “At the time, during the oil boom, Minot was in a housing shortage. As we got closer to the end and started discussing the street level, we realized that we had a lot of interest from others, so eventually, we decided to do our own restaurant concept,” said Hawley.

The Concept
The Aultman & Taylor Machinery Co. dates back to 1859 in Ohio, but the Minot building was completed in 1917. Employing a clever marketing tool, their starving rooster logo appealed to nearly every farmer in the Midwest. “The company built threshing machines, so their whole story was that they made a threshing machine that was so effective in sifting the grain that it didn’t leave even a spec of grain behind for the roosters to eat – so the roosters starved,” explained Hawley. This logo would soon become the inspiration behind The Starving Rooster restaurants which Hawley and his partners designed using a 1917 Aultman & Taylor catalog they found archived in Ohio.

Back then, catalogs were hand-drawn, black and white etchings or illustrations, so Hawley and his partners wanted to properly display them as the art they truly are. The original illustrations of farm equipment now grace the walls of the restaurant and tell the story of the building and tractor company. Taking it one step further, the partners opted to use reclaimed materials from the original Aultman & Taylor building as well as salvaged material and farm equipment parts from Welstad’s family farm.

In the midst of their restoration, Hawley and his partners brought in Jeremy Mahaney, another Minot native who was, at the time, operating restaurants in Minneapolis. Today, he runs both their Minot and Bismarck locations of The Starving Rooster. Their first location in Minot would open four years ago with a second, Bismarck location following just last year.

The Starving Rooster: Minot
Specializing in brick-oven pizzas and sandwiches, the Minot restaurant has a casual vibe fused with a rich history rooted in farming. Hawley and his partners kept as much of the original Aultman & Taylor building that they could. “We left the loading dock open, putting in garage doors that can open in the summer months. In 1917, people used to pull up in their Model-Ts, back their car in here, load up their parts and head back to the farm,” said Hawley. Nowadays, the garage doors open up to Main Street, providing front row access to local street fairs and street dances.

The partners kept much of the original paint and walls from 1917, salvaging every bit of the original building and repurposing whatever materials they found. To build the tap line running across the bar, the team recruited Larry Larson of P2 Industries to fabricate a large industrial pipe to hold the beer lines. Four of the bar stools are designed using old tractor seats and the dining chairs were custom-built for the restaurant.

“We actually used the old garage doors as the ceiling and up-lit them so they glow in the dining room area,” said Hawley. “We loved the raw floors, so what you see is the actual red paint from the old shop.”

Salvaging the hardwood floors from the upper level, the partners repurposed them into custom dining booths. “Joel built all of the wood booths and benches in place,” said Hawley. “He was the general contractor on this and Jeremy put in a lot of sweat equity as well doing the barn doors and all of those projects. I pulled the permit, Joel did the construction and Jeremy provided a ton of labor.”

Using the original drawing from Aultman & Taylor’s catalog, the partners had it printed on acrylic and mounted over the brick wall in the dining area. Look up and you’ll find a custom-designed, lathe and acoustic ceiling within the lighting. As the project’s general contractor, Welstad used salvaged finds from his family’s farm and recruited their welder and handyman to fabricated the railings in place. “They made all of the furniture and anything steel – so all of the chairs, railings and steel-top tables. The table bases are all cultivator disks,” said Hawley.

Head towards the heat and you’ll find the brick-oven pizza area, complete with a canopy based on one of Aultman & Taylor’s designs. This is a replication of an original tractor canopy that would have covered the cab.

Their ode to the building’s history doesn’t stop with the interior’s design – all of their brick oven pizzas are named after one of the Aultman & Taylor tractors – “Old Trusty”, “Yellow Fellow”, “The Triple Gear” and many more. “The Thai flatbread pizza is one of the most popular. We also do a pulled pork sandwich that everyone loves and a Sunday brunch with an amazing spread,” said Hawley.
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The Starving Rooster: Bismarck
After finding success at the Minot location, the team focused their efforts on opening a Bismarck location, also on Main Street. Instead of a farm equipment company, this space was once an automotive shop and car dealership. “It’s an old building, but it was so goofy that in the 80s and 90s they kind of put it back together. In the process, they took away all of the cool, old features,” said Hawley. “They had to cover up the brick and everything else to get the insulation to work. So, at the end of the day, it’s got an old front on it, but it’s really more of a new building. It was basically a vanilla shell, sheetrock box and we kind of had to make it cool again.” To complete the transformation, the partners brought in all of the brick and panels while the other materials were repurposed from the Welstad farm.

At the entrance, guests are greeted with the same ode to Aultman & Taylor displayed on red panels from the side of a combine that Welstad had sitting in a field. These panels feature a prominent image and text from the cover of Aultman & Taylor’s 1917 catalog, relayed on acrylic.

