This fall, the Parade of Homes will not only feature a beautiful Stonewood project, the house that has been selected has earned the title of the “Dream Home”. Nestled in the heart of Edina, this home exudes calm in a resort-like setting. A Japanese style spa bath, large screened porch with a stone fire-place, fire pit, and open air kitchen, exercise room overlooking an attached sport court and sunken media pit are few of the many wonderful amenities of this spectacular design. We’re looking forward to show off this home and share the published article with all of our followers.
- South facing
- Level sandy beach
- Private, protected harbor with dock left in year round
- Close to Wayzata, Lunds, excelsior….
- 3/4 of an acre
Not yet listed MLS….
If you are looking for the perfect place to build your dream home, look no further. There is nothing like this available on the lake today. Contact us if interested in pricing information.
We’re about to break ground on a great home in the Locust Hills Neighborhood of Wayzata MN. It’ll be Stonewood’s 2nd home in the neighborhood, to be followed this fall by a 3rd we have in design.
Designed by Kathryn Alexander, (Alexander Design Group) this home is going to turn heads as a great home for families, with amazing curb appeal.
We’re looking forward to starting this home in the next 30 days! Check back for photos and additional renderings as we begin construction.
Check out the activity on Houzz… Lots of conversation about our Medina Custom home:
Congratulations to Stonewood, LLC, for being awarded the 2014 Readers’ Choice Award for Best New Home Builder by our readers in Wayzata!
The Readers’ Choice Award is an annual contest that was published online and in the SUN Newspapers in August and September of 2013. Hundreds of readers chose their favorite service providers, medical professionals, places to live, eat, shop, golf, exercise, relax, etc…. Readers voted online or by mailing in paper ballots. All answers were fill-in the blank style.
Full Article: http://sailor.mnsun.com/
Meet the Finalists in the 2014 Best of Lake Minnetonka
Congratulations to all who have been voted into the top three in our readers’ choice survey.
Voting has come and gone for the 2014 Best of Lake Minnetonka, and we received a record number of ballots from dedicated readers of Lake Minnetonka Magazine.
Hundreds of businesses were nominated for the awards, but only the top
three in each category will continue on to the Best of Lake Minnetonka event on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at BMW of Minnetonka. Tickets for the event will be available to the
public December 18, but take a peek at the finalists below to prepare
yourself for the event.
Over 1400 feet of lakeshore on a 400 acre private lake, over 7 acres of property, an additional building site is available…
Private lakeshore home, completely remodeled, 1400′ of lakeshore on 400 acre, fully recreational lake – some of the best fishing in the State of Minnesota.
Offered at $1,1950,000
This is a setting that you have to see to fully understand. Just 12 minutes west of Wayzata, though you’ll feel like you are 200 miles north. Complete seclusion. 4300 sq. ft. 5 bedrooms, old growth trees, horse pasture, set along the Luce line trail.
This home features 5 bedrooms, a main floor master, 2 powder rooms on the main level, 2 bathrooms in the lower level, geothermal heating & cooling, pool, permanent docks, heated garage, an expansive lawn with fruit trees…
This home has just undergone a complete renovation, inside and out. New roof, siding, windows. All interior finished are new.
Home designed by Kathryn Alexander, Alexander Design Group
Click here for details: http://bit.ly/10THHea
Tommy Bahama menswear brand had its roots in Minnesota 20 years ago
- Article by: JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune
- Updated: August 19, 2013 – 9:42 PM
One of the iconoclastic boys of the beach has his roots in the land of polar fleece and mukluks.
Tommy Bahama, the menswear mainstay known for loosefitting silks and palm-tree graphics, grew out of an idea that Minnesota clothing executive Bob Emfield roughed out on a yellow legal pad with a colleague.
Starting with a character description of an island guy who never had to go back to work, they built the brand into a $500 million business that gave aspiring, paunchy, middle-aged American dudes the thumbs-up to wear a casual shirt untucked.
Emfield came up with the name, and Tommy Bahama appeared 20 years ago this month.
“It just came to me,” he said. “I wanted it to have an island feel, and ‘Tommy Bahama’ had a nice tintinnabulation.”
Emfield, a man whose tanned skin and casual attire seem at odds with his immaculately trimmed silver hair and mustache, has retired from the day-to-day details of the company. But he still sometimes attends sales meetings and remains the walking, talking, relaxing embodiment of his co-creation.
In the late ’80s, Emfield and his Generra clothing associate Tony Margolis crafted their character as if they were amateur novelists — a leisurely man of casual tastes whose deceased parents left him a coconut planation, who smoked Rocky Patel cigars, drank Red Stripe, and drove a vintage Volkswagen bug convertible with water skis and casting rods in the back.
Everything from what he ate to whom he dated was written down and filed away. Just one important facet of his character was forgotten: what he wore.
After an especially trying week at Generra, Margolis asked Emfield, “Do you still have the stuff on the island guy?”
