Ferguson is a home plumbing solutions company that worked with Gordon James on the Orono artisan home.

Home Plumbing Solutions with Ferguson

As experts in home plumbing solutions, Ferguson allowed Gordon James to flawlessly execute on the style preferences of the homeowners of the 2019 Orono Artisan home. Ferguson’s team provided our customers with perfectly-tailored, trendy designs that will last a lifetime. To learn more about the specialized plumbing services of Ferguson and how they helped the homeowners, continue reading. 

Artisan white tile bathroom with Ferguson custom home plumbing installed in Wayzata

How were you involved in the creation of the Gordon James home? 

Ferguson worked with the homeowner and designer to select home plumbing solutions that worked with their vision. We enjoyed working on the custom artisan home because it gave us a chance to use our expansive skillset. 

Home plumbing solutions from Ferguson in a Gordon James custom home in Wayzata

As an initial guideline, Gordon James provided us with the plumbing allowances and floor plan. The homeowners visited the showroom with the designer to view the home plumbing solutions that were available. 

What made this project unique?

The faucets in many rooms followed the current trends of matte black and champagne bronze. The homeowners also selected a hammered, polished, nickel-powder bath sink with a beautiful wall mount faucet to exhibit a unique installation and metal sink.

What was the homeowner’s vision for the project?

The homeowners liked an overall classic design but also wanted trendy finishes and clean lines, creating a home that will be gorgeous and relevant twenty years from now. They also offered us Pinterest photos that we were able to work with to achieve their desired style for the front of the home and the finishes of the walls, floor, and countertops. 

Home plumbing solutions at a wet bar in a Gordon James custom home in Wayzata

Describe your process.

First, we review the floor plan with the client and discuss how they or their families will use each space. This enables us to get a feel for what types of materials, finishes, and shapes will be durable and functional, yet achieve their desired look. We then review the budget and continue to keep that in mind as we make selections room by room. 

What should a homeowner look for in a plumbing company?

A homeowner should look for a showroom with a wide range of products on display, a consultant with knowledge and experience, and a company that will help guide them through the process. Building can be overwhelming at times due to the constant plethora of options. In these situations, it's nice to have a consultant that knows how to manage your time well and has your best interest in mind. 

Ferguson provided home plumbing solutions for the Orono artisan home by Gordon James in Wayzata


What does Furgeson do especially well?

All of our team members have years of experience in home plumbing solutions sales -- we know the product, the lead times, and the pros and cons of each piece. Being in the industry for thirty years has allowed me to identify precisely what customers like and dislike about products. I’m able to use these insights in my discussions with the client to see if the product will work for their personal lifestyle. 


Which rooms of the home did Ferguson contribute to?

We contributed to all of the rooms by installing home plumbing solutions. 

Home plumbing solutions from Ferguson in the Orono artisan home from Gordon James in Wayzata


Describe Ferguson and its areas of specialization?

Any person that is doing any home remodeling or building should contact us. We offer a wide range of products and prices to fit every household. We have access to brands that offer homeowners one-of-a-kind items and cost-effective pieces that will last a lifetime.

What is your favorite contribution to the Gordon James Artisan home?

The additional steam unit for the lower level bath is my favorite. It’s such a wonderful way to relax and unwind during our nearly seven months of winter in Minnesota!

For more information about Ferguson, visit their website. To learn more about Gordon James, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call (763) 479-3117 today.

INTERSOURCE, inc. provides flooring solutions, and teamed up with Gordon James in Orono

Flooring Solutions With INTERSOURCE, Inc.

Flooring in a home is something you can’t avoid; we stand and walk on them every day. The choice of flooring inside your home is one of the most basic yet important decisions a homeowner needs to make. We partnered with INTERSOURCE, Inc. for flooring solutions inside our 2019 Artisan Home. Not only does INTERSOURCE, Inc. provide amazing products, but their delivery of flooring solutions is exceptional. Without the custom installation offerings from INTERSOURCE, Inc., our homeowners would not have the dream home they have today.

Carpet flooring solutions from INTERSOURCE, inc. in a Gordon James custom home in Orono

 About INTERSOURCE, inc. and their work: 

INTERSOURCE, Inc. is an independent, through-the-trade, full-service residential and commercial floor covering dealership established in 1996 to employ our knowledge of interior design and construction. We make it our business to provide superior products and services to the architect, interior designer, builder/remodeler, general contractor and their respective clients. Subsequently, the outcome is successful, high-quality installations.

