Luxury Home Tour Spotlight: Divine Custom Homes

This self-guided tour runs three weekends in June: June 6-8, 13-15, and 20-22 and showcases the work of the area’s most sought-after custom builders. The tour is perfect for those who admires architecture and fine craftmanship, those with champagne wishes and caviar dreams, those who are looking for unique ideas to incorporate into their own home, and those interested in hiring a custom builder to create their very own dream home.

Every week through the end of the tour, we will feature one or more of the 14 luxury homes on this blog, so be sure to check back for the full lineup.

Home #5

5734 Lily Ave., Lake Elmo, MN 55042

A custom-built dream home, for some, includes an in-ground swimming pool with a pool house. Others want a state-of-the-art media center with all the bells and whistles. These homeowners had a different request: they asked Divine Custom Homes to build a rustic style home with its very own lower level archery range.

This is just one of many unique features of the nearly 7,000-square-foot, five bedroom, six bathroom home in Lake Elmo’s Sanctuary development.

Other must-see aspects include white enameled woodwork and walnut flooring contrasting with an ebony-stained kitchen island in the spacious kitchen, an 18-foot beamed ceiling in the great room, a cedar-shake-and-stone “cabin room”—one of Divine’s signature elements—complete with a wood-burning fireplace for that “Up North” feel, and a main level craft room created just for scrapbooking.

The master suite is just as interesting as the rest of the home, with a lit-tray ceiling, stone fireplace, and master bath with a soaking tub. A stackable washer and dryer can be found in the master closet. The kids’ bedrooms include secret hideout spaces with built-in ladders; and the bonus room at the end of the hall can be used as a workout space or game room.

In the lower level, there’s a mountain-lodge vibe, with reclaimed wood from a regional barn used throughout. The bar, customized with alder cabinetry, is the ideal spot for mixing drinks, while the sunken theater at the base of the stairs is the perfect place to watch the game with friends. Additional special features include secret doors that camouflage into the wall, a stone wine cellar, a book room, and the long, narrow archery range for target training. • 715-760-2298

The 14 homes are located throughout the metro area. Single-tickets can be purchased at the homes for $5. Passports can be purchased for $20 at Caribou Coffee. For more information about the Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour, visit