Stonewood partners with Martha O’Hara and her team of designers on many of our projects. They are amazingly talented and add the final layer of detail to our homes- furniture, window treatments, accessories…. Check them out: Martha’s web site
Ok. Here are the top items that you need to consider when building or remodeling your home. Regardless of e type of project, the builder, budget, or anything else these are the golden rules for a successful project:
1. Organization. Select a builder that not only builds a great home, but also one that understands the need for systems and processes. Ask lots of questions about project documentation.
2. Make all the decisions up front! Avoid the desire to get your project going as soon as possible,leaving the details to be worked out as the project progresses. A few weeks up front will save time and money. Complete your plans, make your selections, update the budget and schedule, then get going.
3. Document all changes in writing. Enough said.
4. Use a title company to manage progress payments.
5. Select a builder that you trust, and that you get along with. This may be common sense, but the desire to go with the lowest bid sometimes clouds the issue. Building is never free from surprises and issues. Select a builder that you trust you can work with when things don’t go per plan.
6. Build a team up front. Select your builder & architect, then begin design. Having the team in place, working together will insure that the design progresses efficiently and stays on budget.
7. Have fun! Building or remodeling your home should be a fun process. Following these rules should result in you being able to enjoy the process. You’ll know the budget is solid, know the payments are being managed by the title company, know that any changes will be discussed and documented, and know you have a solid schedule & move in date.
One my all time favorite homes is for sale! 847 Tonkawa Road, Orono, MN.
This architecturally designed home is approx. 7800 sq ft. & has amazing views of North Arm bay of lake Minnetonka. Designed by Kathy Alexander, this was our 2006 Luxury Home Tour entry.
See more on George Stickney’s site Link
18′ ceilings, 3 point line, awesome! Every kid should have one of these in their new home. 75% of the homes we built last year had some recreational space beneath the garage. This is a cost effective way to add 600-1000 sq. ft. to a new home. sportcourt.com
Gotta love Marvin windows ability to make windows that set our homes apart from the ordinary! Marvin Windows
This home will be featured in the 2010 fall Parade of Homes™. Super energy efficient technology. Geothermal. Infloor heat throughout…. Check it out this September.
The people of Stonewood have been building and remodeling homes in Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs for over 40 years. Stonewood has been a custom-home innovator that combines honest craftsmanship, time tested processes and innovative technologies.
We strive to make each stage of the building experience rewarding and enjoyable for our clients by delivering:
Integrity in materials, construction, schedule and detailing.
Character through accountability, cost awareness, enthusiasm and trustworthiness.
Competency in craftsmanship, efficient processes and attentive project management.
Creativity in design, technology and sense of space.
A signature Stonewood home is a story revealed through landscape and personable living spaces. Each project reflects our love of craft applied to home, life and style.
It’s safe to say that Stonewood is THE Lake Minnetonka home builder! We’ve built or remodeled over 75 homes on the lake, and have worked in every city that has lakeshore property: Orono, Minnetonka Beach, Wayzata, Woodland, Deephaven, Minnetonka, Excelsior, Victoria, Spring Park, Minnetrista, Mound, Tonka Bay, Greenwood…
We decided it was time to let everyone know about the great work that has been going on at Stonewood. In addition to updating our portfolio, we wanted to create a site that is clearer, easier to navigate, and most importantly a site that includes content that will provide value to our clients. Over the next several months we will be adding content in the form of articles, links, and presentations related to important topics in the design and construction industry. This is the first post of this new section of the site called Blog. Hope you like it and please share your thoughts with us by commenting on each post.
The Gustafson family, founders of Stonewood, have come to be known not only as a builders of fine new homes, but also as a renovators of older historic homes. “We’ve always done remodeling for past clients and friends, but since 2001 we have a seperate division devoted soley to remodeling.” Sven Gustafson, President
See more of our new and remodeled homes at www.18.104.22.168
This project entailed the complete renovation of a home built in 1890 and the addition of 3500 sq. ft. Stonewood was able to restore this home to it’s original character, undoing the mistakes of many past remodels. Only the shell remained after our demolition. We were able to source the stone and roofing form the original manufacturers and quarries. A very rewarding project.
Interior selections by Stonewood’s staff interior designers.
Furnished by Rebecca Enck of Martha O’Hara Interiors.
Lake Harriet, Minneapolis MN