Emfield, the visionary, and Margolis, the orchestra leader/marketer, added another founder, Lucio Dalla Gasperina, as the tastemaker and designer. Dalla Gasperina took the island guy and imagined what the man with the “life is one long weekend” motto would wear.
What makes the brand work, said Wendy Liebmann, CEO of WSL Strategic Retail, is that you can wear a Tommy shirt in Minnesota that can transport you to the Florida Keys. “Everything from the fit to the fashion makes people feel happy wearing it,” she said.
Tommy was one of the first menswear brands to adopt vanity sizing, where a guy who usually wore an extra large could fit into a large. “It’s what the brand is all about,” said Mary Brett Whitfield, senior vice president at Kantar Retail. “Making customers relax and feel good about themselves.”
Despite Emfield’s love of Minnesota, he and his cohorts never had Tommy wearing skiwear or fleece, although the brand has since expanded to four-season clothing. In fact, the Midwest continues to be one of the company’s most consistent markets.
It started when Midwesterners would see the clothes in specialty, surf and pro shops when they were on vacation, Emfield said. “Then they’d go back home and ask their local men’s store why they didn’t carry Tommy Bahama.”
The original store and adjoining restaurant were in Naples, Fla., and the first shops to carry the line in the Twin Cities were the Foursome in Wayzata (now in Plymouth) and Hubert White in downtownMinneapolis.
The Foursome still carries the full line of Tommy Bahama. It’s the store’s biggest seller in sportswear, according to Scott Winterbottom, general merchandising manager at the Foursome. “We’re probably their largest single store account in the Midwest.”
Winterbottom likes the way the brand has stayed true to its roots, but manages to attract a somewhat wider demographic.
What started as a brand for Florida or Palm Desert has become a more-general symbol for a relaxed lifestyle. Emfield described the customer as a guy between 45 and 65 who has a boat or loves boating, belongs to a country club, and whose wife may be younger than he is. He’s a bigger guy who’s a little overweight and out of shape, he said.
Emfield is the brand’s unofficial walking, talking model, said Brad Sherman, vice president and general manager at Hubert White. “You never see Bob without a tan, and you never see him wearing a necktie,” he said.
Hubert White sold the Tommy line early in its history but dropped the line when it became a licensing empire. Oxford Industries of Atlanta bought the company in 2003.
The clothing sells well because it fits everybody, even the little guy, Sherman said. “Big guys love it because it covers them and makes them feel good,” he said. “It is one of the first modern successful brands besides Ralph Lauren that went to a complete lifestyle collection.”
Parts of that collection, which now includes indoor and outdoor furniture, rum, ceiling fans, umbrellas, scents, glassware and bedding, as well as men’s and women’s clothing, is now in the Mall of America store, Nordstrom and more than 100 stores worldwide, not to mention Emfield’s home on Lake Minnetonka.
“It’s all Tommy stuff in the house,” said Emfield’s wife, Laurie.
In retirement, Emfield, 71, lives the Tommy life full-time, whether in Minnesota or Florida. On Lake Minnetonka, his 31-foot Skiff Craft sports a rich, mahogany interior and a red flag on the stern that says “Relax.” On the deck captain’s chairs, it’s “Life is one long weekend.” His waterfront property is filled with sailfish, palm trees and starfish motifs.
“I am Tommy Bahama,” said Emfield. “Or he became me. We all became him,” said Emfield of himself and his two co-founders.
“He’s in all of us Minnesotans, if only when we’re taking a winter vacation in Aruba or grilling out on the deck in the summer.”
“Relax” is the message on Bob Emfield’s boat, an idea embodied in the fictional character Tommy Bahama, with his loosefitting silks and palm-tree emblems. The brand that evokes a tropical feel actually had its start in Minnesota.
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Bob Emfield, Orono resident, one of the founders of the Tommy Baham line was interviewed on 7/12/13 at his home. His no shoe strings reflects the Tommy Bahama style. Tommy Bahama turned 20 this year. The iconic menswear brand, with its loose-fitting silks and palm tree emblems, started in Florida, but it’s a Minnesotan who’s responsible for creating the fictional icon to middle-aged American men, and giving him his name. Bruce Bisping/Star Tribune firstname.lastname@example.org Bob Emfield/source.
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Orono retiree Bob Emfield, one of the founders of the Tommy Bahama line, continues to live the Tommy life 20 years after he helped invent it.
Original Article: http://www.startribune.com/business/220288151.html
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It’s evident when looking at the attention to detail in this traditional Tudorstyle home on Lake Minnetonka’s Gray’s Bay that builder Sven Gustafson learned from the best. His family has been building homes since 1920. For over 13 years, Sven has carried on the family tradition.
The distinctive interior architectural details can be seen in the intricate wood trim on baseboards and crown moldings, framing the entrances, and outfitting the staircase. In addition to historically accurate details creating an ‘Old World’ fairy tale feel, the spacious six-bedroom home features a boat house, 9,600-square feet of living space, a Romeo-and-Juliet balcony/sitting room overlooking the lofty two-story great room, and multi-part doors and phantom screens providing indoor-outdoor connections.
