This is one of the most spectacular homes we have had the pleasure of building. Set deep in the forest of North Oaks, this home has the presence of an estate that has been there for 100 years. Over 10,000 sq. ft., 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms… The office on the main floor is truly amazing! 3 TV’s that retrace into cabinetry and behind artwork, it is the ultimate man cave. Over 500 sq feet, access to a cigar balcony huge wood burning fireplace, bar, secret staircase to the master bedroom and down to the entertainment room… More to follow….
Most of the homes we have been building in the last 2 years have been heated and cooled with Geothermal heating and cooling systems. Read below to understand why!
The Energy Credit
In October 2008, geothermal heat pumps were added to section 25D of the Internal Revenue Code. This created
a 30% tax credit for costs associated with qualified geothermal equipment “placed in service” through the end
of 2016. Property is usually considered to be placed in service when installation is complete and equipment is
ready for use. However, if the system is part of the construction or renovation of a house, it’s considered placed
in service when the taxpayer takes residence in the house.
• 30% of total system cost
• No limit to credit amount for 2009 and beyond
• Can be used to offset AMT tax
• Can be used in more than one year
• Can be combined with solar and wind tax credits
• Can be combined with energy efficiency upgrade credits
Geothermal equipment that uses the stored solar energy from the ground for heating and cooling, and that
meets Energy Star requirements at the time of installation is eligible for the tax credit. Covered expenditures
include labor for onsite preparation, assembly, or original system installation and for piping or wiring to connect
a system to the home. The structure must be located in the United States and used as a residence by the
taxpayer, although primary residency isn’t required. In fact, if geothermal is installed in more than one home,
there’s no limitation on the number of times the credit can be claimed.
The credit can’t be claimed for spending on equipment used solely for hot tub or pool conditioning, nor on
previously used equipment.
How to claim the Credit
Use IRS Form 5695 (2008) to claim the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit. For property placed in
service after 2009 there’s no limit on the credit amount. The tax credit can be used to offset both regular
income taxes and alternative minimum taxes (AMT). If the federal tax credit exceeds tax liability, the excess
amount may be carried forward into future years. Spending on geothermal heat pump property adds to your
home’s cost basis, but also must be reduced by the amount of the tax credit received.
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I’ve been in discussions with a group of builders about the importance of making all the project selections before starting a project. A good friend summed up the need for making decisions very well:
“I always use the analogy of the car assembly line. Can you imagine trying to build a car as it comes down the assembly line and there are no parts ordered, but the car is waiting to have them installed? Not only would there be a major delay in the finished product but you’d never know the actual budget, there are bound to be huge cost overruns, poor quality… you name it.” A great illustration of the importance of selecting materials before beginning the construction of their project. – Anthony Lightman, Osprey Custom Homes
This home will serve as our 2011 Fall Remodelers Showcase, Parade home. This home was originally built in 1988 but has been fully remodeled, landscaped – it’s essentially a new home. Geothermal heating was added as well as cutting edge energy efficient insulation.
A front porch anr d expansive read deck were added to the home. Inside, the entire main floor features rift and quartered oak flooring with a worn, washed finish. Reclaimed timbers were used to maintain the country feel in the great room. 2 wood burning fireplaces – one clad in chilton limestone, the other in reclaimed chicago brick. Marble countertops in the kitchen as well as a maple butcher block top on the island. 2 powder rooms on the main level, as well as the master and an office / nursery. 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms downstairs.
JeldWen windows. Wolf, Sub Zero appliances. Rohl Plumbing fixtures. Restoration hardware knobs & fixtures.
4000 Sq. Ft. 6.5 acres, 800+ feet of lakeshore on a private lake!
This home is for sale – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Check out the concepts that Peter Eskuche prepared for an upcoming custom home! We’ll be breaking ground on this home late this year in Locust HIlls, Wayzata MN. It’ll stay very true to Tudor architecture in details and materials. This home will be built on one of the 3 lakeshore lots on Grey’s bay of Lake Minnetonka.
Check back for more renderings and photos int eh Current Projects section of the website.
Just another example , custom iron work on the hand made oak doors. A local artist hand forged the ironwork per the owner’s design. Many other elements throughout the home were hand made by artists from the Twin Cities – the carved limestone fireplace in the living room, the floor grates in the foyer were hand cast in bronze with a intricate pattern, beams in sevaral areas of the home were cut on site & distressed by carpenters (and the homeowner) onsite.