Bathroom tile flooring solutions from INTERSOURCE, inc. in a Gordon James custom home in Orono

How were you involved in the creation of the Gordon James Home? 

We worked with Gordon James to procure the carpeting, Luxury Vinyl Planks(lower level), and the rubber in the workout room for the home. Once we had the materials, we installed them on-time and under-budget. 

We provided a systematic approach to procuring the materials specified by the interior designer and scheduling floor products in the home. The result was a high-quality floor installation, which made an amazing impact on the overall look.

What made this project unique?

We offered the desired materials at the requested budget to create an exceptional outcome. It was also one of our first times working with Gordon James, and we didn’t work directly with the interior designer. Despite this, we successfully adapted to their selection and install parameters.

Laundry and mudroom flooring solutions from INTERSOURCE, inc. in a Gordon James custom home in OronoDescribe your process: 

We are methodical and diligent about how we proceed with all our projects. When working directly with the builder, we ensure that we are thorough in understanding the plans. This includes knowing if there is in-floor heat, built-ins to work around, concerns about lighting and seam layout, special phasing requirements, moisture issues, special subfloor conditions exist, etc. Since this project was an Artisan Home, we negotiated special pricing. This discounted the overall project so we could provide great value and extraordinary service every step of the way.


What challenges did you face, and how did you overcome them? 

Successfully meeting the tight installation timeline that the project demanded! 


What should homeowners consider when looking at flooring solutions? 

For 23 years, we have valued service over sales. Because of this, we believe extraordinary service is what it takes to ensure total satisfaction. We work with several premier builders, architects, and interior designers. We have built trusted relationships with all of them because of our professionalism. So, we always invest the time to educate on appropriate material usage and ensure that the outcome is flawless. These are just some traits that any floor installation customer should value.

Hard wood flooring solutions in a Gordon James custom luxury kitchen from INTERSOURCE, inc in Orono

What makes INTERSOURCE different? 

Attention to detail is one of our key differentiators. We take the time to listen, tailor-fit the material and installation, and ensure follow-through is as satisfying as the process itself. Because we take pride in this, we take great pains to ensure that our curation of materials is broad, yet unique. The lines we carry stand behind their product. We also seek to do business with people who emulate our core values of PIPER: Passion, Integrity, Positivity, Excellence, and Respect. Exceptional flooring solutions. Extraordinary service. It's more than a tagline; it's our MO.

Flooring solutions from INTERSOURCE inc., in a Gordon James luxury home in Orono 

We are a through-the-trade supplier; we sell directly to industry professionals in the residential arena. So, this means architects, builders, remodelers and interior designers. Anyone looking to supply their client with nearly any residential or commercial flooring solutions is encouraged to work with us to help determine the perfect fit. Roughly 50 percent of our work is business-to-business commercial. From worship institutions to education, to healthcare, to large corporations, because of this, we have been installing for over 23 years. 

What is your favorite aspect of the project?

It’s honestly difficult to choose just one. Out of the stair runner, upper and lower level carpet, the lower level luxury vinyl planking, and the exercise room rubber…. I think we love the material and custom installation of the stair runner the best!

For more information about INTERSOURCE, Inc., visit http://intersource-inc.com. For more information on Gordon James, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call (763) 479-3117 today.

ResTech systems installs smart home technology in luxury home in Minnetonka

Smart Home Technology With ResTech

By partnering with ResTech Systems, we were able to make our clients’ vision for their dream home a reality. Through integrated and seamless smart home technology solutions, ResTech helped make the 2019 Artisan Home innovative, high-tech, and secure. The “smart technology” offerings provided by ResTech truly elevated the quality of living for our clients, and made their home modern and cutting edge.

A luxury custom home build by Gordon James in Minnetonka and outfitted with smart home technology by ResTech systems.


About ResTech and their work

Daniel woody founded ResTech systems in 2012 with his highly qualified team of system designers, sales consultants, and installation and service personnel. They have 20+ years of experience in the smart home technology industry.

ResTech Systems is the exclusive home technology systems provider for the 2019 Gordon James Artisan Home project. I met the home buyers a couple of years ago when they were still selecting a home builder. We started the process of prioritizing what technology was important to them and their families, and we were ultimately selected as the technology provider!