An airy lower level mudroom leads to a fitness room, expansive bar beside an informal theater, and not one but two stone wine cellars featuring beautiful stained glass doors. A secret lower level loft in the spare bedroom is not only a brilliantly creative use of space, but the perfect spot for kids to curl up with a good book.
Stonewood’s home at Palmer POinte was recently featured on The Art of Home with host Heidi Nessa. Check it out!
Kathryn Alexander and her staff has been working on this interesting study of a staircase for a new home we’ll be building this fell. Fun images and gives the client a solid idea of how the finished product will look
We are seeking only the best in the business. We are looking for a project manager with experience in new home construction and remodeling.
If you want to be involved in building the finest homes in the Twin Cities, are highly motivated and organized, and are passionate about home-building then we would love to speak with you.
Please contact our office at 952-697-5590 or send your resume to info@Stonewood.com
Professional Builder 2013 40 Under 40 Awards
Honoring home building’s young leaders
By Kyle Clapham, Managing Editor
March 28, 2013
An Olympic-caliber rower, former professional boxer, award-winning chili cook, and cat trainer are among home building’s young superstars to be named 40 Under 40 winners for 2013 by the editors of Professional Builder magazine. The 40 professionals featured in the following pages represent the next generation of leadership and innovation in home building, and they’re all under the age of 40. We proudly present our 40 Under 40 class for 2013.
Original Article: http://bit.ly/179pVZH
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Jeffrey Peder Gustafson, the founder of Stonewood, passed away this morning after a 9 year battle with Pancreatic cancer. He showed his strength, beating all odds in his long survival. Jeff lost his wife Ethel last November to ALS but continued his fight in spite of his heartbreak.
Jeff was a home builder, first and foremost. He’d built hundreds of homes – no one knows the number. Even he lost track. Most were built in Minneapolis, but some were built in Wisconsin, Madeline island, a hospital in California, and some were imported in containers from Sweden, some were round.
- He was real estate developer developing cardinal creek, Olympic hills, several parts of Edina, and many others…
- He built mutli family housing & apartment buildings…
- He was a restaurateur – with the Hot Fish shops, Plums…
- He was a trout Farm owner & bottled water manufacturer.
- He was a manufacturer of small electric products – outlet strips and outdoor lighting sold at target and walmart.
- He was founder of Aspen Realty which eventually became a part of Edina realty.
- He was owner of an excavation company & an electrical company.
- He had a short stint as owner of a roofing business, as a insurance and annuity broker & even a dishwasher when times were tough.
- He was an amateur, though very accomplished landscaper with expertise in planting trees and moving Hosta.
I just always thought of my dad as an artist. As he took the most pleasure in living out his creativity in whatever he was doing, especially in the homes that he built.
He will be missed dearly, but we find peace in that he is reunited with Ethel, his mother Doris, and Christ Jesus.
House price gains in the Twin Cities metro last year were among the best in the nation, according to the latest Case-Shiller house price index, which showed a 12-percent increase in the Twin Cities during December. That was the fifth-biggest among the 20 major metropolitan areas tracked by the group, and another indication that the recovery in the Twin Cities has been one of the strongest in the nation. Phoenix, where investors are driving the recovery, posted the biggest increase, while New York posted a slight decline. We’re working on story for the Wednesday paper, but you can click here for the full report. Also today, the Commerce Department released a report showing that new home sales during January were the best in nearly eight years. Here’s a link to that report.
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2013 SPRING PREVIEW # 358
Cozy. Lake. Cottage. This is one of those homes that, upon walking through the front door, you’ll feel right at home. Great views of Lake Minnewashta in a home that was designed from a “no more than we need” perspective. Smaller in scale, but refined and well appointed. Custom built for a family that is approaching the “empty nest”. The basement bedrooms allow room for the kids to return for the summer, and later return with the grandchildren. All the detail you’d expect in a Stonewood home, on a smaller scale.
Highway 7 to Dogwood Avenue; south to Shore Drive; left to model on the right.
PRICE: $1,525,000 (SOLD)
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4,728
STYLE: Two Story
SCHOOL DISTRICT #: 276
Visit the Parade of HOmes website for more information: http://bit.ly/W7kLLH
Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award
Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals
Minneapolis MN – January X, 2013 – Stonewood has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The (insert descriptive statement about your company here. Example, “The 30-year old interior design firm.”) was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.
The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.
“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Stonewood among our “Best Of” professionals for design and exceptional customer service as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Stonewood, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.
Stonewood was the feature of this week’s episode of The Art of Home, hosted by Heidi Nessa.
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Stonewood has been a pioneer in the use of closed cell foam insulation – the first builder in Minnesota to use the product over 15 years ago. Now, it’s nearly industry standard for high end construction.
