Spring Parade of Homes – 2016 – Orono

Spring Parade of Homes – Orono

13458-23932-b6225Open from Feb 20th – March 20th, 2016.  Thursday – Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM.

Featuring spectacular views of Carman Bay on Lake Minnetonka, this refined Cottage-style home has everything you’d expect from Stonewood. Not only can you enjoy long views through the gathering room and lakeside dining room, the master bedroom has a balcony overlooking the bay. A cozy office borrows views of the lake through the sun room, which opens to a sprawling main-level patio with fire pit. Homeowners also can take pleasure in a lakeside covered patio with an outdoor shower. A large office and exercise room are located above the garage, while the lower level features a sunken media room, guest room, bar and wine cellar.

See more at: http://www.paradeofhomes.org/home/stonewood-llc/2016-spring-parade-homes-348

If built and designed well, they don’t last long (on the market, anyhow)!

Lake Minnetonka home sells in five days for $2.236 million

Former home of Jeff & Ethel Gustafson (Sven’s Parents and founders of Stonewood DB), and Luxury tour home from years ago.

Top Transactions: Lake Minnetonka home sells in five days for $2.236 million
This four-bedroom, four-bath Lake Minnetonka home at 5958 Hardscrabble Circle in Minnetrista sold after just five days on the market for $2.236 million. Submitted photo: Spacecrafting

Top Transactions: Lake Minnetonka home sells in five days for $2.236 million

Full Article:  Hardscrabble

Read more: http://finance-commerce.com/2016/01/top-transactions-lake-minnetonka-home-sells-in-five-days-for-2-236-million/#ixzz3wJFDi0YK

A Think Tank For Home Builders

Stonewood is proud to be a part of such an elite group of builders.  Check out the article from Custom Builder Magazine below:

A Think Tank For Builders

Builder 20 Club members laud their network as a deep resource for best practices, wisdom, and camaraderie.

The Highenders, one of 31 groups in the NAHB’s Builder 20 program, gathered in Washington, D.C., for an October networking meeting with builders from five other Builder 20 clubs and presented their best practices and processes for managing contract to warranty issues.

November 08, 2015

When Heather Dosch joined a Builder 20 Club during spring 2012, she and her husband, Kevin, were in the midst of transitioning their company, John F. Buchan Homes, from being a production and spec-home builder to constructing custom houses as well.

“There’s a whole different way that you need to communicate and different systems you need to adopt when you’re going from building a house the way we want to build it to accommodating all of the unique requests—crazy or otherwise—for clients,” says Dosch, who is the CEO of the Bellevue, Wash., builder. She took the reins of her parents’ business a couple of years before joining the Builder 20 Club and says that while Buchan Homes had some built-to-order experience, having offered production-home customers the flexibility to customize, she noticed that the build cycle for custom projects was taking longer than expected. So she presented her dilemma to fellow builders at a club meeting, and their feedback convinced her to adopt a new policy that has since shaved 30 days off Buchan Homes’ build cycle.

Dosch says, “One of the things that came out of that discussion [with Builder 20 members] was, ‘Heather, you’re allowing the clients to start construction when they may only have a handful of their selections made. You need to get them to, if not 100 percent, at least 70 percent complete on the selections when construction starts.’ Just hearing that the majority of the group requires almost all the selections to be done before construction starts was one of those eureka moments for me.”

Builder 20 Club members laud their network as a deep resource for best practices, wisdom, and camaraderie.

Read the entire article here:  http://bit.ly/1mZVOA6