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Finding Your Ideal Master Bedroom Location in Your Custom Home

As you build your dream home, finding the ideal location for your master bedroom is just as important as flooring, design, and upgrades. After all, you’ll spend over one third of your life in this room relaxing. Even though everyone has a different dream master bedroom in mind, keep these locations in mind as you design your home.

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Back Master Bedroom

One of the best locations for a master bedroom is in the back of the house. It’s hidden from the main traffic of the house and cocooned in a safe, private area for you to enjoy. As it’s far from the noise of the street and other rooms, it can be one of the quietest places in the house. You’ll have less visitors since you’re further from the other bedrooms in the house and you don’t have to worry about street lights or headlights disrupting your sleep.


Front Master Bedroom

A master bedroom in the front of the house is not only convenient but also provides a private view of your front yard. You can see visitors coming to your door and neighborhood activity, giving you peace of mind. In the front of your house you’ll be closer to your children, the kitchen, and great room.

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First Floor

Depending on your family’s current’s needs, a master bedroom on the first floor is a luxurious option that parents often appreciate.  If you have older kids, parents living with you, or frequently host overnight guests, a master bedroom on the first floor might be an attractive option. On the first floor as you won’t hear slamming doors, loud music, or conversations coming from the second floor.

Besides being quieter, a master suite on the first floor means you don’t have to climb the stairs each night. A bedroom on the first floor can also increase your home's resale value.


Second Floor

A master bedroom on the second floor not only allows more space for the common areas on the first floor but also gives you a relaxing refuge so you can escape the noise downstairs. A bedroom on the second floor shields you from noises from the great room and the kitchen. And if you’re still looking to maintain your privacy, place your master bedroom at one end of the hall on the second floor.

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Build You Dream Bedroom with Gordon James

Whether your master bedroom is small or large, your house design is modern or classic: your master bedroom should be your favorite space in your home. Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to create your dream master bedroom in your dream home. For more information, contact us at or call us at 763-479-3117 today.

Wayzata Cottage Classic Family Room by Gordon James

Gordon James Featured on Houzz

Gordon James Featured on Houzz

Houzz recently featured the basement of this Gordon James Home as their “Room of the Day”!   Check it out below or view the article!

Entertainers Dream by Gordon James

Care Guide: How to Clean Your Patio Cushions

"Your outdoor cushions probably have spent the winter outside, exposed to the elements, or crammed into storage. If you’re anything like me, you may have even put them away with a blob of ketchup that has since dried and cracked. Now your task is getting those cushions ready for another season of barbecues and poolside lounging."

Never fear, we’ve got you covered with these tips, thanks to Houzz contributor Jennifer Christgau-Aquino.

Care Guide: How to Clean Your Patio Cushions




Orono Distinction, a custom home from Gordon James

2013 Gordon James Luxury Home Tour Home

This 5,600-square-foot dream home includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, an open great room, a chef’s kitchen, a patio that wraps around to a swimming pool, a screened porch with built-in cabinetry, a private balcony off the master suite, a reading nook, a wine cellar, a fitness area, an open lower level theater area, a large four-car garage, and an outdoor fireplace.

"Builder John Quinlivan, a former business executive who listens carefully and pushes hard for the best pricing, helped the couple make smart use of their space with a built-in wet bar (allowing for more seating), an efficient upper level laundry design, a window in the master closet, a lower level bath complete with a floor drain (perfect when coming in from the pool), and a bonus room and office that can be converted into future bedrooms." (excerpted from the 2013 Midwest Living Luxury Home Tour brochure)

A photo of John Quinlivan

Out of the mouths of babes, life-changing advice

By Dick Youngblood, Star Tribune, December 31, 2009


A photo of John Quinlivan

John Quinlivan’s executive job kept him on the road most of the time. After a comment by his 6-year-old daughter, he knew it was time to go in a new direction.

John Quinlivan allows as how there was a load of “personal angst” attached to a job that kept him away from his wife and two young children three weeks a month.

The breaking point came late in 2004, when Quinlivan, a vice president of national accounts at Qwest Communications, returned from a week in Boston just in time to catch a flight to Utah for a skiing vacation with his family. After he changed his clothes in his SUV and boarded the plane, his daughter, Lauren, then a precocious lass of 6, chided him in startlingly mature terms.

“She said, ‘It’s not normal or healthy for a grown man to be changing clothes in his car,'” Quinlivan recalled. “Then she added, ‘Oh, and by the way, you missed the father-daughter night at school.'”

That was it. Within weeks, Quinlivan quit his job and embarked on a career for which he admittedly had minimal training: He founded Gordon James Construction Inc., a Maple Plain general contracting company that uses the first and middle names of his late father. His background in the field: His father was a contractor, and Quinlivan had managed construction of a coffee shop that he and his wife, Kimberly, own in Maple Plain.

Despite his lack of experience, plus the lingering decline of the housing market and the collapse of the economy, the company thrived: Revenue climbed from $1.6 million in 2006, the first full year of operation, to $3.6 million in 2008, and continued growth through 2012.

Not bad, considering the industry is in the midst of “a very trying time, with a lot of competition for a much smaller piece of the pie,” said David Semerad, CEO of Associated General Contractors of Minnesota.

So how did Quinlivan beat the odds? On top of the decision to target both residential and commercial projects, 18 years in sales and sales management taught him the value of attentive customer service. It was confirmed by an informal survey he conducted.

“Whenever I was in the coffee shop, I’d ask people who had built new homes in the area whether they’d hire the same contractor again,” Quinlivan said. Out of 100 people queried: “Thirteen said yes and eight said maybe,” he said. The 79 who said no cited late completions, over-budget expenses, and unresponsive follow-ups.

It gave Quinlivan his strategy for building his business on word-of-mouth. Attorney Jason Pfeiffer was impressed: “He was personally involved from the design phase to the lot selection to the construction,” Pfeiffer said of his home’s construction in Orono. “And from a pricing perspective, he worked hard to push the costs to where they needed to go.”

In short, Quinlivan “listened and he understood what we wanted,” Pfeiffer said.

Gordon James operates the same way it did when everything began in 2006 – attention to clients’ detailed wants, quality construction, and communication. Give us a call and you’ll understand why word-of-mouth referral business is our best marketing.