We think Spray Foam is the ‘Greenest’ Insulation
|Is Spray Foam “green” Insulation?|
|December 10, 2008 – Brielle, NJ – “Is it ‘green’?” is quickly becoming one of the most frequently asked questions by consumers of all types of products today. Concern for the environmental future of the globe as well as economic implications to our personal finances has everyone stammering for ways to reduce dependency on oil and reduce carbon emissions.
Since World War II we have allowed our lives to become dependent on cheap oil. Ninety percent of transportation is fueled by oil. Look around at the market; it is full of products that are petroleum based from fabrics to plastics. It is estimated to take six barrels of oil just to bring one cow to market. According to geologist and author Jeremy Leggett, we use 84 million barrels of oil a day. Chevron states, “It took 125 years to use the first trillion barrels of oil. We’ll use the next trillion in thirty.” With a predicted 30 years worth of petroleum supplies left, Chevron continues, “One thing is clear; the era of easy oil is over.”
The theory of peak oil holds that worldwide production of oil will rise until approximately half of the world’s oil production has been exhausted. This is the “easy oil”; oil that is found on shore or near shore, close to the surface and concentrated in large reservoirs and is “easy” to extract. At this point, daily output hits a peak and begins an irreversible decline. Oil fields all follow the same pattern of rise, peak, and then fall. According to the largest petroleum company in the world ExxonMobil, oil supply is twice as much as “early-peakers” estimate, placing peak oil decades away around 2030. By Leggett’s estimation the world will reach peak oil no later than 2010, “We are no longer living in a world of growing, cheap oil but a world of rapidly shrinking supply of vastly more expensive oil.” With prices rising daily at the gas pump one might be more inclined to conclude that the “peak oil” era is already upon us.
Whether you believe that we have or we are close to reaching peak production, consuming half the world’s oil supply, you cannot dispute that demand continues to exceed supply and doesn’t seem to be slowing. According to a report issued by the International Energy Agency (IEA) released July 8, 2007 world oil demand is likely to keep rising rapidly while the development of new oil fields is likely not to keep pace – bringing significant shortfalls within the next five years. According to Leggett, we use two barrels of oil for every one discovered. The last year that we discovered more oil than we consumed was in 1981.
The dependency on oil as the “life-line” of our modern world has consequences beyond the somber supply and current demand outlook. It has a significant impact on the nation’s environment by way of climate change or global warming which is the result of a buildup of greenhouse gases (GhG), mainly carbon-dioxide, in the atmosphere. GhG’s trap the sun’s heat in the atmosphere keeping the earth warm, yielding a natural phenomenon known as the “greenhouse effect”.
The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its 2001 report stated, “There is new and stronger evidence that most of the global warming observed over the past 50 years is attributed to human activities.” The burning of fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) has had a direct impact on the increasing levels of GhG emissions, specifically carbon dioxide emissions.
What Does It All Mean?
The direct effect your actions and lifestyle have on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide emissions is referred to as your “carbon footprint”. The greatest contributors to your footprint are transportation and electricity demands at home.
While manufacturers are searching for ways to make their products “greener”, consumers are driven by their social responsibility to buy and use green products – particularly when it comes to their homes. But really, what is ‘green’? Is one product more ‘green’ than another? Where do you find the best green products when it comes to building or reconstructing your home?
Sustainable or green building practices can reduce the tremendous impact that building design, construction and maintenance has on the environment. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Center for Sustainable Development, buildings consume 40% of the world’s total energy, 25% of its wood harvest and 16% of its water. According to the US Green Building Council (USCBC) building accounts for 71% of total US electricity consumption, contributing towards 39% of total US energy consumption and is responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions.
Better performing home insulation is a great place to start towards conservation and reducing your home’s carbon footprint. Insulation contributes towards significant heating and cooling efficiency and energy conservation, not to mention the health and comfort of its occupants – and it can help protect the environment through reduced emissions.
No other insulation material on the market is more effective and energy efficient than spray polyurethane foam (SPF).
When considering green materials for building, Spray foam insulation is the material of choice offering both a bio-content and a favorable impact on the environment due to its inherent energy saving benefits.
Some products are green because of material they are made from and/or the energy consumed to produce (“embodied energy”). Others, such as SPF, are also green because of lifecycle benefits even though they have significant embodied energy.
What is Green?
Is one product more ‘green’ than another?
In order to compare the “green-ness” of insulation materials first look at the different types of insulation products based upon the materials used to manufacture the products. Are they bio-based or made from renewable resources?
Cellulose insulation is manufactured from finely shredded newspaper that is chemically treated for fire and mold resistance. Considered very green due to its highly recycled content, however, it is also made in electrically-driven mills at about 750 BTUs per pound, in contrast to fiberglass insulation which consumes 6,000 to 15,000 BTUs per pound as per Dan Lea, Executive Director of the Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association. Material of composition is only a small element of the total “embodied energy”.
Cotton or Wool Fiber insulation is made from denim treated to be fire-retarded and mold resistant. With 85% recycled content, cotton fiber insulation uses natural fibers and does not omit harmful gasses and is considered extremely green.
