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TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreword....................................................................5
Our Home Plan Collection....................................33
Fall Wine Pairings............................................ 34–35
Rambler Living................................................. 10–19
Lighting Trend: Boho Chic....................................37
Designing Your Dream Home....................... 20–22
Products Our Employees Love..................... 38–39
Fall Weekend Getaways................................. 40–44
Get Cooking....................................................... 24–27
Trending Colors of the Season............................45
Maintaining a Healthy Home....................... 28–29
St. Croix Dream Home.................................... 46–57
How to Choose Window Coverings............. 30–32
Celebrating Excellence................................... 58–59 Rooms Our Designers Love........................... 60–63 Apple & Pumpkin Picking.............................. 64–65 Favorite Spots Around the Twin Cities....... 66–73 The Stonegate Difference.............................. 74–75 Introducing: The East Collection.................. 76–85 Places We Love................................................. 86–90 Vendor Partnerships....................................... 92–93
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elcome to the inaugural issue of Stonegate Style, our new lifestyle magazine designed to help you get to know us and the inspiration that fuels our collective spirit and passion for new home construction and living well. Our talented team of outstanding local professionals talk about everything from hot new design trends, to investing your design budget wisely, and tips on maintaining a healthy home. Their personal recommendations on living well – from fall wine pairings to Twin Cities hot spots and fall weekend getaways – bring you closer to discovering who we are and what we love. We’ll talk about our favorite new Vermillion home plan, take a glimpse back at our Spring Dream Home, and share the latest news on our new East home plan collection. We invite you to explore our recommended weekend getaways, try out one of our favorite recipes, and relish in our designer’s favorite rooms. Our philosophy: we believe that building a home is not just about constructing a structure, it is about creating a lifestyle. Our homes are designed to be more than just a place to live – they reflect our clients’ personalities, dreams, and aspirations. We also take pride in supporting our local economy by working with top local trade and vendor partners. We are proud to be a Minnesota-based company, and we are committed to investing in the Twin Cities communities where we build. We are Minnesota Made. Thank you for joining us on our journey. I hope you enjoy our first issue of Stonegate Style. Sincerely, Ryan Jones President, Stonegate Builders
Organic Modern NATURE INSPIRED DESIGN TRENDS
e’re embracing the beauty of the latest design trends that coincide with autumn’s changing landscape. Step into a season of transformation, where subtle yet impactful changes can breathe new life into your living spaces, creating a warm and inspiring atmosphere for the fall ahead. At the heart of these trends lies the concept of Organic Modern Design. This concept artfully merges the allure of contemporary aesthetics with the natural splendor of organic materials like wood, stone, bamboo, and rattan. Emphasizing clean lines and minimalism, this approach sets the stage for a harmonious and inviting home. Learn ways to incorporate this into your own living space.
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COLOR PALETTE Inspired by the soothing hues found in nature, an earthy color palette sets the tone for a calming environment. Warm browns, soft grays, muted greens, and shades of white work together to create a serene atmosphere.
A TIMELESS FAVORITE A Timeless Favorite: Wood is making a comeback, becoming a focal point in modern kitchens and beyond. Hickory, White Oak, and Walnut, with their rich and warm tones, serve as a splendid complement to neutral whites and create a pleasing balance between natural textures and clean, fresh looks.
AND AIRY SPACES Embracing open floor plans and maximizing natural light through large windows creates an inviting and expansive feel. This design approach blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces, making your home feel more connected to the surrounding environment.
LESS IS MORE
By decluttering and adopting clean lines, you can achieve a sense of tranquility and order. The simplicity of minimalism allows your decor elements and natural materials to shine.
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Bringing the outdoors in is a central aspect of organic modern design. Introducing natural elements, such as indoor plants, living walls, or nature-inspired artwork, not only enhances the overall ambiance but also fosters a closer connection to the natural world, promoting a sense of well-being.
SHAPES AND LINES Embrace furniture and decor items with organic and fluid shapes. Curved lines, rounded edges, and irregular forms add a touch of comfort and create a natural flow within the space, inviting relaxation and a sense of movement.
MATERIALS & ELEMENTS Textural Elements: Introducing various textures through woven fabrics, natural fibers, and textured wallpapers adds depth and visual interest to your space. The tactile experience of different textures enhances the overall design, making it visually captivating and engaging.
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HANDCRAFTED AND ARTISANAL PIECES
Incorporating handmade elements into your home decor adds character and uniqueness. By seeking out oneof-a-kind pieces created by local artisans, you can infuse your space with a personal touch that tells a story and stands out.
COLORFUL ACCENTS & DECOR
Adding pops of color to your living spaces injects personality and vibrancy. Whether it’s through vanities, tiles, kitchen cabinets, ceilings, accent walls, or built-ins, incorporating colorful accents allows you to express your unique style and infuse your space with energy and character.
A FRESH TAKE ON
RAMBLER LIVING Jake Lee & Mary Vranyes
ntroducing the Vermillion home plan, the latest addition to our West collection plans. Designed with careful attention to detail, this rambler offers a wealth of innovative features. From a well-concealed prep/ pantry area to a luxurious owner’s suite, this home embodies both functionality and sophistication. Join us as we explore the unique elements that make the Vermillion a standout choice for our clients.
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CREATING HARMONIOUS SPACES:
One of the primary goals behind the Vermillion’s design was to establish a seamless flow between essential areas such as the mudroom, pantry, prep, and kitchen. Our team of talented architects succeeded in their mission, crafting a space that feels open, yet cozy. Thanks to the use of headers, each room is distinct and inviting, creating an atmosphere that is both warm and spacious. Optional arches throughout add a touch of soft timeless sophistication to the home.
A CULINARY HAVEN:
The kitchen in the Vermillion is a culinary enthusiast’s dream. Boasting ample storage, dedicated cooking areas, and space perfect for entertaining. This kitchen is as functional as it is stylish. The butler’s pantry is truly a hidden gem with the option for a secret door to the pantry. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a casual cook, the Vermillion’s kitchen is sure to inspire your cooking adventures.
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Large windows are a hallmark feature of the Vermillion, allowing an abundance of natural light to envelop the entire home. The carefully positioned windows permit sunlight to permeate every corner, lending brightness and softness to each living space.
