We’re pretty well known for our more traditional cottage / “Lake Style” homes… We’ve built over 100 in this style on and around Lake Minnetonka & are passionate about the architectural style. But we’ve also done plenty of homes outside of that box. We’ll be posting examples over the coming weeks to demonstrate our architectural range and hopefully lend some ideas. It’s all about assembling the right team for the desired style. In this case, we partnered with Reid Smith Architecture out of Bozeman Montana – www.ReidSmith.com
Stonewood, along with Alexander Design, wins the prestigious National Association of home builders Best in American Living award for our project on Stubbs bay in Orono! Read More: http://www.bestinamericanliving.com/
Stubbs Bay Residence
Stonewood LLC of Minnesota
Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016
Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World
WAYZATA, MN, February 1, 2016 – Stonewood LLC of Minnesota has won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 40 year-old custom home building company was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Stonewood LLC, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
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Stonewood is a 40-year-old family-run business – a boutique builder – building only 10 to 15 upper bracket homes each year. Their team of professional project managers has vast experience in the industry and is trained to build according to the highest standards for custom building defined by Stonewood.
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.
Spring Parade of Homes – Orono
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.
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
Full Article: Hardscrabble
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.
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
Goodbye 2015…Hello 2016
Wow what a great year Stonewood LLC has had! We have so much to be thankful for; great clients, talented subcontractors, hard-working employees, the love and support from friends and family- the list goes on and on!
To begin our 2015 re-cap:
- Stonewood LLC completed 9 homes in 2015. That means 9 families were able to celebrate and make their house a “home.”
- The 9 homes built were located throughout Minnesota: Orono, Wayzata, Edina, Stillwater and Dellwood.
The Stonewood team has been working hard to help make this year GREAT! Not only is teamwork an important aspect of a successful company, employee happiness is as well. Whether it’s a company field trip to the Roth Showroom, Marvin Windows corporate headquarters, or a day spent pheasant hunting, boating on Lake Minnetonka, or go-karting, employee appreciation and company bonding are important to Stonewood’s success. “Work Hard Play Hard!”
As one chapter finishes, another begins. That brings us to the present projects- all 11 of them! That’s right, watch out 2016, Stonewood LLC has big plans. The 11 homes are all at completely different stages; some will be closing in the beginning of the year while other projects just began. We can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for not only Stonewood, but our current and future clients.
Happy New Year!
Several Stonewood Employees recently took a trip to the Marvin Windows and Doors factory and corporate headquarters. They had the opportunity to tour the factory as well as receive training and product information. By the end of the trip, the Stonewood team increased their knowledge of Marvin door products, window products, casement, signature products, round-tops, and wood processing operations.
2 Eagles on White Bear Lake
Stonewood is wrapping up a project on White Bear Lake. The other day, our project manager caught this beautiful bald eagle enjoying the fall weather. The homeowner chose a cupola for the top of his light house structure with a copper eagle at the top- the two are now acquainted. Below are pictures of the eagles, the back exterior of the home, and the unique light house structure designed with a red and green light to reflect the lights on a boat. We can’t wait for the finishing touches so we can get professional photos taken!
Stonewood is excited to announce our feature in the annual publication entitled: The Luxury of Home. The book features one architect, one custom home builder, one interior designer and one landscape firm from each market. The Luxury of Home can be found at over 225 private airports, and can also be purchased at any Barnes & Noble in the U.S.
From the words of Mike Ruskin, publisher, “Whether you are planning to build your dream home or simply love design and architecture, The Luxury of Home is a robust resource that you will savor and enjoy.”
Our four page feature begins on slide 379. Enjoy looking at incredible photos of homes built by Stonewood and dive into the editorial where you can read why our clients become our inspiration!
We received an email from one of our current clients building a home with Stonewood titled “More Fun than Disney”. The message said, “The crew was great with the kids today, they had a blast!”
Below is the image of the children (safely) enjoying the different machines they get to see and occasionally sit in that are helping to build their home. Not only is the home building process exciting, it’s a learning opportunity for the entire family.