Fiberglass insulation manufacturers are incorporating some recycled materials into their products. However, several fiberglass insulation manufacturers (not all of them) still knowingly use phenol-formaldehyde binders in their batt products. Formaldehyde, since 2004, is classified as a known carcinogen by IARC.(1) Fiberglass insulation can be considered green mainly on the fact that it insulates.
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) insulation is spray applied, adheres and expands to the surface, creating an air tight, moisture resistant barrier without settling unlike other means of insulation. SPF has the greatest R-value, is solvent free and contains no added formaldehyde. Spray Foam not only contains varying degrees of renewable resources in its formulation, but the energy saving characteristics alone, significantly reduce fossil fuel consumption and electricity requirements for heating and cooling your home or building. These superior performance capabilities are quickly being recognized by the masses, making spray foam the most popular, clean, sustainable green insulation product today.
Virtually all spray foam systems have some degree of renewable resources. This renewable resource issue is often misinterpreted, or misunderstood which identifies the need for further discussion and clarification on why all spray foam formulations really are green.
Most all SPFs on the market contain sucrose or soy based content. There are different aspects to consider when discussing the “green-ness” of SPF as it pertains to the product’s composition. SPF is produced from the reaction of two components referred to in the industry as the A side and B side. While the A side is a petroleum based isocyanate, the ingredients that make up the B side will vary from product to product consisting of a blowing agent, fire retardants, surfactants, catalysts and polyols. This is where things can get a little confusing if you are truly looking at the level of green “content” of a particular product.
According to NCFI®, a leading SPF manufacturer, most polyols are manufactured from sucrose-based agricultural or oil-based materials or recycled post-consumer and post-industrial PET (polyethylene terephthalate). These agricultural and recycled materials are reacted with petroleum-based reactants to form the polyol mixtures used in SPF. NCFI and many other SPF manufacturers have been using sucrose-based polyol content for years.
Chart Provided Courtesy of NCFI®
Jennifer Wilson of Biobased® Insulation, a soy-based SPF product, claims that its exclusive Agrol® polyol is 96% pure making it one of the purest bio-polyols on the market. Jeff Soto, Apex Foam, states that their Earth Seal Foam System offers a unique sucrose-based polyol that contributes to a B side that consists of 30% to 40% of a renewable resource, the highest renewable resource content in SPF.
Biobased® Insulation and Apex Foam are both very reputable companies with fantastic customer and third party “bio-testing” credentials and endorsements. We are proud of their efforts and do not discount any of their claims. However, one of the key objectives of this article is to educate our readers and therefore we will offer some more clarifying insight to the layman interested in using, or choosing green insulation products such as spray polyurethane foam.
Ninety six percent (96%) pure bio content – What does this claim mean? What are the “impurities”? We would suspect the answer is that the soy polyols are 96% soybean oil, modified with 4% of other (petro-chemicals) to make the oil a reactive polyol. The misconception that comes from this statement, since the word “polyol” is meaningless to most consumers, is that Biobased’s® foam is 96% Soybean based. Look at the chart above and notice that the polyol side is only 50%, or half, of the entire foam system.
All of these companies are commended for their use of agricultural materials and continuing efforts towards creating more sustainable products.
To clarify though, all SPF products are bio-based. However, whether they contain soy-based or sucrose-based polyols to create the reaction necessary to form the polyurethane foam, a significant portion of the total formulation in all SPF products on the market today is petroleum-based. Some foam systems even substitute water as their blowing agent rather than HCF or HCFC gases, giving them an added degree of green content and renewability.
There is a popular misconception that the bio-containing foams (whether soy or sugar) are more substantially green, when, in fact the final polymers are still mostly petroleum based. However, the USDA has offered the criteria that if a material is at least 9% renewable content, the claim of being “bio-based” is valid.
So while all spray foam systems have some degree of “green bio-content” in their composition, it comes down to the level of bio-based and renewable materials in their polyol mixture that distinguishes which SPF product is truly greener than the other. We will let the manufacturers’ battle over that that issue. We understand a test from ASTM will soon be available for determining bio-content by carbon-14 dating. Perhaps a day will come when manufacturers who claim renewable resource content are required by the FTC to publish the level?
The remaining, and perhaps most important, consideration will be which foam products, as they increase their level of agricultural materials or renewable resources, are able to retain the true energy saving insulation performance characteristics of higher petroleum-based SPF products.
Most Important Aspect of Green Insulation
Home insulation reduces or prevents conditioned air loss, reducing heating and cooling utilities consumption. This saves energy and reduces the carbon load on the environment through less fuel consumption and/or electricity consumption. No other insulating material can accomplish energy savings more efficiently than SPF. From this point of view, SPF is the greenest insulation material on the market and has the added benefit of providing significant operating cost savings as well.
