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OCTOBER 2016

COMPLIMENTARY

LUXE LIVING


Photo by Paul Flessland

FROM THE EDITOR DESIGN&LIVING

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don't know a person who has not at least once dreamed of living in luxury, often beyond what our wallets will allow. For some people, it's mansions, pools, wine cellars, car collections and every amenity one can imagine. For others, simply owning a home is a luxury. Growing up watching shows such as "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," then later "MTV Cribs," and now HGTV's "Million Dollar Listing," it certainly left a lasting impression on me. Sometimes when I look in my refrigerator I laughingly dream of walking the "MTV Cribs" or Robin Leach's camera crew through my array of vegetables, favorite drinks and "fine" cheeses, as if I might ever be famous enough that someone would sincerely care about my grocery selection. Fast forward about 20 years and I'd still consider myself a dreamer, but this time my dreams are a little more grounded and a lot less expensive. Although I occasionally still dream big, I've since realized that my dream is simply owning a home that is ours and creating spaces that reflect our

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personality and family. Nothing fancy, nothing glamorous, nothing HGTV would ever care about, but completely unique and completely ours.

For those of you who still love to dream or are in the process of creating your dream home, this issue is less about celebrity luxury and all about local luxury. We show you three magnificent homes with three completely different versions of a dream. But, before you take a look at these stunning homes, I want to tell you why these people even agreed to let us in their ultra-private personal homes. These dream homes were created with the expertise of local industry professionals who devoted upwards of a year or even two years getting to know the homeowners, working daily in their personal space, overcoming challenges and making their vision come alive. These homeowners are opening the doors with only one rather humble intent to allow the people in this industry to be recognized for their enormous efforts and amazing craftsmanship. If living in luxury means inspiring architects, builders and contractors to do amazing work, then that's luxury we can all

appreciate. We also need to sincerely thank the homeowners for allowing us a glimpse inside their own personal dream and style. For me, I think I'll go back to living small, dreaming big and keeping my feet planted firmly on the ground. Who needs a camera crew following me around anyway? As always, thank you for reading and please continue to share ideas and feedback with us as we are always on the search for the next great home, project or story. Sincerely,

TRACY NICHOLSON Associate Publisher/ Editor tracy@spotlightmediafargo.com


CONTENTS DESIGN&LIVING

OCTOBER 2016 FEATURE

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LIVING THE LUXE LIFE

In our first ever Luxe Living issue, Design & Living tours three area homes that have perfected the concept of living life to the fullest. See the magnificent downtown preservation of a historic laundry building, an Oxbow golf course home with a 20-car garage and a local painting pro's inspired dream home.

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COASTAL RETREAT

In interior designer Monica Hart's debut as a Design & Living contributor, she takes us inside her latest labor of love: a newly finished home with a coastal inspiration. See how this home was custom designed for a growing family who desired a coastal home in no-coast North Dakota.

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MAKING ROOM FOR THE MEN

Continuing the progress on Maria Bosak's farmhouse project, she once again takes us behind the construction, showing us the chic reveal of her "guy's guy" guest room. Find out how Maria and her husband Tate managed to harness his hobbies and make masculine beautiful.

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TURN UP THE HEAT!

If you're lucky enough to live in a luxury home or just want to live-it-up with luxury amenities, a hot tub or sauna is a must. To find out more about the newest trends in hot tubs, swim spas and infrared saunas, we sat down with Andy Maeyaert, the new owner of Tubs of Fun on Main Avenue in Fargo.

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ON THE COVER

UPCOMING ISSUE

The iconic Fargo Laundry building located near Downtown Fargo was built in 1923 and boasts 19,000 square feet of intricately designed entertaining and family living space. After nearly two years of restoration by Chris Hawley Architects and contractor Mutchler, Bartram Architects, PC, this structure is now the spectacular home of Keith and Rondi McGovern. Completed in 2014, the Fargo Laundry restoration was aptly awarded the American Institute of Architects Residential Juror's Choice Award.

November's Big Reveal

With this highly anticipated issue, we reveal the winners of the Design & Living People's Choice Awards and pay tribute to all of the deserving nominees.


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MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS At Design & Living, our goal is to create a publication that is just as much fun to read as it is to view. Here are the writers and contributors who so affably use their time and talents to tell a story and give our pages purpose.

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Spaeth is the acting president of the Homebuilders Association of FargoMoorhead. Spaeth owns Accent Contracting with Mike Arnold. Their company provides design-build remodeling services to the FM area. Spaeth has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry.

Contributor Maria Bosak is the owner and creator of Eco Chic Boutique, which has retail locations in Fargo and Bismarck. Bosak is the founder of Junk Market, a twice-a-year, two-day event featuring the best in repurposed furniture, vintage finds and unique handmade products in the Upper Midwest. She is highly sought-after for her expertise in painted furniture, vintage design and entrepreneurship. Bosak loves combing garage sales, auctions, estate sales and flea markets to find that unique piece that brings joy to your home without breaking the bank.

Trever Hill has been the owner of Trever Hill Design, formerly known as Home Suite Couture, in Fargo since 2009. He was also the Specialty Shop Manager of Scheels Home & Hardware. Hill works on both residential and commercial projects around the FM and lakes areas. He has been a valuable contributor, showing cutting-edge home design and utilizing furniture and décor from local stores in staging homes, remodels, new builds and historic renovations. In 2014, Hill was nominated for the “Top 5 Best of the Red River Valley” poll by The Forum.

Monica Hart graduated from NDSU with a degree in Interior Design, received her NCIDQ certification and has been practicing for nearly 20 years. She has owned her business, Monica Hart Interior Design, for eight years specializing in new construction and remodels. Her business is primarily residential but has also designed for commercial and hospitality projects. Hart's work has been featured in national and local publications. She is an active member of the Home Builder's Association where she is a committee volunteer and sits on the board for Home Builder's Care, the charitable arm of the HBA of F-M.

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Tom Spaeth owns Accent Contracting with Mike Arnold. Their company provides design-build remodeling services to the FM area. Spaeth has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry.

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By Tom Spaeth, HBA President, Accent Kitchen & Bath

ext month, we go to the polls in a very important election for our country. There will also be critical measures on the ballot for us to consider locally. If you live in Cass County, Fargo or West Fargo, you will vote on extending sales taxes to fund the Metro Flood Diversion Project. The Financial Plan calls for an extension of existing sales taxes, but requires no tax increases and no use of special assessments. It’s time to get it done. Flooding threatens life, health and the economy. Without the

Diversion’s protection, up to 18,000 current home owners in Fargo-Moorhead will see incredibly high increases in flood insurance premiums in as little as four years.

The HBA of FM promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper.

Currently, flood insurance premiums in certain areas of Fargo range from $2,000 to $4,000. This is as much as $40-$100 million in annual premiums leaving the local FM economy if/when the Federal Emergency Management Agency remaps. Should we invest in insurance or invest in protecting our community? To learn more about specifics of the plan and why the HBA of FM supports it, visit hbafm.com. For more information contact:

Four Reasons to support the Metro Flood Diversion Project Financial Plan: 1. The current Metro Flood Diversion Project Financial Plan is affordable.

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2. Extension of existing sales taxes represents a multi-generational approach to ensuring the long-term financial health of the project: ■■Without property owner payment of special assessments ■■Without increasing taxes, after voter-approved extension of existing sales taxes

3. Financial plan includes multiple delivery models. ■■Fargo in-town flood mitigation designed to support Diversion, not replace as protection ■■U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will use traditional design-bid-build for Southern Embankment

hbafm.com 4. Diversion Authority using innovative public private partnership (P3) delivery model to design, build, finance and maintain the Diversion channel

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GIVEAWAY DESIGN&LIVING

The Win of a Lifetime This month, The Giveaway of a Lifetime comes to an end. Will you be the one to win the $500,000 house?

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or the last four months, you’ve heard us talk about The Giveaway of a Lifetime. On Oct. 30, one life will be forever changed when the gorgeous $500,000 home from Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead will be given away. Here’s what you need to know about the event.

The Details Sunday, October 30 Ramada Plaza Suites 1635 42nd St. S, Fargo designerhomesfm.com

BY Andrew Jason | PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography

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GIVEAWAY DESIGN&LIVING

• Since July, finalists have been chosen from people who enter at the GOAL house, on social media and at live events. One thousand certificates will be given out to select finalists. If you have entered, watch your email, as you will be notified if you are selected as a finalist. • The finalists are invited to the giveaway event on Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Ramada. The finalists are automatically entered for a chance to win the house. • From those 1,000 finalists, it will be narrowed down to 30 people who will be invited to the stage. Each person will then be given a key and try to unlock

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the door on the stage. One lucky key will open the door to their new life. • The winner will be able to live in or sell the house. • The event is not just for finalists. The event is open to the public and there will be a cash bar and other entertainment. • Even if you don’t win the house, you may still win a pool table valued at $6,000 from Hot Spring Spas and Pool Tables 2 or part of the $4,000 worth of gift cards being given away from Shotgun Sally’s, Herd & Horns, Crave Burger Co. and 9 Iron Bar & Grill.

Haven’t entered yet? If you haven’t entered yet, don’t worry. There are still a couple of chances to enter to become a finalist. • You can visit the house at 4200 54th Ave. S, Fargo anytime on MondaysThursdays from 3-7 p.m. and Saturdays or Sundays from noon-5 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 16. • Watch Design and Living Magazine and Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead’s Facebook pages to be able to register via social media and for information about live events.

