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1932 Cottage Remodel Reveals Hidden Charm

Swenson and Pieper Shingling

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.

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.

Swenson and Pieper Shingling

The Story

Swenson and Pieper Shingling

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.

The Renovation

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.

Swenson and Pieper Shingling
The front of the house used to be hidden behind shrubs, but Swenson highlighted the house’s curb appeal with landscaping.
Swenson and Pieper Shingling
Original fireplace
Swenson and Pieper Shingling
Original windows
Swenson and Pieper Shingling
Bedroom with original built-ins
Swenson and Pieper Shingling
This house has a secret: a walk-out patio above the garage that can be accessed through the master bedroom.

Jamie R. Swenson

28 10th St. N, Fargo
701-799-1779
701-237-5031
jamierswenson@parkcompany.com

 

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