Luxury Home Tour Spotlight: Stonewood

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 #12

3400 North Shore Drive, Orono, MN 55356

Every element throughout this 6,500-square-foot cottage-style lake home in Orono, from the black walnut flooring to the pantry disguised as cabinetry, exudes the keen eye for detail that builder Sven Gustafson, owner of Stonewood LLC, is known for. In addition to high-quality construction, clients appreciate Sven’s humble nature, quick wit, diplomatic communication skills, and long history with homebuilding: his dad taught him the ropes.

It’s clear that Sven inherited his dad’s artistic nature, whether he’s building a Tudor-style estate or a custom lake home. In this home, a teardown, it was important to convey a sense of connection between the indoors and outdoors, achieved through a 20-foot retractable wall in the living room, bi-fold glass doors in the office, and private veranda. The homeowners will wake up with great views, and go to bed with great views—the ultimate goal of building your dream home on lakefront property. A nautical theme further complements the locale.

On the main level, the modern kitchen seamlessly blends with the rest of the home’s architecture in the open floor plan. The spacious upper level houses the bedrooms, laundry, and bonus room, while the lower level is meant for free time, with an exercise room, game room (complete with video games and skeet ball), home theater, guest suite, and wine cellar.

In an effort to pay homage to the past, the homeowners used wainscoting from the walls of the previous home. The wainscoting creates a beautiful formal look while preserving a little piece of history for future generations. • 612-462-4000

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