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One of the standout features of the Vermillion is the main floor centralized laundry room. Strategically positioned for accessibility from multiple areas, this functional space ensures effortless organization and convenience in your daily routines. You will no longer have to traverse multiple floors or rooms to handle your laundry needs—everything you need is right at your fingertips.
Recognizing the importance of a centralized workspace, the Vermillion features a pocket office. Here, families can stay organized, keeping important documents, schedules, and daily essentials in one convenient location. The pocket office becomes the hub of productivity, ensuring that every member of the family can find what they need and stay on top of their busy lives.
LUXURIOUS OWNER’S SUITE:
The Vermillion’s luxury owner’s suite is a lovely example of the dedication we put into creating spaces that cater to your comfort. With a roman tub, spacious double vanity, and a generous closet, this haven is the perfect retreat after a long day. Additionally, a linen closet provides extra storage, ensuring that your belongings are always within reach while maintaining a clean and clutter-free environment.
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The Vermillion’s lower level offers a wealth of space and limitless possibilities. A wide-open rec/game room sets the stage for family entertainment, complete with a cozy fireplace and a well-equipped optional bar area. In addition to creating a welcoming ambiance, this lower level ensures that you have ample storage—something that often goes overlooked in new homes. From seasonal decorations to sporting equipment, everything finds its place in this thoughtfully designed space. The Vermillion is more than just a house; it’s a testament to our commitment to creating homes that exceed expectations. With its innovative design, seamless flow, and remarkable features, this rambler option is the epitome of modern living. The Vermillion offers the perfect blend of functionality, comfort, and elegance—an unparalleled living space for you and your loved ones. Learn more about the Vermillion: stonegatebuilders.com/home-plans/vermillion stonegatebuilders.com
DESIGNING YOUR DREAM HOME:
Where to Allocate Your Budget Shannon Wakefield
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Designing a new home is an exciting venture, offering an opportunity to create a space that reflects your unique personality and lifestyle. While staying within budget is essential, it’s equally important to allocate your funds wisely to ensure the best possible outcome. By prioritizing key elements and investing in quality where it matters most, you can create a home that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Here are the areas you should consider investing your budget when designing a new home. 1. Structural Elements: The various structural elements of your home are crucial and should be the top priority when considering your budget. Investing in quality construction materials and skilled labor will provide a solid foundation for your home, ensuring its long-term durability and stability. It’s essential to work with experienced professionals who understand the importance of structural integrity and adhere to building codes and regulations. More times than not, it’s more cost effective to allocate funds towards the structural options that you want in your upcoming home, vs. retrofitting post-construction. 2. Kitchen and Bathrooms: The kitchen and baths are among the most frequently used spaces in any home. Allocating a significant portion of your budget to these areas will
pay off in terms of both functionality and resale value. Invest in high-quality cabinetry, fixtures, and appliances that combine durability, style, and efficiency. Consider timeless design choices that can withstand changing trends and appeal to a broad range of potential buyers if you plan to sell in the future. What is considered timeless, you may ask? Colors that create a neutral backdrop to your furnishings, is a great choice for any space. That way you can easily switch out various elements of décor to freshen the space, vs. ripping out your cabinets, backsplash, tile, etc. 3. Flooring and Finishes: Flooring and finishes contribute significantly to the overall aesthetics of your home. While there are various options available at different price points, it’s worth investing in durable and low-maintenance materials. Hardwood floors, for instance, provide a timeless and elegant look while adding value to your home. Let’s not forget about our friend- LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring. Color/design options for LVP flooring have come a long way in their look compared to hardwood or engineered wood flooring. Budget and household lifestyle should be taken into consideration as to which floor you decide on. Similarly, consider investing in quality tiles, countertops, and carpet options that can withstand daily wear and tear and require minimal upkeep.
4. Lighting and Electrical: A well-designed lighting scheme can transform the ambiance of your home. Allocate a portion of your budget to quality lighting fixtures and an efficient electrical system that can accommodate your needs. Incorporate a combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting to create a welcoming and functional atmosphere. Additionally, consider energy-efficient options such as LED lights to reduce long-term energy costs.
5. Outdoor Spaces and Landscaping: Don’t forget about the exterior of your home! Allocating a portion of your budget to outdoor spaces and landscaping can enhance your overall living experience and increase curb appeal. Invest in well-designed outdoor areas, including patios, decks, or a landscaped garden, to create inviting spaces for relaxation and entertainment. Professional landscaping services can help you choose the right plants and features that align with your climate, maintenance preferences, and aesthetic goals.
When designing your dream home, allocating your budget wisely ensures a harmonious balance between functionality, aesthetics, and long-term value. By focusing on structural integrity, investing in quality materials and finishes, prioritizing key areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms, and considering energy efficiency and outdoor spaces, you can create a home that truly reflects your personal style while meeting your practical needs. Remember to work with experienced professionals who can guide you through the design process and help you make informed decisions that align with your budget and vision.
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We’re all about finding that sweet spot between work, family, and happiness. At Stonegate, we take pride in building high-quality homes in great Twin Cities neighborhoods that help you strike that perfect balance. Whether you’re looking for small town charm, a suburban retreat, or a lakeside oasis, we take pride in offering our clients thriving, beautiful communities where they can plant their roots. The Bluffs at Lake Lucy, Chanhassen
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Welcome to the heart of the home - the kitchen - where cherished memories are made and taste buds sing with delight! In this recipe section of our lifestyle magazine, we invite you to discover the joys of fall cooking as we bring you a mouthwatering array of recipes that will spice up your evenings, whether you’re preparing an easy grab-and-go dinner or hosting a memorable dinner party for friends and family.
