Artisan Home Tour Exterior Pool

Artisan Home Tour 2018 Recap

Since the Artisan Home Tour, we've had a chance to meet with some of our vendors and sponsors to share more details about their role in the construction or design of the home. Spirits were high, as we left with the most return visits to our home in the tour! Much thanks to the 3,496 visitors that walked through our door during the tour...we really appreciate it! Hear from some of our wonderful vendors and learn more about the style of this home in this blog with photos by LandMark Photography's Jon Huelskamp.

Artisan Home Tour Exterior Pool

Artisan Home Tour Exterior

First, a basic overview. This bright and open home, featuring an updated, coastal feel, has all the comfort of country living with an elegant, modern twist. Perfectly suited to its Orono setting, the inspired architecture pays homage to historic homes in the area, yet every detail has been carefully planned to meet today’s sensibilities. Natural light provides ample complement to the design’s focus on calming white-space and dark accents. Complete with an in-ground pool out back, this home is ready for entertaining. Quite an array of features, to be sure- but as you’ll see, all of these areas have been exquisitely designed, decorated, and appointed, with the goal of comfort and luxury.

Before we head inside, a note that the materials for the house’s frame were provided by Scherer Bros. Lumber. An esteemed partner of Gordon James and a sponsor of this home’s reveal party, they’ve reached out to say the following: "Scherer Bros. Lumber is a proud supplier to Gordon James. We provided the framing package on this beautiful Artisan model. Hats off to the entire Gordon James team." Our thanks to the folks at Scherer Bros.!

Artisan Home Tour Living Room

We’ll turn first to the elegant interior of the living room, given that it’s the first room to greet you upon entry through the front door. Its ample seating (including a sofa and three chairs) provides a comfortable place to chat, read, or snuggle up at night - and on the topic of snuggling, the built-in fireplace is sure to keep things warm and cozy on cool fall evenings and cold winter nights. Studio M Interiors did a beautiful job on the interior design of the whole home. Stay tuned for our video with designer, Annie. 

 Artisan Home Tour Kitchen

Heading into the kitchen, you’ll note that the spacious layout (with island seating) strikes the ideal balance between being a space for food preparation and comfortable snacking. Speaking of preparation, the countertops and shelving are also carefully appointed with tasteful décor, without sacrificing function. The accompanying dining area is close enough for easy transport of food and drinks, but distanced appropriately to allow for its own separate feel within the space.

Artisan Home Tour Kitchen Shelves

As long as we’re in the kitchen, we’d like to highlight another proud partner and sponsor, Warners’ Stellian. Our contact, Alana Wynne, says: "I have been working with Gordon James Construction for about as long as I've worked for Warners’ Stellian - about 6 or 7 years now. Warners’ Stellian provided all the appliances of their Artisan Home, and we were supported every step of the way by their team. Gordon James' attention to detail and care for their clients makes them a great team to work with. We are so happy with how this home turned out!" Thank you - we are too! We will be sharing Alana's highlight video soon so look out for that for more details on Warners' Stellian and their appliances. 

Making our way outdoors, this retractable screen porch by Minnesota Screens is sure to be a hit when the homeowners entertain. Sharon Chamberlain of Minnesota Screens said, "We at Minnesota Screens have been partnering with Gordon James for over 5 years, helping create outdoor living spaces with Phantom retractable screens. Whether the need is screens for doors, windows, or patios and porches, Phantom’s retractable screens are there when you need them and not when you don’t. On this year’s Artisan Tour home, you will see Phantom screens on doors throughout the home. Whether double french doors, single entry, and even sliding doors, the screens hide inside their canisters and pull out when you want to let the fresh air in. We have been installing Phantom screens in the Twin City area since 1999 and appreciate the partnerships and support from many of the area’s top builders." Thanks, Sharon!

Artisan Home Tour Porch

Artisan Home Tour Porch Fireplace

Finally, we head out to the poolside lounge in the backyard, where entertaining is a breeze. The ample outdoor seating (featuring several sun-loungers) is perfect for parties, the swimming pool will keep guests cool for fun in the sun, and the hot tub is the perfect follow-up once the sun goes down.

