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Sven Gustafson and his wife were searching for land on Lake Minnetonka to build their new family home when they found an ideal site with a small teardown house, but it was the boathouse that clinched the deal. Though it was decrepit to the point of almost falling into the lake, the boathouse and its location meant the structure could be rebuilt right on the edge of the lake without having to get new and expensive permits. The home site is higher up the hill from the boathouse, with commanding views of the lake.
The newly built cottage-style Craftsman home is clad in cedar-shake siding, with limestone accents, zinc roofing and zinc half-round gutters. The house is heated and cooled via a geothermal well field.
Inside the home, chic contemporary details abound. The front door is oak painted black. All of the window frames were painted black for a contemporary feel. The floors are rift and quartersawn white oak. The staircase to the left of the front door leads to the lower level; the stairway to the right leads up to the second level.
In the living room, which overlooks Lake Minnetonka, barn beams from Manomin Resawn Timbers add a rustic touch. The fireplace has a stone surround of pillowed limestone. The painting above the fireplace was created specifically for that spot by an artist from Madeline Island, Wisconsin.
In the dining room, a custom wall of wine is made with black walnut racking, steel and doors resembling warehouse windows. On the opposite side of the 12-foot-long custom zinc table are three custom steel doors that open to a family room and deck.
The kitchen and dining room flow seamlessly together. The farmhouse sink was a must, Gustafson says. A stack of Marvin windows over the sink were “mulled together and painted to resemble steel-framed windows.” The cabinetry is white oak. The countertops are Carrera marble.
The sunroom has a wood-burning fireplace featuring the same Snow Trail limestone used on the home’s exterior. On the floor are handmade cement tiles that Gustafson’s wife designed and had made in Vietnam. A Marvin bifolding door opens the sunroom to the outdoors.
In the master bedroom, the iron bed is a custom design featuring a gunmetal finish. Gustafson’s wife found the gray-blue antique cabinets and repurposed them to frame a flat-screen TV and store media equipment.
In the master bathroom, a soaking tub sits on a floor of Carrara marble, which also provides the threshold for the glass shower. The cabinetry is white oak.
The home also includes an 800-square-foot studio for Gustafson’s wife, who is an artist and graphic designer. The floor is Centiva vinyl that resembles wood. Outside the studio she can relax on her own private patio.
Designed by Kathryn Alexander of Alexander Design Group, this is a home that embodies the character and charm of an authentic Lake Minnetonka lake home – true to it’s setting. Nearly 300′ of lakeshore on Tanager bay, connected to the larger lake, and nearly 3 and a half wooded acres. 5 bedrooms, tons of entertain space, pool… This homesite is available, and construction can begin spring 2018. Call for more info!
In conjunction with Peterson Keller Architecture, we’ve developed a modern concept for Tanager Estates. Set on over 3 and a half acres, 350′ of lakeshore, this home takes full advantage of the amazing views. A quiet setting in a new 3 home development. Tanager lake connects to the larger lake near North Shore marina.
2 master suites on the main level, 2 bedrooms in the lower level, sport court, infinity pool, lots of entertaining space. Priced in at $5.85m
AN EXCLUSIVE HOME TOUR EVENT + RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE SUPER BOWL WEEKEND
The Builders Association of the Twin Cities, producer of the Artisan Home Tour by Parade of Homes, and the NFL Alumni Association have partnered together to present the NFL Alumni Artisan Home Tour. Spend Saturday morning of Super Bowl weekend riding in comfortable motor coaches to tour four amazing high-end residences located in the western Twin Cities suburbs (see below). Then be transported to a special lunch/reception hosted by NFL Alumni at the historic Lafayette Club in Minnetonka Beach! Tickets are limited! Proceeds benefit the BATC Foundation and NFL Alumni Association.
— Saturday, February 3, 2018 · 8:00 am–3:00 pm —
8:00 AM SHARP
8:00 AM–12:30 PM
MOTOR COACHES ARRIVE AT PICK-UP LOCATIONS (TBD)
MOTOR COACHES DEPART TO THE HOMES
TOUR OF FOUR OUTSTANDING HOMES
LUNCH WITH NFL ALUMNI AT THE LAFAYETTE CLUB
MOTOR COACHES ARRIVE AT PICK-UP LOCATIONS
You’ll be picked up at a designated location (in Minneapolis or Minnetonka – pick-up locations TBA). Then you’ll be motor coached in comfort to four amazing high-end residences located in the western Twin Cities suburbs in Eden Prairie, Orono, Shorewood and Wayzata. These homes have been built by regular participants in the annual Artisan Home Tour. The homeowners and/or builders will be in attendance. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a special lunch/reception hosted by NFL Alumni at the historic Lafayette Club in Minnetonka Beach! Finally, you’ll be transported back to your starting location. The NFL Alumni Artisan Home Tour will only happen once on Saturday, February 3.
