Photos by Hillary Ehlen
You may recognize Matthew Mehl from Mehl’s Gluten Free Bakery in Fargo. Though he loves being involved with the bakery and will continue to be a part-owner along with his brothers, Mehl has found his calling within the construction industry. We spoke with Mehl to find out what inspired him to start his new business, On Point Construction.
A Fargo Native, Mehl began working for a local landscaping company at the age of 18. He then spent a number of years working for the Moorhead City Public Services Department. However, he left to start a bakery with his brothers in 2013, where he led operations and sales. While Mehl enjoyed working closely with his brothers, he missed the hands-on element of his job at Moorhead Public Services. In October of 2017, Mehl decided to start his own business, On Point Construction.
Since then, he has had a steady stream of clients. “I consider it a privilege when somebody asks me to update their home,” Mehl said. When he isn’t working on a job site, Mehl can be usually found renovating his own home after receiving subtle hints from his wife, Audra Mehl of Grace 1972.
Goodbye Popcorn Ceilings
The Mehl’s home featured outdated popcorn ceilings throughout, so Matthew Mehl added a shiplap ceiling to their formal dining room.
Hello Subway Tile Backsplash
The Mehl’s kitchen previously had a mosaic backsplash. However, Matthew installed a timeless subway tile back backsplash. He and his wife decided to go with a 1/4 inch grout, even though 1/8 inch grout is the current trend, because they didn’t want the backsplash to compete with the pattern in their granite countertops.
Also in their kitchen, the Mehls have one set of cabinets that are physically removed from the other cabinets. It also features an accent countertop, so the Mehls decided to make it look like a stand alone piece. That was their inspiration behind using a lighter grout color with the second subway tile backsplash on this wall.
Throughout the home, Mehl also updated the doors for modern appeal.
You may remember the Mehls’ fireplace from last year. Back then, it was covered in mirrored glass. However, Matthew Mehl carefully removed the glass and installed another shiplap accent and new, reclaimed-wood mantle.
The Full Picture
However, these projects do not represent all that Matthew Mehl is capable of. He also does flooring, bathroom and kitchen remodels. For example, he added french doors to Audra Mehl’s 1930s colonnial home shortly after they were wed. The couple then completely overhauled their next two homes together. Not to mention, they also flipped a house in Casselton. For a complete picture of the Mehls’ previous adventures, you can visit audramehl.net.
On Point Construction
1404 33rd St. S Fargo