Artisan Home Tour Pool

This article has only scratched the surface of what this home has to offer! Check out our website to see the full portfolio on the 2018 Artisan Home Tour home. 

With so many facets and features, it should be clear that there are numerous considerations to take into account when constructing or renovating your home, in terms of price, functionality, and design. Rest assured, however, that the experienced home builders at Gordon James will handle all facets of construction with skill and technical acumen. Contact us today - when it comes to your home, you dream, and we deliver.

Orono Artisan by Gordon James

Orono Artisan Features We Love

There's lots to love in the Orono Artisan home. Here are some of the features that take this dream home to the next level:

Coastal Feel: A casual, ocean-like feel that is modern, chic, and elegant

Reclaimed Barn Wood: Repurposing has recently become a popular pastime. Reclaiming wood and building materials gives an antique and weathered feel that also maintains a sturdy balance and pleasing aesthetic. Using this type of wood can provide a homely feel as well as an instantly aged or historic appearance while maintaining an overall modern design and purpose.

Bluestone: Adding to the natural and traditional look of the home, bluestone is essential for providing character.

Glass Mosaic: Often used as creative eye-catching interior design, as is the case here, there are also multiple, non-aesthetic uses for glass mosaic. For example, mosaic can be a sturdy. clean surface. Glass mosaic also complements other designs, both visually and in a structured environment. It can provide a comfortable and cozy look that makes visitors feel warm and the house inviting. The pattern is generally very smooth and non-obtrusive. Also, there’s a wonderful juxtaposition between the pieces of the glass mosaic and reclaimed barn wood.

Cambria Quartz Surfaces: This quartz-surfacing product has a marble-like quality, but has some different uses. For example, it has a very strong durability so that the material can last longer, as it is one of the hardest and most common minerals on earth.  It is a pure material with a natural look that not only provides that durability, but also provides a hip look while being maintenance free and nonporous.

See more of this home here.

Please contact Gordon James today to begin the process of making your dream home come true, with exceptional quality and service.


Country Comfort by Gordon James

2016 Artisan Home Tour - Gordon James Home is #1 in Revisits!

The 2016 Artisan Home Tour

The 2016 Artisan Home Tour is complete and Gordon James is proud to have been the 3rd most visited home out of 29 homes on the Tour and was the #1 most revisited home!

Almost 2,300 people toured our home during the three-weekend event and we loved what we heard from our visitors.  Here’s just a sample of the feedback:

“We loved how the wall to the sunroom totally opened up to the home. Amazing!”

“Best home yet. Such a warm and cozy feeling inside and out.”

“Builder was great, ask him about the glass backsplash in the kitchen!”

“Absolutely LOVE the openness of the main floor.  So great for entertaining!”

“Love that huge pantry!”

Thanks to the entire Gordon James team and our excellent subcontractors for the outstanding craftsmanship represented in this home.  And thanks to Grace Hill Design for the beautiful finishing touches and staging.

We were delighted to host a private Open House during the Artisan Tour.   Guests toured the home and gathered to enjoy wine and hors-d’oeuvres while being serenaded by guitar music.

Be on the look out this Fall for the sneak preview of our 2017 Tour Home.   Plans are already underway!Thanks to our generous sponsors, Cambria and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage for their generosity and help in making this event a success!

Subcontractors who worked on the home had the opportunity to join us for an Appreciation Luncheon. Each trade works on the home at different points in the construction process, often never seeing the completed home. We enjoyed the reactions as they viewed the gorgeous culmination of their collective efforts.

Be on the look out this Fall for the sneak preview of our 2017 Tour Home.   Plans are already underway!

Kare 11 Custom Artisan Home Tour Gordon James

2016 Gordon James Artisan Tour Home

Watch us on Kare 11 with Lee Valsvik!

And stop by and see us on the Artisan Home Tour :  June 10-12, 17-19, 24-26.  Noon to 6pm each day.