RECIPES One Skillet Greek Meatballs and Lemon Butter Orzo Recipe from Half Baked Harvest Ingredients
• 1 pound ground chicken • 1 small shallot, finely chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (or 2 teaspoons dried) • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika • kosher salt and black pepper • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 1 lemon, sliced, plus 3-4 tbs lemon juice • 2 tablespoons salted butter • 1 cup dry orzo pasta • 1/2 cup pitted green olives • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus more for serving • 1/2 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped, and reserve the oil • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • arugula and fresh herbs, for serving For the whipped feta: • 8 ounces feta cheese • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1. Add the chicken, shallot, 1 clove
garlic, oregano, paprika, and a pinch of red pepper, salt, and pepper to a bowl. Mix until just combined. Coat your hands with a bit of oil, roll the meat into tablespoon-size balls (will make 14-15 meatballs). 2. Heat a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil shimmers, add the meatballs and sear until crisp and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes, turning them 2-3 times. Transfer to a plate. 3. To the same skillet, add the butter and lemon slices. Sear the lemon until
golden on each side, about 1 minute. Remove the lemon from the pan and add to the plate with the meatballs. To the same skillet, add 1 clove garlic and the orzo. Cook until the garlic is fragrant and the orzo toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Add the 2 1/2 cups water and 1-2 tablespoons juice from 1 lemon. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook, stirring often, until al dente, about 7-8 minutes. Stir in the olives and dill. Slide the meatballs back into the skillet and cook until warmed through. 4. Meanwhile, make the sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. In a bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of the reserved sundried tomato oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and the balsamic vinegar until combined. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, 1 tablespoon dill, and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. 5. To make the whipped feta. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. The feta can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. 6. To serve, spread the feta onto plates and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Add the orzo, seared lemons, and meatballs. Sprinkle on some greens and herbs. Enjoy!
Stuffed Mediterranean Burgers + Easy Lemon Potatoes Recipe from Gathered Nutrition Ingredients
For the potatoes: • 4–5 gold potatoes, sliced into wedges • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 tsp Italian seasoning • Salt and pepper, to taste • Juice of 1 lemon • Fresh parsley, for topping
For the burgers: • 1 lb ground chicken (or turkey) • 1/2 cup chopped baby spinach • 1/2 bell pepper, diced • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley • 1/4 heaping cup crumbled feta • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, chopped (optional) • 1–2 tbsp red onion, finely diced • 1 tsp Italian seasoning • 1/2 tsp sea salt • 1/4 tsp black pepper • 1/4 tsp garlic powder • Pinch of red pepper flakes
1. Start by making the potatoes. Preheat oven to 425°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Toss the potatoes in the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Lay flat on the baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes, tossing halfway through. 3. While the potatoes are roasting, start on the burgers. Mix all burger ingredients together in a large bowl until well-combined. Form into 5-6 burger patties. 4. Heat a large skillet or a griddle over medium heat and spray with avocado oil. Cook burgers for 5-7 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through. 5. When potatoes are done roasting, squeeze lemon juice over the potatoes and sprinkle with fresh parsley.
Favorite Green Salad with Apples, Cranberries and Pepitas Recipe from Cookie + Kate We all miss those yummy summer salads, but as the fall season rolls in, it’s a great time to change up your menu. This hearty salad is colorful and bright, perfect to bring to any gathering, and sure to add cheer to your table.
Creamy Tortellini Soup Recipe from Diethood As the weather cools down its time to pull out the tried and true soup recipes. This creamy tortellini soup is sure to please with its mouthwatering flavors, great for any crowd. Oh and its perfect to bring for lunch at work!
Classic Pumpkin Roll Recipe from Real Housemoms Ingredients
For pumpkin roll: • ¾ tsp baking soda • ¾ cup flour • 3 eggs • ½ cup dark brown sugar • ½ cup white sugar • ¼ tsp kosher salt • cup pumpkin puree NOT pumpkin pie filling • 1 tbsp vanilla extract • 1 tsp cinnamon • ¼ tsp cloves • ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg For the cream cheese frosting: • 8 oz cream cheese softened • 2 tbsp unsalted butter softened • ½ tsp kosher salt • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar • 2 tsp vanilla extract • Extra confectioner’s sugar to dust on top
Pumpkin Roll: 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a jelly roll pan (10 x 15 inch) with parchment paper. 2. Use butter to make sure the parchment sticks to the jelly roll pan. Make sure that there is about a 2-inch overhang over the cake pan, as well as the long edge of the pan. Do not butter the parchment paper itself, set aside until ready to use. 3. Sift the baking soda and flour together into a bowl. Set aside. 4. In a larger bowl, whisk the eggs, brown sugar, white sugar, and salt together until frothy. 5. Stir in the pumpkin puree, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg until nice and smooth. 6. Add the flour and baking soda mix and stir until the batter is smooth. 7. Evenly spread the batter in the pre-
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pared jelly roll pan. 8. Bake the cake in the oven for about 15 minutes until the cake is cooked through. A toothpick inserted into the cake layer should come clean when it’s done. 9. Remove the cake pan from the oven. 10. While the cake is hot, lift up the parchment paper (with the cake), and place it on a flat surface that’s heat-proof. 11. Carefully roll up the cake, starting from one of the short ends. Make sure you roll up the cake WITH the parchment paper - this will prevent the cake from sticking to itself. 12. Wrap the rolled up cake with a cloth napkin and set aside on a wire rack to cool completely. 13. While the cake is cooling, make the frosting. OR you can allow the cake to cool overnight (wrapped in a cloth napkin), and make the frosting the following day. Cream Cheese Frosting: 1. Place the room temperature cream cheese, butter, and salt in a bowl. Whisk until nice and smooth and creamy. 2. Add the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla and whisk until the frosting is creamy and smooth. If the frosting is too runny, refrigerate for a few minutes to chill. Assembling the Pumpkin Roll: 1. When the cake has completely cooled, remove the cloth napkin from the rolled up cake, and unroll the cake very carefully. Remove the parchment paper and place the cake on a tray or clean flat surface. 2. Apply an even layer of the cream cheese frosting on the inside surface of the cake, leaving about a 1-inch border at the end. The thickness of the frosting level should be less than the height of the cake (about ½ of the thickness). 3. Carefully roll up the cake again, making sure it rolls up evenly and not too tightly. Place the cake on a serving tray or platter, with the seam side down. 4. Refrigerate for at least 1 - 2 hours. 5. Dust the surface of the cake with extra confectioner’s sugar and cut into ½ inch thick slices and serve.
Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi Soup Recipe from Skinny Spatula Ingredients
• 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 pound Italian sausage (any flavor, I usually get hot) • 1 medium onion, finely diced • 1 medium carrot, diced • 2 celery sticks, diced • 2 large garlic cloves, minced • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes (more if you like spice) • 1/3 cup dry white wine • 4 cups chicken stock • ¾ cup heavy cream • 1 pound gnocchi • Handful baby spinach • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan
1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot and fry the sausage for 4-5 minutes over medium-high heat until slightly browned, crumbling it with your spoon as it cooks. 2. Add the onion, carrot and celery and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the garlic, Italian seasoning, and red chilli flakes and continue to cook for another minute until fragrant. 3. Stir in the white wine and cook for a minute, stirring often, until the alcohol evaporates almost completely. Add the chicken stock, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. 4. Stir in the heavy cream, then add the gnocchi and cook for 2-3 minutes or as specified on the instructions on the package. 5. Next, stir in the baby spinach and grated Parmesan, season to taste and serve immediately.
Rick’s Fall Drink Recipe from Rick the Land Guy Ingredients
• Cinnamon whiskey of your choosing (Fireball) • Kissed caramel vodka • Crisp apple Angry Orchard • Cinnamon sugar
1. Rim your class with cinnamon sugar 2. Add whiskey, vodka, and Angry Orchard to taste 3. Enjoy!
MAINTAINING A HEALTHY HOME
No wet surfaces Sump pump and check valve working Floor drain working Check for signs of rodents, bats, roaches, and termites
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Annual Annual Annual
Fall Fall Fall
Shingles in good condition Make sure gutters discharge water away from building Check attic vents Winter
Check for icicles and ice dams Clean dryer vent Check exhaust ducts are clear
INTERIOR WALLS, CEILINGS, WINDOWS, & DOORS
Check operation of windows and doors Lubricate and repair windows and doors
Water drains away from house No trip, fall, choking, or sharp edge hazards Check for signs of rodents, bats, roaches, and termites Drain outdoor faucets and hoses Clean window wells and check drainage Clean gutters and downspouts
Clean kitchen range hood screens Clean dryer vents and screens
EXTERIOR ROOF, WALLS, & WINDOWS
YARD & EXTERIOR
Maintaining a healthy home is not just about keeping it clean and organized; it’s also about safeguarding its longevity and creating a space where you can fully enjoy life. While home maintenance tasks may seem overwhelming at times, having a basic checklist can make the process much more manageable. By staying on top of routine maintenance throughout the year, you can prevent small issues from escalating into major problems and ensure that your home remains a haven for years to come. To help you get started, here’s a helpful checklist that covers essential tasks to maintain a healthy and well-functioning home throughout the year.
YOUR ESSENTIAL CHECKLIST
Clean exhaust fan outlets and screens Clean outdoor air intakes and screens Clean air conditioning coils, drain pans Clean dehumidifier coils, check operation Clean and tune furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters Clean and tune ovens and ranges
Check washer hoses connections Check dishwasher hoses for leaks Check toilet supply/shut-off valve Check shower-tub surrounds for signs of damage Check traps and drains under sinks, tubs, showers for leaks Check hot water heater for leaks Check water main/meter or well pump for leaks or sweating Check bath and kitchen fans operation
Outdoor air to return to heat recovery ventilation
PLUMBING, FIXTURES, & APPLIANCES
Check for damaged cords Test ground fault interrupters Check smoke and CO alarms
GARAGE Proper operation of garage door safety shut-off Check for signs of water damage Check for signs of rodents, bats, roaches, and termites
HOW TO CHOOSE
Window Coverings Julie Treanor
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Window treatments are an excellent way to enhance the aesthetics of your home while providing many practical benefits. The options available are vast and varied, and getting started can be daunting. We created a guide to help you find your way, and included our designer’s expert advice.
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Opt for neutral colors if you prefer a timeless look or go bold with patterns and textures to add a focal point. You can find ready-made options or go through a seamstress or drapery shop. If choosing ready-made, be sure to measure your windows accurately to ensure a proper fit. Don’t shy away from mixing and matching different types of window treatments for a unique and layered look. Think in layers; if budget is a factor, perhaps doing just a shade to offer privacy or room darkening to begin with is the starting point. Then you can add softness in the form of draperies when budget allows. Drapery hardware can be a great compliment to lighting fixture finishes, door and cabinet hardware, and can be a great way to tie a room together. Neutral tones with texture can offer softness without being too dominant in a room. Conversely bold patterns that coordinate with furnishings become the added layer to elevate a room to something more dramatic.
Things to consider: • Do your window coverings need to function in providing privacy and protection from the sun or are they merely decorative? • Are there rooms that need room darkening? • Consider how the house looks from the front; does it make sense to have consistency when looking from the outside in? • Consider the overall decor and style of your home when choosing window treatments to ensure they complement the existing design.
Options and their Attributes: Curtains and Drapes • Can offer softness to a room, are versatile, provide texture and color to a space, and come in various fabrics and styles to match any decor. • They offer privacy by blocking the view from the outside. • Curtains can control natural light, helping you create a cozy or bright atmosphere as desired. • Drapes with thermal lining can improve energy efficiency by insulating the room against heat or cold. Blinds: • Blinds are sleek and contemporary, perfect for modern aesthetics. • They provide precise light control, allowing you to adjust the slats to filter or block sunlight. • Some blinds offer enhanced privacy by preventing outsiders from seeing inside while still allowing you to see outside. Shades: • Available in various materials like fabric, bamboo, or vinyl, shades add a soft touch to any room. • They are great at blocking out light entirely when needed, making them ideal for bedrooms and media rooms. • Cellular shades offer energy efficiency by trapping air, keeping your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. • Wood or wicker shades offer a warm and cozy feel to the room • Roman shades made with fabric offer a clean simple look. This style should be mounted slightly above a window casing to clear the glass. Shutters: • Shutters have a classic and timeless appeal, enhancing both traditional and modern interiors. • They provide excellent light control and ventilation when the louvers are adjustable. • Shutters are durable and long-lasting, making them a valuable investment for your home. • Shutters or white wood shades give a clean look that helps refocus the eye on the furniture or accessories in a space.
