Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography
Farmhouse is one of the most sought-after design aesthetics in the FM area. We believe that this trend has taken root here because those white exteriors and warm wood tones evoke a sense of nostalgia for North Dakotans, as many of us have fond memories of our family farms. However, we no longer need to look outside of city limits to find that feeling of being at home. In West Fargo, Magnum Custom Homes designed and built a farmhouse that was listed on the HBA of F-M Fall Parade of Homes. If you didn’t get the chance to see it then, we would be positively delighted share it with you now. Join us as we tour this stunning, 4,120-square-foot home that any one of us would love to call our own.
Meet the Builders
Magnum Custom Homes is co-owned by couples Tony and April Rabideaux Wade along with Cristy Haugeberg. The Rabideauxes and Haugebergs launched Magnum Custom Homes because they enjoy getting to know residential clients and building homes that fit the needs of a specific family. This is a standard that the busy co-owners are accustomed to, as the Haugebergs have four kids ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old, and the Rabideauxes have three kids ranging in age from 1 to 8 years old.
The first time we visited with Magnum Custom Homes, we were actually covering their Spring Parade home, which was featured in our September issue this year. During that visit, we became aware that they were also building a home right next door, which was was to be ready in time on the Fall Parade of Homes. Back then, this farmhouse-inspired home pictured here was still under construction, but its stunning potential was plain to see.
Upon entering this home, we saw a custom drop zone with shiplap accents. It would make a great place for kids to hang their backpacks when they get home from school, maybe even the one right across the street. Regarding the drop zone, April Rabideaux said, “It looks like a really nice piece of furniture.” To the right of the drop zone is access to the 1,008-square-foot garage, and directly ahead is the main floor living room, which opens up to the kitchen and dining room.
The main floor living room features a brick facade fireplace surrounded by beautiful built-ins. Left of the fireplace is a staircase with alder risers, which are warm in tone, much like the wide-plank laminate flooring. The main floor living room is complete with staging by the talented Maria Bosak of Eco Chic Home. “We are always so impressed [by Maria]. She’s so easy to work with, and her style just lends itself so nicely to this house,” April Rabideaux said. Bosak staged the entire home just in time for the Fall Parade.
An alder archway helps define the kitchen from the main floor living room. The statement woodwork Magnum Custom Homes chose to install calls back to the days when what we now consider “add-ons” were simply standard. In the kitchen, white cabinetry with barn-inspired accents and quartz countertops stun. To the right is a pantry with a glass-panel door that shows off the beautiful tile backsplash. Finally, fingerprint-resistant, stainless steel appliances from Rigels add a timeless touch to this space.
To the left of the kitchen is the dining room, which was staged with a farmhouse table, and large windows let in an abundance of natural light. A door leading off of the dining room has access to a covered patio. Come summertime, this spacious backyard will be the perfect retreat for the future homeowners.
Immediately to the left when you walk in through the front entry is a powder room and bonus room, which Bosak has staged as a craft room. “It’s a multipurpose space, but when Maria walked in she said, ‘I see a craft room here,'” April Rabideaux explained. However, it could also be used as a guest bedroom, office or whatever the future homeowner desires.
Landing & Command Center
This home by Magnum Custom Homes features a spacious second floor, coming in at 1,750 square feet. The landing features custom built-ins complete with a bench and transom windows above. Also in this area is a custom, built-in command center.
Patterned tile really makes this laundry room pop. This space is conveniently located on the same floor as three of the bedrooms and the master suite. This house has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths total, plus the main floor bonus room that could be used as a guest room if desired.
“Our master bathroom gets a lot of talk, but this kids’ bathroom seemed to be the most exciting one for people on the parade,” Tony Rabideaux said. It’s no wonder why this room was so popular with parade goers with its penny tile floors and painted cabinets.
The master suite features a large master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet that is just to die for. In addition to a freestanding soaking tub, the master bath also has a walk-in shower with GROHE brand fixtures including a standard shower head, wand and rain shower head. Underfoot, heated tile floors further create a spa-like experience.
The lower level of this home features an additional living room, guest room, kitchenette and full bath. It also comes equipped with plenty of storage and an unfinished space. The heart of the additional living room is a fireplace with custom-built ins. On the right side of this room is yet another bedroom and a barn door that slides open to reveal a kitchenette. The privacy of the lower level would be ideal for a growing teen or college student, but it could function well as an in-laws’ retreat. With a kitchenette right next to the bedroom and bathroom, guests could sip coffee while get ready in the morning.
When designing this house, the owners of Magnum Custom Homes paid attention the the little things. For example, the sliding barn door features an x-shaped accent that mimics the style of the kitchen cabinets upstairs and the heated tile in the lower level bath is the same flooring that was used in the master bath. It’s the little details that can make a larger home feel cozy. “We’re more picky than we need to be on the final touches,” explained Tony Rabideaux. Even the window wells come with aluminum ladders, which are of a higher quality than what the building code actually requires.
This home is currently listed with Anna Scholl of Beyond Realty.
Magnum Custom Homes
4686 13th Ave. N Fargo
Anna Sholl, Realtor