This week, the Stonewood and Revision teams took a field trip to the Roth Showroom. At the showroom one will find the brands Wolf, Sub Zero, Asko and Best. The showroom not only displays several intelligent, well-designed appliances within the luxury category, it offers homeowners who purchase these luxury brands an opportunity to take the owner’s manual one step further with educational workshops. Also offered are food and wine experiences where a guest chef will demonstrate a variety of techniques using Wolf products.
We were spoiled with a wonderful brunch prepared by Chef Colin that consisted of beef tenderloin, monte cristo sandwiches, salad, potato hash, truffle grilled asparagus, and strawberry-mango smoothies. Chef Colin explained techniques for using the Wolf products, and we were able to have a “live” demonstration and watch him use the appliances to create our meal. The food was WONDERFUL!!! Full of flavor, cooked to perfection, and I’m pretty sure everyone went back for seconds.
After the delicious brunch, we were divided into three groups and had private tours of the showroom. We learned about the different brands, new product designs, and gained a lot of insight. When our clients have questions regarding selecting appliances for their new builds/remodels, we want to help however we can.
Below are some photos from the day!
Expert Tips for Creating a Reading Room:
Stonewood LLC was recently handpicked by one of the writers at Houzz and featured in the editorial idea book on the homepage! Author Shawn Gauthier provides photos and context to give readers inspiration to create a reading nook. Stonewood’s image of a window seat with built-in storage is highlighted in the idea book. Check it out!
To check out the feature, click HERE!
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Palm trees, the smell of coconut oil and a nice loose fitting, comfy shirt. You must be talking about Tommy Bahama.
A little less than 2 years ago, Stonewood blogged about a feature the Star Tribune wrote on Bob Emfield, founding partner of Tommy Bahama. This past Tuesday, CBS Minnesota did a great interview and story on Bob and we were excited it included footage of his home built by Stonewood LLC!
Check out the article and video here:
With natural exterior stone detailing, cottage-style windows and doors, and picturesque rooflines pierced by prominent gables, this gorgeous home in Wayzata’s Locust Hills neighborhood looks like it could’ve been plucked right from the English countryside.
The use of wood and stone add country charm to the interior, evident in the exposed handcrafted timber trusses, wide plank hardwood flooring, distressed white kitchen cabinetry, ample built-ins, and massive double-sided stone fireplace in the two story great room; while modern amenities can be seen in the beautiful two-toned kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, large granite center island, and Cambria countertops.
Fourth-generation home builder, Sven Gustafson, owner of Stonewood, LLC—along with Tom Flint—worked closely with the cou- ple to customize their four-bedroom, four-
bathroom 5,200-square-foot space: the homeowners’ personalities and interests shine through in the separate informal dining room (with distinctively bold red walls), expansive laundry/sewing room (complete with a fabric closet), built-in dog kennel, and second story music room/office, with a slid- ing barn door for added privacy.
Other special features include an elevator, a Juliet balcony overlooking the main floor, and a sunny and bright east-facing master suite with enameled woodwork, luxurious fireplace, walk-in closet, and spacious mas- ter bath. The homeowners can polish their golf skills (and play, practice and compete on virtual championship courses) with a golf simulator on the lower level, near the bar.
The space is filled with atmosphere, person- ality, and charm, perfect for entertaining friends and family or curling up with a cup of tea.
Check out our pages from the tour guidebook:
Midwest Home Features Stonewood LLC- Part 4
The final post of the 4-part series by Midwest Home was released today. The article includes an exterior photo of Stonewood’s 2015 home that will be featured on the Luxury Home Tour. The post goes into detail about the “Move-In Checklist” Stonewood uses when a custom build is near completion. To wrap up the series, find out what happens right before and after the homeowners move-in at http://midwesthomemag.com/the-home-completionmove-in-checklist-with-stonewood-llc/.
Midwest Home Features Stonewood LLC- Part 3
Today marks the third day in a row Midwest Home has featured Stonewood LLC! The post gives you a sneak peak INSIDE the custom build we will have on the 2015 Luxury Home Tour. Not only can you view 10+ photos of the home, you will be able to read about how it all comes together. Stonewood released the steps that go into building a dream, custom home, from pre-construction to exterior finals. If you’re curious how a project unfolds, this is the article for you! Enjoy the read at http://midwesthomemag.com/building-a-home-with-stonewood-llc/.