“This was made from a grain auger taken out of the trees at the Welstad farm. So, we are essentially augering beer out of the silo across this area and directing it to the taps,” said Hawley. “On one side of the silo, we have a door that leads to the liquor storage and on the other side, we have four taps. We also have wine and iced coffee on tap.”

“This wall is kind of fun – everyone asks, ‘What’s up with the cross?’”laughed Hawley.
“It’s actually an ‘x’. It’s like the ‘You are here.’ marking your spot on the map. So this is our map leading to the bathroom. At the other end, there’s an arrow pointing to the bathroom.”

In this area, the team used sifting panels from a grain dryer at the Welstad farm, then backlit them for more dimension. If the pendant lights look familiar, that’s because the shades are actually the teeth of a corn header.

Cultivator disks were once again repurposed into bases for the tables and the team reused the remaining windows left over from the Minot building. “Some of the elements from the Minot space show up again, but the Bismarck location is a totally different and reimagined space,” said Hawley.

If you’re ready to flock to one of their two locations, here’s where you can find them:
The Starving Rooster – Minot, N.D.
30 First Street Northeast
701.838.3030

The Starving Rooster – Bismarck, N.D.
512 East Main Avenue
701.425.0700

See their full menu and hours of operation at:
thestarvingrooster.com

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Classic Elegance + East Coast Charm

Words by Tracy Nicholson Photography by Dan Francis Photography When Cara and Cole Christenson found their beautiful pond lot in West Fargo’s River’s Bend development, they had not planned on…

Words by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by Dan Francis Photography

When Cara and Cole Christenson found their beautiful pond lot in West Fargo’s River’s Bend development, they had not planned on building on it for at least a few years. Finding inspiration in Studio West Home’s work on the HBA’s Parade of Homes last year, their plans quickly progressed from ideas on the drawing board to reality. Working closely with Kirsten Waverek, Elliot Steinbrink and Trisha Stibbe of Studio West Homes, the team was able to bring to life a stunning two-story vision, with a fusion of classic design elements and coastal charm.

The Christensons built their rambler just three years ago, but last year set their sights on the beautiful pond lot with endless potential. Despite their plans to hold off on a new build, the couple couldn’t help but start dreaming up their new vision. They started meeting with various builders and eventually set their hearts on the signature style that Kirsten Waverek of Studio West Homes had become known for. “We had ideas in our head that were very broad, but one of the reasons we went with them is the trust that we felt right away,” said Cole Christenson. “We loved their style and their vision. We showed them what we liked in general, and Kirsten honed in and got us to where we are now. It’s been a great process and decision to work with them.”

Nearly a year later, after first meeting the Studio West Homes’ team, the Christensons are planning their May move-in date. Transitioning from a rambler with more industrial finishes, the family of three is ready for the more refined and classic design of their custom two-story. Encompassing 3,130 square feet with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, every inch of the home speaks to the craftsmanship of the builder and personality of the homeowner.

Key Design Elements
“We came to Studio West Homes with five key things that we wanted in the home. Since our last home was a rambler, we wanted a two-story this time with a catwalk upstairs and a vaulted entry and living room,” explained Cara Christenson. “We also asked for a spacious master suite with a soaker tub and walk-out balcony, then a nearby bedroom suite for our daughter, Sloane.”

Visual Reassurance
Letting the design evolve throughout the process, Studio West relied on computer-generated renderings to help the Christenson’s visualize the current state and eliminate any unwelcome surprises.

Planning the Design
To create their unique mix of traditional and classic elements, Cara Christenson created a Pinterest board and provided Studio West Homes with ideas and images to set the wheels in motion.

Waverek and Cara Christenson worked together to find the lighting online, in a mix of traditional, vintage and mid-century modern designs. “We wanted the home to feel very classic and traditional with an East Coast feel, but then liven it up with a few modern touches within the lighting choices,” said Cara Christenson.

To achieve the fused look, they chose antiqued Brass finishes in the main living areas and chrome fixtures in the bathrooms. White-oak laminate flooring and crisp white trim lend a beach house vibe while soaring ceiling heights create modern elegance. To unify the proportions between the kitchen’s 10-foot ceiling and the great room’s 20-foot ceilings, Studio West incorporated taller doors and custom-designed, seven-inch base trim.

Leveraging the 20-foot ceiling height in the entry, the team designed a grand entrance with a white-paneled, stairwell wall and white oak banister as the focal point. The more classically elegant entry design is their guest’s first glimpse of the home’s timeless style.

“Cara had wanted this light fixture for years, so the powder room design centered around the plaster white, vintage lighting, then extended to the Serena & Lily wall covering that she found,” said Waverek. “To create the double-shelf, wall hung vanity, we used a stained red oak to emulate the white oak look of the flooring.”