“The highest point is seeing the expression on the face of the person who wins it. Probably one of the most enjoyable parts, in addition to that, is to hear the story. To get to see how GOAL changes their life. How the way it impacts their life, family and everything they might be going through beforehand and how different their life can be after winning it in regards to having that financial freedom.” Rob Leslie, President of Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead


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Living THE

Luxe LIFE

IN OUR FIRST EVER LUXE LIVING ISSUE, DESIGN & LIVING TOURS THREE AREA HOMES THAT HAVE PERFECTED THE CONCEPT OF LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST. FROM THE MAGNIFICENT DOWNTOWN PRESERVATION OF A HISTORIC LAUNDRY BUILDING TO AN OXBOW GOLF COURSE HOME WITH A 20CAR GARAGE, THIS ISSUE WILL LEAVE YOUR HEAD SPINNING AND YOUR HEART WANTING MORE. FOR THOSE OF US THAT COULD ONLY LIVE LIKE THIS IN OUR DREAMS, WHY NOT DREAM LUXURIOUSLY? BY Tracy Nicholson | PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography 32

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tanding in a league of its own, the ever-intriguing Fargo Laundry building boasts an impressive

19,000-square-feet of intricately designed entertaining and family living space. After nearly two years of restoration headed up by Chris Hawley Architects, this iconic structure is now the spectacular home of Keith and Rondi McGovern. Published in Trends Magazine and Midwest Home, the McGovern's home is the result of a rigorous design and restoration process managed by Chris Hawley Architects and contractor Mutchler, Bartram Architects, PC. Completed in 2014, the Fargo Laundry project was aptly awarded the American Institute of Architects Residential Juror's Choice Award. To transform an industrial laundry building and warehouse into a home meant exposing building components that required unique management, as 100 years of authenticity left no room for error. "Starting in total disrepair, painted white from top to bottom, the project emerged a restored Fargo icon," said architect Chris Hawley. "CHA maintained the original warehouse aesthetic, preserved remnants of the past and wove in a comfortable, contemporary house for entertaining. Considering the big picture and minutia, the design resulted in an inspiring space laced with intimate handmade details one can touch and feel." Lighting, hardware, doors and millwork were designed by CHA and custom-made by local artisans. 34

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Boiler room fireplace - Chris Hawley Architects / Mutchler, Bartram Architects Furniture - McNeal & Friends Concrete floor refinishing - Crow Wing Concrete Custom Charcoal aluminum frame windows - Custom Window Co. by Wausau brand, Denver, C.O. Contractor - Mutchler, Bartram Architects, PC Structural engineer - Solien & Larson Engineering, P.C. Crestron Roller Shades and Smart Home media system - Smart Home Technologies Custom door handles - P2 Industries, Chris Hawley Architects Custom tech lighting - Tech Lighting / Border States Electric Steel lights - Red River Fabricators

Prior to renovating the Fargo Laundry building, the McGovern's lived in a traditional two-story brick house in Oakcreek and had to be bought out due to the flood. "We really just wanted to move downtown, but we were just looking," said Rondi McGovern. "I wasn't real crazy about the idea, but my husband fell in love with it because of the garage and he really had the vision. I thought it might be too big of a project. We actually debated whether or not to put condos down on this level and somehow break it up into a couple different residences. We took a couple months to try and figure it out, but, in the end, we decided to just do it all." Both successful business owners, Rondi McGovern owns the interior design firm and store McNeal & Friends along with her sister, Shelly Neal in Downtown Fargo. Keith McGovern is President of the third-generation, family-owned R.D. Offutt Company.

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About the Fargo Laundry Building

The McGovern's home is better known as the Fargo Laundry Co., which was built in 1923. In 1987, the Fargo Laundry building was sold to Leef Brothers Inc., a second-generation family business from Minneapolis.

Inspired by the original boiler room in the basement, CHA designed the industrial look of the great room's floorto-ceilings wood-burning fireplace with the help of MBA's construction expertise.


Great Room

Upon entering the great room on the main level, one is awestruck with the attention to detail, preservation and restoration of its original beauty. Exposed Douglas Fir beams, original brick walls and original concrete floors create an open palette made for entertaining at its finest. The McGoverns often utilize the main level space for hosting parties and charitable functions throughout the year with up to 200 people in attendance. "All we had to do was polish the concrete floors," said Rondi McGovern. "Original brick, the entire building inside, all the pillars, woodwork and everything was painted white. So, they spent about six weeks sandblasting everything back to its natural state. On the west wall, we had them sandblast it down to where it was clean, because that goes up into the more formal area. But down here (east facing wall), we had them just do a couple of passes so it has more of the white left on it." Adding another more contemporary focal point is the diagonal wall near the foyer with custom designed open shelving using Douglas Fir and steel. The original swing-out windows were single paned and steel framed, so the McGoverns chose to duplicate them with new windows that were more energy efficient.

The sliding barn door wall between the great room and bar area was designed to be movable. "The reason we did that is because if we have just a few people here, we could sit in the bar and not have it feel so big," said Rondi McGovern. "If we have a big party, then we could actually move the whole wall over. It just depends on what we have going on."


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Guest Suite

With the main level primarily used for entertaining, the McGoverns opted to create a tranquil guest suite just off of the great room. An original transom window leads guests into their spacious suite with a kitchenette, seating area, bedroom and guest bath with custom tile shower and soaking tub. For the unique flooring, Rondi McGovern chose an easy to install Chilewich Plynl flat weave tile. A wood accent wall behind the bed creates old-world charm with a stunning wall of storage and a hidden laundry area.

Guest Suite Bathroom

Even though the master bath boasts a stunning facade, this guest bathroom is Rondi McGovern's favorite. "We had to keep the original beam in here, so we just tiled up and around it," she explained. This bathroom features quartz counter tops, white washed Douglas Fir cabinetry, two sinks with a separate vanity, a soaking tub area and lofty ceilings.

CHA worked with P2 Industries to custom design the distinct, steel door knobs on the closet and doors throughout the home. For added privacy, Smart Home Technologies installed Crestron roller shades throughout the home, which can be operated by an iPad.

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Crestron Roller Shades - Smart Home Technologies Chilewich floor tile - McNeal & Friends Magazine rack coffee table- Shiner International, McNeal & Friends Couch and bed - Lee Industries, McNeal & Friends Kitchenette - Beth Kemmer, CKD, CLC at Wood Specialists

Tile work and shower enclosure - Materials Marketing, McNeal & Friends Cabinetry - Beth Kemmer, CKD, CLC at Wood Specialists


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Media Room

Entering through another custom, sliding barn door near the bar area, guests will find the media room with stadium seating and graduated ceiling heights. Hawley designed a multidimensional cedar-block surround wall to absorb sound and extend the home's warm industrial vibe into what is typically a more contemporary space.

Cabinetry - Beth Kemmer, CKD, CLC at Wood Specialists Concrete countertops - Zeis Concrete Solutions Theater chairs and sofas - Lee Industries, McNeal & Friends Theater system - JBL, Crestron, Smart Home Technologies Wood accent wall and barn door - Chris Hawley Architects

Bar Area

Just off of the great room through a magnificent set of custom designed 20-by-16-foot barn doors, is the impressively designed bar area the McGoverns use for entertaining. Solid concrete countertops extend from the eight-chair bar with a built-in ice bucket to the movable island that's used to serve food. Original pipes from the boiler room were fashioned as eclectic foot rests on the massive concrete and Douglas Fir bar. For an industrial lighting element, Hawley and Keith McGovern designed the five hanging lights fabricated from i-beams.

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Outdoor Room

Just beyond the bar area, this room features an original window repurposed as a retractable hanger style opening to the outdoors. "This is the only original window in the whole house," said Rondi McGovern. "We took it to the farm and had it fixed so it actually raises up using the original method of concrete weights to open and close it, which gives us a great outdoor space. The idea of using the weights for that window actually came from the connected pool area garage doors, which was the old loading dock." In this room, they also repurposed the original beadboard ceiling from upstairs, salvaging whatever they could in their entertaining space.


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Connected by a garage door, the "outdoor" room leads guests into the swim spa area. "This is the old loading dock, so it's actually lower," said Rondi McGovern. "The trucks used to back up to these garage doors. What they used to get the garage doors open were the concrete weights to counteract it. So those are the original weights, but we had to have one of them remade. So, that's how we based it, using the concrete weights in the outdoor room's retractable window as well. When the garage door and the outdoor room's window is open, it feels like you're outdoors."

Billiards Room

In the billiards room near the bar and wine room, Keith McGovern's majestic elk head resides along with the original wood beams. Pointing out the beams and metal in the billiard room, Rondi McGovern explained that it is believed to have come from the Sears catalog. "They put it on a train from Washington and is believed to be the same kit the Northern School Supply building has. There's three or four buildings that were all built in the 1920s and its been said that they all came from that same kit," she said.

Powder Room

The powder room, located between the hot tub and billiards area, was left original so guests could experience a glimpse of what the building was like before the renovation.

Wine Room

Repurposing the original steel framed windows created a stunning wine room clad in steel with exposed bolts. Inside, holes were drilled into Douglas Fir panels to encase nearly 200 wine bottles in climate-controlled comfort.

