Design & Living March 2017

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MARCH 2017


Love thy Neighbor[hood] 5 progressive communities that are kicking up dirt and changing the face of Fargo



very week I jump in the car and head toward an address that doesn't exist–at least not yet. If you're confused by this, well so am I, every single week. This is where the "getting lost" part makes its way into my story.

We set up a photo shoot in some fantastic new neighborhood and I instinctually asked my phone to lead me, turn by turn to this anticipated home. Eight times out of 10, I end up in some other neighborhood that I didn't even know existed, and finally, apologetically, I show up late to my shoot and interview. Embarrassed by my lack of direction or my phone's lack of knowledge, I typically blame it on the weather, road construction or anything else I can summon to make me look like less of an idiot. Yes, I'm working on this–and yes, sometimes these excuses are absolutely true. A while back it occurred to me that if I have this much difficulty figuring out the new neighborhoods in the area, I'm probably not the only one. A couple of years ago, we did an issue devoted to new communities. Since our first issue on this topic, I feel it's something we need to address every two years to keep us all heading in the right direction. You can ignore this issue and just drive around for hours letting



Photo by Paul Flessland

and getting lost....

your heart lead the way, but if you don't know what's out there, you won't know what you're missing. So, I hope you'll dive in to this issue and read about some amazing new communities breaking ground this year and a few that are finally ready to show-off their results of years of planning and progressive thinking. I have one final bit of advice to those who plan to build a new home or jump neighborhoods. Make sure you know what's under the snow and on the horizon. After all, those in the know buy the neighborhood, not the house. Once again, from all of us at Design & Living, thank you for reading! Sincerely,

TRACY NICHOLSON Associate Publisher/ Editor

DIY DISTRESS On a side note, we need your help. We have already begun planning our April "DIY issue" and we want to hear from all of you creative remodelers, Pinterest queens and chalk paint enthusiasts. If you fixed it up, designed it, painted it or made your neighbor's trash your treasure, we want you in our pages.







New neighborhoods are cropping up all over the FM area with exciting looks inspired by big-city high-rises, San Francisco architecture and even urban farm-life. We'll walk you through some of the very first homes to be completed and take you on a virtual tour of what is to come.



The 2017 Eco Chic Design Conference is only a month away, and this year Maria Bosak is bringing The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, and Chip Wade to Fargo. We grabbed coffee with Maria to talk about some of the surprises that experienced Design Conference-goers can expect this year.



On the outside, Mike and Valerie Casavants' industrial loft fits right in with all of the other warehouses in Fargo's industrial park, but you won't believe your eyes when you look inside.



After running a successful store in Bismarck for the last five years, Justin Schmaltz opened another branch in West Fargo with his business partner-slash-cousin, Kayle Dangerud. We sat down with them to talk about their handsome amish furniture.



When it comes to these paintings, the closer you look, the more you see. We caught up with local artist and Safety Director at Kava Construction, Thaddeus Laugisch, to learn more about his experiments in "Glassology."




This month we've pointed you in the direction of five new neighborhoods and developments that are bringing cuttingedge living concepts to life. We follow up with Rocking Horse Farm and The Aspens, then take readers on a tour of The Preserve at Hadley Meadows, U32, and The Pointe at Veterans Square.

Take home improvement into your own hands with the DIY edition of Design and Living Magazine. We'll speak with local experts to bring you inspiration and helpful tips, and even depict projects from start to finish. With so many new DIY trends to pick from, you won't see any Mason Jars here.


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Casey Beckerleg is current president of Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation. He has worked in sales at Stenerson Lumber since 1994. Stenerson Lumber was founded in 1889 and has three full-line lumberyards in Moorhead, Fergus Falls and Detroit Lakes. It assists both the professional contractor and the do-it-yourselfer.



Kari Langsdorf Rasmus has been a partner at Designingwomen2 for the past four years. Her degrees from Concordia College (BA) and University of St. Thomas (MA), served her well while volunteering and working at Concordia, Northwest Airlines and Prudential Insurance. However, as the child of artists, her creative side needed an outlet; hence, the career pivot to DW2. When she isn’t decorating around town and in the lakes area, she is either knitting or playing in Mother Nature’s playground with her family and pets.



Becca Opp is the Assistant Editor of Design and Living Magazine, where she writes print and social media content. Opp graduated with a degree in English Education with an emphasis in communications from NDSU. On the weekends, she is also a Content Strategist for Others, a fair trade boutique in Downtown Fargo. When she is not writing about other people's homes, Opp is busy renovating her own apartment inside of a hundred-year-old house.




Home Builders Care Fish Fry


Casey Beckerleg is current president of Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation. He has worked in sales at Stenerson Lumber since 1994. Stenerson Lumber was founded in 1889 and has three full-line lumberyards in Moorhead, Fergus Falls and Detroit Lakes. It assists both the professional contractor and the do-it-yourselfer.

Delicious food, meat raffles, $500 cash prize

Mark your calendar now for April 7 and the 54th annual Fish Fry, organized by Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation. For the $12 ticket, you get a shot at a $500 cash prize, a delicious fish dinner, access to meat raffles (including bacon), and a whole lot of fun. Proceeds benefit Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation, the Home Builders Association of FargoMoorhead's charity. The Foundation has been around nearly 25 years. It has

By Casey Beckerleg, HBC President ,Stenerson Lumber

awarded nearly $230,000 in scholarships for students interested in construction careers, and designated over $657,000 for a variety of housing related projects. Some examples are the Homes For Our Troops house we are helping to build in Moorhead for a local army veteran, several Habitat for Humanity homes, and constructing handicap-accessible ramps for qualified homeowners. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.

Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation provides a positive outlet for the housing industry to give back to the community, building a framework for the future.

The Fish Fry will take place from 5:30-9 p.m. on April 7 at the Holiday Inn of Fargo. Buy tickets at the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead office: 1802 32nd Ave. S, Fargo.

The event will feature kidfriendly activities. All ticket purchasers are entered into a drawing for a $500 grand prize. You do not need to be present to win. In addition to the delicious fish dinner, there will be raffles of meat, cash, and even wheelbarrows full of various goodies. We'll also have a live auction with the grand prize drawing at the end of the event.

Anyone who has attended the Fish Fry in the past knows it is a fun, festive atmosphere. With all of the raffles, socializing and live auction, there is never a dull moment, and it is a great way to spend a Friday evening supporting a great cause.

The HBA of F-M is a non-profit trade association of nearly 900 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour and Red River Valley Home & Garden Show.

For more information contact: HBAFargoMoorhead Blog: homebuildersassociation.




Love thy Neighbor[hood] If you're considering building a house or making the move, you'd better know what's under the snow. To uncover the dirt, we met with local developers to show us what Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo will soon see. New neighborhoods are in the works with exciting looks inspired by big-city high-rises, San Francisco-style architecture and even urban farm-life. There are new developments popping up everywhere, giving today's homeowner acres of possibilities. In this friendly neighborhood guide, we'll show you a few of our new favorites and give you a directory of many others to map out on your next Sunday drive.







Rocking Horse Farm An urban development well underway

J BY Tracy Nicholson PHOTOS BY Paul Flessland, Heather Siverson, Ken Promersberger 34


ust two years ago, Design & Living featured an up-and-coming community that would end up being the inspiration for an entire issue. The developers, Ken and Jan Promersberger, had dreamed up an "urban-farm" community named Rocking Horse Farm. When we last visited with them, they showed us renderings of their modern, rural-themed community with an ode to North Dakota in its natural state. Lots had just become available in this 160-acre community, which would surround farmstead-inspired office spaces, complete with modern barns and wildlife ponds. With the passing of two years, we went back to see the progress and find out if their unique concept had made it from the drawing board to reality.

Location Rocking Horse Farm's development is located on the north side of 52nd Avenue South and west of Veterans Boulevard in Fargo, just south of the Osgood Golf Course.



The Team

Jon Thorp

Jan Promersberger

Ken Promersberger

Sketching a Neighborhood To make this "urban-farm" theme work, the Promersbergers teamed up with local architect Chris Hawley to help homeowners fine-tune their existing designs. Builders and homeowners were provided with a housing-style guide and complimentary home-exterior sketch for each lot, aesthetically enhancing the rural-themed neighborhood. This was an exploration process that would take the Promersbergers, their team consisting of Craig Anderson, Hawley, and Jon Thorp a year to perfect before launching to homeowners. "We couldn't be happier with how the development is going," said Anderson.

Chris Hawley

Craig Anderson

"The Schulz's were the first to get into the development, and that process went fantastically well. Throughout the whole development, the variety that is in here is exactly what we wanted. We didn't want it to be every home looking the same. "We're not trying to be heavy-handed. We're just trying to nudge the process a little bit with the quality of design. I think it's working and I think people have really enjoyed it. We went to great lengths before home construction started to make sure the builders all knew and the people buying lots here understood how the process was going to go."



A Neighborhood on the Grow Today, the Promersbergers have successfully implemented their design process for multiple homeowners and home builders. Of the 136 single-family lots initially platted, about 20%, or 27 lots are still available to purchase by a homebuyer or builder. The balance are either offered by 19 different home builders, or are owned by homebuyers. Since we last spoke, a farm-style machine shed is going up in the Farmstead Office Park and will consist of low-intensity office space, much like the red and white barns that are currently in the neighborhood.