How did you work with Gordon James to achieve the goal?

ResTech worked closely with the Gordon James and the other on-site trades to ensure there was excellent communication, timely installation, and synergy among the teams so that the final product exceeded the clients' expectations.

A great room in a Gordon James home outfitted with smart home technology by ResTech systems.

One way we did this was by moving away from the traditional TV programming services provided by the cable/satellite companies and “cutting the cord”, so to speak. We are now using streaming services and a local HD TV antenna to provide programming at a fraction of cable company fees.

What was the homeowner’s vision for the project?

The homeowners wanted smart home technology with advanced systems that fit their budget. We identified areas inside and outside the home that would be used regularly by the residents and created cost-effective solutions that were user-friendly and met the technology needs for each area. 

Describe your process: 

The ResTech Systems process starts with a technology consultation at our showroom in Plymouth at the Mingle Design Center. Once we establish what is important to you and your family, we move into the system design phase, which is a working document based on the technology consultation meeting. From there, we fine-tune the system design until we have addressed all the technology needs and the investment level. ResTech moves into the production phase of the project once the homeowners approve everything. Soon after, we train you and your family on your new technology.

What challenges did you face?

Nothing stands out on this particular project. There are always little challenges along the way when you are building a luxury home. Gordon James and ResTech combined their experience to make sure the process of building a luxury custom home was smooth. 

Smart home technology deployed in a Gordon James custom home bathroom in Minnetonka.

What is ‘smart’ technology? What are a few popular examples? 

Smart Technology is designed to make our personal and family lifestyles more enjoyable, convenient, secure, and eco-friendly. For example, you can have a built-in audio/video system inside and outside your home to enjoy your favorite music or sporting events. Also, you can control the temperature of your home with smart thermostats and motorized window treatments. Lastly, you can monitor your home from work or arm your security system remotely as you travel. 

ResTech Systems is a complete smart home technology contractor. We specialize in all areas of entertainment, environmental control, and security solutions. ResTech fits best with clients who are seeking a complete home technology package with service support. 

Which rooms did ResTech contribute their services?

ResTech provided technology systems in many areas of this home. This included basic connectivity for TVs, complete home music systems, indoor and outdoor WiFi for smart devices, security systems, camera systems, and much more. 


How can smart home technology be utilizedAn example of smart home technology in a Gordon James custom home in Minnetonka

Smart technology comes in a variety of forms. For example, smart light switches and dimmers allow you to control the lighting in your home from your devices. This also gives your home a lived-in look when you are on vacation by controlling your lighting at set times.

Smart window shading solutions allow you to put the home in “eco mode” when you are leaving for the weekend. This blocks harmful rays from the sun, reduces energy costs, and passers-by from peeking into your home. 

A favorite addition to the home?

Our favorite contribution to the Gordon James Artisan home includes the entirety of the technology solutions installed. Our work will truly enhance the clients’ lifestyle and family enjoyment for many years to come!

For more information about ResTech, visit http://restechsystems.com. For more information on Gordon James, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call (763) 479-3117 today.

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

Basic Overview

This bright and open home has all the comfort of country living with an elegant, modern twist. The architecture pays homage to historic Orono homes in the area, while still having 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. 

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 said: "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

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 the 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

Help from our friends

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 in it. 

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



Finally, we head out to the poolside lounge in the backyard, where entertaining is a breeze. The ample outdoor seating 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.

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. 

There are numerous considerations to take into account when constructing or renovating your home. 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.

A custom artisan home in Orono from Gordon James

Orono Artisan Home Features We Love

At Gordon James, we make sure each custom home we build meets our high standards of quality. Our Orono Artisan is no exception. There is a lot to love in the Orono Artisan home, from gorgeous interiors to breathtaking exterior design. 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. This beautiful exterior would feel right at home in an east-coast resort town.

A costal-style artisan home from Gordan James

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.

Reclaimed barn wood in the kitchen of a custom artisan home from Gordon James


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

A mudroom with blue stone on floors in a custom artisan home built by Gordon James

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.

A glass mosaic wall in a custom artisan home from Gordon James

Cambria Quartz Surfaces

This quartz-surfacing product has a marble-like quality but has some different uses. For example, it has 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.The kitchen area with quartz counter tops in a custom artisan home from Gordon James

See more of this home here.

The professionals at Gordon James can take your custom home from idea to reality. 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.