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Anna G. Larson, Published September 06 2012

Home sweet (remodeled) home: Parade of Homes to feature renovated houses for first time

If you go

What: Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead’s Fall Parade of Homes and Remodeled Home Tour

When: The Fall Parade of Homes features 28 new homes in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Remodeled Home Tour features seven remodeling projects on houses in the F-M area. The Remodeled Home Tour is noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16.

Where: Parade of Homes magazine found at Hornbacher’s includes a map and listing of each house.

Info: Both tours are free. A free parade application for Apple devices is also available at www.hbafm.com.

For more information: Call the HBA of F-M at (701) 232-5846 or visit www.hbafm.com.

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FARGO - Dan and Maggie Lindquist and their four daughters live in a new old house.

After purchasing the century-old two-story home located at 921 8th St. S., Dan, owner of Dan Lindquist Construction, modernized and remodeled the home.

The Lindquists’ home is one of seven featured in the first-ever Remodeled Homes Tour. Hosted by the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead (HBA), the tour runs in conjunction with the second weekend of the biannual Parade of Homes from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16.

Terry Becker, HBA president and owner of Terry Becker Construction, said the group decided to launch the Remodeled Homes Tour this year because of local interest in remodeling.

“We thought it’d be a good way to show people what they can do with what they have,” he said.

As homes age, updates are necessary and people may not want to leave their neighborhoods, Becker said. Full-house renovations are common with older homes since they tend to have more closed-off floor plans, he said.

Becker’s statements hold true for the Lindquists. The six-person family has lived on Eighth Street South in Fargo for about eight years, originally in a house four blocks south of their current residence. They were attracted to the neighborhood’s large trees and proximity to the downtown area.

“It’s a neighborhood where everyone is always outside,” Lindquist said. “We love the neighborhood.”

The Lindquists purchased the home seeking more room for their growing family. The couple has four daughters, Maegan, 13; Eleanor, 6; Estelle, 21 months; and Harriet, 10 months.

Renovating the home, which was built in 1907, required modern heating, plumbing, wiring and cooling systems. Most windows in the house were replaced, and the house was reinsulated.

In part of the house, Lindquist used reclaimed wood flooring from 1897. He also mimicked original finishes and trims throughout the house.

“It was a fun project,” he said. “The whole house flows together.”

West Fargo residents Nikki and Jeremy Holmes also renovated their home to increase living space while staying in their neighborhood.

“When you love where you live, you’ve got to figure out how to make more space,” Nikki Holmes said.

Nationwide, the remodeling market index has remained steady so far in 2012, according to the National Association of Home Builders. That holds true locally, too, Becker said.

Nikki and Jeremy Holmes worked with Accent Kitchen & Bath in Fargo to complete the remodel of their basement.

“I feel like we almost get a new house with this remodel – without the hassle of moving,” Nikki Holmes said.

Using a British pub theme, the basement is redone with wood flooring, a sizeable bar area with stools and a pool table.

Rich wood and a neutral color palette accompany the pub-like lighting and seating. The pool table and “Holmes Bar” stained glass window are favorite basement additions.

“My joke is that I want to move downstairs because it’s so nice,” Holmes said. “It turned out better than I could’ve ever imagined.”