Amenities At Rocking Horse Farm, there are no through streets and it's not located in the flood plain. An Osgood Golf Course pond was extended into Rocking Horse Farm, thereby providing pond lots with a view of the golf course. Currently, there are four pocket parks in the plan that are smaller pedestrian-scale parks. Prairie grasses, cattails and large expanses of turf will offer homeowners the calm and beauty of the farm with the convenience of the city. According to Anderson, each park will have its own theme. One will be an orchard, one will have shrubs and berries and native grasses will be used throughout. "It's all designed to be very indigenous to North Dakota," said Anderson. "The trail access to larger-scale, more regional parks is fantastic from here." Other plans include a bigger neighborhood park to the east of the Farmstead Office Park. To ensure it's mainly utilized for the residents of Rocking Horse Farm, there will not be parking lots, which will keep it more intimate to the residents of the neighborhood. A small neighborhood shopping center may be positioned in the southeast corner of the community at 52nd Avenue South and Veterans Boulevard, ,which will most likely contain service-type businesses and retail.




Hearing from the Homeowners

We wanted to hear from the homeowners to find out just how this new design process went for them, so we gathered a roundtable of three recent homeowners who all utilized the process in different, but unique ways. Our discussion began with Brad Clemenson, whose home was currently under construction, Chris and Heather Siverson who were just finishing their home, Dan and Nicole Schulz who completed their home a year ago and Todd Halle of T&S Custom Homes. Providing some extra insight were Hawley, Thorp and Anderson. "The people in this room were all selected because their situations were completely different from each

other," said Hawley. "For Brad's, we did very little, maybe just a couple comments and we were good to go. The Siversons went through the more classic architectural process process where they hired our firm to fully design their home based on photos they provided." The Schulz's home was the perfect example of what the Rocking Horse Farm process would look like from beginning to end," said Hawley. To explain why the design process went smoothly, Hawley clarified that the approach was not a design dictatorship. The changes were typically centered on small exterior details, up for discussion and not necessarily mandatory.


Brad Clemenson Home Under Construction

Located in Tallgrass Cove, Brad Clemenson, a graphic designer for NDSU, is currently in mid-construction with his home. He took a different approach, using his graphic design software to design the home himself. After he designed the home and drew it out to scale, he worked with builder Jason Carpenter to complete the look, then submitted it to Hawley for minimal tweaks. "Jason has been really great and really collaborative. It's been a good partnership," said Clemenson. "I'm a graphic designer, and I get to do creative work every day, but designing a house is really different. Working in 3D, planning spaces and choosing materials is a fun challenge. I appreciate that Jason is a great collaborator and is as excited about the design process as I am. I have been really happy with his input and willingness to work with me and my ideas."

Standing in his home during construction, Clemenson points out the unique interior details that are underway, including the vaulted window area in his living room, sometimes referred to as a gabled clerestory or cupola. Why did Clemenson choose Rocking Horse Farm? "I like the traditional, small community feel, with the walking paths and planned green spaces," he explained. "I also appreciate that people can build creative, original homes, but there is a committee involved to ensure that no designs are off the mark. My last neighborhood had sort of a mix of everything, which I didn't really love. I like a little more cohesion, but still some interesting and unique houses that I think fit together a little nicer."



Chris and Heather Siverson Home Nearing Completion

With their home almost complete, Chris and Heather Siverson took a different path by general contracting their stunning home from start to finish. "We found a theme that we liked, then we took about 150 photos over to Dan Elton (Chris Hawley Architects) and had him draw it all out," said Chris Siverson. "He did a very good job piecing that all together from our photos. We're probably one of the homeowners that likes to be more involved throughout the whole process than most others. We're going to do the flooring, tile, audio, painting and some other things as well." Why did the Siversons choose Rocking Horse Farm? As Heather Siverson explained, they were looking for a golf course lot. With this neighborhood, there happened to be a golf course and a pond. "We loved how the community was going to be set up, having some of the wild grass and more natural features. For us, it was appealing and the design aspect just made it look different than every other neighborhood," said Chris Siverson.




Dan and Nicole Schulz Completed Home

Trailblazers Dan and Nicole Schulz were the first to build in Rocking Horse Farm and moved in nearly a year ago. As Nicole explained, they loved the old, small town, big city feel and also liked that it was a quiet community with a similar look, but without cookie-cutter homes. For the Schulz's home, they chose one of a few home designs offered by builder Todd Halle of T&S Custom Homes. Then Rocking Horse Farm worked with Hawley to tweak it for a more unique look. "Both the homeowner and builder were very happy with the results. In fact, T&S optioned more lots after the project based on the positive reaction," said Thorp.



The Builder's Perspective To hear how this process was perceived by a local builder, we spoke to Todd Halle of T&S Custom Homes.

"It was a different process, but I don't think we felt pressure like you do this or you don't get to build. It was, 'What if you do this or that?'" said Halle. "We took most of their suggestions, and there were some we didn't take, but I thought the process was very painless. That's one of the reasons why I'm building a second house here and I've got an option on a third lot because I like the theme that they are trying to incorporate here where there's some design control and everything's just a little bit different. As a builder, I like that."

The Architect's Perspective

Todd Halle

Throughout the process, Hawley took homeowners' existing plans and made small exterior alterations to give each home in the neighborhood a unique look, even if the same floor plan was used. "In short, we're trying to show that Rocking Horse Farm has a unique design goal, but there are multiple ways to get there. It's not only accessible to those who can afford an architect," said Hawley. "We spent a lot of time trying to figure out how we could bring design to folks that may not always ask for it and do it in a way where we weren't heavy handed about it. So, we were really careful about making sure that we weren't trying to control everything." For Hawley, variety was the best part about this development. "When talking about a themed development, that design aspect was one of the things that was set out from the very beginning, even set into the covenants. Most developments ask for a certain masonry or brick or whatever it is. This one didn't ask for that. It was kind of a blank canvas," said Hawley. "At the end of the day, every single one of them is designed, which is really refreshing. In most developments, there's one that is designed and maybe three that aren't. It's fun to drive through because it's a very spirited community already and we're only a little bit into it."

In the Details

When the Promersbergers and Hawley set out to achieve this concept, all were clear that they were never going to fundamentally manipulate somebody's project. "We were doing small modifications and it's a lot of little things that people never think about or probably never notice at first glance; but when you see the end, you definitely see a difference," said Hawley. "Had we gone at the process a little more heavy handed, I think we would have seen more resistance. There were a few at first that were scared of what that might look like, but I think once they went through it, they realized we weren't asking for anything crazy."



Process Boards

Pointing us to a series of four boards, Hawley and Anderson show us what each homeowner went through in their unique design process. The first part of the process involves homeowners bringing in a plan and then filling out a worksheet providing more information on their plans, budget and materials. Then, homeowners supply inspirational images of designs they love. Once the team had the information and images they needed, Hawley would generate an image and create a list of things that might benefit the project.



Homeowners can then discuss which options they would like to implement in their exterior design and which they'd prefer to keep unchanged. "We suggested certain things. If they were too costly, we peeled certain things off. The way we talked about it was like robbing Peter to pay Paul," said Hawley. "For certain things, we'd say, 'Let's not spend money on that, let's spend it over here instead.' That has happened and there is a little bit of back and forth." As homeowner Clemenson adds, "In the initial phase, they asked us how much flexibility we had, so that influenced some of the decisions that were made."

"All we're trying to do is create more artistic things, including the art side of architecture," explained Hawley. "We centered on certain things like the rhythm of windows and added little things that maybe call out the entry a little better. It's small things that are really important. In this case, we had a couple of windows that were modified and we grouped a few things. In a lot of houses, there's sort of iconic things that become a signature for a house. In this one, it was the round window. At the end of the day, it's a small thing, but it's a little bit of a thumbprint for their house."

For more information, contact: Rocking Horse Farm 4838 Rocking Horse Circle, Fargo 701-356-0219 Jenny Schuster 701-729-5851 Diane Nordhougen 701-238-5751 diane@parkcompanycom Jon Thorp Creative/Public Relations Director The Promersberger Company 701-492-9194



The Pointe At Veterans Square

A BY Tracy Nicholson PHOTOS AND RENDERINGS COURTESY OF Lexstar Development

s one of the fastest-growing areas in West Fargo, Veterans Boulevard does not disappoint with its beautiful new developments and a bustling array of amenities and new restaurants. Recognizing the future value of this community, Robert Leslie of Lexstar Development set out to bring a little high-rise luxury into the mix. Leslie and his team will soon start construction on The Pointe at Veterans Square, debuting 29 luxury condos within a six-story high-rise.

Location The Pointe at Veterans Square will be located on the corner of Veterans Boulevard and 40th Avenue South in West Fargo.




The Exterior

Robert Leslie

Leslie is well known for his work as a custom home builder with Designer Homes and realtor with RE/MAX Legacy Realty, but this venture managed to combine his three passions. Lexstar designed the building and is also building the structure, while Designer Homes will be designing and constructing the interiors of all 29 condominium units. "The building was designed around a good portion of our community that wants the luxuries of care-free living that is truly turn-key and can come and go as they please," said Leslie. "Many of the clients that purchase this type of home have lake homes and/or winter vacation homes and want the care-free lifestyle of a condominium without giving up their individual style and space requirements. We decided to design and develop this project based on the lack of options like this in the suburbs. There is a definite need for this and the combination of this amazing location coupled with this state-of-the-art structure was the perfect fit."



