Exterior Design

Car Lovers Remodel Garage Into Luxury Showroom

7,000-square-foot garage, cars
Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography

Purchased 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.

Oxbow Home Fargo

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 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. To say they met their goals is an understatement, popular sites like www.cyclonebuildings.com and Mancaveapproved have given this garage their full admiration for the craftsmanship and vision displayed here.

Oxbow home golf course

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

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.

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.

7,000-square-foot garage, cars

“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.

garage Wild | CRG

“Make no mistake, this is no ordinary garage. The showroom space for the expansive collection is almost cathedral- esque 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. This was definitely an undertaking, just the garage doors alone were custom made and took over four months to complete.

garage Wild | CRG

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

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.


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. Floor- to-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.

Office Wild | CRG

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 55- inch, 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.

Garage sky patio

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 room

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


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.

Foyer and stairs


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.


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

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.

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.

Living Room

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

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.

Guest Bathroom, Guest Bath & Fitness Room

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

Guest bedroom, Guest bath, and fitness room

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

Master Bedroom & Walk-Out Patio

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.

Master Bedroom and Walk-Out Patio

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

Master Bath

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

master bath

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

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.”

Home Theater

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

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.

Smart Home

“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.


After starting with a blank backyard slate, the homeowners added the pool, landscaping, fence, fountains, Smart Home Technology and pool house.


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

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.


October 2016 Design and Living Magazine


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