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FALL WINE PAIRINGS Andy Miller
f all the wonderful things that the Autumn season brings, for me, cooler weather is a welcomed change. With that, transitioning from the whimsy and care-free nature of white and rose wines to a more balanced and steady style of wine is a nice change of pace. Classics are Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and even the occasional glass of Chardonnay, but if you’re looking for a few off-the-beaten path options, here are a few of my favorite go-to’s that are sure to please. Beaujolais – a light red with mild tannins, low acidity and brighter notes. Great for one of those late fall warm days when you’re not looking for white. Enjoy a glass on a fall picnic taking in the changing color of the leaves. A cheerful red that won’t disappoint. Gamay – a gem of a wine. A relative of Beaujolais, located in the southern sub-region
of Burgundy (France) is a wine that is light in body, dry, vibrant and can stand on it’s own featuring flavors of raspberry, cranberry, currant and cherry. It’s a great wine that can take you right up to Thanksgiving. A very food friendly wine. Viognier – a grape that hails from the Rhone Valley in France, makes for a wonderful Fall white option. Late summer notes of honeysuckle, rose and tropical fruit combined with the body of a Chardonnay makes this a winner, plus it sounds fancy, right? Truth be told, Fall is a great time to try different wines and their varietals. Whether it’s a floral white to savor a fleeting warm afternoon or a spicier red to help take off the chill around a bonfire on a crisp night - sip, savor and enjoy all that is Fall. Salut!
ENJOY performance with style.
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Lighting Trend: Boho Chic Julie Treanor
We are all aglow with some of our favorite boho chic pendants from Muska Lighitng. The natural wood materials and soft white ceramic shapes make a space feel welcoming and comfortable.
OUR EMPLOYEES LOVE
Who better to ask about “Home Products we Love” than homebuilders! We polled some our team members and have narrowed it down to the top five for this issue. We are seeing some themes here- Clean, Kids, Fun, Pets, Style!
Burley DiLite X Double Trailer & Aventon Sinch Foldable Ebike Great for hauling the kiddos around. They can hop in and we can buzz over to a playground or nature trail. Sometimes we’ll even take it to the grocery store to grab a few items or to get a bite to eat. Both are great in colder weather as well - we put winter tires on the trailer in the winter and it has a water-resistant cover - Rachel Pottery Barn Balboa Upholstered Swivel Armchair Such a fun chair to elevate your home! Whether you are looking to add a unique flare to your living room or a cozy chair to read your book in, this chair is perfect for any space. - Mary
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URPOWER Dripless Dog Water Dish
This one is a lifesaver for messy drinkers! Keeps faces dry and prevents water spills and trails of water drips throughout the house. Easy to refill and clean too! – Julie
I love various types of lighting throughout the home rather than only using the overhead lights. My top two favorite are the rechargeable lightbulbs so the cord aren’t visible and you can’t trip over them and the other is the lighting over wall art. – Sadie
Dyson Cordless vacuum We absolutely love our Dyson! We have all hard surface flooring so vacuuming is a never ending ordeal with 4 little ones running around. Having something cordless makes it so easy to just hit a room quick and move on. - Jared
Pottery Barn Kids Build Your Own Cameron Wall System We have lots of toys! This storage unit holds a lot and also looks nice. You can mix and match pieces to suit your space. - Rachel
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The splendor of the fall season is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to plan a memorable weekend escape. Whether you’re seeking picturesque fall foliage, family-friendly activities, or thrilling adventures, Minnesota and its surrounding states have you covered. So, pack your bags, hit the road, and let’s explore some of the best weekend getaways in this remarkable region!
Bayfield A Fall Escape to Remember Located in Wisconsin, Bayfield is a charming town that comes alive during the fall season. The highlight of this getaway is the famous Bayfield Apple Festival, a delightful celebration of all things apple! Enjoy apple-themed treats, artisan crafts, live music, and dazzling views of Lake Superior. The vibrant fall colors that surround Bayfield create a magical atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts and photographers. Keep in mind that this popular event draws crowds, so make sure to book your stay early to secure the perfect accommodation for your weekend adventure.
Grandview Lodge Nisswa’s Family Getaway Grandview Lodge in Nisswa, MN, is the perfect destination for a fantastic summer retreat with extended family. But don’t overlook this gem during the fall season! The resort offers spacious cabins to accommodate large groups, ensuring everyone has a comfortable stay. From the array of restaurants to golf courses, pools, water activities, and resort-scheduled events, there’s something to keep every member of the family entertained. Gull Lake sets the stage for a memorable experience, and the changing leaves add an extra touch of enchantment to your autumn escapade of nature’s changing colors.
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Beaver Bay’s North Shore Glamping Adventure Venture to Beaver Bay on Minnesota’s North Shore for an unforgettable glamping experience. The North Shore Camping Company elevates camping to a new level of luxury and comfort. Their well-appointed tents in the impressive hills of Lake Superior let you indulge in the outdoors without sacrificing modern amenities. The campsite’s three barrel saunas and breathtaking deck overlooking Lake Superior offer the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. While here, immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the North Shore with single track riding and hiking. The extensive network of trails takes you through forests, along the shoreline, and to breathtaking viewpoints. For an adrenaline-pumping experience, head to the North Shore Adventure Park, where zip-lining and ropes courses will keep your heart pounding.
St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park - Nature’s Bounty For a family-friendly weekend filled with outdoor fun, head to St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park in Hastings, MN. Nestled along the scenic St. Croix River, this park offers easy access to hiking trails, making it a paradise for nature lovers and hikers of all ages. The kids will have a blast with the plethora of entertainment options, including multiple playgrounds and engaging nature hike treasure hunts. Camping at the park’s campground lets you immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying modern amenities. It’s a trip that your family will eagerly await every year!
Hudson, WI A Fall Delight Looking for a quick and fun fall weekend getaway? Hudson, WI, is just the place for you. This charming town offers the perfect blend of warm days, scenic views of the St. Croix River, and vibrant foliage in the downtown area. Stroll through the picturesque streets, dine at charming restaurants, and explore unique breweries and shops. It’s the ideal destination to savor the last warm days of fall while reveling in the beauty of nature’s changing colors.