High Style A luxury condo is not complete with high-end finishes throughout. Each unit will have full-glass curtain walls offering ample sunlight and maximizing the high-rise views. "The units will have highlevel, Designer Homes quality finishing and design. You will feel like you are in paradise the minute you enter your home at the Pointe at Veterans Square," said Leslie. "We will be using custom

Braaten cabinets, luxury, solid-surface flooring in a variety of textures and soft, high-quality carpeting." Each of the condo units at The Pointe at Veterans Square offer owners luxury inside and out. With the unique shape of the building and the size of each condo, the outdoor terraces on each unit will be private and extremely spacious.

Price Ranges and Options Condo prices range from $744,900 to $909,900 with six different customizable floor plans to choose from, each with a large private terrace. Pricing will be based on the square footage and size of terrace, as well as number of baths and layout.



The Interior Customizable Plans Condo units will be offered on the second through sixth floor of the highrise. The six customizable plans include the McArthur, Pershing, Arnold, Nimitz, Eisenhower and Washington.

Street and Lower Floors The first floor of the high-rise will feature various amenities and shops centered around the condo owner's needs with heated parking levels on the first and lower level. These condos will also have private storage rooms for the condo owners, bike parking and a car wash bay.

Ready to move in? Construction is scheduled to start this summer and completion will be in summer 2018. Lexstar Development is currently pre-selling the 29 condo units and offering a preconstruction promotion.

For more information, contact: Lexstar Development Robert Leslie 701-306-7132 David Noah 701-306-4888 52




The Preserve at Hadley Meadows

L BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Paul Flessland, renderings provided by Verity Homes 54


ocated in the heart of West Fargo, this new settlement is anything but plain. The Preserve at Hadley Meadows is a community of San Francisco-style townhomes built by Verity Homes. Featuring outdoor amenities, these low-maintenance townhomes appeal to Millennials and Baby Boomers alike. Come along with us as we learn about the builder and explore the signature floor plans this neighborhood has to offer.

Location 5238 33rd Way East, West Fargo

COMMUNITY DESIGN&LIVING THE PRESERVE Established in 1999, Verity Homes is known for building custom homes in Bismarck, but in the last two years, they have expanded into Fargo. One of the reasons why Verity Homes has generated so much interest is because they specialize in customization. When talking about The Preserve at Hadley Meadows, Elizabeth Nelson of Verity Homes said, “What’s fun is that they’re really not your typical, cookie-cutter townhomes.” This is easy to see judging by the thoughtful color palette used on the exterior of the homes.

The Oriole Floor Plan

Part of the appeal of The Preserve at Hadley Meadows is the low-maintenance lifestyle that many homeowners tend to gravitate toward. "We really wanted to tie in a younger energy and offer something for first time home buyers, and also have a lot to offer for someone who's retiring and doesn't want the maintenance of a single-family home," Nelson conveyed. There are ten signature floor plans available in The Preserve at Hadley Meadows, each named after a different type of bird. These floor plans are split into three categories: Signature Luxury Townhomes, The Sky Terrace Collection and The Bungalows. In the following pages, we'll give you an inside look at the Oriole floor plan, a sneak peak of the Sandpiper and side-by-side comparisons of the other layouts.

Welcome to the Oriole, one of Verity Homes' Signature Luxury Townhomes. At 1,837 square feet, this floor plan has lots of living space. At a glance, you might notice that it includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, one halfbath and a two-car garage.

This rendering represents the builder's vision of the Oriole floor plan.




The first floor has an open concent–the living room, kitchen and dining room coexist peacefully in the same space. Custom shaker cabinets from SWI Interiors and quartz countertops are highlights in the kitchen, and the focal point of the living room is a modern fireplace with a floating mantle. Meanwhile, volume ceilings draw your eyes up toward the loft.


A wall of windows makes the master suite stand out.

In this model home, the interior loft serves as a comfortable family room.


Elizabeth Nelson did all of the staging for this model home. Verity Homes also has an in-house interior designer whose office is located on-site to help future homeowners' make their mark on each townhome.



Verity Homes demonstrates how the Oriole can accommodate a kid's room.

This versatile room would be great for a teen or as a getaway for guests.

Sandpiper Sneak Peak As an added bonus, we were also able to snag a sneak peak of the Sandpiper floor plan. Notice how the levels in this space are separated by a sleek, modern railing.



Side by Side Comparisons Signature Luxury Townhomes

These floor plans showcase what Verity Homes likes to incorporate into all of their townhomes: luxury features, open concept living, master suites, high ceilings, lofts and direct access to two-car garages.

Cardinal Floor Plan

Robin Floor Plan

Sandpiper Floor Plan

• 3 Levels • 2 Bed

• 3 Levels • 3 Bed

• 3 Levels • 3 Bed

1,215 square feet

• 2.5 Bath • 2 Car Garage

1,923 square feet

• 2.5 Bath • 2 Car Garage

1,985 square feet

• 3 Bath • 2 Car Garage

Plover Floor Plan

Osprey Floor Plan

Turnstone Floor Plan

• 3 Levels • 3 Bed

• 3 Levels • 2 Bed

• 2-3 Levels • 3 Bed

1,746 square feet


• 2.5 Bath • 2 Car Garage


1,250 square feet

• 1.5 Bath • 2 Car Garage

1,605 square feet

• 3.5 Bath • 2 Car Garage

• Optional Basement


The Bungalows

The Sky Terrace Collection

These modern designs were inspired by vertical living in San Francisco. What makes The Sky Terrace Collection unique is that the fourth floor features a private rooftop patio, which can be used as an outdoor living space.

Falcon Floor Plan

Dunlin Floor Plan

1,385 square feet

• 4 Levels

Although The Preserve at Hadley Meadows was inspired by vertical townhomes in San Francisco, Verity Homes also wanted to offer a one-level floor plan, the Dunlin. Because it is the only single-story option in Hadley Meadows, this floor plan has been in high demand.

1,226 Sq. Ft.

• 2 Bed

• 2.5 Bath

• 2 Car Garage

• Rooftop Patio

• 2 Levels • 4 Bed

• 3 Bath • 2-3 Car Garage

The Verity Homes team has an office located on sight at Hadley Meadows. For more information, contact: Verity Homes -The Preserve at Hadley Meadows New Home Specialist, Dustin Monsebroten 701-638-0057

Eagle Floor Plan 1,575 square feet

• 4 Levels

• 3 Bed

• 2.5 Bath

• 2 Car Garage

• Rooftop Patio

Follow Verity Homes on Instagram at or find them on Facebook by searching "Verity Homes of Fargo."




The Aspens at Timber Creek The Final Stages

I BY Becca Opp andTracy Nicholson PHOTOS BY Paul Flessland

n March 2015, we introduced Heritage Homes' South Fargo neighborhood, The Aspens at Timber Creek, which offered to fuse luxury and low maintenance livability. Nearly two years later, we decided to catch up with them and take a tour through three of their extraordinary townhomes, showcasing three different versions of luxury. With these homes catering to the busy professional or the retired snowbird, see how Tyrone Leslie and Steve Larson have built on their promise of maintenance-free livability and intelligent design.

Location Between I-29 and 52nd Avenue South in Timber Creek, South Fargo



The Amenities

These townhomes are maintenance-free and feature two bedrooms and two full baths with 1,960 square feet on the main level and an optional 1,164 square feet upstairs. The first floor features a master suite with 10-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchen with formal dining room, family room with 11-foot ceilings, flex room, walk-in-closets, main-floor laundry, attached oversized garage and private, covered patio. The homes are located on a private cul-de-sac and each patio has its own green space with pond views and enhanced landscaping.


House Tour #1

Jim and Amy Alexander

The Builder's Perspective

For these stunning townhomes, Leslie and Larson worked diligently to ensure that every home had a unique view and private setting from their patio. "Each has only one common wall," said Leslie. "These are just as private, if not more so than a regular single family home." When asked who they believe will be most intrigued by this style of home, Larson explained that these townhomes are not designed to be a retirement community, but simply for professionals on the go, snowbirds, or people who have a nice house now, but are looking to downsize without downgrading. "This is really just for someone who wants to live a simpler life with less maintenance, but still have those high quality finishes of a larger luxury home," said Larson.

The Livability Factor

For the interior space, Leslie and Larson put plenty of focus on livability and intelligent design. "When you enter the home or when guests arrive you'll notice that each home has a really livable, free flowing space," said Leslie. "We look through the lenses of the homeowner to put attention on details such as where you lay your keys and coat when you walk in, the vicinity of your laundry room to your closet and even convenience of your pantry to your garage entrance. We measure down to the inch knowing how much space two people really need to share a master bath without bumping into one another or having cluttered spaces. When you put a lot of thought into the design, everyday living is made easier."

Bundling Packages

To give each home its own personal flair, Heritage Homes offers bundle packages that allow the homeowner to tailor their own luxury options. This removes some of the typical included features and gives homeowners more flexibility to change what they don't want and upgrade what's important to them. 66


Single-Family Home to Simpler Family Home

The first house on our three-house Aspens tour is the home of Jim and Amy Alexander. With their two sons, Mitchell and Cole off at college, the timing seemed right to make the move from a single family home in Bluemont Lakes to a simpler life in The Aspens. The Alexanders, along with their dog Paisley, have since upgraded their style to a fresh fusion of contemporary design and traditional elegance.

