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Community creation: Real estate-related social experiment takes another step forward as House That Likes Built hits the market

The “House That Likes Built” has now been completed. Thomsen Homes of Fargo built the house based on the public’s design preferences gleaned from Facebook voting. Dave Olson / The Forum

Fargo - A novel way to market a new home is starting the next chapter.

The House That Likes Built is set for a grand opening this Thursday when Thomsen Homes of Fargo opens the doors to a home designed around input from the public that was collected via social media.

“It has been exciting to watch the community be involved with this unique building project from start to finish,” said Chris Thomsen, president of Thomsen Homes.

When Thomsen Homes launched the project at 4252 Ponderosa Place S., in Fargo, earlier this year, it asked the public to visit the company’s Facebook page and cast votes for features they would like to see incorporated in the home’s design, including the appliances, carpet color, shower tile, kitchen cabinets, garage door and bathroom sink.

At the end of each week the option receiving the most “likes” on Facebook was added to the home’s design.

Now, construction is complete and the house is on the market.

A grand opening is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, during which the public can see the finished project first hand.

“It is everything they have desired from start to finish and then some,” said Jenna Skaff, director of office operations at Thomsen Homes.

In addition to Thursday’s grand opening and open house, the new house will be a part of the area’s Fall Parade of Homes this Saturday and Sunday and Sept. 13-14.

The home’s neighborhood is located west of Walmart and south of 52nd Avenue South, in the Pines Development.

Dave Olson
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