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Worth the Wait


Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
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Darrin and Sarah Cambern’s new kitchen. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

Darrin and Sarah Cambern had a goal in mind after the birth of their son, Riley, 12 years ago. That goal was to build a new home for their growing family.

The Cambern’s worked hard and made plans, but the time just never seemed to be right as circumstances would arise and the house “kept getting put off,” Sarah said. As the couple continued planning the design of the house they hoped to build, their daughter, Ella, was born which made their family larger and the home they were living in seem too small.

Through the years Sarah changed her building plans a couple times making the changes she thought of until the layout of the home was exactly what her and Darrin wanted. Sarah says, “Darrin, God bless him, was so patient through it all,” adding if she asked him whether they should do this or that he always answered “whatever you want” which made the process more enjoyable.

Finally the time was right and construction began about a year ago in the fall of 2012. The Camberns’ new home was built on a nice quiet lot in Fountain, Minn. and has plenty of room for Darrin, Sarah, Riley (12), and Ella (9) with four bedrooms, two full baths, and two half baths. The family now has a 4,200 square foot home with lots of elbow room.

When walking into the Camberns’ house the first thing that stands out is the large open floor plan as the eyes are drawn up to a wall of windows letting the outside in. Attention then goes to the dramatically high ceiling in the living room featuring lightly colored wood.

If not impressed enough at first glance, one look at the kitchen is sure to change your mind. Not only is the kitchen extremely functional but is something of a masterpiece with exquisite tile, a large center island, a double oven, and lighting that casts a glow of fine taste. Sarah states that aside from having an open floor plan, she knew she wanted a very nice kitchen and what she has is a spectacular kitchen.

The years that Darrin and Sarah waited and planned to build their home they were purchasing items for the house as they found what they liked including buying some items off of the internet. The double oven in the Camberns’ kitchen was bought for the home two and a half years ago and was kept in storage until the home was constructed.

A large fireplace in the family room with a mantle that runs the length of the entire wall is an additional focal point in the home and the mantle is simply and tastefully decorated as is the entire home.

Bryan Ostby of Fountain, Minn., did the tiling work for Darrin and Sarah including a master bathroom shower that anyone would love to have in their own home. Also in the master bath is another piece of art in the form of a bathtub which has a unique shape that is stylish and modern.

The construction process went “really smoothly” Sarah stated and the fact that her brother’s business, Rein Construction of Lanesboro, Minn. built the house helped to make the construction phase less nerve-wracking.

With years of planning coming to fruition, Sarah was asked if there is anything she would do differently to which she responded, “No, I haven’t found anything yet” and commented that if the house would have been built years ago, they would not have everything that this house has and added that things work out the way they are supposed to.

When asked for any advice Sarah has for others who are in the beginning stages of planning to build a home, she suggests doing a lot of research so you know what you want when you start which eliminates problems later.

An additional word of advice would be to do as much of the work yourself if possible which saves on the cost. Sarah stated that 9 year old Ella probably did more painting than anyone else in the family and she really enjoyed it. The Camberns did quite a bit of work on their home themselves including painting, trim work, and stonework.

Many area businesses and contractors worked on Darrin and Sarah’s home and together they built a home that the Camberns had been dreaming of for so many years.

The list of businesses and contractors are listed below:

•Rein Construction, Lanesboro, Minn. - Contracting and labor

•Fountain Building Center, Fountain, Minn. - Construction materials

•Richard’s Pump Service, Fountain, Minn. - Plumbing, HVAC

•R & R Construction, Rushford, Minn. - Foundation/cement work

•Hiller’s Flooring America, Rochester, Minn. - Flooring

•Frank Electric, Preston, Minn. - Wiring/Electrical

•Kreofsky Building Supply, Rochester, Minn. - Cabinets and Countertops

•Vreeman Painting & Drywall, Harmony, Minn. - Mud/tape/prime

•Scheevel & Sons, Preston, Minn. - Excavation

•Krugel’s, Spring Valley, Minn. - LP

•Haley Comfort, Rochester, Minn. - Rochester, Minn. - Fireplace

•Bryan Ostby, Fountain, Minn. - Tiling

•Northern Lights, Rochester, Minn. - Lighting

•Bruening Rock, Harmony, Minn. - Landscape boulders

•Hentges Glass Co., Rochester, Minn. - Glass

•Curry Custom Gutter, Chatfield, Minn. - Eaves/gutters

•Donald Haefs, La Crescent, Minn. - Retaining Walls

After planning and working for 12 years toward building a home for their family the Camberns have now moved in and have gotten settled into the new home that is now a reality.

Congratulations to Darrin, Sarah, Riley, and Ella!

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