Be sure to visit this home in the Spring Parade of homes beginning next Saturday.
This is why I love building homes. I get to work with amazing, creative people who are passionate about the work they do.
This is definitely the case with Jake from stone source. He custom designed all of his machines, wrote the software. His company can cut anything we can design. We’re excited to have them working on our future projects.
The final step in building this intricate staircase, the black walnut rail. Over 200 clamps hold it in place while the adhesive sets. Every piece of this staircase is hand made, custom. From the frame to the laser cut steel panels. It is a work of art. Come see the final product at the parade of homes in March.
Stonewood was recently featured in the national publication, Luxury Home Quarterly.
Check out the article Download a PDF of the Article. If you have not seen it before, Luxury Home Quarterly is a great resource for products, design ideas, and info on Luxury home building around the country and in the Midwest.
Well this is pretty cool. We’re milling site cut oak trees into beams for our client’s new home. The white oak timbers will be the focal point of the octagonal vaulted ceiling in this Edina custom home. I guess that’s a fairly “green” approach to building…
Come check out our most recent Parade home in Linden Hills. It’ll be open for tours for the next 3 weekends – Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM.
4002 Queen Avenue South.
This traditional city home has thus far been well received. It’s a Parade favorite and we’ve seen many visitors return with family and friends for another visit.
Perfection just off Lake Harriet! This custom built home was designed by Alexander design, interior design by Stonewood, furnished by Martha O’Hara Interior design
The parade of homes (sm) begins today! Come out and visit out home, #157. Parade of Homes website.
4002 Queen Avenue south, Minneapolis. Just a block off lake Harriet in Linden Hills.
Check it out! Our Parade entry is nearly complete. The parade of homes begins this Saturday at noon. Be sure to visit our entry in Linden Hills, just off Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.
4002 Queen Avenue South.
4400 sq. ft.
Geothermal heating and cooling.
Infloor heat and hardwood floors throughout.
Designed by Alexander design group.
Furnished by Rebecca van Hull of Martha O’Hara Interiors.
Interior design and Construction by Stonewood.
This 4 bedroom home is sure to be a tour favorite!
The 5th, often forgotten wall, the ceiling is often the key to making a room feel complete and cohesive in design. This concept was well understood by our client. They had recently moved back to Minnesota from a few years living in Paris. High ceilings, tall multi-part crown, beams, applied moldings were critical elements of their home’s design.
Check back to: 126.96.36.199 for more photos in the coming weeks.
This is why I love this business! Working with the best craftsmen in the custom home building business. Few carpenters can design & build such a complex structure, much less from simple 3/8″ plywood.
In less than 2 weeks, our team designed and fabricated this 3 story staircase onsite. Still early in construction, no piece of this stair is more than 3/8″ thick, yet it supports the weight of several people with very little movement.
This stair is in the foyer of our 2011 parade of homes™ model in Edina, Rolling Green. It’s a custom built home, not for sale.
This home is being built just off Lake Harriet and will serve as our fall Parade home.
4400 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, designed to fit well into a developed neighborhood by Kathy Alexander (www.AlexanderDesignGroup.com This custom built home is truly hand crafted. Custom Millwork details, hand made cabinetry designed by Stonewood staff designer Mona Hurkadli, leaded glass, quarter sawn maple flooring.
Visit this home during the fall parade of homes™ in September.
Usually curved stairs a pre-fabricated in a factory… It’s not too many builders that build them from plywood, on site. The angles and radius’ involved are complex and can be confuse even a seasoned carpenter.
Our finish carpenter on this project has been site building curved staircases for over 23 years. Starting with raw plywood, cutting and laminating custom supporting beams… It’ll take him over 3 weeks to build this 3 level stair. Check back for progress photos as he installs the sections!
This stair is being built in our Edina, Rolling Green, model home for the 2011 Spring Parade of Homes™.
This home is authentic in every detail!
From the slate roof to the arcustone window details, stucco exterior, hand cut limestone patios, concrete pool, custom site built spiral starecase this home is French Provincial down to the smallist detail.
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….
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.
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.
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