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The floating staircase is a modern marvel, which CHA and Keith McGovern designed in a zigzag steel with Douglas Fir steps. Illuminated with 15 multi-colored glass pendants, this impressive staircase built by Red River Fabricating is the first visual reference for guests upon arrival. The original staircase came in through the front door and is actually behind a door just off of the foyer. With an intention of creating a bigger staircase for guests, the original staircase was shifted over to allow for a new and grander entrance for guests entering the main level.

Garage Entry

Serving as the garage entry for the McGoverns, this foyer is equipped with a beautiful sliding barn door, side office, steps to the second level living space and even a functioning freight elevator.

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Upstairs

With the first floor primarily serving as an entertainment space, the McGoverns live everyday life on the second level, overlooking bustling Downtown Fargo. This floor features a laundry room, master suite, office, kitchen, butler's pantry, breakfast nook, formal dining room, family room, powder room and their two sons' bedrooms with fully customized bath suites and personal laundry areas.

Kitchen

A spectacular kitchen tips the scale with stunning translucent quartzite islands lit from behind. "We had ordered this and when I went to go look at the slab, they held it up for me and I saw the light coming through it," said Rondi McGovern. "So, I decided to put lighting underneath. It delayed getting countertops for about two months, but it was worth it." As the McGoverns were quick to discover, working with the original maple wood floors proved to have its challenges and surprises. "I actually had to have the bar stools made by P2 Industries because from this island to the end of the other island, there's a two-inch difference because the original wood floors are so sloped," said Rondi McGovern. "At one time, they had done all of their sewing up here, so all of the old staining is still on it. When they were redoing the floors, they found a little button that was in the wood floor, so we had them just go right over it and we kept it there." Barely able to break our eyes away from the illuminated countertops, we finally looked further and spotted the sleek Bulthaup designed kitchen with Wolf appliances and a Subzero refrigerator. A stainless steel counter on the perimeter contrasted beautifully with the custom-made, glass tile backsplash. To create their exclusive look, the McGoverns traveled to the showroom of Bulthaup, a German-engineered cabinetry company, in Chicago.

Woodfire Pizza Oven Area

Facing the kitchen is a full masonry CMU woodfire pizza oven with the opposite side facing the family living space with quaint seating area.

Breakfast table

Just off of the kitchen, the McGoverns most often dine casually at their Hickory Chair banquette and Woodbridge table.

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Fireplace - Home & Hearth Sectional - Hickory Chair Coffee table - Four Hands, McNeal & Friends Linen Lamps - Palecek, McNeal & Friends

Family Room

To create an inviting family space, the McGoverns removed all of the original beadboard that was once covering the ceiling and exposed the rafters. After exposing the original rafters and beams, the McGoverns wanted to create a cleaner feeling in the areas where they eat and sleep. To accomplish this, it meant covering at least some of the rafters with a false ceiling.

Formal Dining Room

To repurpose the basement boiler, P2 Industries fabricated the industrial, formal dining table with the boiler's materials to create the base, legs and center steel strip within darkstained white oak. Rondi McGovern commissioned the linen chandelier from Lowcountry Originals, a line that she carries at McNeal & Friends.


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Pantry

The spice rack in the beautiful pantry is a fun solution to a minor problem. "When the shelving in here was put up, we realized that one of the shelves was too low," said Rondi McGovern. "So, there were big holes in the brick and Chris came up with the idea to go to Ikea and get the spice rack magnets on a metal strip to cover the holes." I-beam shelf structures with Douglas Fir shelves and cabinetry keep the industrial feel consistent from the pantry to the kitchen. Hawley designed the stainless steel shelves, sinks and countertops and had them fabricated by Cullinex.

Powder Room

In the powder room, the McGoverns feature a rich, green glass subway tile with original floors, Douglas Fir beam and soapstone countertops with a hammered nickel sink.

With the curved wall creating a unique challenge for hanging pictures, P2 Industries custom designed this wall hanging with tiny hooks on the back for making quick adjustments.

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Connor's Room

In both of their sons' rooms, a custom designed daybed area with underneath storage was created by Wood Specialists along with custom upholstered cushions by Chris Hawley's mom. A Four Hands bed is featured in Connor's room as shown, while in Blake's room there's a unique bed with a rocker base by Shiner International found through McNeal & Friends.

Connor's Bathroom

In their son Connor's bathroom, custom concrete sinks were designed into barrel style designs clad in an industrial corrugated metal by Eric Mayne. Sonoma Forge fixtures and a corrugated steel shower complete the space.

Custom concrete sinks - Eric Mayne, Living Stone Concrete Design

Blake's Bathroom

In their son Blake's bathroom, a contemporary wall-hung vanity in Douglas Fir sets the tone for sleek subway tile, a glass wall shower door and repurposed transom window. Off to the right, each son has their own closet and laundry area. Blake is their youngest son and currently a junior at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. 50

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Master Bedroom

In the master bedroom, the McGoverns have an endless view of the city with an industrial, steel pipe media console. With the custom structure designed by Hawley, Wood Specialists created the wire-brushed Douglas Fir cabinetry with steel top and custom-designed handles by P2 to coordinate. Douglas Fir barn doors lead the way to the master bed, bath, office and closet area.

Master Bath

In the master bath, white-washed, wire-brushed cabinetry melds with Sonoma Stone concrete and smooth angles leading to the expansive shower. At the far end of the curved wall is a shower that was designed to complement the space's unique angles.

Cabinetry - Beth Kemmer, CKD, CLC at Wood Specialists Concrete countertop - Sonoma Stone

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Upper Deck

Just off of the formal dining area, we were given a tour of the upper deck with sauna, outdoor kitchen, pergola and two seating areas with teak tables and outdoor sofas. Hawley and the McGoverns designed this space with concrete paver flooring, cedar planters, a privacy wall and corrugated steel to bring their industrial elegance outdoors.

2nd Upper Deck

A walk up an original stairwell and a spiral staircase led us to the uppermost deck, which sits on the original elevator shaft. Circular sectionals provide a tranquil setting to take in the spectacular view of Downtown Fargo. To get creative, Hawley used the old wash tub from the original laundry building to fabricate a unique fire pit with a gas insert.

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Basement Exercise Room

This extraordinary basement gym is a popular spot for the McGovern's sons and their friends. This space consists of a street level gym with reinforced windows and lower pit-level gym where the old boiler room used to be.

The pit-level gym was designed by their sons and created for CrossFit with a mounted TV and sound system by Smart Home Technologies. The McGovern's oldest son Connor just finished college at the University of Missouri and is currently starting his first season playing in the NFL for the Denver Broncos.

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Fore! the

Cars Love of

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urchased by its current owners in 2004, this Oxbow home was recently renovated to

accommodate its new owners' love of cars and the beautiful golf course view. Capturing the view to a tee, a stunning addition to the home included a new office and sky patio with a floor level showroom housing nearly 20 vehicles. If you weren't mesmerized by the extraordinary garage showroom, a tour inside the home might just fully captivate you.

Keeping watch over the owners' extraordinary home is their two Bernedoodles, Doodle and Evo.

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The home was originally built by Zook Construction in 2000 but the new owners embarked on a remodel with a goal of creating a more contemporary feel to give them a sleek space for entertaining family and friends. Just last year, they

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started work on a 7,000-square-foot garage addition that would give the owners a showroom-like space to accommodate their love of collector's cars.

Boys and their Toys

To create a showroom worthy of their car collection, the owners called on Wild | CRG architecture and construction to design the perfect space with a showroom, office and sky deck.


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Along with a varied collection of makes and models including Mercedes, BMW, Mustangs and seven Trans Ams, the owners also house four motorcycles, 15 cars, one limo and two golf carts. The oldest car of the collection is a special edition Smoky and the Bandit '77 Trans Am.

General Contractor and Architect - Wild | CRG Renovation Contractor / Framing and trim work - Footitt Homes, Inc. Ceiling fan - Big Ass Fan Epoxy garage flooring - Premier Garage Flooring Office furniture - Christianson's Business Furniture Carpet - Carpet World

"I've seen a lot of garages like this on the internet so I wanted a view of the course and a nice place to work," said the homeowner. "We met with Wild | CRG and we told them what we wanted, brought photos and they designed a couple options and eventually came up with this. Here, I can see my cars and the golf course." "Our role as design-builder in this addition was to channel their love for design and cars and instill that passion into their dream garage and automobile showroom, conveniently attached to their residence," said K.C. Krumwiede of Wild | CRG. "Make no mistake, this is no ordinary garage. The showroom space for the expansive collection is almost cathedralesque with its 25-foot vaulted ceilings and influx of natural light. Architectural lighting accents, natural birch and raw steel detailing also appear throughout the addition. "On the main level, bookending the showroom space, there is a wash bay located to the north and a build bay located at the south end, which features custom Moduline steel cabinets and a pivoting wall if larger vehicles need to be moved into the work space," explained Matt Kuhne of Wild | CRG.

With a multi-faceted approach to a garage design, Wild | CRG and subcontractor Footitt Homes built a 25-foot movable plank wall that has two functions: to open up the space for driving cars in or to block off the space behind for repairs. This space is a unique mix of commercial and residential design with its epoxy flooring, blue Moduline tool chests and a massive commercial-grade ceiling fan.

