Urban infill. Architecturally designed new construction in Golden Valley

The owners of this home wanted to create a home with a timeless feel. They didn’t want to be the new house on the block. They wanted period design, traditional details, mixed with modern technology. They wanted to downsize.

They had lived on this property for over thirty years and had decided to build their dream retirement home. The new home incorporates an abundance of architectural details, geothermal heating and cooling, infloor heating, amazing fireplaces by Isokern and FMI, Wolf & Sub-Zero appliances, and fits in to the neighborhood like it has been there for 30+ years… Unfortunately, they had so much fun building their new home, they ‘downsized’ from 3200 sq ft to 5500 sq ft…

We met all but one of their goals….

Architectural details, Edina Residence

It’s this sort of detail that makes a house special. Detailed design or consecutive archways in the main gallery. Hard to visualize even standing in the space… But with 3D tools in the hands of talented architects, it comes to life. In this case, Peter Eskuche, of Eskuche Creative group.

European kitchen design

Kitchens are always the most photogenic parts if a home…. This one was on our 2008 Luxury Home tour model on Bohns Point, Lake Minnetonka.

Honed cararra marble tops alongside black walnut, dark stained mahogany floors, period latching cabinet hardware, Kohler polished chrome fixtures…

This custom built home had a very architecturally refined feel… Designed by Kathy Alexander, Alexander Design Group with interior design and furnishing by Stonewood staff designers.

Hillside, Stonewood’s 2011 Luxury Home Tour Model

We’re in the process of designing our next model home to be built in Medina, Minnesota. It’ll be built beside our 2010 Parade Home™ in the Willow Hill development. Last years home was selected as the “Dream Home” by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.

Designed by Eskuche Creative group, interior design by Stonewood’s staff designers, to be Furnished by Martha O’Hara Interior Design. It’ll be approx. 8500 sq. ft.

More to come as the design develops….

 

Keys to a successful construction project

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.

Minneapolis Luxury Home Builder

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.