Little did the Alexanders know that a trip to the doctor would soon plant the seed for a simpler life. An ailing foot sent Jim Alexander to a local orthopedic doctor, who struck up a conversation about he and his wife's move from Rose Creek to a Downtown Fargo apartment. "He was explaining that they had a lake place and he didn't want to snowblow or mow and his kids were out of the house," said Jim Alexander. "I went home and Amy and I were watching HGTV's Island Living and she asked if I'd ever thought about selling the house. I said, funny you should say that. I relayed the doctor's story to her and the next week we decided to find someone


Masonry and fireplace - Hebron Brick Mantel wood - Dakota Timber Co. Furniture - Hom Furniture

Family Room

To the right of the fireplace, the Alexanders display a treasured family heirloom. Amy's grandmother's home was two log cabins built together in Indiana. Her dad made the sitting bench out of beams from the cabin, and she used the original pegs as decor for their fireplace mantel.

to tell us about the market and what our house was worth. We reached out to Rob Margheim at Hatch Realty and he came in and assessed our house. That same weekend we saw the open house signs here, so we came in and took a look around and thought it was really cool and had a great location."

Heritage Homes. With about 12 weeks to burn before they could move into their new home, the Alexanders had a busy travel schedule. On their return to Fargo, they resided at the Element Hotel’s extended-stay rooms.

Throughout the Aspens, homeowners chose to do varying designs with the 11-foot family room ceiling. To stay with the design of the model home, the Alexanders chose the same ceiling design and dramatic accent lighting with built-in features like the window seat and inset shelving.

Making the Move

With two grown sons and a busy work and travel schedule, the Alexanders were ready to take a break from their home's lawn care, maintenance and snowblowing. They soon listed their home and it sold five days later. The Alexanders closed on their old home in September and started their build with

"The construction of the building was well on its way, but we got in early enough to make the few tweaks we wanted to make," said Jim Alexander. "We took the original plan and talked about what our ideas were and shared with them our thoughts. They always had great ideas to really add to where we wanted to go with it. It was an easy process from the initial layout to working with the other folks to pick the various features like the stone, fireplace,

mantels, flooring, paint and tile. It was a very smooth process." With busy travel plans in the schedule, the Alexanders were able to visit the list of vendors and make their finish selections in less than two weeks. "Amy did a great job of going through this. It seems a bit overwhelming if you've never done it before, but they make it a real straightforward process," said Jim Alexander. "There was great communication between the homeowners, Heritage and their partners."

Making it to the Game

For the Alexanders, it was their fifth time building, but first time building a townhome. "Sometimes it can be frustrating to homeowners if that closing date keeps getting pushed back, but this time it didn't. We got the selections done and they said December 16. That was the day we closed on our house. The movers showed up that day, we unloaded and went to a Bison football game," laughed Jim Alexander. "Cole and Mitchell were both here at Christmas time and Cole, being the architect he is, loved it. Mitchell's quote when he saw the finished home was, 'It fits you guys.' We think it does too. This is us, casual and elegant. It's nice, but it's also comfortable."




In the Alexander's kitchen, contemporary pendants extend over dark-stained maple cabinetry with a unique island granite showing deep merlot wine tones to complement the adjacent wine decor of the dining room. For this kitchen design, the Alexander's chose to change up the original peninsula island for a free-standing island, creating a more open layout. A linear glass and slate stone backsplash with matte black outlet covers create an elegant focal point on the wall leading to the upstairs flex space and wine room. "For us, we didn't lose much space at all, maybe 500 square feet," said Amy Alexander. "This is definitely a more usable space than what we had. In our old home, we rarely used the dining room or basement. In this home, we've already used the dining room much more than we used to and we really enjoy spending time upstairs as well."

Backsplash tile and flooring - Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Lighting - Valley Lights Granite - Mill Creek Custom Cabinets Cabinetry - Mill Creek Custom Cabinets Sink - Floor to Ceiling Carpet One

Dining Room

For their formal dining room, the Alexanders chose a perfect mix of contemporary lighting elements as well as more traditional pieces such as their buffet and dining table from their previous home. To fit within their new style, Amy had the chairs reupholstered in a more contemporary fabric. As Amy explained, in their old home, the dining room was rarely used. Moving into a new, open concept, the dining room is finally a space that is properly utilized. The design in this room was centered around a favorite wine of theirs that can be seen in an art piece with a 1990 Silver Oak wine bottle showing the year they were married. This charcoal piece was created by their oldest son, Cole, and given to them as a Christmas gift, aptly named Alexander Valley. Above the buffet, Amy found another complementary piece from an artist in Hawaii.



Lighting - Valley Lights Furniture - Hom Furniture Reupholstered chairs - Rustad Reupholstery Charcoal art - Cole Alexander


Master Bedroom

The original master bedroom layout had a door leading from the bedroom to the patio. The Alexanders tweaked this design to eliminate the door and have a fireplace with reclaimed wood mantel and stone surround installed. A hand-scraped wall texture and ceiling make way for stunning uplighting adding ambiance to their master retreat.

Rug - Northern Home Furniture & Design Fireplace and Masonry - Hebron Brick Reclaimed wood mantel - Dakota Timber Co.

Master Bathroom

The Alexander's master bath is nothing short of a trip to the spa. White-washed wood-like tile, maple cabinetry, granite countertops and contemporary accent lighting set a serene tone. Ample amenities include an extra-deep soaking tub and rain-glass shower with woodlook tile. Just beyond the door in the master bath, they are able to access their master closet.

Cabinetry - Mill Creek Custom Cabinetry Glass shower doors - D&M Industries Tile and flooring - Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Master closet shelving - J&L Shelving



Family Room

In the upstairs flex space, the Alexanders designed this gorgeous reclaimed wood entertainment wall, framed-in with natural stone and sconce lighting.

Wine Room

As a favorite space for entertaining and family time, the Alexanders also designed a stunning wine room with maple wine storage to display their collection. This designated tasting space is made complete with rustic, wood-look tile, a seating area, cabinetry with granite countertops as well as beverage and wine refrigerators for entertaining.

Dakota Timber Co. Lighting - Valley Lights Furniture - Hom Furniture

This idea of a wine room started in their previous home when their two sons had moved out. They eventually decided to convert the toy room into a wine room. Studs to Rugs had helped them create their first wine room by using some of the designs from their son Cole, who is studying to be an architect. "When we sold our house, we kind of wanted to take some of that design with us, so we took pictures of it and showed it to Heritage Homes and they made some great recommendations," said Jim Alexander. "In the model home, the storage room had two doors on it. We decided to take off one of the doors and we were then able to extend the bar area. We were really happy with how it turned out and it really exceeded our expectations." Amazed by the amount of storage space in the Aspen's layout, the Alexanders have an upstairs storage room just beyond the wine room and a 2,000 square-foot crawl space below the home. "It was interesting to hear from some of the other homeowners who were not using the crawl space yet," said Leslie Wood of Heritage Homes. "There was one homeowner who just didn't realize how much storage space there was, so they downsized by quite a lot and later realized they didn't have to."



Wood-look ceramic tile - Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Wine barrel table - Cabinetry - Mill Creek Custom Cabinetry

A unique halved wine barrel table displays corks and an actual 1990 Silver Oak bottle underneath its glass top. Since this was the year they were married, their son Cole found the bottle online for them. "We celebrated our 25th anniversary in Hawaii and we took that bottle of wine with us and enjoyed it while we there," explained Jim Alexander. "It was an amazing wine, even 25 years later."

Floor epoxy - Beyond Outdoors/ Beyond Concrete


All of the Aspen homes feature oversized and deep double garages. The Alexanders finished theirs with an epoxy floor coating and ample tool storage with workbench and sink.


House Tour #2

Stacey Schlanser

Cabinetry: Mill Creek Custom Cabinets Countertops: Mill Creek Custom Cabinets Backsplash: Floor to Ceiling Flooring: Floor to Ceiling Lighting: Valley Lights Appliances: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

The second stop on our tour is the simply elegant home of Stacey Schlanser and her daughter, Zoey. Drawn to the Aspens by the neighborhood's lowmaintenance lifestyle, the Schlansers balanced clean lines with natural components to create a stunning, mother-daughter oasis.

A Designer's Dream

Though she originally studied to become a paralegal, Schlanser has transformed what started out as a side project into her career. As an interior designer, Schlanser knew what she was looking for when she chose the Aspens. After one visit to the model home, Schlanser made an on-the-spot decision to reserve her own lot. Throughout the building process, Schlanser chose all of the high-end finishes that went into her home. In order to explore her options, Schlanser consulted with subcontractors



recommended by Heritage Homes. "The tradespeople that Heritage has working for them made it really easy," Schlanser said. After the home was built, Schlanser found furniture and decor that showcased her own personal sense of style. "I picked out everything and ordered the custom furniture. It's just something I really enjoy," Schlanser said. Although she ordered several items from Pottery Barn, Schlanser likes to get her pieces from all over. "I just pick stuff up that I know is going to go with the house," she said.


For the kitchen, Schlanser chose mission style cabinets in matte white with granite countertops. The backsplash consists of white subway tile and a concrete grout, which adds contrast. Finally, Bosch stainless steel appliances give the kitchen a timeless look.


Furniture - Pottery Barn Fireplace - Hebron Brick Dresser - SCHEELS Home & Hardware

Dining Set - Pottery Barn


Despite downsizing, Schlanser and her daughter have had no difficulty adjusting to their 3,500-square-foot new home. "Instead of downsizing, we like to think of it as 'rightsizing' because you are really finding your true space, so you're not downgrading, you're just improving your overall lifestyle," Leslie Wood of Heritage Homes explained. Since moving in six months ago, all of Schlanser's expectations have been met.