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Office

Above the garage and build bay, custom stairs and birch railings lead to an office with a stunning view of the golf course. "The office sits atop the build bay and features panoramic views that overlook his showroom to the north, spectacular backyard oasis and Oxbow Country Club’s new ninth hole to the south," said K.C. Krumwiede of Wild | CRG. Floorto-ceiling windows created the perfect backdrop for the custom designed circular desk, BMW 750i transmission table, unique airfoil design ceiling fan and 80-inch flatscreen TV.

Desk - Christianson's Business Furniture Carpet - Carpet World Smart shades - Smart Home Technologies Ceiling fan - Big Ass Fan Motorized shades - Smart Home Technologies

Garage Sky Patio

One level above the office in the garage addition is a gorgeous sky patio with a completely unobstructed view of the course, ground level landscaping and a pool area. The sky patio is the perfect retreat complete with a wet bar, hot tub, outdoor TV, glass railings, spacious seating and concrete tile. The outdoor TV by Smart Home Technologies is a 55inch, 4K weatherproof flat panel and can be used year-round. Another beautiful focal point is the concrete, glass and granite fire table surrounded by plush sectional seating from Hom Furniture.

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Dining Room

Just off of the foyer, Braaten cabinets designed custom wood pillars that lead to a contemporary dining room with custom window seating and sleek chandelier.

Dining Table - Scan Design Lighting - The Lighthouse Pillars with seating - Braaten Cabinets

Kitchen Design - Audrey Newman, JW Kitchens Cabinetry - Wood Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry, JW Kitchens Ovens - Monogram speed cook oven and convection oven, JW Kitchens Thermador induction cooktop and Gaggenau In-counter steamer - JW Kitchens Hidden TV - Smart Home Technologies Lighting - The Lighthouse Island stools in white leather - Scan Design Wood flooring - Legacy Flooring, Jason Studt


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The interior of the home is no less impressive than the showroom. At the entrance, custom pillars open to a contemporary designed grand staircase wall. The owners found this floating stair, glass and hardwood design from a company in Wisconsin and had Footitt Homes complete the project. Upstairs, work from local artist Kate Podolak from Oxbow is featured in the hallway. Special buttons have been programmed, such as the “away” button at the mudroom door that turns all of the home’s lighting, audio and video equipment off as they leave.

Kitchen

For the owners' spectacular kitchen design, they called on the expertise of Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens. Newman used Wood Mode custom cabinetry, Thermador and Monogram appliances, including the Gaggenou in-counter steamer. Zink countertops on the perimeter and granite on the island create a stunning space to entertain. "For this space, we designed a refrigeration wall with a Thermador column 30-inch refrigerator and 30-inch freezer," said Newman. "The freezer is on the left and is paneled and the refrigerator is stainless, centered in the space. To the right of the refrigerator are pull-out pantry cabinets." The raised bar on the island and wet bar have gorgeous quartzite stone countertops that are the perfect complement to the rift cut pattern and finish on the cabinetry. On the adjacent wet bar, Newman and the owners designed an entertainment mecca with ice maker, dishwasher, wine refrigerator and a hammered nickel sink with a curved front. Hidden within a mirrored backsplash is a TV that can only be seen when turned on.

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Fireplace tile install - Scott Kazmierczak, Red River Tile Inc. Fireplace - Hebron Brick Custom rug - Carpet World Coffee table- Tonin Casa, Italian glass Arm chairs - Polaris Art - Steven McGovney, Flight of Fancy bird art, Underbrush Gallery Motorized shades - Smart Home Technologies

Living Room

In the living room, the homeowners chose a low-profile, buffalo leather sofa, an Italian glass coffee table and sleek arm chairs for a contemporary design. A tile surround fireplace and whimsical local art pieces complete the design that's well-suited for entertaining and family gatherings. Part of the Smart Home Technology motorized shades are used to cover extensive windows. In this home, the shades have been programmed to automatically open and close based on the client's request.

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Lighting - The Lighthouse Cabinetry - Braaten Cabinets Tile - Scott Kazmierczak, Red River Tile Inc.

Guest Bedroom

Guest Bath

A skylight is used to bring more natural light to the guest bathroom. A threepaneled mirror, leathered granite and sconce lighting give guests the ultimate amenities.

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Master Bedroom

Tilework - Scott Kazmierczak, Red River Tile Inc. Red arm chairs and tempered glass table - Scan Design Fireplace - Napoleon, Hebron Brick

The master suite is specially designed with "his" and "hers" walk-in closets, a patio walk-out and master bath. A unique stone bowl fireplace is showcased with a clean, contemporary tile surround. A sliding glass barn door is the entrance to the stunning "hers" closet that overlooks the pool and course.

Cabinetry - Braaten Cabinets Tilework - Scott Kazmierczak, Red River Tile Inc. Lighting - The Lighthouse

Master Bath

In the spectacular master bath, the homeowners chose double marble sinks and an additional vanity area with a glass enclosed marble shower.

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Lower Level Theater

In the lower level theater designed by Jamie DeJean of Smart Home Technologies, eight leather theater chairs in bold red leather set the tone for movie night. To enhance the experience, DeJean used a high performance speaker package that exceeded the standards of commercial movie theaters. "The speakers are located behind the projection screen," said DeJean. "This allows us to hide the speakers and to ensure the sound comes directly from image, instead of mounting the speakers above or below the screen." A centralized audio and video system allows all of the home's electronics to be hidden in the home’s mechanical room. Each room has access to every source, including multiple satellite receivers, Blu-ray players, AppleTV, Roku, internet radio sources and the home’s camera system.

Smart Home

This home has many of the elements of a "smart home" including 4K video displays, music in nearly every room, a lighting control system, motorized shades, video camera monitoring, business grade home networking and heating/cooling control systems that all can be controlled by a smart phone, tablet or in-wall touch panels. "We have integrated these technologies into one system so the different parts of the home operate together in a simple, efficient manner," said DeJean. Just by using an Apple watch, the owners can gain quick access to check if their garage doors are open, turn lights on and off and check the home's temperature.

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Lower media cabinetry - Braaten Cabinets Wall sconces - The Lighthouse Theater system and theater chairs - Smart Home Technologies Carpet - Carpet World

Landscaping Design & Install - Natural Environments Landscaping & Outdoor Living Pool - Olson Pools and Spas Hot tub - Spa and Pool guys Outdoor lighting, audio and TV Smart Home Technologies


Landscape

After starting with a blank backyard slate, the homeowners added the pool, landscaping, fence, fountains, Smart Home Technology and pool house. According to DeJean, outdoor audio systems for the pool and roof-top patio are high quality commercial grade speakers designed for large outdoor venues to ensure constant sound level and quality at every location. Outdoor lights turn on automatically at sunset and off at dawn with the system's astronomical clock adjusting the time based on the season.


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Fence - Liberty Fence Landscaping and paver patio - Beyond Concrete, Beyond Outdoors Exterior corbels and Smartboard siding - Home Design Supply Stonework - Ottertail Stucco & Stone Stone - Hebron Brick

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Dream Home in

Dreamfields

M

ost would tell you that deciding to general a 6,000-square-

foot home yourself is not an easy undertaking. But for Shawn and Rachel Weyer, owners of WeyerFor-Hire, this was a labor of love. Located in the Dreamfields development in Horace, the painting pro's home features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a gym worthy of a pro boxer and even a few rooms with surprises. In this home, the closer you look, the more you'll love.

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About Weyer-For-Hire

Learning the paint trade working for his dad's Weyer-For-Hire business in Minneapolis, Shawn Weyer eventually moved to Fargo to attend NDSU where he met his wife, Rachel. Deciding to honor his father and keep the family business' name, the Weyers then launched their own business and spent the next seven years perfecting their painting. The Weyers now focus their time on commercial and residential projects while branching out into an array of wall and flooring finishes. "Our tagline is 'We Paint it All', so when it comes down to it, if it can be coated we can typically do it," said Shawn Weyer. "So from your millwork to the exterior, everything that we showcase is a lot of what we've done. We do any kind of exterior, metal siding, cedar, stucco, wood, redwood stain. On the interior we do everything from millwork enamel, finish, stain, ceilings, walls and floor coatings."

Dreaming with Vision

The Weyers began working on their dream home plans just two years ago when they purchased their lot in West Fargo. "An old employee of ours, who graduated from NDSU in architecture, made our vision come to life," said

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Shawn Weyer. "He got plans on CAD which we took to Tyler at Home Design Supply who completed the drafting and really made all of our visions possible." Amazingly the Weyers generaled the house themselves, with help and mentoring through friend Chris Schuler of Century Homes to get them started with all of the needed subcontractors. Finding appeal in a niche development, the Weyers chose this lot loving the idea of having one to two acres to roam. "We have never known all of our neighbors before and we now know all of them," said Shawn Weyer. "It really is life changing to have a good relationship with all your neighbors." For their dream home, the Weyer's vision centered around having something completely functional but also being a showcase of their company's passion for paint and unique finishes. "A key part of building this home was wanting to feature multiple different applications that we do as a company, but in a real home setting," explained Shawn Weyer. "Coming into our home, you may not see an array of colors as you would anticipate when viewing a painter's home. That's because we wanted to showcase the variety of things we can do as a painting business other than just painting walls."

