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A dream complete for the Johnsons

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Features

Jon and Sharon Johnson enjoy their recently finished new home outside of Fountain, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Jon and Sharon Johnson of rural Fountain, Minn. have recently moved into the new home they designed together. Together, along with Joe Hahn, of Hahn Lumber, located in Harmony, Minn., they designed their home and say they would not change a thing about it.

The couple, who married in 2012, wanted to build a home of their own with room for their blended family of children and grandchildren when they come to visit. Jon and Sharon planned and designed the home for approximately six months before going ahead with building. When discussing what each of them wanted in a new home, Sharon said they found they “both had the same ideas” which made the decision process easier. The design works wonderfully for the Johnsons and Jon stated “it all goes back to Joe (Hahn) - he took our ideas and did better than we could have even thought of” and the exceptional end-product is a credit to Joe and the other creative and dedicated businesses the Johnsons worked with while building the home.

The house has an open floor plan which has a natural flow throughout and is large but, at the same time, feels cozy. As the Johnsons are planning for the future and any circumstances that may arise in the coming years, and as they age, the home is set up so a wheelchair can be wheeled from the garage door into the house, throughout the house, and even into the master shower. The total square feet of the home is 3600 square feet with 2800 being living area and 800 square feet of garage space.

The focal point of the main living area is an elegant two-sided fireplace with unique stonework. One side includes charcoal gray quartz ledge stone and slate, with the hearth stone and mantel made with Nicolet stone, and the other side surrounded by glass mosaic tile. The impressive stone and tile work was done by Bryan Ostby, of Fountain, Minn., who is a sub-contractor with New Direction Flooring of Rochester, Minn. The fireplace was purchased from Brekke Fireplace of Rochester, Minn. This outstanding fireplace adds a warmth to the home that only a fireplace can. Brad Fish, co-owner of New Direction Flooring, was immensely helpful in guiding the Johnsons on what materials to use throughout the house.

Hahn Lumber provided all the materials for the home except the mechanical and plumbing and Jon said “they were wonderful to work with” and helped greatly in creating the home they have today. New Direction Flooring installed all flooring in the house and was also responsible for the elegant countertops and other tile work throughout the house. Jon described the tile work performed by Bryan Ostby as “awesome” adding Bryan had a lot of “creativity” with the tile patterns which add a distinctive touch throughout the house.

The plumbing in the Johnsons new home was done by Richard’s Pump Service of Fountain, Minn. Jon commented that Richard Kujath was “phenomenal” to work with during the process of building and finishing the home. The entire home includes in-floor heat which is a large project in and of itself. Many additional local businesses did excellent work on the Johnsons home including electrical work by Southeast Electric of Chatfield, Minn., shingling by Soland Carpentry of Greenleafton, Minn., dirt work by Scheeval & Sons of Preston, Minn., and cement work by Gjere Construction of Mabel, Minn.

Although building a new home is an exciting time it can also be a very stressful experience but Jon and Sharon said “everything went pretty smooth” in their case. Sharon explained “working together” made the process run smooth and added Jon “helped pick things out” so it’s more meaningful to them. It became “their home,” not just a house, because Jon and Sharon designed it together.

As for advice to those who plan on building a new home Sharon stressed the fact to “let the experts help” and they both added that all of the contractors they worked with during the build were quick to offer their expertise and advice to them which they were grateful for. Sharon states one challenge while building a new home can be “working everyone’s schedules to coincide” which is understandable. The home construction took slightly longer than they had anticipated, a total of nine months, but Sharon noted “the quality is great” so any extra time was worth the wait.

The best part of building the new home according to Jon was “watching the whole process from start to finish and seeing it become a home at the end” which Sharon agreed with. Jon and Sharon Johnson are completely happy with the end result which is a home designed for them to live in happily ever-after.

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