Family Room

Although the family room appears to be pristine, it is where Schlanser and her daughter like to spend time together. "It may not look like it, but this is where we hang out," Schlanser laughed. In this room, Schlanser uses grey and beige tones, showing that you don't have to pick one or the other. Around the fireplace, Schlanser arranged customordered furniture from Pottery Barn.

Dining Room

The crowning achievement of this dramatic dining room is its hanging light fixture, which features a crystalencrusted lampshade. On the wall, a mirror creates the illusion of an even more spacious room, and upholstered chairs surround the espresso-colored table, which is adorned with classic accessories.




Instead of having two bedrooms on the main floor, Schlanser opted to turn the smaller of the two into a home office. However, this sensible interior designer selected carpeting so that the room could seamlessly transition into a guest bedroom if needed. Schlanser's signature sparkle can also be found in the hardware on the cabinetry.

Carpeting - Floor to Ceiling Cabinetry - Smart Spaces Desk - Smart Spaces Office chair - Home Goods

Upholstered bedframe - Restoration Hardware Arm Chair - HOM Furniture Lighting - Valley Lights

Master Bedroom

Schlanser played up the drama in her master suite with another fabulous light fixture. Neutral whites, grays, and beiges give the room a sense of calm. "This is my sanctuary. If I'm not in my office, this is where I am," Schlanser said.

Master Bathroom

This master bath is spa-like in its amenities, including a soaker tub, walkin shower, heated floors and toe kick lighting inset on the underside of the cabinets. Also connected to the master bath is a walk-in closet by Smart Spaces.

Cabinetry - Mill Creek Custom Cabinets Stone tile - Floor to Ceiling 76



While the main level houses Schlanser's relaxing retreat, upstairs her 14-year-old daughter, Zoey, reigns supreme.


In Zoey's room, a pink wall commands attention. You know what they say, "like mother, like daughter." Both the master suite and teenage retreats feature unique lighting. In her daughter's room, Stacey Schlanser hung a feathered light fixture that she found at Valley Lights.

Upholstered bedframe - Restoration Hardware Feathered light fixture - Valley Lights


The Schlanser's two car garage is accessible through the kitchen on the main level. It has everything that this mother and daughter need, including an armoire to store equestrian gear. Cabinets: Smart Spaces Floor epoxy - Beyond Outdoors/Beyond Concrete

Family Room

The second family room serves as Zoey's hangout and homework area. A reclaimed wood feature wall is made of old barn wood, which ties in with Zoey's horseback riding. Zoey has won many awards for equestrian expertise, which are displayed on reclaimed wood shelves. On the opposite side of the room, where some homeowners in the Aspens have placed a bar, Schlanser has created a workspace and storage area for homework, projects and crafts. Also connected to the family room is a home gym and room for extra storage. Feature wall - Dakota Timber Company Workspace - Mill Creek Custom Cabinets



House Tour #3

Jon & Joan Rustvang

The third and final house on our threehouse tour of the Aspens is the home of Joan and Jon Rustvang. In the entrance of their home, we were welcomed by their doorman, an affectionate beagle named Kobe. Only the second homeowners to move into the neighborhood, the Rustvangs have been living in the Aspens since July 2016.

From Oxbow to the Aspens

Both Joan and Jon Rustvang moved to Fargo to attend NDSU, which is where they first met. Joan Rustvang is originally from Watford City in Western North Dakota and has had a career in fashion merchandising and business as well as education. Together, the Rustvangs have been living in Fargo for the past 30 years. Before moving to the Aspens, the Rustvangs resided in an Oxbow home. Joan Rustvang explained why she and her husband made the move. "We lived out in Oxbow for a number of

years, and our home was in a buyout. Because our children are grown and not living at home anymore, we decided to downscale and were looking for something a little bit smaller, so our realtor brought us here. We saw these and liked the quality going into them," Joan Rustvang said. She was also attracted to the location because of natural amenities like a nearby walking path, and it is also close to retail on 52nd Avenue.

Coming Home

The Rustvangs have three adult children; two out of the three are married and live out town, while one is currently living in Fargo. This played an important role in the Rustvang's decision to move to the Aspens. "We wanted to have enough room for all of them when they came home to stay, so we adjusted the upstairs to have two bedrooms instead of one," said Joan Rustvang. "When we found out it was possible to add another bedroom, that was a big thing," she explained



A Little Help from a Friend

When it came to the interior design of their new home at the Aspens, the Rustvangs consulted Sylvia Lunski of Design Direction. Because she had already worked with the Rustvangs in the past, she understood their needs and was already familiar with their taste. Lunski helped the Rustvangs throughout the design process and helped to ensure that treasured pieces from their previous home would fit seamlessly in with their new decor.


In the Kitchen, the Rustvangs personalized the original design. "We changed the original design when we were working with them," Joan Rustvang said. Instead of a peninsula, the Rustvangs requested an island as the anchor for their kitchen.

Cabinets - Mill Creek Custom Cabinets Granite countertops - Mill Creek Custom Cabinets Tile backsplash - Floor to Ceiling

Family Room

In the family room, the Rustvangs chose a rich, dark wood the edge of their coffered ceiling. Although most of the furniture was from their previous home, it seems as if each piece was made for this room.

Fireplace - Hebron Brick





It was Jon Rustvang's idea to turn the spare room next to the entryway into an office. He also thought that French doors and an angled wall could be used to define the space and help separate it from the rest of the main level. The shelving in this room is special to Jon Rustvang because it was custom made to match the built-ins in their previous home. Luckily, the Rustvangs did not have to leave this beautiful woodwork behind because the shelves fit perfectly in Jon Rustvang's new office.

Master Bedroom

This traditional master bedroom has all of the elements necessary to make the Rustvangs feel at home. A prospering tree represents how the Rustvangs have successfully transplanted themselves into a new community, while recessed lighting in the coffered ceiling adds subtle warmth to the room.



Dining Room

The highlight of this dining room is a Turkish rug that the Rustvangs acquired while they were in the Mediterranean. It was very important to the Rustvangs that they would be able to incorporate these treasures in the Aspens. Sylvia Lunski was able to take inspiration from this rug, along with other pieces that the Rustvangs already owned.


One of the most unexpected surprises in the Rustvangs' home is hidden in the garage. An avid hunter and sports fan, Jon Rustvang converted the space into a den. Kobe kindly sent us off on our last stop along the Aspens tour.

Family Room (Second Level)

In the upstairs family room, the Rustvangs included a wet bar and a gaming area for entertaining guests.

For more info, contact: Steve Larson, Heritage Homes O: 701.281.7184 C: 218.443.2453 Watch the virtual video at: Cabinetry - Mill Creek Custom Cabinets Granite Countertop - Mill Creek Custom Cabinets 84




U32 Fargo's first all-inclusive living concept

W BY Tracy Nicholson PHOTOS BY Paul Flessland

elcome to Fargo's first all-inclusive community project by Roers. Soon to be located at the corner of University Drive and 32nd Avenue North in Fargo, the U32 apartment community is sure to stun. Beyond its fresh, contemporary lounges and 11 floor plans, this community offers a mile-long list of on-site amenities to create the ultimate living experience. 87


The Concept Virtual Tour Since the building will be under construction through July, Roers worked with Brad Garcia, a project manager and designer at Land Elements to create a 3D virtual environment of U32, complete with virtual tenants. Now, anyone interested in touring the complex can easily do so online by taking a virtual walking tour through the entire building and grounds.

The Team From Left; Kristen Juven, Digital Marketing and Communications Director; Matt Nygard, Development team; Danielle Paulus, Property Management; Lance Ziebarth President of Construction; Rebecca Molldrem, Architect



According to Roers, all-inclusive apartment complexes are common nationwide, but they are officially the first ones to bring this progressive concept to the FM area. For this team, the idea of all-inclusive comes down to one thing, convenience. "The allinclusive concept is thriving," said Kristen Juven, digital marketing and communications director at Roers. "People are looking for lifestyle and convenience and that is precisely what U32 aims to provide."

For the Roers team, community has been a cornerstone of this project from day one. Last April, Roers began working on selecting a name for the soon to be apartments on the iconic Pony Land site and eventually called on the public to choose the name. Roers received more than 600 votes and the winning name was U32, playing off of its location on the intersection of University and 32nd Avenue North.


All-Inclusive If you're wondering how far this allinclusive concept goes, you might be in for a surprise. For future U32 residents, one monthly payment covers all of their housing expenses. Paid utilities include an in-unit washer and dryer, water, sewage, garbage, heat, air, electricity, cable TV and a complete technology package with ultra highspeed internet.

After the utilities, there is more that separates U32 from all of the rest. U32 is a fully-loaded community that comes with an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, 1,800-square-foot gym, lounge with kitchenette and TV, racquetball court, yoga studio, technology wired conference and study rooms, communal area with fire pit, sand volleyball court and basketball court. U32 will also be offering free and private yoga classes from Mojo Fit Studios.



For added security and convenience, U32 will have keyless entry, 24/7 surveillance, front door MATBUS pick-up, biking and walking trails and ample underground and lot parking. Inside U32 With a living concept designed around community and a modern lifestyle, the apartment aesthetics include a clean but edgy design with organic elements. Private bedrooms, stainless steel appliances, wood laminate flooring and an in-unit laundry room are just a few features that create a comfortable home environment.