HOME CREDITS: Lumber, millwork, siding materials, doors - Home Design Supply Fiberglass front entrance doors - Thermatru, Home Design Supply Porcelain door knobs - House of Antique Hardware, Home Design Supply Doors throughout home - Pella, Home Design Supply

Wood flooring - Carpet World Base and case - BPI, Home Design Supply Paint throughout home and doors - Weyer-For-Hire Garage floor - Weyer-For-Hire Side-mounted stair railings - Straightline Design / Allfab Railings and Metalworks Roller shades - Lowe's


Great Room

In the great room, the Weyers wanted a grand patio door but rather than ordering an expensive accordionstyle door, they cleverly ordered four separate doors, then used a kit that combines them to look as one. The finished look in ultra-matte black satin painted frames features a 6-foot center that opens to the gorgeous paver patio by Beyond Concrete.


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Foyer

The Weyers spent a lot of time searching for the perfect double doors with circular molding details for the front entrance. Finding these doors by Pella, they were able to showcase their impressive painting skills by lacquering the doors in stunning black and adding Clavo bolt detailing. To complete their opulent entrance, they chose a chandelier from Restoration Hardware for a more dramatic entrance.

Deconstructed Chesterfield sofa - Restoration Hardware Tufted ottoman - Overstock Rug and side chairs -Wayfair Black oak media cabinets - Restoration Hardware Patio and transom windows - Pella Window frame painting - Weyer-for-Hire Mezzo Fireplace - Home & Hearth Fireplace surround wall texture - Chris Buttke, Ottertail Stucco & Stone

Throughout the home, the Weyers continue their classic design with doors they finished themselves in black conversion varnish, polished chrome hardware and black porcelain knobs. For a warm contrast, they chose an engineered Pacaya wood flooring in a mesquite ash tone, utilizing varying widths and lengths. In much of the home, the Weyers

surprisingly chose classic elegance with a simple Paper White Benjamin Moore wall color giving stark contrast to the dramatic details. To showcase a rarely done and difficult process, the Weyers chose to do completely smooth walls instead of textured throughout the home. Textures are most often used to cover seams and any flaws in the drywall. Doing a smooth wall, meant leaving no room for error.

For the 20-foot fireplace surround, the Weyers opted for a custom and contemporary, sectioned concrete look with a similar geometric style as the upper transom windows. For the decor, Rachel Weyer chose a mix of gorgeous furniture pieces fusing contemporary, classic and rustic with the black oak media cabinets and unique, deconstructed sofa.

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Cabinetry design - Bill Tweten, Western Products Countertops - Brittanica quartz by Cambria Island legs - Solaris Fusion by Osborne Wood Products Polished chrome hardware - Atlas, Western Products Kitchen pendants - hammered stainless steel, Anthropology Custom hood and appliances - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Black ceramic backsplash tile install - Jeff Engebretson, Buildworks Black oak bar stools - Restoration Hardware Fortuny black and antique silver pendant - Anthropology

Kitchen

The Weyers first came across their kitchen concept from a magazine and called on one local expert to create their dream kitchen space and pantry. Bill Tweten of Western Products helped the Weyers re-interpret the layout with stunning Crystal Cabinetry in Designer White. Working with Tweten, the Weyers chose a framed inset style cabinet with beaded openings and a Danbury shaker door style with decorative hardware in polished chrome. Inside the drawers, Tweten designed dovetailed drawer boxes in walnut. A rare detail, these Crystal cabinets are nine feet tall and constructed in one piece for a sleek and seamless design. A Wolf induction cooktop and double oven are made flush with the cabinetry for a sleek design. To accommodate a larger refrigerator, the pantries flank each side of the refrigerator to create balance

in the design. To break up the white, Tweten chose multiple glass doors offering ample display space. While the L-shape kitchen with island is not a symmetrical shape, the cabinetry on the back wall with the hood and cooktop is. The Weyers found this custom, metal vented hood at Ferguson and chose finishes in stainless and mirrored steel complimenting the black ceramic tile backsplash. For the extraordinary 3-inch-thick, mitered edge island countertops, Tweten introduced the Weyers to a man-made quartz that perfectly imitates a veined marble. "The beauty of quartz is that it won’t stain," said Tweten. "The real marble would actually need a lot of sealant to keep it from staining. Also, because of the new larger slab sizes with Cambria, this island could be done without a seam. It’s about nine and a half feet long and no seam."

The icing on the island is the beautiful fusion of contemporary and traditional styles with the custom wood, furniture-style legs and black oak and linen barstools.

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"OUR HOUSE IS A VERY MODERN-BUILT HOUSE, BUT I WANTED TO PROVOKE SOME OLD WORLD AND FRENCH ELEMENTS IN THE DECOR." Rachel Weyer

Office

An uncommon design, this space serves as Rachel Weyer's office to manage the books for their painting company while Shawn Weyer uses the additional space in the loft for his drafting table and storage. To bring in additional light, they Weyers incorporated a functional dormer window at the top of the wall.

Dining room chandelier - Eurofase, Candela chandelier, Amazon Black oak table with Belgian Linen chairs - Restoration Hardware

Armoire cabinet - Scheels Home & Hardware Custom loft ladder - Rick Penas

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Master Suite

In the extraordinary master suite, the Weyers chose to put the attention on the custom painted, extreme high-gloss ceiling framed in wood. This look was a replication of some of the finishes they'd seen in their inspiration photos. "I kept wondering how they were doing that, but what they were doing was actually a real thin vinyl roll-out material," said Shawn Weyer. "I said I could achieve it with a paint, so I had to butter coat it and make it as smooth as possible because it would show every imperfection." For this more intimate space, Rachel Weyer chose a grey-washed Mahogany bed with nailhead detail and stunning lighting elements to illuminate the high gloss ceiling.

Another unique feature is the seethrough linear fireplace shared by the adjacent great room and the custom barn door leading to the master bathroom. For the Weyers, this is the only room in the house that has a color besides white. The master is painted in a Light French Grey with Classic French Grey for the ceiling. "We just knew that we had a lot of detail that we wanted to pop, so when it comes down to it, it's more in the finish," said Shawn Weyer.

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Tilework - Jeff Engebretson, Buildworks Shower and sink fixtures and controls - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Master shower seating - Granites Unlimited Countertops - Cambria Sinks - Ferguson Cabinetry -Crystal Cabinetry, Bill Tweten, Western Products Lighting - Amazon

Master Walk-In Closet

Continuing their attention to detail, the Weyers found the twisted wood rod system from Pottery Barn and painted it in a metallic finish. Rachel Weyer designed the chevron patterned, slate tile runner leading from the closet straight through the master bath.

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Mudroom

The mudroom features custom Crystal Cabinetry with slab doors and larger cubby spaces designed by Bill Tweten of Western Products. The Weyers currently have a long-haired German Shepard, a Pomeranian and two Ragdoll cats, so a washing station and mudroom walkout to their own fenced in area was a necessity.

Staircase

For the spectacular staircase, the Weyers knew they wanted a side-mount railing, so they contacted Straightline Design to have them fabricate the powder-coated iron spindles with special ordered rosettes. "It took a team of people to achieve our staircase from the actual framing of the stairs, to the stair nosing and spindles," said Shawn Weyer. To finish the look, Shawn Weyer painted the handrail that Allfab Railings & Metalworks made to perfectly match the iron spindles from Straightline. Bringing our attention to the elaborate base, Shawn Weyer explained that BPI did a customized double bevel jig just for their home. The intricate nosing on the stairs was done by their tile installer, Jeff Engebretson.

Garage

Showcasing just one of the many stunning floor finishes Weyer-ForHire can do, Shawn Weyer has nearly completed this glossy, marbled floor in 100 percent solids, epoxy, metallic floor coating infused with Titanium. "Usually this type of finish would be done in a basement, but the reason we did this is to show that it can be done in a garage if done properly with the right preparation," said Shawn Weyer. "We're actually going to add another eurothane based finish as far as the clear-coat goes, which is rock solid." Metallic floor coating - Charcoal Pearl and Titanium infused, Weyer-For-Hire Radiant floor heat - Home Heating, Plumbing & A/C

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Upstairs

Upstairs, a bridge style walkway leads to a guest bedroom, sitting room, laundry, bathroom and two-tiered workout gym.

Sitting Room

The Weyers designed this sitting room with their dogs in mind, incorporating a clever dog house entrance on the wall to the closet. Rachel Weyer chose classically elegant decor with Mercer 41 lighting in antique silver.

Gym

Boasting 814 square feet with an Infrared sauna, the upstairs gym is well suited for Shawn Weyer's love of the boxing ring. "I had about 135 amateur boxing matches and fought on a high competitive level, so for me to get in shape, that's kind of what I go back to," said Shawn Weyer. For Rachel Weyer, it's running and any other calisthenics that we do together." Shawn Weyer actually fought and beat some of the same guys that have been in the ring with boxing greats Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. He fought on the USA team and competed in the Olympic trials.

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Lower Level

In the lower level, the Weyers have reserved this space for a billiards room, theater room, wet bar, two guest rooms and a temperature-controlled wine cellar, making entertainment the focus. The lower level, acid-stained concrete as well as the garage floors are entirely heated underneath with radiant heat, hot water coils installed by Home Heating.

Bar

A wet bar with soapstone countertops and Cape Cod Rustic Cherry cabinetry is at the entrance to the wine and theater room. To create an industrial chic space, the Weyers had Red River Glazing design their wine room's glass enclosure, while a friend fabricated the cedar wine racks that Shawn Weyer had painted to match the upstairs flooring. To complete the look, they also varied the board lengths, installed Clavo bolts and painted the wall behind the wood panels black for more definition.