The use of SPF insulation is rapidly growing due to the many advantages over traditional fiberglass or cellulose insulation systems. Energy savings with increased R-value, reduction of air leakage and SPFs ability to prevent mold moisture intrusion are just a few. The most effective means to conserving energy is to make buildings more energy efficient. SPF effectively impedes the inward/outward flow of heat delivering consistent thermal performance, unlike these other systems. The material is spray applied in-place, adheres to most any construction surface and provides seamless coverage eliminating any gaps or cracks that are inherent with other insulating materials. SPF provides an air barrier that is significantly less permeable than cellulose insulation.
This contributes to significant energy savings throughout the life of the building and results in a more energy efficient, greener home. Where one would normally expect savings to be in the form of reduced energy costs spread over a number of years, it also allows for significant initial savings in the form of reduced mechanical systems costs from the outset. When building a home, the effectiveness of high-performance materials and insulations reduce the home’s energy loads significantly, thereby reducing mechanical system requirements. With green considerations in mind, this reduction on the system loads greatly reduces the carbon footprint of the home.
While SPF acts as an air barrier providing superior thermal performance, it also helps to reduce moisture infiltration providing an essential vapor retarder. Other types of insulation such as fiberglass, can require an additional vapor retarder to meet code requirements for minimum moisture control. These insulations are vapor permeable, allowing free movement of air and water in effect, not acting as vapor retarders. SPF provides a vapor retarder of 1 perm or less when properly applied at a thickness of about two inches. Reducing moisture infiltration lends to the sustainability or life of the home.
There is no better home insulating material that can seal your home from air and moisture intrusion, save on the ever-rising cost of utilities and strengthen your home for increased sustainability than SPF insulation. The proven energy and thermal performance makes incorporating SPF into your future home buying, home building and home renovation plans the smartest choice for building green.
Another green impact often less likely to be considered is that of health benefits. By preventing moisture and outdoor air infiltration into your home, you reduce the family health impact of airborne allergens, pollution, and mold.
Any product defined as “green” should at least function in a method that has less of an environmental impact than a non -“green” product. The most important aspect of any discussion or debate of “green” products must involve energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is a key component in meeting ENERGY STAR, NAHB and LEED standards. As the NAHB Model GREEN Home Building Guidelines explain, “Energy consumption has far-reaching environmental impacts: from the mining of fossil-fuel energy sources to the environmental emissions from burning non-renewable energy sources. And each home consumes energy year after year, meaning that the environmental impacts associated with that use accrue over time. Therefore, energy efficiency is weighted heavily in a green building program.” A product that reduces energy use, and the pollution required to produce that energy, and has renewable, bio-based content like spray foam – is as “green” as it gets.
In summary, some products are green because of material they are made from and/or the energy consumed to produce (“embodied energy”). Others, such as SPF, are perhaps “more green” because of lifecycle benefits even though they have significant embodied energy. This is the product lifecycle. Again, the green value proposition for SPF, whether it contains some bio-content or not – is going to be longer term energy saving efficiency.
As individuals in today’s environment we stand witness to the huge economic impact that peak oil and electricity production and consumption has on the world. While there is little that we can each do to wield significant change in corporate or government policies, we can take responsibility for our own contribution to the problem and contribute towards a solution. A great place to start is by demanding the use of superior performing Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) insulation in your home or building!
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by Rodric J. Hurdle-Bradford
As Stonewood continues its fourth-generation legacy as a premier builder in the Minneapolis market, owner Sven Gustafson has shown why he is a leading custom builder in the city by adding new talented employees to his team.
“We believe we have the best team in the area,” he says. “They are fantastic and our talent level is at an all-time high.” Stonewood’s recent personnel additions include a new purchasing manager who had been a homebuilder and is adept at design and construction. In June a staff architect joined and instantly increased the firm’s efficiency in its design processes and protocol.
“We have made major enhancements in the implementation of technology in our design process,” says Gustafson. “The extended use of advanced three-dimensional technology has enhanced our creative abilities.” Joining the recent personnel additions is a new project manager that has previously worked in Europe on high-end projects as well as the Colorado and Montana markets.
“We are always looking for people to expand our capabilities and bring in new processes,” says Gustafson. “They bring fresh eyes to what we are as well as personality and experience, those are things you cannot teach. We are not arrogant enough to think we cannot make improvements; we have a real team approach to what we are doing.” In recent years Stonewood’s marketing strategy has increased demand and sales by making proactive efforts to communicate the firm’s process with prospective clients. The combination of earned reputation, new talent and transparency in marketing has led Stonewood to avoid the cyclical ups and downs experienced by many Minneapolis builders during the recession.
“We have remained steady with our business because we do not chase trends,” says Gustafson. “We do not build a lot of spec homes; we build custom homes so our clients are trying to avoid trends. Our clients want to build a home that is not easily identified by a certain era in 20 years. It is fun because we end up doing more historical renovation projects instead of running after the latest architectural style or trend.”