Darrell Thompson will be one of the NFL Alumni players at a reception/lunch at the Lafayette Club. Darrell played college football for the MN Golden Gophers, where he became the school’s all-time leader in career rushing yards. He then played in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, where he played in 60 games, gained 1,640 rushing, 330 yards receiving, and scored eight touchdowns.
(More players to be announced soon)
— Limited Tickets! Be a part of this special event! —
$200 PER PERSON WITH PROCEEDS BENEFITTING:
The BATC Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 composed of members of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities who contribute their time, materials and expertise to help Twin Cities families in need by building and remodeling homes.
The NFL Alumni Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 that offers a variety of medical, financial and social programs to help members lead healthy, productive and connected lives, as well as community initiatives under its “Caring for Kids” programs.
6 years ago, Stonewood built a ‘playhouse’ for donation to the Minneapolis institute of art. Designed by Alexander Design Group, and built with donations from many of our trade partners, it’s the only ‘tiny house’ that Stonewood has built to date.
2 stories, hardwood floors through, a front porch, a deck off the 2nd level, ships ladder to the 2nd level, fireplace, elaborate millwork detail including wainscoting and wood ceiling details…
It was a nerve-racking 3am drive from our office parking lot to the institute – the first overpass was a bit scary!
We’re proud to have built a new home for this wonderful family, recently featured in the Artisan Home tour.
American Dream is alive and well for African immigrant entrepreneur
When Minneapolis entrepreneur Tashitaa Tufaa came to the United States from his native Ethiopia he quickly embodied the American spirit.
The political refugee, now in his late 40s, came to this country in 1992 with nothing to his name and worked his way up from washing dishes to running his own transportation company that still continues to grow.
Tufaa says that his drive was inspired by his adopted home.
“I had read a lot about America,” he said in a recent interview with Fox News. “Even though I had never been, I have always been a fan of the American way.”
Tuftaa was born in the Ethiopian village of Aloo and grew up working on his family’s farm with his 13 siblings until he attended an American college in Zimbabwe. He eventually returned to Ethiopia, where he was a history and English teacher until the early 90s when he decided to leave due to his native country’s changing political climate.
“I wasn’t forced to leave my country,” he says. “I just knew that it was time to leave when I saw politicians fleeing. I knew it wasn’t safe. I came here and decided not to go back.”
“Even though I had never been, I have always been a fan of the American way…”
– Tashitaa Tufaa
He was granted political asylum and wound up in the city of Minneapolis, where he stayed in low-income housing with old college friends who had emigrated from Zimbabwe. He recalls the first day he stepped on American soil:
“It was a very beautiful day,” he says. “I was in downtown Minneapolis. I was amazed by the tall buildings and how clean it was compared to where I came from.”
Tufaa says that during those initial days in the U.S. it was difficult to find a job, but he never once thought about wavering.
“It was definitely hard. If you wanted a white-collar job, there were not many available,” he says. “My first job was as a dishwasher at the Minneapolis Hilton for $5.60 an hour and I thought at the time that it was great.”
Tufaa washed dishes for about ten months before moving on to a manufacturing job and a security position before enrolling in graduate school at the University of Minnesota. He continued working security jobs as he went through school.
Tufaa says that those initial days in the U.S. were difficult to find a job, but he never once thought about wavering. (Courtesy of Metropolitian Transportation Company)
“I would work until midnight and during the day in between my morning and afternoon classes,” he recalled. “I had few hours to sleep, but the biggest thing was these opportunities for work. We were not able to get this back home. You were lucky if you were able to get one job, here, I could get three jobs.”
Tufaa eventually graduated from school and wanted to pursue a career as a diplomat but quickly found out that he would have to be a U.S. citizen to do so (he became a citizen in 2000). Instead, he started working for the Minneapolis School District and then the city’s housing authority. He also worked extra jobs as a taxi and bus driver.
“I would leave work at 4:30 and then go drive a bus,” he says.
In 2003, he was laid off from his job with the city.
“That’s when I decided to form my own company.”
The determined Tufaa set out to market himself to school districts in the area, looking to provide transportation services for students.
“It was rough building it up,” the entrepreneur said. “On paper, my company was incorporated, but technically, I had no experience. People generally don’t trust you if you can’t show them your experience.”
In September of that year, Tufaa finally started gaining that experience when he started providing bus services to a handful of special needs students. School administrators took notice of the stellar job he did and he started receiving more and more work from the district, putting nearly all of his profits back into the business.