Wild Vines Campground Glamping in a Winery For a unique and indulgent glamping experience, make your way to Wild Vines Campground on the St. Croix River. This veteran-owned business situated on a working vineyard, winery, and distillery offers an unparalleled blend of luxury and outdoor adventure. The family and pet-friendly campground is conveniently located near three state parks, a waterpark, and opportunities for canoe trips, making it an ideal base for exploring the region.
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Designer’s Choice top colors of the season
The polls are in! We are excited to share the interior and exterior color trends our designers are seeing. As we move into the “ber” months, trends lean towards warmer colors in paint, cabinets and flooring.
Renwick Olive SW 2815
Roycroft Bronze Green
Toile Red SW 0006
Renwick Rose Beige
Interior paint color trends
WHITE Still has a stronghold – classic and timeless – great mixed with black accents or wood tone
BLACK New and upcoming exterior color for us in the Midwest – reads neutral, moody & earthy DARK GRAYS Can be paired well with white for a fresh look or wood accents to give it a more natural look
Iron Ore SW 7069 EXTERIOR
Tanbark SW 6061
Julie Treanor & Amy Offerman
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Unveiling Luxury S T. C R O I X DREAM HOME Mary Vranyes
Dream Home In the midst of a cozy gathering for a snowy holiday party, little did our team know that the very setting of our celebration would become something more. Nestled in the Hollydale neighborhood of Plymouth, MN, our St. Croix home was about to embark on an incredible journey. Months later, with hearts full of pride and excitement, we were honored to be chosen as one of the coveted Dream Homes in the
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Twin Cities Spring 2023 Parade of Homes Tour. Hand-selected by the Housing First Minnesota Foundation, Dream Homes are more than just structures; they embody exceptional craftsmanship, intricate design, and an unmatched ability to captivate visitors. However, what truly sets these
homes apart is their purpose: the $5 admission fee contributes towards the noble mission of providing safe shelter for those in need, a step towards eradicating homelessness. For us, this was not just an achievement, but a responsibility and an honor that we embraced with open arms.
symphony of design
As you step into our St. Croix Dream Home, you’re immediately greeted by over 5,900 square feet of sheer architectural excellence and quality construction. A symphony of design elements and thoughtful layout choices sets the stage for remarkable family living. With five bedrooms and six baths, this abode is not just a house; it’s a striking representation of a lifestyle that effortlessly combines elegance and comfort. The heart of the home, our jaw-dropping two-story gourmet kitchen, stands as a work of art in itself. Adorned with a beamed ceiling and featuring a mesmerizing blend of colors and patterns, this space is a culinary haven.
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canvas of charm
The intricate use of materials, from paneled walls to weathered reclaimed beams, from show-stopping fixtures to accents of gold, marble, and stone, creates a canvas of charm and sophistication.
One remarkable aspect that sets our St. Croix Dream Home apart is its duality. Despite being a production home, it boasts the same level of craftsmanship and quality that’s commonly associated with custom-built residences. This is not just a home to admire from afar, it’s a space that can become your own. A dream turned reality, with the added advantage of a streamlined experience, allowing you to move into your vision of perfection swiftly.
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Behind the scenes, our team of skilled designers and architects at Stonegate Builders invested their passion and creativity into every nook and cranny of the home. The goal was simple: to inspire every visitor, whether they were seeking ideas for their current projects or imagining their own dream homes. The dedication and hard work we invested in this endeavor were richly rewarded by the enthusiastic and awe-inspiring reception of our design choices. As the curtains fell on the Twin Cities Spring 2023 Parade of Homes Tour, our Dream Home retained its splendor in the memories of those who stepped through its doors. It’s not just a physical space, but a legacy of dedication and aspiration. We invite you to explore our home plan collections, to dream and envision, and to contribute to a brighter future for Minnesota. Our St. Croix Dream Home was a realization of dreams, and we are excited to continue creating these dreams, one home at a time.
CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE: The Honor of The Reggie Award Mary Vranyes
t Stonegate Builders, we find joy in the art of creating homes and crafting neighborhoods that resonate with the dreams and desires of our valued customers. Our thoughtful consideration is evident in every aspect of our home designs and the carefully chosen locations where we build. As innovators in the industry, we take pride in understanding our customers’ needs and exceeding their expectations, both in the home and the community we offer. Throughout our journey, we have garnered accolades and industry recognition that serve as a testament to our dedication to excellence. One of our most cherished accomplishments comes from Housing First Minnesota, who bi-annually presents the esteemed Reggie Award to celebrate outstanding achievements in design, construction quality, and value among builders. What sets this award
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REGGIE AWA R D W I N N E R SM
apart is that it is judged by the most discerning critics in the industry: fellow builders and professionals. Each of the homes contending for the Reggie Award is showcased to the public during the Parade of Homes℠. We are deeply honored to have won several Reggie Awards, showcasing the tireless efforts and dedication of our exceptional team of employees and partners. Their unwavering commitment to quality craftsmanship and innovative designs has been the cornerstone of our success. As we celebrate these awards, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to every individual who has contributed to our journey, ensuring that Stonegate Builders’ vision continues to flourish. We invite you to explore more about our award-winning homes, each a masterpiece reflecting the heart and soul we pour into every creation.
ROOMS OUR DESIGNERS LOVE:
A Fusion of Elegance and Creativity Welcome to a visual journey through some of the most captivating Stonegate rooms our talented designers created and love. Each space is a testament to the perfect mix of creativity and craftsmanship, showcasing how innovative design choices can transform a house into a home. Let’s take a closer look at these stunning rooms.
KITCHEN & GREAT ROOM
PEPIN AT EVANSWOOD Step into the kitchen of our Pepin at Evanswood, and you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of contrasting elements that harmoniously blend. The dark cabinets form an intriguing juxtaposition against the warm earth tones of the wood railing and stone fireplace. The two-story great room is a sight to behold with floor-to-ceiling fireplace and exquisite
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wooden beams. The oversized built-in bookcases flanking the fireplace offer ample space for treasured mementos and create a sense of symmetry and balance. This room is the epitome of grandeur and showcases how bold architectural elements can transform a space into a work of art.