The Minneapolis residential real estate market has not faced the valleys and peaks that many of the markets south of the Twin Cities have faced, however in a sign of the times Stonewood has seen an increased amount of projects centering around empty nesters downsizing to custom homes in the 5,000-square-foot range, from a previous residence that usually was double in size.
“We are doing a wide variety of projects for empty nesters,” says Gustafson. “Even though they are the same demographic, they all have different needs, and often their design is based on their personal interests and hobbies.”
With such a wide variety of client needs, Stonewood’s stellar reputation allows them access to Minneapolis’ highest quality of contractors and suppliers, along with stable material prices. One project with a historical angle Gustafson is excited about is the renovation of a Tudor-style home. The challenge of the project allows Stonewood to use its resources and use history to set its own trends in design. “It is fun to have to figure out how to create things that were hand-carved 150 years ago,” says Gustafson. For future projects, it is important for Gustafson that Stonewood continues to take on projects that are fun for him and his team.
“For the next year we just want to find fun projects that are as interesting as the projects we have done the last couple of years,” says Gustafson. “We want to continue to work for interesting people and do our 12 custom homes every year. Any more than that and we lose the personal touch that our clients love about us.”
Once again, the Martha O’Hara designers took first place for thheir involvement in a Stonewood Project.
Rebecca Vant Hull along with Tani Nielsen led the team.
Anyone who has worked with the Stonewood team over the last 45 years knows Ethel, her kind spirit, talent and friendship. Her passing is a great loss. She’ll be so dearly missed by us all.
Gustafson, Ethel Margaret (Shideman) 7/14/1947 – 11/21/2012
Often referred to as “Ethel” (not much one can do with this name!) In so many ways, Ethel is both a Shideman & a Gustafson! A loving daughter to Frederick & Margaret with all of their exceptional genes intact; a special little & big sister (sister-in-law) to Fred (Kathy), Jeff (Pat), & Liz Liebo (Randy); a perfect & ever-forgiving wife and life-long soul mate to Jeffrey; an unbelievably dedicated mother to Sven, Peder, Hans, & Mara; a devoted “Mammam” to Spenser, Margaret, Harriet, Harriet (she is soooo cute she just has to be referenced twice!), & Lukas; a smothering, loving mother-in-law to Anna, Sage, Audrey, & Favorite Son-in-Law, Dave-James Nagatori; the absolute favorite (disputed by a few) daughter-in-law to Harry and Doris; always more of a loving sister than sister-in-law to Greg (Jeannie), Kevin (Mary), Heidi Wiessner (Brian), & Dori Herman (Jim); an always welcome “Auntie E” in the lives of too many Nieces, Nephews & many other categories that are too lengthy to list; & a committed companion to Maggie, her ‘constantly attached to her side’ Pug. Ethel conducted herself strictly as a co-worker vs. employer to everyone in her professional, volunteer networks, & endeavors of many unrelated directions. Ethel was first a cute Y-Teen & later part of their management team with her first job out of College. She performed as a talented ballerina; a proud Edina Hornette; a confident captain of the Gopher cheerleaders; a stunning S.A.E. little-Sister & Official S.A.E. college class note-taker; a spirited tennis player & “good-sported” skier in past days (meant much more volunteer & fundraising duties than Slope-time); special friend to her co-workers in her management tasks of her gift shops & restaurants: a loyal & admired friend to countless people; a home-design & selection-advice expert to hundreds of respecting new-best friends made through the Stonewood family of clients & co-workers; a cherished neighbor to many- although very tired of moving; & a unique friend to an even -more unique free-spirit; Todd (“spelled with two d’s”). Ethel is a respectful admirer of Madeline Island’s tranquil beauty (but she also loved Cleveland, so…..). She always left a long trail of touched and appreciative new best friends where /whenever her life’s adventures took her. She could only see & recognize the beauty & good traits in everyone she came into contact with. She never was able to recognize any evil, bias, envy, differences, or color in anyone (traits which trickle down from her Parents). Ethel’s challenges with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) were managed far above and beyond all expectations in loving & caring ways through her professional support providers at Virginia Piper, Allina, the entire flock of Spruce Placed “Crows” in just all the right Places, & other local medical & hospice facilities. The big winner on Nov. 21st was her loving father, Dr. Frederick E. Shideman, who preceded Ethel in her unexplainable passing, & has waited a long time for their reunion. For so very many others, acceptable and worthy closure will be a long, tough joint journey on this one….. A Gathering of all- welcome Friends & Family (all in remembrance and celebration with those who have “been so lucky to have shared parts of their life with Ethel” will take place on the evening of Fri. Nov. 30th from 4-8:30 PM at Colonial Church of Edina, 55436. Any of the people so touched by E’s life are requested to attend & share. A Life Celebration ceremony in Ethel’s honor and remembrance will take place at 11AM on Sat, Dec 1, at the Colonial Church Of Edina. Greetings with lite nourishments will follow. Memorials to MN ALS Assn are Ethel’s preference in lieu of flowers to keep in step with her continuing caring about others
Professional Remodeler’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2012
The 40 young AEC professionals featured represent the Class of 2012 in Professional Remodeler’s “40 Under 40” competition.