Midwest Home Features Stonewood LLC- Part 2
Midwest Home released part two of the four-part series, featuring Stonewood’s custom build from the 2015 Luxury Home Tour. The second post describes how we worked with the homeowner to create the perfect floor plan based on their wish list. Included in the post are images of the floor plans, a brief introductory about the communication with the client in the beginning stages, and a list of steps describing what it took to create the homeowner’s dream floor plan. See the full article at http://midwesthomemag.com/picking-the-plan-with-stonewood-llc/
Midwest Home Features Stonewood LLC
In gearing up for the 2015 Luxury Home Tour, Midwest Home will be featuring Stonewood LLC all week! The four-part series will give insight into how the project unfolded, from start to finish. The first post explains the design idea and client’s wishlist. Check out the article for all of the details at http://midwesthomemag.com/creating-a-client-wish-list-with-stonewood-llc/.
Win a Passport Ticket for the Luxury Home Tour
This morning, Stonewood released a very exciting announcement via our Instagram account. Beginning June 5th, the Twin Cities Most Exclusive Home Tour will take place. The Luxury Home Tour spans three weekends in June, featuring 12 builders (INCLUDING STONEWOOD!) and magnificent million-dollar-plus homes….and we’re giving one lucky winner a free passport ticket!
Passport tickets will be on sale at 180 Twin Cities metro Caribou Coffee locations beginning May 26th, 2015. Tickets purchased in advance at Caribou will be $20. If purchased at the homes, tickets will be $25.
To enter for your chance to see Stonewood’s beautiful English-Style Cottage that will be featured on the tour this year, we ask that you do TWO simple things!
1) Follow Stonewood LLC on Instagram at https://instagram.com/stonewoodllc
2) Comment on the photo we posted today (same as below) and tell us why you want to go on the Luxury Home Tour this year
The winner will be announced next Friday, the 29th. We can’t wait to read your comments!
Stonewood LLC- Throwing It Back!
We wanted to change it up a bit this week so instead of focusing on a project we completed/are working on for a client, we’re getting personal and focusing on Stonewood. January 2014 marked the month we moved into our new office space in Wayzata, MN. In the past, the building was home to a gourmet restaurant, a pizza place, and over the years, it turned into a general office space for several different businesses.
As soon as we purchased 153 E. Lake Street, the renovation began!
- The ENTIRE interior of the building was gutted- by the end of the renovation, there were no existing interior walls left
- There used to be an old roof between the two levels; that was removed which allowed the lower level ceiling to be raised 2 feet
- The footings were lumber or non-existing; all of them were re-poured with concrete
The Exterior also received a “Face Lift”. Each brick is a hand-made, Clinker Brick. We added an arched entry off the main street with mahogany doors. We also replaced and relocated all of the windows in the entire building.
We replaced the French Doors with Mahogany Doors that have pained windows. Gas Lanterns were also added to the exterior to reflect the era of Wayzata’s past.
One of the oldest grain mills in MN was deconstructed during the time of our remodel. We acquired timber beams and were able to use them in the design for our main office ceiling; they can be seen at the top of the photo on the right. The windows to the conference room were designed to mimic old warehouse windows. We wanted to show several different design inspirations including industrial, rustic, and contemporary details.
This is a shot of the windows in our Decorating Room. A custom table/counter was created which has the capability of being heated. It also provides designers and clients plenty of space to lay out selections including tile, carpet, and hardwood floor samples.
Upstairs, a kitchen was added that includes a dishwasher, refrigerator with matching paneled front, under-mount porcelain sink, and built-in cabinets.
The office was designed to be our “showroom”. Clients are constantly walking both levels, admiring every detail such as window trim, support beams, hardwood floors, stair width, banisters, and even the three sets of barn doors we have throughout the space. Not pictured are the 6 personal offices on the 2nd story, as well as the Project Managers’ work spaces, the upstairs dining area, two lower level conference rooms and restrooms, and the main reception area. We want our clients to love coming to our office for meetings as much as we love coming here every day to work!
We are excited to have joined the Pinterest world and currently have over 150 pins! Not only will you find boards for entire custom home projects built by Stonewood LLC , we have categorized our work into boards for separate spaces including dining rooms, living rooms, family rooms, exteriors, and much more. Stonewood has also created inspiration boards with tips and pins such as “Inspiration for the Garden”, “Kitchen Organization Tips” and a board dedicated to “Home Organization”.