The entrepreneur says that he is looking to expand his company into other facets of public transportation. (Courtesy of Metropolitan Transportation Authority)
Eventually, Tufaa was able to establish his company, Metropolitan Transportation Network (MetroTN) and soon after he received his first large contract with the Beacon Academy School after their original bus provider went out of business mid-year. About 300 of the school’s 400 plus students ride MetroTN buses to this day.
Business continued to grow for Tufaa and MetroTN now boasts three facilities in the state, with a fourth on the way in October. The company currently includes 300 employees, including several family members who also emigrated from Ethiopia.
“They had to apply like everyone else,” he says, half-joking.
Along the way, Tufaa maried and he and his wife have five children ranging in age from eight to 21.
He looks to continue the expansion of MetroTN and serve other facets of public transportation in the city he has called home for nearly 25 years.
“I believe in the American dream because I appreciate what this country can provide to people like me,” Tufaa says.
“If you are free, you can exercise your talents in many different ways. I am free as long as I don’t do anything illegal. I can do anything.”
Stonewood and Revision support a number of projects around Guatemala. Most recently, we’ve funded an addition to the primary school in San Juan la Laguna run by Francisco Perez. The cement is poured (in the rain) and work is nearly complete. The construction techniques, and equipment is just a bit different than on our projects! A beautiful backdrop for the new classroom and patio!
Meet America's Greatest (and Most Inspiring) Entrepreneurs This Year!
Revision, LLC, Stonewood's Remodeling company, named one of Inc. 500 fastest growing companies. Under John Daly's leadership revision has grown dramatically over the past several years.
The fastest-growing private firms in America are creators. They create companies, they create value, and they create jobs–619,631 of them over the last three years. Here, by sector, are the companies whose creativity propelled them to the top of this year's Inc. 5000–from the chart-topping No. 1 company (mobile-gaming platform Skillz) to No. 5000 SBG Technology Solutions (a technology support provider). You'll also discover the newest hot spots, the coolest products, and the people who make it all happen.
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For more than 10 years, Stonewood has been a member of the National Association of Home Builder’s – Premier Builder’s Group. One of less than 20 members that are considered to be top custom homebuilders in their market. All possess a portfolio of architecturally significant, high-end custom homes, have well-developed business and marketing processes & a construction volume of more than four homes per year, but less than 20. Their well staffed businesses are composed of project managers, designers, estimators and architects. In short, the members of the Premier Builder’s Group are builders that will inspire, cause others in the industry to improve their businesses & raise the bar.
We’ve developed a concept for an amazing home to be built on this property! Click here for more info: Casco Property
To be built – by Stonewood. Close in Lake Minnetonka lakeshore build-site, hard/sandy bottom, 60′ lakeshore and almost 1/2 acre. Stunning sunsets with large west facing views over Spring Park Bay. Plenty of room to build your dream home.
For the past 5 years, Stonewood has provided funding to build homes in Guatemala for those that could never afford a home of their own. For every home Stonewood builds in Minnesota, one is built in the suburbs of Guatemala city.
Most of the homes built recently have been in the town of Sumpungo, Guatemala. Here’s the story of one of the most recent builds!
The JUÁREZ CRUZ family.
Jeimy and her son Emmanuel Lainez Juarez, 2 years old. She’s is a single mom and the daughter of the local pastor. Jeimy is an entrepreuner and has a small business selling used clothing to her neighbors.
Jeimy’s parents agreed to give her part of the family’s land so she would ask to build a space for herself and her son.
Plumbing, if any, is outdoors.
The homes are built on family land, where ever it might be. Often it is difficult to get to and to build upon.
This is definitely a post close to our hearts. Stonewood is happy to share that this year, we have supported St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital by purchasing artwork from the ABC’s of Cancer project. Patients at St. Jude’s selected words to match each letter of the alphabet. The words they selected represent their interpretations based on their personal battles with cancer. After creating the ABC’s, the children made magnificent pieces of art to go along with their interpretation of the letter.
Stonewood is thankful we had the opportunity to sponsor the letter “C”, which to Roman, the 8 year old artist, represents CURE!!! We could not think of a better letter and word to select. Roman won us over!
We are pleased to share with you this one-of-a-kind piece of art and cannot wait to have a copy of it hung in our office! We will be praying for Roman, and praying for a CURE!
What is it like to wine and dine in a Stonewood home? Dutch Girl Chronicle shares the details!
Dutch Girl Chronicle made a visit to Stonewood’s 2016 Artisan Home and shared her experience with all of her readers! She’s a Minnesota blogger that brings her topics to life; she can make you laugh, make you smile, and you can find yourself often being able to relate to her quotes and personal experiences. Take a look at how her visit to one of Stonewood’s custom homes went!