"U32 should be as much of an experience, as it is a place to live." Kristen Juven, Roers Digital Marketing and Communications Director

In the lounge and common areas, wood beams, Edison bulb chandeliers, industrial pendants and hardwood planked accent walls will create an urban oasis amidst colorful, handcrafted furniture.

"U32 is experience, lifestyle and environment centric with a design that organically mimics this," said Juven. "The overall design is a mix of edgy, modern, urban and rustic. It’s about creating an atmosphere-driven space that fosters a unique community experience for tenants."


COMMUNITY DESIGN&LIVING Floor Plans U32 offers 11 different floor plan options to provide residents the perfect fit. There are three efficiency layout options and multiple options for one to four bedrooms. One of the four bedroom units will offer a rooftop patio.

Where does U32 fit in the community? With such a unique living concept, we wondered just who U32's perfect tenant was. "Obviously, because of the location, it's a prime spot for students and is right on the MATBUS route, but we believe that U32 will fit a wide demographic," said Juven. "Because U32 is built around community and lifestyle, we hope to meet the needs of anyone interested in an upbeat, convenient and urban environment." "As Fargo becomes increasingly progressive, we knew we had an opportunity to bring a transformative, and refreshing solution to apartment living," said Juven. "This new style of living caters to any lifestyle, and aims to enhance the lives of its residents. U32 should be as much an experience as it is a place to live." Price Ranges At U32, the price ranges will vary by bedroom, number and style. For those who have interest, contact Roers for a complete list of layouts and pricing. Just remember, the rent not only includes the apartment, but all the in-unit amenities, utilities and community features as well. Opening Soon! Construction has begun and U32 has plans to open its doors to residents on August 1, 2017. Lease reservations are available now and hard-hat tours will soon be open to the public.

For more information, contact: Roers / U32 1151 32nd Ave. N, Fargo 701-356-RENT Go Online Go to to find 3D and 2D floor plans and take a virtual tour through the community. 92



& Neighborhoods 2017

New Notable

If you're in the market for a move, there's a plethora of new neighborhoods breaking ground every day. With the help of the Homebuilder's Association of Fargo-Moorhead, we were able to compile this directory of newer developments with acres to spare. To make your search even easier, we added a few other notable neighborhoods worth the drive. BY Becca Opp and Tracy Nicholson

FARGO Ashwood 56th Ave. S and Deer Creek Parkway (West on 56th Ave from Deer Creek Parkway) Avery Commons at Cottagewood 42nd St. S to 49th Ave. S and Avery Lane Brandt Crossing 47th St. S and 33rd Ave. S Cottagewood 42nd St. S and 47th Ave. S Coulee's Crossing 25th St. S. and 52nd Ave. S Crofton Coves 21st St. S and 70th Ave. S



Custer's Crossing Between 30th Ave. S and 39th St. S Davies 2nd Addition East of 25th St. S between 65th and 70th Ave. S Deer Creek 63rd St. S and 56th Ave. S Eagle Pointe Development 25th St. S and 73rd Ave. S Evelyn's Town Square 45th St. and 40th Ave. S Farmstead At Brandt South on Veterans Blvd. to East on 33rd Ave. S Golden Valley 25th St. S and 70th Ave. S

Legacy I, 4th Addition 18th St. S and 62nd Ave. S (North and South of Avenue) Marten's Way 63rd Ave. S and 16th St. S Osgood Farms East side of Veterans Blvd. and 40th Ave. S Osgood Townsite 47th St. S and 44th Ave. S Osgood Townsite 7th Addition 45th St. S and 49th Ave. S

Sincebaugh 45th St. S and 37th Ave. S South Forty At Osgood 53rd St. S and 47th Ave. S The Aspens at Timber Creek Off of I-29 and 52nd Ave. S to 36th St. S The Pines At The District 42nd St. S and 52nd Ave. S Timber Creek Off of I-29 and 52nd Ave. S

Prairie Farms 31st St. S and 52nd Ave. S

Tuscan Villas At Osgood 2nd Addition 57th St. S and 44th Ave. S

Rocking Horse Farm 52nd Ave. S and Veterans Blvd.

The Retreat at Urban Plains 50th St. and 20th Ave. S

Silverleaf 25th St. S to 62nd Ave. S and 27th St. South

Valley View North of 40th Ave. S and East of Veterans Blvd.




Brooks Harbor Intersection of Sheyenne St. and 26th Ave. W

Greens At Horizon East of 38th St. S between 10th and 12th Ave. S

EagleWood 9th St. W and 32st Ave. W

Hampton Place 3rd St. S and 46th Ave. S

Goldenwood County Rd. 17 N and 12th Ave NW

Horizon Shores 34th St. S and 24th Ave. S

Osgood 1st Addition (Golf Course Lots) Veterans Blvd. and 40th Ave. W

Horizon Shores East of 34th St. S between 12th and 24th Ave. S

Prairie Heights 4th St. E and 32th Ave. E River’s Bend At The Preserve Off of Veterans Blvd. and 26th Ave. E Strawberry Fields Between Veterans Blvd. and 4th St. E off of 32nd Ave. W The Peninsula At Charleswood River Estates West end of 20th Ave. E in Charleswood

Mallard Creek 8th St. and 37th Ave. S

Meridian Grove 2nd Addition 1st St. head East until Carlsbad Ave. (Mapleton, N.D.)

Parkview Addition Village Green Blvd. and 28th St. S

The Wilds At WestPort West of Sheyenne St., between 40th Ave. and 64th Ave. E

Shepard Meadows 31st St. S and 40th Ave. S


Cardinal Addition Minnesota Hwy 10 (15 minutes East of Detroit Lakes, M.N.)

Maple Pointe Maple Pointe Blvd. (West of 7th Ave and North of the railroad in Mapleton, N.D.)

Prairie Skies East of Hwy 75 between 40th and 42nd Ave. S



Kendall’s Addition East of 34th St. S between 8th and 12th Ave. S

The Reserve At Osgood 66th St. S and 39th Ave. E (off of 40th Ave. W)

Westview 7th St. E and 38th Ave. E

Southfield 2nd Addition 14th St. S and 44th Ave. S

Johnson Farms 14th St. S and 37th Ave. S

Prairie Meadow 4th Addition 15th St. S and 45th St. S

Westport Beach 11th St. W and 40th Ave. W

Southfield 14th St. S and 40th Ave. S

Dakota Prairie Estates Intersection of Hwy 81 & Prairie Drive (Northeast corner of Harwood, N.D.)

The Preserve at Hadley Meadows 5th St. W and 33rd Ave. W

West River Hidden Circle off of Sheyenne St. and 37th Ave. W

Village Green 6th Addition 32nd St. S and 32nd Ave. S

Southfield 14th St. and 40th Ave. S Stonemill Addition 8th St. S and 46th Ave. S Tessa Terrace 3rd St. S and 56th Ave. S

Reile's 9th Addition 40th Ave. N and 45th St. N (Reile's Acres, N.D.) Rivers Edge South on County Rd. 17 to 1/2 mile West on Wall Ave. (Horace, N.D.) Summerwood 7th St. NE and 15th Ave. NE (Dilworth, M.N.)


Coffee with MARIA BOSAK

DESIGN CONFERENCE preview Last year she brought us the Property Brothers and the year before that, it was Chip and Joanna Gaines. This year, Maria Bosak of Eco Chic Boutique is bringing Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, and HGTV's Chip Wade to the 2017 Eco Design Conference. Maria sat down, yellow mug in hand, to answer our burning questions about this year's event. You can grab a cuppa' joe and read along with us for an exclusive sneak peak at this year's conference.


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After speaking at the first ever Eco Chic Design Conference back in 2015, Chip and Joanna Gaines contacted the Fargo City Planner for tips on how to make their home city of Waco, Texas more like Fargo.


with Maria

What sort of changes has Eco Chic Boutique undergone in the last year? Right now what we are seeing that people are asking us to do a lot more of is actual decorating and staging homes, so we have started staging homes for local builders, which to us, is so much fun-to get this blank canvas, this brand new home-and to go in and put the finishing touches on it has been just a joy. How do you think that's going to impact the Design Conference this year? The reason we started the Design



Conference was because Chip and JoAnna Gaines agreed to come to Fargo and speak. We were fans of theirs and loved them, so we put this spin on it, and we called it 'The Design Conference.' The event just kind of came out of nowhere. Since they were coming to speak, we had to make an event around them, but what we really saw in the store was people looking for ways to impact their home. For us, it started out with a lot of painting of furniture, but now we've moved into decor. As Eco Chic has grown as a store and we've added more offerings in the store, we're going to start to expand the conference. When you come to the



conference, you're going to get the same inspiration and educational pieces, just on a much broader spectrum. We're going to teach you a lot more things about design and furnishing. This is year three, each year we've added on, and this year will be no exception. There'll be even more home decor and inspiration. What are you looking forward to most about this year's Design Conference? I'm a huge fan, of course, of Ree Drummond. I cannot wait to get her to Fargo and meet her. Chip Wade, a guy that hails out of Atlanta, home builder, has had shows on HGTV, is going to

come with jam-packed information. I am excited to introduce both of them to Fargo. For me, what I have seen at the last two shows, is not only do people come away with design tips, but they leave refreshed. We are looking to add new things to this show that leave you walking out of there feeling great about the day and your home. We like encouraging people, and this event is going to do that.

Drummond. Early on, long before she had a TV show, she had her blog called The Pioneer Woman. I would read her blog each day because it would make me feel better. Her photography was great, her recipes were great, who she was as a person, I just wanted to share that part of her with everybody in FargoMoorhead. They can experience who Ree Drummond really is, and that's what you are going to get to do at the show.