From Rustic Industrial to Classic Elegance
“Originally, we had planned to do reclaimed wood beams in the 20-foot ceilings of the great room, but as they started making their selections, we realized that they were going away from the more industrial design of their last home,” said Waverek. To remedy the design, Studio West switched the reclaimed beams out with a more traditional beam style, then added classic paneling to the fireplace and a unique white-washed look tile that Cara Christenson had found.

“For the great room’s blinds and our lighting, we had Jamie from Smart Home Technologies come in and do a walk-through,” said Cara Christenson. “All of our lighting is now on a Crestron system and we decided on doing electronic shades just on the lower portion of the windows since we don’t get much direct sunlight on that side of the house.”

One industrial element the Christenson’s chose to keep is the locally-designed Finnu Designs dining table by Josh Humble.

Just beyond the great room, the Christensons and Studio West have designed an open layout which is integral for entertaining and family time. The dining area transitions from the great room to either the sunroom or kitchen with close proximity to all three spaces. Keeping with a lighter, beach house vibe, Studio West worked with Wendt Custom Cabinets to create the contrast between the Simply White cabinetry and Stonington Grey painted island with antique brass hardware and classic subway tile. To add a modern element, wall-hung shelving was finished to complement the lighter tones of the white oak flooring.

Since the mudroom can be seen from the kitchen, the team needed to create a cohesive design between the two rooms. To do this, they chose the same Stonington Grey tone of the kitchen island on the mudroom cabinetry and drop zone.

Beach Bum & Bohemian
For the staging and design of the home, Studio West worked with the Cara Christenson to put a fun twist on their own personal style. “With everything being so light and bright we kind of liked it being a little bit beachy, a little bohemian, then mixing in a fresh green so it’s not just that typical home,” said Waverek. “There are some really fun accents, but it’s still that traditional, classic design with some really strong bones. Our hashtag for this home is #Studiowestcoastalcharm – it’s kind of that coastal style with the lighter wood and beachy fabrics and linens. Then we bring in a little bit of glam with all of the gold, velvet and pops of pink that Cara loved. A pop of color like this one can go a long way.”

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Upstyled Upstairs
“For me, this design was initially a little more challenging,” said Waverek. “Cara and Cole had gone to quite a few open houses and existing properties for sale, and they said they really loved this two-story entry and the look of the catwalk. That was a type of design that we hadn’t really done before, but I absolutely love the way it turned out. The design and layout definitely evolved as we went through the process.”

Upstairs in the custom-designed laundry room, the team chose a bold, yet classic hue of Hale Navy cabinetry with aged brass hardware and a patterned, sheet vinyl flooring. With the master closet located just behind the laundry room, it created a unique opportunity to incorporate a direct pass-through for their laundry basket.

Another check off of their wish list was the upstairs master suite. Studio West worked closely with the couple to design a relaxing space with plenty of amenities. “They’re both big readers, so it was nice to incorporate some built-ins for their books and a cozy sitting area overlooking the pond. Eventually, just outside of their bedroom there will be a walkout balcony deck,” said Waverek.

“Their master bath turned out beautifully with the herringbone marble tile and heated floors. We mixed in more modern fixtures in chrome with marble-look quartz countertops and the same Simply White cabinets as the kitchen perimeter,” said Waverek. “We also incorporated his and hers sinks with a side makeup vanity as well as a soaker tub and a custom tile and glass shower.

Making Pinterest perfection with the ceiling slant, Studio West created a charming space for their four-year-old daughter Sloane – complete with beautiful built-ins and a dreamy window seat for reading.

“We only build a handful of homes each year, so we get to know our clients really well,” said Kirsten Waverek. “We want every home to be personalized to the homeowner and really fit their personality. We love finding new ideas, so when clients come to us with organized ideas like Cara and Cole did, we know exactly which direction to go in. They both have phenomenal taste and we’re so excited to have gotten the opportunity to work with them.”

Find the Finishes:
Powder room lighting – Visual Comfort
Powder room wall covering – Serena & Lily
Great room chandelier – Circa
Great room blinds & Crestron lighting controls – Smart Home Technologies
Kitchen, bathrooms and fireplace surround tile – Floor to Ceiling Carpet One
Cabinetry and built-ins – Wendt Custom Cabinets
Antiqued Brass hardware – Wendt Custom Cabinets
Flooring – Floor to Ceiling Carpet One
Kitchen pendants – Rejuvenation
Kitchen sink sconce – Restoration Hardware
Master bedroom pendant lights – Serena & Lily
Countertops – Spaulding Stone
Master bath glass doors – Frontier Glass
Master soaker tub and fixtures – Northern Plumbing Supply / Waterfront Kitchen & Bath
Master bath lighting – West Elm, Wayfair
Dining room table – Finnu Designs

For more information, contact:
Studio West Homes
701.404.7716
hello@studiowesthomes.com
studiowesthomes.com

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