Tassle light - Kathy Kuo Cabinetry - Crystal Cabinetry, Bill Tweten, Western Products Wet bar sink and faucet - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Pub table with bluestone top - Kathy Kuo Wet bar pendants - Amazon Wine room glass enclosure - Red River Glazing Theater chairs - 4seating.com Floor Heat - Home Heating, Plumbing & A/C

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riginally from the Fargo-Moorhead area, the owners of this lovely home lived in Michigan for a year and Connecticut for 10 years while going to med school and doing a residency. They returned home several years ago and had a desire to bring Connecticut with them in the form of their

new home built by Footitt Homes. Tranquil but vibrant, modern in conveniences yet traditional, this home was custom designed for a growing family who desired a coastal

MONICA HART

home in North Dakota. BY MONICA HART PHOTOS BY J. ALAN PAUL PHOTOGRAPHY

COASTAL

retreat

Architect – Stephen Rose: steve.rose@nor-son.com Builder – Footitt Homes, Bob Footitt: BobJrHomes@aol.com Interior Design – Monica Hart Interior Design: monica@monicahartid.com Flooring – Floor To Ceiling, Sarah Brown Lights – Valley Lights, Kathy Klug Furniture – Hom Furniture, Jill Olson; Restoration Hardware; Pottery Barn

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DESIGN&LIVING DESIGN

When the homeowners moved back to the area from the East coast, they knew what they were looking for in a home but couldn’t find anything that felt right. They purchased a home that was movein ready so they could plan, design and build their dream home. They enlisted the help of her uncle, architect Stephen Rose, to put their dream on paper.

Everything was thought of, including a spacious mud room with plenty of open and closed storage to make it easy for young kiddos to hang up jackets and hats.

The full butler’s pantry has a second full refrigerator, sink with garbage disposal and ample shelving.

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DESIGN DESIGN&LIVING The sunroom doubles as a playroom with a custom designed barn door by Finnu to close off any mess, and a threeseason porch with retractable screens overlooks the pool. With three young boys, they’ve even incorporated urinals in two of the bathrooms. Once the architect was in place, they knew just who they wanted to build that home: Bob Footitt Jr. “I chose Bob Footitt as the builder because of the Footitt Homes reputation,” said the homeowner. “Bob Sr. built my father’s home 25 years ago and the quality is unbelievable. The attention to detail is impeccable, a true custom home in every way.” The homeowners are dream clients. From the day I first met her, I knew we had a great connection that would last long after their home was done. Of course, it helps that she brought along their threeweek old baby for me to hold. Now a year old, he accompanied us to the first seven months of weekly appointments while we chose the exterior finishes, including the East coast-inspired shakes, shingles, pavers, carriage garage doors, window trim and even the tapers on the front columns. He also got to meet a great team, including certified kitchen designer Beth Kemmer of Wood Specialists, who designed all of the cabinetry; Sarah Brown at Floor To Ceiling, who assisted with the flooring and backsplash selections; Kathy Klug at Valley Lights, who helped with light fixtures and Alisha Weisshof at Ferguson, who guided the plumbing choices. We were so grateful for this talented group and everyone enjoyed the extra little helper.

They also needed a detail-oriented interior designer to round out the team. I was thrilled the client contacted me. “Working with a designer has been a life saver. It’s unbelievable how overwhelming things can be,” said the homeowner. “Monica was able to pick up on what I liked and didn’t like immediately. I was able to focus on my family, my career and other things in lieu of my selections. Attention to detail and the small things were never overlooked. Even when things didn’t go as planned, her glass half full attitude always made everything right. She never let me feel overwhelmed and could always read how I was feeling. Whenever she saw ways to save a little money, we did it. One of the smartest things I have ever done was calling Monica Hart Interior Design."

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Accessories – Monica Hart Interior Design Blinds – Hunter Douglas, Monica Hart Interior Design


The homeowner and I chose an extra tall decorative base, simple casing around the windows and a traditional stool and apron detail on the sills. All of the wood work was painted crisp white. The shaker kitchen cabinets were painted the same shade of white but were contrasted by the island painted a medium shade of gray. The flooring and backsplashes were all chosen because of their timeless and traditional qualities. Each time we made a selection, we thought about how it related to a coastal home, whether it would stand the test of time and three rambunctious boys. I design differently for families with small children who need to grow into their home versus a couple who are empty-nesters.

Plumbing- Ferguson, Alisha Weishoff Cabinets – Wood Specialists, designed by Beth Kemmer, CKD, CLC


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Barn door and dining table - Finnu

Many of the home selections were made with meaning behind them with importance to the homeowners. Those features include a sliding barn door made with solid reclaimed white oak accented with a patina inlay steel design and a custom dining table. The table is made with 100 plus-year-old redwood made from pickling tanks, both designed by Finnu. Also notable are a few of the spectacular light fixtures and fantastic three season porch with retractable screens.

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With the finish selections finalized with a neutral canvas in the walls, cabinetry and flooring, it was time to bring in some liveliness, texture and color to showcase this fantastic family’s personality. Our goal was to have that warm and coastal feel without being theme-y. The clients love any variation of the color blue. We pulled in many shades of blue–bluegreens, aquas, turquoise, teal blue and navy to represent water, sky, grass and a nautical air. All of these colors were combined in different textures and patterns in the furniture, rugs and custom drapes. A pale shade of warm gray on the walls provides a quiet backdrop and the custom charcoal-gray skirted sectional is a neutral base for colorful pillows yet durable enough for three busy boys. Every piece of furniture and accessory in this home was selected specifically for this client and this family. There are many custom elements. You won’t be able to just go to a store and purchase all of these pieces of furniture.


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In lieu of a lake home, the homeowners felt a pool would be the best choice for their lifestyle and family. Pool selections were made and custom patio furniture that coordinated with the interior furniture was ordered for the threeseason room, open patio and pool deck. Again, varying shades of blue were chosen for the exterior furniture, rug and accessories.

Pool – Olson Pools & Spas Patio Furniture – Homecrest, custom by Monica Hart Interior Design

After nearly a year of weekly meetings, a newborn baby who is now walking and a friendship that has blossomed, the house is finally a home. The vision went from paper and thoughts to a reality that is better than the homeowner ever imagined. “I had no idea how much went into designing a home," said the homeowner. "The selections are stunning. My home is a sanctuary. There is nothing stuffy about it. It’s comfortable, yet elegant and timeless with all my favorite things, including a coastal feel to remind me of Connecticut. I cannot stress enough what a great experience this has been. I look around and I cannot believe this is our home. We feel so lucky for so many reasons. Plus I made a friend out of the deal.”

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For me, I cried when I saw it finished. After nearly a year of finishing selections, job-site visits and doing the actual installation of furniture and accessories, it is exciting and fulfilling to see it all come together. I can picture the family living there, the boys growing up in that home and memories being made. That’s why I’m an interior designer. It’s for that moment. Seeing a family settle into a home that feels like them. It’s extremely rewarding. From North Dakota to Michigan to Connecticut to North Dakota again, this family is home.

Custom bedding and drapes – Monica Hart Interior Design

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eclectic Beautifully designed by Chris Hawley Architects just six years ago, this home was recently renovated to add a few more cosmetic details to complement

BY Tracy Nicholson PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography

the original design. With a solid foundation of architectural elements to lean on, the owners called on Trever Hill Design to bring in the final touches to complete their customized look.

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DESIGN&LIVING DESIGN A WORK IN PROGRESS According to the homeowner, creating the final look was a work in progress. The home was originally built by PK Construction, and the homeowners recently hired Terry Becker Homes to update the ceiling in the kitchen and foyer in a white shiplap. They also updated the kitchen and had Becker recreate the cap on the wainscoting and replace the carpet on the stairs with hardwood. The main floor powder room also received an upgrade with a patterned wall covering and other design elements by Shelly Neal of McNeal & Friends. BEFORE THE DESIGN When the home was first built, the homeowners attended the parade of homes in Minneapolis for inspiration. "They have all of these lovely little handouts that give you the information on what type of stain, what color paint, what brand and any detail you want to get," said the homeowner. "So, that's how we started. Then we took that to Chris Hawley Architects and our builder. Donna Wiger also helped me with all of the little intricacies that would have overwhelmed me. I need choices. I know what I like, but if I were to go into a lumberyard, I wouldn't know where to start." GETTING STARTED Inspired by Susan and Jason Cardinal's house story in Design & Living last year, the homeowners noticed

that Hill had used a large branch that he found on the side of the road as an accent within the home's interior design. "I have had the privilege to work with some very talented people but when I saw that article and what he had done with that space and the branch, I thought with my home already being eclectic, how fun would it be to bring him in to be able to tell us just what we need here?" said the homeowner. Starting in the dining room and foyer, Hill and the homeowner focused their attention on the lighting. This would be the beginning of a three-year design process to customize the space. Hill would have the task of combining traditional, contemporary, ethnic and craftsman inspirations to design a space with a story. With no urgency to complete the design, the homeowner and Hill were able to take their time and put thought and purpose into an evolving space. "It was a longer process," said Hill. "This home is the definition of customization, everything from the builder all the way down to the smallest detail and accessory. They wanted to love each item in their home. They didn't want a home filled with stuff, they want each item to have its place and reason. It's been a long process finding the exact items that fit their needs and lifestyle. Many of the items in their home are one-of-a-kind and customized specifically for them."