By By Tim Gregorski, Editor in Chief and Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor
September 26, 2012
The 40 young AEC professionals featured represent the Class of 2012 in Professional Remodeler’s “40 Under 40” competition.
They were chosen to join the 40 previous recipients of this honor, dating back to last year. They are diverse in their professional and personal interests, as well as in their service to professional societies and charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
Professional Remodeler is proud to present the industry’s next generation of leaders.
This cabin, or as the owner’s kids call it “the fancy house” is located in Annandale MN, on Pleasant lake. A great design by Ben Nelson of NRDI, Interior design by Rebecca Vant Hull of Stonewood.
As you may be aware, Tom Flint, AIA joined Stonewood earlier this year. Tom will be bringing a new level of detail to our interiors and focusing on our remodeling projects. He’s done some great work thus far! While we will continue to work with the great local architects that have designed so many of our homes in the past, Tom is another resource for our clients to consider for the design of their new home or remodeling project. Here are a couple of examples of his work on a new home in the Palmer Pointe development on the west end of lake Minnetonka:
Check out the mess we’ve made at Locust Hills! Actually, it’s a very well organized job site, but a huge excavation in the woods. This will be an amazing home. Designed by Peter Eskuche, it’s a tudor style home that will be very authentic in detailing. It’s a stand out project, and we’re proud to be a part of building it for a great family. Check back for more photos…
We’ve got the foundation in and back filled at this custom home site in Orono. Like most of our Lake Minnetonka new construction projects, this Orono project began with a tear down. It will be an east coast inspired shingle home for a couple moving to the lake from Eden Prairie. Designed by Kathryn Alexander, Alexander Design Group. Check back for progress photos.
Check out the photography of our 2012 entry into the luxury home tour. It’s stunning! Come visit us this weekend and next! June 15-17, and 22-24.
6500 sq. ft. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms – Rustic elegance with spectacular lake views.
For sale at $2.549m
7 cities where home prices are on the rise
Case-Shiller Home Price Index shows some improvements in first quarter of 2012
By Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor
May 30, 2012
Home prices have gone up the most in Phoenix over the last year, according to the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, rising 6.1 percent.
The latest release of the quarterly Case-Shiller Home Price Index reveals that seven of the 20 metropolitan areas surveyed saw higher home prices than in the first quarter of 2011, offering hope for sustained recovery in these markets.
The seven cities with the greatest annual increase in home prices are:
1. Phoenix (6.1 percent)
2. Minneapolis (3.3 percent)
3. Miami (2.5 percent)
4. Detroit (2.3 percent)
5. Denver (2.6 percent)
6. Dallas (1.5 percent)
7. Charlotte, N.C. (0.4 percent)
In addition, all of these cities except Charlotte and Minneapolis also saw prices increase on a month-to-month basis.
On the whole, home prices fell 1.9 percent year-over-year from the first quarter of 2011. The 20-City Composite Index fell 2.6 percent while the 10-City Composite dropped 2.8 percent.
To read the rest of the report, click here.
Stonewood, LLC of Minneapolis Receives
Houzz’s 2012 ‘Best Of Remodeling’ Award
First-Ever Survey & Analysis of More than 1.2 Million Members Reveals Top-Rated Professionals and Current Design Trends from Across the Country
Minneapolis, MN – March 19, 2012 – Stonewood has been awarded “Best Of Remodeling” 2012 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The (insert descriptive statement about your company here. Example, “The 30-year old interior design firm.”) was chosen by the more than 1.2 million registered members of the Houzz community.
The Houzz “Best Of Remodeling” award for 2012 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the 1.2 million members, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 16.5 million professional images to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site and iPad/iPhone app.
“With 3.5 million monthly unique users and 80 million monthly page views, Houzz has rapidly become the largest community of active remodelers, providing homeowners and design enthusiasts with first-hand advice from Houzzers who have been through the renovating and decorating process,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of marketing for Houzz. “This is a real stamp of approval for [Insert award winner name] from the Houzz community and we’re thrilled to welcome them to this elite group of ‘Best Of’ winners.”
With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like [Insert award winner name], but also those whose work visually aligns with their own design goals. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.
Houzz (www.houzz.com) is the leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.2 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc
A recently remodeled home (2011) by Stonewood is available for sale!
Set on 14.63 private acres, this meticulously remodeled home by Stonewood Builders encompasses approximately 1,460 feet of lakeshore on Oak Lake. Designed using the finest materials and unparalleled construction. Also includes 10935 Oak Shore Trail.
We’re working on a design for a cabin in Northern Minnesota. It’ll be a replacement for an existing cabin that the family has enjoyed for generations – built by our client’s father. We’re working on renderings of the structure to aid in the design and the client’s understanding of the site – these are very early, no materials or landscaping, but are fun to look at in the early stage…