By Aubrey Costello
Photos by STUDIO THREE BEAU
My name is Aubrey, and I am a designer and the manager at Showplace Cabinetry Design Center in Fargo. Showplace is a retail showroom for Showplace Cabinetry, a cabinetry manufacturer located in Harrisburg, South Dakota. This particular project was near and dear to me because the customers are my aunt and uncle, Dave and Carol Foltz, who live in the heart of Lakes Country in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. These homeowners have given so much of their time and support to the community, and I wanted to return the favor and give them a space they thoroughly deserved and could enjoy with their family for many years to come.
Dave is founder and owner of Foltz Buildings located in Detroit Lakes and Carol is a retired elementary teacher who now, along with her daughter, owns Beautiful Junque boutique located in downtown Detroit Lakes.
Before, Dave and Carol had golden oak everything, with a lot of unnecessary interior walls with smaller enclosed rooms. The house seemed small, closed off, and dark.
A Complete Overhaul
This all started with the idea of building an addition onto the home to increase the size of the original kitchen and bring the laundry upstairs. Rather than an addition, it turned into a complete overhaul of the entire first level. Everything was brought down to the stud walls.
It was a great design challenge for me to have the opportunity to reimagine the function of the house. Starting with only the exterior rectangular shell and windows of the home, I needed to recreate the kitchen, dining room, living room, half bath, and master suite including the laundry. All of this had to be done while keeping in mind the costs of relocating and adding plumbing and electrical fixtures.
Last summer we started designing different floor plan options, which took several months. Over the winter we finalized selections and created a construction schedule. In April the homeowners moved out and demolition began. The project was completed at the end of August.
The inspiration behind this design stemmed from Carol’s love of worn and old pieces. Then, I put a modern take on it to keep it timeless. The two styles mixed together created a Farmhouse Chic look. I encouraged Carol to go outside of her comfort zone with the finish selections, such as the large dramatic pendant lights in the kitchen and a wow factor half bath with eye catching brass wall sconces, colored patterned cement tile and a bold paint color.
The finishes in this house are amazing. Each one is unique, but when put together it created rooms that leave you speechless. This is my first take on the Farmhouse style. I was very happy with how it turned out and would love to do this style again. Dave shared, “It turned out even better than I thought it would, and I am in the industry.” That is saying something, as he is a man of few words. I couldn’t ask for a better compliment than that! Carol is still in shock and doesn’t believe that this is really her house. Both are happy to feel at home again and are enjoying their new spaces.
Showplace Cabinetry Design Center
2553 Kirsten Lane S Fargo