FOYER In the foyer, newly capped wainscoting and shiplap ceilings create a beautiful backdrop for a stunning pottery piece by Brad Bachmeier. Another highlight of the entry is the homeowner's antique oak hall tree that has been in their family for more than 30 years.

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GET THE LOOK: KITCHEN Cabinetry - Braaten Cabinetry Countertops - Syverson Tile and Stone Art above kitchen - Jessica Wachter

FRIENDLY DESIGN What is it like working with a designer for three years? "He was just amazing because he understood what I wanted and he was able to always give me choices," said the homeowner. "I was one of those difficult clients that sometimes didn't like the choices and sometimes he'd go back again. Eventually we'd find something that was really beautiful. He was very easy to work with, very personable, and very understanding of what I was after. We worked as a team. He never came in and said, 'This is what we have to have.' I would just tell him to let me know if I was off-base and we were able to form a good friendship. I like his honesty. He was always willing to give his impression of something but would always say that it's my home."

KITCHEN In the newly designed kitchen with shiplap ceiling and engineered hardwood flooring, the homeowners worked with Braaten Cabinets to update the space with a classic combination of Navajo White cabinetry and polished chrome fixtures.

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GET THE LOOK: LIVING ROOM Ugg throw - HomeGoods Composite plantation shutters - Sylvia Lunski, Design Direction Metal art sculpture on mantel - Global Views Antique wood cart wheel near fireplace - McNeal & Friends Photo frame - Ralph Lauren Custom pillows - Lee industries, McNeal & Friends Lamps - Home & Hearth Spindle side table - Antique store in Detroit Lakes Fireplace - Hebron Brick Area rug - Custom designed and made in India through Woven Arts

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LIVING ROOM In the living room, 20-foot ceilings draw the eye to the expansive fireplace surround with metallic branch art, coffered ceiling and craftsmanstyle design. Working together, Hill and the homeowner handselected the mantle artwork, pillow fabric and custom rug. Handmade in India and taking six months to create, the rug was selected, with Hill's direction, to pull out certain colors and add in others to better complement the space.

GET THE LOOK: LIVING ROOM Sectional - Stickley, Northern Home Furniture & Design Coffee table- Drexel Heritage, Northern Home Furniture & Design Art behind couch - Chosen by Reed Malm Coffee table accessories and Michael Aram tray - McNeal & Friends

HEIRLOOM INFLUENCE Not willing to settle for ordinary accessories, the homeowner wanted to find timeless pieces that would tell a story. "I just want the pieces to speak to me somehow and I want to fall in love with them," explained the homeowner. "That's how I want to decorate my home, so that's why it took so long. It wasn't because Trever wasn't offering things. Truly, these pieces all took me a long time to collect. I don't want anyone assuming that I went and spent a ton of money on the decor. A lot of what I got was either on sale or on clearance. The home is very eclectic because it started with my grandmother's antiques and it just grew from there with my collection of pottery and other things. Your tastes change after awhile too. I think I'm still more traditional though." To complete their family story, the homeowner also features artwork by her mom and great aunts.

For the larger sofa pillows, Hill and the homeowner selected a printed fabric from Lee Industries to have the sofa pillows custom made, but ran into a few snags since the fabric had since been discontinued. After an avid search around the country, and multiple attempts, Hill finally tracked down another mill that was able to eventually send the discontinued fabric. "This fabric holds it all together," said Hill. "You would never think this light blue and gold in the print would be this phenomenal on something like the green leather chair."

GET THE LOOK: LIVING ROOM Tobacco colored leather chair - CC Plus Interiors of East Grand Forks Buffet - Denise Drake Design, antiqued by Gene Finneman Accent chair - Customized Hickory Chair, McNeal & Friends

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GET THE LOOK: POWER ROOM Wallcovering - Rose Tarlow, Atlantic Sea Mist, McNeal & Friends Art - Ryan Studio, McNeal & Friends

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BEDROOM

A warm, sage green printed wallcovering is the highlight of the main floor powder room. Shelly Neal of McNeal & Friends assisted with the powder room art and wallcovering.

In the master bedroom, the homeowner loved her previous art and lamps that were chosen by designer Reed Malm. "What I need from Trever was finding the light in the corner," said the homeowner. "He also changed up the pillows so it was a little bit fresher. I had too many pillows in here and I had a throw. The furniture was pretty heavy, so he definitely freshened up the space. What I appreciate from both Reed and Trever is introducing me to things that I would never think would work. I love the look when it's done."

GET THE LOOK: BEDROOM Black and white artwork, lamps - Reed Malm Cherry bedroom set, Stickley bookcase - Northern Home Furniture & Design

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GET THE LOOK: LOFT Art Lamp - Underbrush Gallery Pillows - McNeal & Friends Sofa - Home & Hearth

LOFT Upstairs in the loft, the homeowner used builtin cubbies for family keepsakes and rich wood tones with a leather sofa and landscape artwork. Up here, Hill assisted with finding the artistic lamp and middle sofa pillow.

For more information contact: Trever Hill Design 701-715-3077 treverhilldesign@gmail.com treverhilldesign.com


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MARIA BOSAK

farmhouse The Guy's Guest Room

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PROJECT

The thought process and design strategy for the latest room reveal was simple: make a guest bedroom for a man. A room where men don’t have to remove 16 pillows before they climb into bed, and if they forget to use a coaster, nobody is upset. We finished the final bedroom in the house (well, minus the one being sacrificed for a butler’s pantry), and can’t wait for you to see it now. This room is designed with my husband Tate in mind.

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Men vs. Women The previous guest bedroom was done with the ladies in mind. It is white, frilly and has a chandelier. You should feel like a princess when you spend a night in this room.

Making Room for the Men The guys’ guest bedroom is truly just a place to drop your boots, until just before sunrise when you head out to go sit in the deer blind. The other reason this room is designed and decorated as such is because Tate wanted it that way. Tate lives in this house too (contrary to how he feels some days) and I wanted it to reflect his taste, style and hobbies.

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Full Disclosure Renovating a house with your spouse can be tough. You need to merge two personalities and styles into one home. I’m lucky that Tate is so laid back that most of the time he lets me just roll with my ideas. But I understand this isn’t always the case with husbands. So, I encourage you to be thoughtful of their wishes and lose a fight once in a while so they can feel comfortable in their home, too. Unless, of course, he wants to put one of those ugly European deer mounts in your bedroom. Those things are just terrible, and kind of scary. Stand strong. There is always a nice place in the garage for it. Just kidding... Actually, I’m not.


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After

Design Details We removed the racetrack/popcorn ceiling and replaced it with reclaimed wood to not only update it but give it a rustic feel. The carpet was removed and replaced with laminate flooring so guests don’t need to fret over removing shoes. We removed the wall paper, painted the walls, trim and windows, swapped out all the outlets and switches to white and removed the closet doors to open up that space for a desk.

The Little Details Joanna Gaines once asked me (Yes, I totally just name dropped and it felt good), “What is your favorite part of the process?” I answered, “The hunt.” I always thought going out and finding the pieces was the most fun, but lately, I’m discovering that the actual decorating of each room really gives me joy. I like placing those little details in a room that bring it to life. For me, in this room, it is my grandfather’s diamond willow walking stick. He made these and sold them at craft shows when I was a child. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I learned that my older brother once brought one to show-and-tell as a child, and another boy had broken it over his knee. My brother was devastated. So, a few years back when my Uncle Stan said he had two and he would love to give them to me, I couldn't wait to give my brother one for Christmas. The other is now placed in this room. I smile each time I see it. 109


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John Wayne Tate also got to place some of his favorite things in this room. The John Wayne sign was a Junk Market purchase he made a few years back. It makes him laugh every time he reads it. The metal fish hanging by the light switch was part of his décor choice in our very first fixer-upper, a lake cabin we renovated together the year before we were married. The framed pheasant print was one of the first gifts I ever bought Tate when we were dating. And our dog Jules, well, she is always our favorite room accessory no matter what room we are in.

All in all, the process of renovating our home has been very enjoyable, although I will admit that it is taking much longer than I would like. But we are trying to do it on a budget and pay as we go instead of taking out a loan, so a few more months won’t hurt anything. I’ve learned so much along the way. I can now drive down the street and identify on the fly the difference between glider versus casement windows and split stone versus rock on any house. What is Next? Not only did Tate get to have a say in this month’s room, next month we reveal a room designed completely by Tate: the men’s bathroom. That’s right, Tate tested his hand at design and I must admit he did a very fine job. I might have given a few nudges along the way in certain directions, but all in all, the room was designed by him and I can’t wait for you to see it.