How did you choose Ree Drummond and Chip Wade as your guest speakers? I have been a huge fan of Ree

With Chip Wade, we wanted to bring in someone that was an expert in actually building homes. We had the chance to see him on a couple different shows, and



The Pioneer Woman-Ree Drummond, is a popular food blogger, cookbook author, and Food Network personality. She even sells Pioneer Woman products in colors and patterns that bring out the character of any kitchen.

his personality. We like to have fun, and we like to talk about home building, so he felt like the perfect guy to bring those two together. Eco Chic is a family business. We want the people up on that stage to feel like family, and you'll leave feeling like you know them-like they're friends, so we picked people that we would like to hang out with and learn from. What will a day at the Design Conference look like? The day starts out with shopping. We have curated a handful of local venders

that are going to bring some of the best handmade items, local home decor, design tips and styles. You get four hours of shopping before the stage show begins, then you'll hear from local experts, and you'll get workshops from both me and Grain Designs. There are going to be giveaways, great food and surprises along the way. You're going to get to shop, eat, be encouraged, get inspired, laugh and you're going to hear from Chip and Ree, our two keynotes at the end of the day.

What kind of Giveaways will there be? Last year, we had about $10,000 worth of give aways that we gave away throughout the day, and we are going to do that again this year.

TICKETS The 2017 Eco Chic Design Conference will take place from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on April 22 at the SCHEELS Arena, located at 5225 31st Ave. S, Fargo.

How are you going to set up for the Design Conference in the SCHEELS Arena? This year, we are going to drape off some of the arena, and we are going to put in living room features. We're going to have four different living rooms set up with four different styles that you can not only lounge in, but that you can shop from.

To reserve your seat, please visit or call the SCHEELS Arena Box office at 701-364-3672.




ustling with construction, automotive businesses and the sounds of machinery, most people wouldn’t think of Fargo’s industrial park as your typical neighborhood. However, Mike and Valerie Casavant have decided to make it their home. On the outside, their industrial loft fits right in with all of the other warehouses in the park, but you won't believe your eyes when you look inside. BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Paul Flessland

Originally from Canada, Mike Casavant and his wife have been living in the U.S. since 1997. However, they have only been living in their industrial park loft for eight months. Because the property was zoned as industrial, the City of Fargo actually had to write new regulations as the Casavants were renovating the building. “The only way that we could actually get it done was through an accessory clause, which was if you are the owner of the property, you can live here because you’re taking care of the property 24 hours a day. As we were building the place, the city was making 106


new rules because it was the first,” Mike Casavant explained. The Casavant's loft was the first building in Fargo to be zoned as both industrial and residential. Due to zoning regulations, the Casavants had to calculate some unusual expenses into their budget, which also set their completion date back. Mike Casavant elaborated, “We had to put sprinkler systems in. That was one of the main requirements. We had to have firewalls and everything had to be really sealed up tight.”

When you first walk into the space, you see the main living area that opens up into the kitchen. Industrial accents add character from the ground up-literally. The heated concrete floors have been ground down, polished and sealed courtesy of Dakota Grinding. Meanwhile, the ceiling is made of steel and features exposed ductwork.

The kitchen cabinets are avocado green from Klein’s Carpentry, and they are complemented by quartz countertops. Other beautiful features include an under-mount, stainless steel sink and a glass tile backsplash. One thing the Casavants really wanted was storage. “We’ve always lacked storage in every home we had,” Mike said. To solve this problem, the Casavants added an extra row of cabinets above their cupboards.




The Casavants use a lightweight ladder to access what would normally be out of reach. The ladder latches onto pipes, which are attached to the cabinets and can be slid from left to right. When not in use, the ladder hangs neatly from another pipe off to the side of the kitchen. Because systems like this one can be expensive, Mike found all of the materials and installed them himself to cut costs.




Off of the kitchen is a spacious laundry room with cool grey cabinets and countertops in a bright orange hue. These laminate cabinets are also courtesy of Klein’s Carpentry. The laundry room is connected to a half bath with a sliding barn door and leads into a large garage.

This garage has room for three vehicles and much more, thanks to a storage loft. Throughout their home, the Casavants have paid attention to detaileven in the garage. It is clear that a lot of thought went into using reclaimed wood on the edge of the loft.



The master bedroom is also right off of the kitchen, hidden behind distressed barn doors from Dakota Timber Company. All of the walnut furniture in the room was built by Klein’s Carpentry. Edison bulbs hang from a reclaimed wood ceiling, which fill the room with a soft glow.



The master bathroom features inset medicine cabinets and an enclosed glass shower from Red River Glazing. Meanwhile, the tile work is from Showcase Flooring.

All of the cabinets in the Casavants’ home, including this closet by Klein's Cabinetry, are floating to allow their robotic vacuum to get into those hardto-reach spots.



HOME DESIGN&LIVING In the main living area, the Casavants have chosen comfortable furniture. Behind the sofa, reclaimed lamps from Dakota Timber Company give off extra light. Meanwhile, a modern fireplace warms the room, framed by aluminum cabinets. Above the entertainment center is a large clock. Mike Casavant laughed about the way he came to own it, “I wanted that clock and the lady that was at Scan Design said, ‘Well, if you want it, you’re going to have to pull it off the wall,’ and I did.” After making the purchase, Mike Casavant actually rolled the 5-foot metal clock through Downtown Fargo. Behind the main living area is a reclaimed wood staircase, also from Dakota Timber Company. “The railing we did in our shop. One of my employees, he’s a good welder. I designed the whole inside,” Mike Casavant said. The loft has more lounge furniture, but it can also serve as an exercise room or guest bedroom. Also upstairs is a walk in closet for Valerie Casavant. Other unique features include floorboards made of old wooden bleachers from the school in Napoleon, North Dakota sourced by Dakota Timber Company. When asked what it was like to work with the Casavants, Seth Carlson of Dakota Timber Company said, "I knew the concept of what they were going for. Everyone else in the building process thought they were nuts for trying to do what they did, but I am a big fan of the modern-industrial design concept. So I was all for it. He and Valerie never cease to amaze me in terms of the design choices that they tend to lean toward."

Although it was difficult to get people on board with the idea, Mike and Valerie Casavant’s industrial park loft has gotten positive feedback from everyone involved with the renovation. Because it was the first of its kind in Fargo, Casavant’s loft has set the precedent for other innovators to convert industrial properties into residential homes.






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New Store


Everything Amish


When walking into a store for the first time, most folks don't know what to expect. Well, at Everything Amish, you can expect to see handsome, handmade furniture and to be greeted by the two charismatic owners. Aside from being business partners, Justin Schmaltz and Kayle Dangerud are also cousins carrying on the family business.

"My dad started an Amish furniture store in Deadwood, South Dakota," said Schmaltz as he told us how he became interested in selling Amish furniture. Six years ago, Schmaltz opened his own furniture store, Everything Amish, in Bismarck, North Dakota. When Scmaltz started thinking about expanding to a second location in Fargo, he began making plans with his cousin, Kayle Dangerud. "I've always wanted to own my own business and thought that it would be a good idea to open up a store here in the Fargo area," Dangerud said. This lead the entrepreneurial cousins to partner with Dangerud's brother to purchase land in West Fargo for their new location, which opened in June of 2016.

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sourcing the furniture

Custom Furniture

All of the furniture at Everything Amish comes from Amish colonies in Ohio and Indiana, as well as Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. One unique aspect of Schmaltz and Dangerud's business is that they get to travel to these communities and witness the building process in person. "We don't work with a builder unless we've met them first." Schmaltz said.

Everything Amish offers one-of-a kind, custom-made furniture. "We're able to customize any piece of furniture out there. Our builders will build off of pictures or drawings, and we deal with about 150 different builders," Dangerud explained.

"Justin and I went out last November and met with probably a dozen different builders throughout Ohio, so it was a good experience for me to understand the environment that our builders work in and get to meet them personally and create a relationship with them," Dangerud looked back on their last business trip.

internet or from other stores, and there's really nothing like it at all." Customers can also pick the type of wood and the stain. Then, each order takes two to three months to complete.

For example, Dangerud's wife wanted a spinning shoe rack, or a "Lazy Shoesan," and the builders were able to recreate the design based on a picture from Pinterest. To customize a piece of furniture, all you have to do is bring a photo or even a drawing into the store. Schmaltz described the process, "You can have anything built. Our builders will build out of pictures in a magazine or off the



The Quality When asked why the furniture they sell is special, Schmaltz told us that it is the quality that makes their products truly unique. "All our pieces are heirloom pieces. They are pieces that are meant to be passed down from generation to generation," Schmaltz said, "The solid wood craftsmanship-there's nothing like it."




"All our pieces are heirloom pieces. T hey are pieces that are meant to be passed down from generation to generation." Justin Schmaltz

Each piece of furniture comes with a lifetime warranty on the wood and is hand-delivered by Schmaltz and Dangerud themselves. Despite their busy schedules, Schmaltz and Dangerud deliver furniture orders before and after business hours, which are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.



Customer (and Owner) Favorite We asked the owners about their favorite pieces in the store, and Schmaltz is especially fond of a three-in-one high chair that converts into a desk or a rocking horse. "It was always a big seller at my dad's store," Schmaltz said. Meanwhile, Dangerud is having a custom set of barstools made for his house.