Click the below image to take you to Stonewood LLC’s Pinterest Page. The next step… FOLLOW us!
PIN AWAY PINTEREST USERS!
Friday: 50° & Snow…Saturday: 70° & Sun
Wet jackets, muddy boots, and confusion have filled the office this morning. The morning drive was sunny with blue skies, but the weather suddenly took a turn an hour or so after we arrived. Not to worry, we are still working away! While our subcontractors and project managers find a way to work around the weather outside on this early April day, designers and home owners are busy making important decisions at our office.
When making selections regarding tile, carpet, stonework, etc. homeowners regularly meet with the designers to touch and feel different textures, discuss all of their options, and work towards making a final decision on what they would like in their dream home. We snapped a picture of the Deco Room at the Stonewood office, prior to the meeting.
We like to think of it as Pinterest coming to life!!
The cold weather doesn’t stop us!
Stonewood is making a goal for the 2015 year to share progress reports on our custom builds. There’s no better way to see the process and design that goes into our work then to view the transformation yourself!
Today, we are sharing an image of a project that just began. From demolition to starting footings, this is what a custom build looks like 2 weeks in. Next step…pouring concrete.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!
In the upcoming weeks, we will be sharing a new perspective of our homes. Currently, we showcase our work with photographs but believe the videos will provide an additional sense of what it truly feels like to live in a Stonewood home. Stonewood teamed up with Spacecrafting to create three videos that will show three completely different styles of homes.
The first video features the 2014 Parade of Homes Dream Home located in Edina. This home is contemporary, elegant, and features an amazing four- season porch. For those that had a chance to stop by during the Parade, the Japanese Spa Bath and Downstairs Media Room definitely did not go unnoticed.
The second video also features a home built in Edina. From the arched exterior windows to the breathtaking architectural design of the interior, this French Provincial home is simply magical. We especially love how the video captures the warm and cozy den while exposing the secret doorway located behind the bookcase.
In the third video, you will see a home built on Lake Minnetonka. We wanted to show the lifestyle factor for homeowners who build on the lake. Not only will you see the intricate millwork, Juliet balcony, and enormous cast-stone fireplace of this beautiful Tudor-style estate, you will get a glimpse of the outdoor amenities these homeowners are able to enjoy.
We have already released one video and expect the others to be launched in the next couple of weeks! Checkout https://www.facebook.com/stonewoodhomes for behind the scene photos.
PARADE HOME #243 STONEWOOD
If you’re tired of the same weekend plans, be sure to check out the Parade of Homes Tour that starts tomorrow, September 6th. Take a drive down to Utley Park in Edina, jump on the shuttle that will take you to the home, and find yourself saying “Ooo and Ahhh” as you tour Stonewood’s Dream Home. A few highlights of the home include:
• Custom koi fish wallpaper panels, sauna, and traditional Japanese soaking tub in guest bathroom for exquisite relaxation within a Zen setting
• Generously sized screen porch with stone fireplace, protected by convertible Phantom screens
• Outdoor recessed grill and cooktop in an open-air kitchen that overlooks the terraced garden
• Traditional millwork details nod to the classic architecture of the home, while glam touches such as mixed media materials, shimmery wallpaper, and a transitional color palette keeps things fresh and fun
• Exercise room overlooking an attached sport court beneath the garage for a private recreational facility
• Custom designed skylights with iridescent milk glass and leaded ceiling panels (see below image)
Click on the below link to see the article about the 4 Dream Homes by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.
Sneak Peek into Stonewood’s 2014 Dream Home
In the upcoming months, Stonewood is going to give our followers an “inside” look into the design process for some of our current projects. It’s exciting to see the progress from start to finish, especially when unique features are completed, and we want to share that excitement with you. Today, beautiful custom designed skylights with iridescent milk glass were installed at one of our Edina homes.
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.
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
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.
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:
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…
This is pretty cool! A client that we are building for in Minneapolis wanted to use lumber that was harvested forum the site. We found a local company that picked up the raw logs, sawed them into lumber, and. Is now kiln drying the wood. It’ll be used in the construction of cabinetry and Millwork details within the new home.