Established in Grand Forks, Brockmeyer Tile & Stone has been building beautifully articulate spaces for homes since 2001. But as the Red River Valley began to grow, and more home builders sought the cutting-edge work of Brockmeyer, they knew it was time to officially plant their roots
in Fargo, opening their second location in West Fargo. We sat down with Owner Mike Brockmeyer to discuss the new location, product offerings, trends and more.
Q&A with Owner Mike Brockmeyer
Q: We’ve seen a lot of expansion/population growth in Fargo/West Fargo the last few years, bringing in the demand for more countertop businesses. What other factors played into opening a location in Fargo?
A: We were already here [in Fargo] working on a lot of projects–we knew that if we wanted to grow it was going to be in Fargo.
Q: Do you offer free quotes/consultations for new clients looking to start a project?
A: Yes–we believe quotes should always be free.
Q: What flexibility do you have with customization options, and are
supplies readily available?
A: Yes–We stock a lot of our products. With a lot of other products that are made overseas, there are sometimes shipping delays. Luckily, Some of our products are made right here in the USA.
Q: If clients want to do a DIY project, do you offer that option?
A: We do offer that, but we do walk them through the pitfalls. Sometimes pieces can be heavy, or break easily. We will always recommend the
best products. For example, if you want a marble countertop, we may recommend a quartz that looks like marble, as marble is soft and etches easily. One of the main reasons I started my own showroom is because I saw too many other places over-promise and under-deliver. We strive to educate the customer on the front-end, set realistic expectations, and keep them informed throughout the whole process.
People are wanting to bring back some warmth into their homes… I see beiges, greens and blues coming back.Mike Brockmeyer on the future of design trends
Q: What are some common hangups throughout a project that Brockmeyer prides itself in avoiding? How does your project workflow set you apart?
A: Our biggest strength is lead times, and we’re very flexible with customers. When customers come in to start a new project, we want them to feel comfortable and communicate everything we can accomplish for them upfront.
Q: After a project is complete, do you have recommended products for optimal upkeep/cleaning?
A: We carry Latitcrete Stonetech’s full line of cleaning products for cleaning, sealing, and stain removal.
Q: Let’s discuss design trends– it’s easy to talk about what is popular right now, but what would say are some trends/styles/colors that are going away, and what are some that are on the rise in the near future?
A: People are wanting to bring back some warmth into their homes. I
see beiges, greens, blues coming back. We notice with a lot of the interior designers, they’re bringing back a lot more warmth and color. A lot of these interior designers are the groups that help set the trends. Another trend we are noticing is porcelain.