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.
405 Carpenters Point, Wayzata, MN 55391
You can take the Americans out of the French countryside, but you can’t take the French countryside out of the Americans.
After living in France for a period of time—and falling in love with the country—these homeowners chose to bring France back to Minnesota through their unique French provincial-style home, designed by architect Peter Eskuche and built by Nor-Son Custom Homes Division. (Nor-Son and Eskuche Associates recently merged, providing the luxury home marketplace a seldom-seen holistic integration of architecture, building science, cost intelligence, and craftsmanship—under one roof.)
Characterized by balance and symmetry, the 4,000-square-foot home embodies the essence of country elegance and flair, with a custom iron balustrade, hipped dormers, a barreled copper roof, large windows balancing each side of the entrance, and a symmetrical rectangular shape, much like a traditional French manor.
Inside, the French details continue with French doors, white oak flooring with picture-framing patterns, and applied layers of details on 12-foot ceilings. The soft color palette, ample sunlight, and style elements are what you’d expect from French provincial design: comfortable, functional, livable, and beautiful.
Other unique features include floor-to-ceiling custom kitchen cabinetry with glass-paneled doors, a large rustic knotty-oak center island, secret hidden walk-in pantry, hand-carved stone fireplace surround, and decorative balcony off the back of the home. The lower level includes a substantial rustic oak bar, spa with a sauna, and climate-controlled walnut and stone wine cellar.
One thing is certain—these homeowners, while no longer living in the 16th arrondissement of Paris—feel right at home.
nor-son.com • 800-858-1722