KITCHEN/ HIDDEN PANTRY VERMILLION IN HOLLYDALE
The combination of a gorgeous cabinetry colors, warm wood tones, and gold and brass hardware, plumbing and lighting creates a harmonious balance between sleek modern and natural elements, resulting in a welcoming and functional kitchen.
POWDER BATH PALMER AT THE MEADOWS
Powder baths offer a canvas for designers to unleash their creativity without breaking the bank. The Powder Bath in this Palmer at The Meadows exemplifies this concept with an tasteful mix of features that make this small space truly enchanting. Tall ceilings elevate the room, while the furniture-like sink base adds a touch of sophistication. The carefully chosen wall covering, sconces, and mirror create a charming and inviting atmosphere. The warm engineered wood floor and crown molding add a finishing touch, making this room a special and inviting spot.
BENTON IN HUNTERSBROOK This Owner’s Suite is a sanctuary of elegance and comfort. The gridded shower door adds a touch of modern sophistication to this gorgeous bath, while the rustic paneled ceiling above the tub creates a serene and inviting space for relaxation.
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The wood paneled alcove in the owner’s suite serves as an artistic focal point, adding texture and interest to the room’s design. This owner’s suite offers a peaceful retreat for rest and rejuvenation.
As you’ve journeyed through these remarkable rooms, we hope you’ve been inspired by the fusion of creativity and artistry that our designers bring to each project. Whether it’s the perfect blend of colors and textures or the innovative use of architectural features, these rooms exemplify the heart and soul of Stonegate’s commitment to exceptional design.
Harvest Season OUR FAVORITE APPLE ORCHARDS & PUMPKIN PATCHES IN THE TWIN CITIES
f you’re looking to make the most of the great outdoors before the weather takes a chilly turn, there’s no better time than now to visit a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Embrace the beauty of the autumn season and its vibrant colors while indulging in delicious apple cider, bringing home a pumpkin, and many other fun activities fall has to offer. We’ve rounded up our favorite Twin Cities apple orchards and pumpkin patches for you to explore and enjoy with your loved ones. Gather family and friends and let the autumn adventure begin!
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1. Aamodt’s Apple Farm Stillwater
1. Dehns Pumpkin Patch Dayton
2. Pine Tree Apple Orchard
2. Minnetonka Orchard Minnetrista
3. Luceline Orchard Watertown
3. Country Sun Farm & Greenhouses Lake Elmo
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4. Afton Apple Orchard Hastings 5. Apple Jack Orchard Delano
4. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Chaska 5. Twin Cities Maze Brooklyn Park stonegatebuilders.com |
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As the weather cools down the leaves transform our landscape into a picturesque canvas of color, fall is the perfect time to get out and explore the wonders of the Twin Cities. Our team members have curated a list of favorite places in and around the Twin Cities offering something for everyone, from trendy eateries to vibrant downtown attractions and breathtaking natural escapes. We hope you’ll enjoy our recommendations!
Maple Grove - Discover the Northern Suburb’s Vibrant Scene Maple Grove has rapidly become a bustling destination with an array of attractions to explore. From diverse restaurants and shopping to scenic outdoor trails, this city offers an abundance of activities for all. Here are some of our must-see highlights that you can’t miss!
6. Three Rivers – Elm Creek Park Reserve: For nature enthusiasts, Three Rivers - Elm Creek is a sanctuary of outdoor activities. Enjoy archery, biking, camping, cross-country skiing, disc golf, and more. The offleash dog park and scenic hiking trails make it a favorite spot for pets and their owners. Don’t miss the fabulous snowshoeing and swimming options too.
1. Omni Brewing Co: Experience t the lively ambiance at Omni Brewing Co, where you can enjoy music, trivia nights, and unwind on their inviting patio. The rotating selection of food trucks adds an interesting culinary twist to complement your craft beer.
1 7. Three Rivers – Fish Lake Regional Park: Another gem from Three Rivers, Fish Lake offers a charming setting for outdoor enthusiasts. Engage in biking, boating, fishing, snowshoeing, and swimming. Explore the serene picnic areas and experience the freedom of the off-leash dog park. 2. Bonchon: Indulge in a mouthwatering adventure at Bonchon, a popular eatery known for its delectable Korean fried chicken and flavorful Asian-inspired dishes. 3. The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill: Treat your taste buds to a Mediterranean delight at The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, offering a delicious array of fresh and healthy dishes. 4. Sawatdee: Embark on a appetizing journey to Thailand at Sawatdee, where you can savor authentic Thai flavors in a warm and inviting atmosphere. 5. Three Squares: Discover a hub of savory delights and entertainment at Three Squares. Enjoy a diverse menu, refreshing drinks, and engaging trivia nights while basking in the pleasant outdoor patio ambiance.
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8. Central Park: Delight in the offerings of Central Park, featuring a veteran’s memorial, labyrinth, and attractive manicured gardens. The open lawn and iceskating loop provide ample space for recreation and winter fun. Kids will adore the playground and splash pad, and the park hosts a September concert for entertainment. Take a leisurely walk around the lake and enjoy some birdwatching in this scenic paradise.
4 Western Suburbs - Lake Life, Best dining, nature’s beauty Uncover the wonders of the western suburbs, from sensational trails and lakeside dining to delicious frozen custard and picturesque gardens. These destinations bring together a sampling of attractions that celebrate lake life, art, nature, and iconic destinations. We hope you’ll enjoy our “best of the west!”
1. Cast and Cru – Excelsior: Hidden t away just off the east side of Excelsior Bay on the grounds of the renowned historic Old Log Theatre, Cast and Cru offers a rich and diverse menu focused on fresh, modern American cuisine, locally and seasonally inspired. Nestled amongst tall pines and graceful gardens with outdoor dining that offers a wonderful resort vibe. The Pop-Up Christmas Cocktail “Jingle Bar” in a 125-year-old decorated cabin on the grounds is a favorite winter attraction. Pairing dinner and show is one of the best nights in town! 2. Lola’s Lakehouse – Waconia: Experience lakeside dining at its finest at Lola’s Lakehouse, a family-owned favorite on beautiful Lake Waconia. Whether you choose to dine in the charming restaurant or on the outdoor deck, this refreshing eatery features a seafood inspired American menu that changes with the seasons, rotating drink specials, handmade crafted cocktails, and a fantastic summer lakeside music series.
