Photos by Hillary Ehlen
After a bout of misfortune, this 1932 charmer was in need of some help. The exterior may have looked move-in-ready, but the interior was another story. Luckily, Jamie R. Swenson saw the hidden potential in this character cottage.
This house recently sustained extensive water damage. It started when the previous homeowners went away for a long weekend. One of their toilet’s holding tanks overflowed and continued to run water, flooding the second floor all the way to the basement. Instead of living in the middle of a full-on remodel, the homeowners decided to relocate and begin again somewhere new.
Since then, Swenson and Pieper Shingling & Construction have started the flip. One of the biggest challenges during this process has been bringing the building up to code. In addition to remodeling the interior, they also replaced the old garage. Swenson wanted to retain some of the original features of the home such as the staircase, fireplaces and windows. However, she also wants to incorporate modern elements such as open-concept floor plan and barn wood accents. Stay tuned to see the final result.
Jamie R. Swenson
28 10th St. N, Fargo