Carrying on the Family Business Amish furniture clearly runs in the family. Schmaltz's father still runs his own store, and Dangerud's brother got involved by becoming a partner on the land. However, when asked if they hoped that their own kids would carry on the tradition, Dangerud said, "I would like my kids to do whatever their passion is, so if Amish furniture or owning their own business is one of those passions, I'd be all for that." Schmaltz felt the same way about his daughters.

For more information contact: Everything Amish 1010 13th Ave. E, West Fargo 701-532-1344



Take a Bite Out of Winter with these Hot Trends


uring the long, cold days of winter, I pine for a visit to warmer climates–ideally under the guise of a “work trip." Furniture and décor markets in Atlanta, Dallas and Las Vegas all sound appealing when the temperature dips below zero. But sometimes this Midwest woman needs to be quintessentially Midwestern. Or, in other words, frugal.

The Minneapolis Mart Just down the road is the region’s premier permanent showroom for home décor, accessories, gifts and clothing. The Minneapolis Mart, with its 140 showrooms and over 5,000 represented lines, is an easy trip and a good resource to the trade for the tried and true trends. So, with warm, flat-heeled boots, a notepad and camera at the ready, I headed to the Minneapolis Mart to learn what was considered "hot" in the Midwest. Before I proceed with the trends, I must admit to another Midwestern trait–practicality. While there are larger markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas, what sells in other regions of the U.S. doesn’t always take off in the Midwest.

New trends can be exciting, but sometimes they rightfully fizzle before being accepted. Midwesterners often wait to see if trends have staying power before literally buying in. Some may call us square or behind the times. You silly coastal fools, the joke's on you. We look at you as the Midwest guinea pigs, letting you work out the kinks before we determine if a fad is actually a look worth cultivating. As it happens, much of what I found at the Minneapolis Mart looked familiar in that déjà vu-y kind of way. You could glance around and see new twists on old ideas, which make change somehow easier to embrace. Here is a cursory glance at what the Midwest is buying in décor.

PHOTOS AND WORDS BY Kari Langsdorf Rasmus




Let’s just call a spade a spade. This is the look made popular by the immensely loveable Joanna Gaines. Why is this so popular? My theory is that it is “accessible decorating." If you break it down, what do you find? Windmills, recycled tin, bare bulbs hanging in baskets, birdhouses– things a DIYer could make in a weekend. But when many of us try to do it ourselves, it proves harder than it looks. Need proof? Ask my husband how long it took to make our upcycled light fixture. So if you have other plans this Saturday, know that you can buy these items ready-made.

If you replaced the cotton with wheat stalks or dried sunflowers, much of this décor could be created using local “finds." But with the demand being placed on these pieces at antique stores, you might opt for the new creations.




This market display shows mixed and matched items for a handmade look. With neutral colors, this look remains calming even in its chaos.



Furniture and accessories made from recycled wine barrels were hot ticket items at this year's mart.

Related to the Farmhouse look is the recycled trend, the difference being that recycled is not a “look,� per se. It is actual recycled material. Recycled items can work in the farmhouse, warehouse or penthouse. It all depends upon that with which it is paired. Creative people around the country are finding ways to make something old new again. Like this trend? I do. I can love a new piece and the earth at the same time.


These rugs are made from recycled bottles. Great for entryways, you can hose them off when they get dirty. 128


Recycled metal provides dimension and interest to an otherwise nondescript picture.



The land of 10,000 lakes means that there is a dĂŠcor style dedicated to outdoor and woodsy living. But as one vendor stated, a lot of those cabins could use an update. Without breaking the bank, she suggested bringing in new art and lighting to get an ontrend North Country look.

These whimsical animal pieces are replacing more traditional prints.

Edison bulbs and hanging light fixtures can bring a quick change to a cabin, infusing it with a warm glow.





Small mantle clocks, clocks that take up a wall, clocks made out of wood, clocks made out of spokes–you name it. Everywhere I looked, there were clocks. I find this trend funny and ironic. I mean, how many young people even wear watches anymore? It seems that many use their phone to tell the time. Yet, who loves the look of clocks? Those millennials that don’t wear watches. Not only that, but many of these oversized clocks have a distinctly old world look to them. I’m not a psychiatrist, so I dare not analyze this seeming oxymoron, but I find it interesting.

A peek into summer trends, we spotted an array of colorful pillows with outdoor themes.

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These pieces are each handcrafted. The paints and metal are hearty and durable enough to withstand our weather. But feel free to use them inside for a fun accent.

Think of this as art with a purpose. Since most pieces are paired with white, the color isn’t too overwhelming for those that just want little infusions of color.

Midwesterners are often thought of as coloradverse. I disagree. Ask any self-respecting woman of a certain age to dump out her purse and what will you find? Lipstick. Or, at the very least, tinted chapstick. With our long, white winters, I think we crave color—we just use it judiciously. Within a room, we give our eyes places to rest and then delight with pops of color. You can’t visual it? Think of it this way. I wouldn’t dream of wearing bright pink blush with blue mascara, deep red lipstick, purple eyeliner and green eye shadow, but deep red lipstick on its own is classic.

This vendor only displays their handmade Turkish textiles and pottery in Las Vegas and Minneapolis. She claimed that the Midwest is not afraid of color and texture, so this market was a natural fit.




My grandmother had several beautiful rosemaled plates that I admired as a child. That influence is still felt when I look at the vibrant colors on the less stylized pottery being made today.

The simple lines of the candle holders have been around for half a century. The colors may change, but the style endures.


Perhaps it isn’t a surprise that many of the showrooms were devoted to Scandinavian art, pillows, rugs, furniture, china and the like. The bleached woods, bold woven rugs and throws, vibrant pillows and simple candle holders give Scandinavian design a 20th century update. Growing up surrounded by Norwegian food and culture, I’m proud to see the continued use of quality design. If you doubt that this is a trend, let me say just one word: IKEA.

Hand loomed throws add beauty and warmth to any home décor.

"Buy Local" not "Bye, Bye Local" If winter seems like it will not leave, consider taking a trip, a shopping trip, to one of your local stores. According to the Mart vendors, most of these products can be found in the FM and lakes area at locally-owned stores. If you can’t find what you want, talk to the area merchants. What separates us from the internet is our customer service. If we know something will sell, we will stock it and call you when it arrives, and stand behind its quality. After all, we are your neighbors.

There were so many pieces I wanted to bring home, but this miniature airstream trailer that doubles as a cooler topped my wish list.

For more information contact: designingwomen2 Kari Langsdorf Rasmus 701-476-0938



A Study of Glassology with Thaddeus Laugisch

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Paul Flessland




"In my opinion, art is therapy," said local glass artist, Thaddeus Laugisch. By day, Laugisch designs commercial grain elevators at Kava Construction, where he is also Safety Director. Laugisch's "therapy" is on display in his office, however it can also be seen in the Spirit Room until March fourth. We interviewed Laugisch at both locations to bring to light the connection between his life at Kava Construction and as an artist.



Laugisch uses a 1,000 pound adhesive to secure the paint to the glass, then fastens a wire around the back of each piece so that his art can hang on the wall four different ways.

While Laugisch is personally drawn to tones of blue and green, he sometimes experiments with a more neutral palette. For example, this piece featuring earthtones and a hardboard back was his first commissioned piece.


Although he only went public as an artist six months ago, Laugisch has always processed his regular life through his art. Over the years, Laugisch has matured from realism to abstract art. Currently, his medium of choice is glass. In fact, Laugisch has coined the term, "Glassology," which he describes as, "the chaotic beauty of science experiments and a lot of artistic direction."



A graduate of NDSCS Wahpeton, Laugisch initially moved to Fargo to work for a window glazing company, where he was inspired to make art out of recycled glass. "I'd keep seeing glass getting thrown away in the dumpster because everything that's old gets thrown, or if it gets ordered wrong, it gets thrown," Laugisch explained. Now, Laugisch gets most of his materials from Frontier Glass or the ReStore in Moorhead.

On the glass, Laugisch applies household chemicals and paint to cause natural chemical reactions. Laugisch then uses a heat gun to manipulate the paint, which accidentally lead to the conceptualization of glassology. "I was trying to dry the paint as quick as possible using the heat gun, and it got a little too hot," Laugisch said. He then decided to salvage the shards of broken glass and turn them into a new piece.


Art is Ineffable

Art is sometimes ineffable, or unable to be expressed in words, which is why many artists find it difficult to name their work. In his office at Kava Construction, Laugisch has a massive, unfinished piece leaning against the wall. He referred to the glass as if it has a mind of its own, "If you look at her at different angles, she glimmers." Laugisch has yet to find a name for this piece.

thoughts or emotions that went into it because that's a little too personal," Laugisch said. To remedy this, Laugisch names his pieces in languages other than English. This encourages the viewers to formulate their own theories about what each piece represents. For example, all of Laugisch's pieces in the Spirit Room have German names to honor his German ancestry. Laugisch was actually the first of his immediate family to be born on American soil.

"Naming is one of the hardest things to do. I don't want to name it after the



Laugisch became interested in how other people interpreted his art, which lead him to leave a comment box next to his work in the Spirit Room. Some of his favorite interpretations have stemmed from this piece, Umarmung.

Since going public with his art, Laugisch has gotten positive feedback from all over the world. In the future, he hopes to continue showing his work in Fargo and further. For more information contact: Thaddeus Laugisch 218-443-4770 Follow Thaddeus Laugisch on Instagram at @t.glassology



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