For full details on the contractors used in this room along with where to get all the pieces, check out Maria’s blog at ILoveEcoChic.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram (@mariabosak) for sneak peeks along the way. For more information contact: Eco Chic Boutique 4955 17th Ave. S, Fargo 701-356-6600 iloveecochic.com

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DESIGN&LIVING TOUR

THE FALL PARADE OF HOMES RECAP Twice a year, area homebuilders and remodeling contractors scramble to complete one or more showpiece homes that best represent the latest trends and their team's best talents. Organized by the Home Builders Association of F-M, the recent Fall Parade ran two weekends in September with the last weekend devoted to showcasing remodeled homes. To show you just a few of the featured homes on this 54-home tour, we put together a recap of some of the best builds, layouts and room designs ready to inspire. Monarch Homes

THE FALL PARADE OF HOMES FUN FACTS

PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography, Fiske Construction, Dynamic Homes, Dabbert Custom Homes, Holly & Co, Krueger Homes, Paula Rae, Thomsen Homes, Luxe Homes, Monarch Homes, Bachmeier Custom Homes

Bachmeier Custom Homes

The Fall Parade of Homes featured 54 newly constructed homes ranging in price from just over $200,000 to nearly $1.4 million.

Plan to hit up the Spring Parade? Download their free mobile app through paradefm.com to map out your route and get directions to all of the featured homes.

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The Fall Parade of Homes typically features around 30 different builders' work.

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Luxe Custom Homes

To find maps and descriptions of homes, event goers usually grab one of the HBA of FM's magazine guides at any Hornbacher's store before heading out.


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Dynamic Homes

Paula Rae Homes

The featured homes attract anywhere from 2,000-3,000 people.

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Admission is free to most homes. The cost is $5 to tour the two "luxurious featured" homes. You can buy tickets at the featured homes themselves or go to the mobile app or paradefm.com website and register for the free tour.


DESIGN&LIVING TOUR Thomsen Homes

Why pay to tour one of the few "Luxurious Feature" homes? These homes must be priced $750,000 and higher to be in this category so they're worth every cent. Also, your $5 cost allows you in all of the featured homes and proceeds go to fundraising efforts to support their industry, such as the Home Builders Care of FM Foundation.

Holly & Co. Classic Homes

When touring homes, visitors are asked to politely respect and protect the home by wearing shoe covers. One parade usually amounts to around 3,000 pairs of shoe covers.

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For more information on the upcoming Spring Parade of Homes and Remodeled Home Tour contact:

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Heritage Homes

Home Builders Association of F-M 701-232-5846 info@hbafm.com

hbafm.com paradefm.com


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TURN UP THE

HEAT!

If you're lucky enough to live in a luxury home or just want to live it up with luxury amenities, a hot tub or sauna is a must. To find out more about the newest trends in hot tubs, swim spas and infrared saunas, we sat down with Andy Maeyaert, the new owner of Tubs of Fun on Main Avenue in Fargo. BY Tracy Nicholson | PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography & Tubs of Fun

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he new Tubs of Fun owner might be young, but he has ample knowledge of the spa and sauna industry. Maeyaert has owned the business since October 2015 and has ten years of experience. Keeping it in the family, Maeyaert has brought his brother Brendan Smith on board as general manager. To put their knowledge to the test, we asked them to explain the hottest trends and even debunk a few tired myths.

WHAT'S ONE OF THE NEWEST AND COOLEST HOT TUBS RIGHT NOW?

Maeyaert: "Definitely the Coast Spas Infinity Edge Cascade Phantom hot tub. It’s like a Las Vegas hot tub. It’s got the most LED lights of any on the floor, a killer sound system with four speakers and a subwoofer, as well the industry's largest waterfall. If you put a hot tub on your patio with an infinity edge like this, all you see is your landscape, not the edge of the hot tub. This one also has the largest skimmer on the market. Any floating debris will spill over the edge and get filtered through. Because the water has to spill over, it has a tank that stores water, which allows water levels to stay the same with one or ten people. Most hot tubs will lose water and have to be topped off throughout the year. This one has a pressurized, commercial-grade filtration and tank system that lets you go the whole season without filling your hot tub."

WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF OWNING A HOT TUB RIGHT NOW?

Maeyaert: "Prices of hot tubs can range anywhere from $6,000-$25,000. I've got some great $6,000 ones but they will have less technology. There's no sound system, a smaller waterfall and less bells and whistles. The price goes up depending on technology, water care system, waterfall and all the extras added to it like jets and pumps. Also, the price can go up for a better looking hot tub, simply because no one else has it. Typical hot tubs seat four to six people, but the Jacuzzi 495 seats nearly ten adults and is the most expensive one we have right now. It has a unique, raised back that gives the waterfall an extra six to eight inches to fall and a dual-lit waterfall with various LED color options and an integrated blue wave spa and stereo with speaker system. It also has 62 PowerPro jets and a full-color, touchscreen control panel paired with an app that shows maintenance and adjusts temperature, lights and jet functions."


SWIM SPA DESIGN&LIVING ARE THERE ANY NEW INNOVATIONS IN HOT TUB STYLES?

Maeyaert: “Ten years ago, a hot tub was just a box of hot water. Now they started improving and making more therapy features, more lighting and stereo features and better style options. It’s come a long way in the last ten years. The styles have a more realistic wood look like the Jacuzzi 495 with really durable, maintenance free and easy to clean sides. Lately, manufacturers, like Jacuzzi, are focused on re-inventing how the hot tub fits into the backyard. The J-500 is made to look like more of a work of art in your backyard as opposed to just this box that's sitting back there." Smith: "The J-500 is not a conventional hot tub. From the shape, to the dual-raised waterfall and LED lit corners, the light effect is subtle, yet powerful. This also has a special cloth cover rather than a vinyl. That means it seals better, it's lighter, easier to use and doesn’t fade. The higher side with waterfall feature also helps block the wind."

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J-300

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WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAINTAIN A HOT TUB?

Maeyaert: "Ten years ago, hot tubs were considered high-maintenance. If you were to buy an old $300 hot tub from your neighbor, it is going to be a lot of work. We've had a husband and wife come in and the wife said that owning their older hot tub was just another chore to her, she didn't enjoy it. We explained to her that if they had one of the newer hot tubs, it's going to be a whole different experience. She actually came in later, thanked us and said it's the best thing they've done. She was so happy that they traded theirs in. Today, hot tubs are a lot less work and provide an overall better experience. Many of them have a touch-screen control panel that links up to your smart phone so you can monitor the hot tub 24/7 and it sends alerts to your phone. If you're out of town and there's a problem with your hot tub, it alerts you and us. We have gotten alerts where the homeowner was out of town and we contacted them and were able to just drop by their home and fix the problem. Your hot tub can be kept on year round because it's full insulated and now very energy efficient."

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WHAT IS THE MOST UNIQUE HOT TUB INSTALL YOU'VE DONE LATELY?

Smith: "It would probably be the home on Long Lake. The hot tub was sunken into the ground with paver stones around it so it looks like part of the landscape. It also had the infinity edge so when you're in it the water looks like it extends out to the lake."


DESIGN&LIVING SWIM SPA WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST BENEFITS OF HOT TUBS? Maeyaert: "Hot water increases circulation and aids the body in healing and sleep. It also can be a great family activity. It's the one place everyone has to put down their phones and really talk to each other. Others rely on it for pain relief, whether you're an athlete or someone dealing with medical issues. That's actually how the word Jacuzzi came to be known. Hot tubs were invented by the Jacuzzi brothers who came over from Italy in the 1920s. One of them had a young son at 15 months-old diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. They would do a four-hour drive one-way just to go to the hospital to soak in a tub. So, they actually invented the hot tub system in the 1940s trying to make their own hydrotherapy. In 1956, Jacuzzi came out with the first hot tubs to be used for therapy. We hear from people in their 50s and 60s all the time that say they wish they would have gotten theirs sooner. They're sleeping better and have less pain."

WHAT IS AN INFRARED SAUNA? Maeyaert: “Ten years ago, Oprah Winfrey said she got an infrared sauna. When she said that, it seemed the whole world got a sauna. We still get people coming in asking about the Sunlighten one that Oprah had. Infrared light is extremely beneficial. It has the ability to improve health by penetrating human tissue, which in turn produces a host of anti-aging health benefits." Smith: "In the past, there was concern over the high level of electromagnetic frequencies from infrared saunas. In the newer versions now available, they’ve brought down the electromagnetic frequencies so it’s less harmful than even a phone or computer."

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INFRARED? Maeyaert: "Infrared saunas can be used for pain relief, relaxation, to lower blood pressure, lose weight and detoxify. Saunas can also detoxify, raise your heart rate and induce a better night's sleep. Since Oprah’s sauna, they are better to sit in and omit three different wavelengths to detoxify because of new technology. There have been many stories of farmers and firefighters using saunas to detoxify after being exposed to pesticides and chemical fires. We've heard of farmers being able to actually smell the pesticides as they are omitted from their body while using a sauna."

WHAT ARE SWIM SPAS? Smith: "Swim spas are relatively new. They've only been around for this decade. They combine exercise and therapy, allowing you to swim against a resistance current for a full body workout. They can also have a dual-swim feature with two separate areas–one side set at 85 degrees for a workout and the other side set at 104 degrees for the hot tub. Chairs are built-in to sit in after the workout to help muscles recover. Prices on swim spas range from the high teens to low 20s for just the swim spa. If you wanted the dual swim spa and hot tub, the size will be much larger and it will cost more."

For more information contact: Tubs of Fun 4021 Main Ave. Suite A, Fargo 701-234-0705 tubsoffun.com

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Design & Living October 2016  

In Design & Living's first ever 'Luxe Living' issue, we tour three area homes that have perfected the concept of living life to the fullest....

Design & Living October 2016  

In Design & Living's first ever 'Luxe Living' issue, we tour three area homes that have perfected the concept of living life to the fullest....