3. The Grocer’s Table – Wayzata: A fabulous dining, wine & coffee bar, takeout market featuring simple, rustic, seasonal and locally sourced farmhouse style cooking inspired by family recipes. The intimate café offers a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu in a casual counter-service setting. Dine in, on the patio, or order to-go and take to the lake! 4. The Warf at Lord Fletcher’s – Spring Park: Enjoy casual dining lakeside on The Warf deck on Lake Minnetonka featuring three tiki bars, delicious grilled burgers, walleye, sandwiches, salads and more; live music, three sand volleyball courts and 100 boat slips! Whether you come by land or water, this iconic lake lodge guarantees a memorable experience! 5. Buddy Boy BBQ – Minnetrista: Discover the mouthwatering flavors of Buddy Boy BBQ, a must-visit for BBQ enthusiasts seeking deliciously smoked meats and savory sides. Offering indoor and outdoor dining, live music Saturdays, and a wild west vibe that can’t be beat! 6. Tequila Butcher – Chanhassen: Feeing adventurous? Authentic Mexican flavors and one of the biggest and most well-curated lists of tequila in the cities await. Follow the smell of fire and mezcal to this amazing new restaurant offering signature menu items featuring smoked meats, roasted vegetables, and savory Mexican spices. 7. Joey Nova’s Pizza – Excelsior: A favorite spot in the western suburbs offering legendary hand-tossed pizzas, calzones, pastas, sandwiches, desserts and more! Dinein or take one of these delicious pies to-go.
or visit the AppleHouse. There are countless ways to immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of this botanical wonderland that showcases nature’s artistry in every season.
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8. Big Stone Golf – Minnetrista: Challenge your mini golf skills while enjoying the scenic landscapes of Big Stone Golf, a unique, artful, and fun family destination. Enjoy a round of mini golf on a course dotted with large stone sculptures crafted by local artists that blend art with nature. You’ll love how these sculptures add charm, beauty, and fun to the game, creating an unforgettable and inspiring atmosphere as you play. 9. Gale Woods Farm – Minnetrista: This 410acre park located on picturesque Whaletail Lake is a wonderful spot for families and nature enthusiasts to experience a working educational farm. Explore three miles of hiking trails to observe farm animals on pasture. You may see chickens, cattle, sheep, guard dogs, cats and pigs as well as a llama in the summer and early fall. Shop the farmers market mid-June to late October. Canoe and snowshoe rentals, summer camps for aspiring farmhands, and a variety of skill-based classes including fiber arts, cooking and gardening are also available! 10. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – Chanhassen: Fall is in full swing at the Arboretum! Enjoy over 12 miles of trails and fun for all ages! Shop for seasonal goodies, explore Scarecrow Hill and the fall harvest pumpkin displays, take in a Full Moon Hike,
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11. Medicine Lake Trail – Plymouth: Embark on a nature-filled adventure along the Medicine Lake Trail, a scenic 20.7-mile biking and walking trail that provides connections between Elm Creek Park Reserve, Fish Lake, and French Regional Parks with connections to the Bassett Creek and Luce Line Regional Trails, as well as many community trails. 12. Noerenberg Gardens – Wayzata: Experience the tranquility and spectacular beauty of Noerenberg Gardens, a place where lush landscapes and gardens come together to create a peaceful retreat. Located along the shore of Crystal Bay on Lake Minnetonka, Noerenberg is widely regarded as one of the finest formal gardens in Minnesota.
13. Licks Unlimited – Excelsior: An iconic destination for almost 30 years and just a short walk from the lake in downtown Excelsior, this small family-owned ice cream shop offers over 40 flavors of delectable super premium ice cream served up in delicious homemade waffle cones.
14. Adele’s Frozen Custard – Excelsior: Locally owned and hailed as the most ridiculously amazing frozen custard around, every batch of Adele’s creamy goodness is made daily on-site with a featured flavor calendar available online. Enjoy custard cones, sundaes, concretes, malts, shakes, and treats to go, as well as fresh deli sandwiches, hot dogs, brats and more.
Eastern Minnesota – Discover Charming Stillwater Located on the scenic St. Croix River, Stillwater offers historic sightseeing, shopping, dining, entertainment, outdoor festivals, boating, parks, and walking and bike trails set among the gorgeous the river bluffs.
1. Mon Petit Cheri: Begin your day t with a scrumptious breakfast at Mon Petit Cheri, indulging in quiche paired with an iced latte. Don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth with their delicious selection of baked goods. 2. Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop: On a hot summer day, cool down with an old-fashioned malt or ice cream creation of your choice at Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop. Their classic American burgers are also a favorite. 3. Lolo American Kitchen: Experience craft cocktails, spirits, and delectable American small plates and street food at Lolo American Kitchen— an ideal spot for a social dinner.
5. St. Croix Vineyards: Offering enjoyable wine tastings and wine-making tours, this enchanting vineyard offers live music, tantalizing charcuterie boards, places to picnic and rolling vineyards to stroll while sipping on fine wine. 6. Charming Boutiques: Embark on a leisurely afternoon stroll through downtown Stillwater, where charming boutiques await. Discover hidden treasures in antique shops, bookstores, and cooking stores, making it the perfect place for a girl’s day out or finding a special gift for a loved one.
4. Nachos Mamas: Craving authentic Mexican food? Head to Nachos Mamas for a flavorful plate of Mexican delights. You can choose to dine inside or enjoy the patio ambiance while sipping on a refreshing margarita.
4 7. Historic Boat Tour: Cruise along the picturesque St. Croix River on a historic boat tour. Visiting during the fall allows you to soak in the breathtaking colors while enjoying lunch, dinner, or beer tastings.
Eastern Minnesota Venture Across the St. Croix to Hudson, WI Bring your family and friends to explore the eclectic mix of shops and restaurants while you enjoy the historic charm and stunning scenery in Hudson, nestled on the St. Croix River and Wisconsin’s northwest border. Spend quality time in nature on miles of trials set among the breathtaking river bluffs.
1. San Pedros: A local favorite, San t Pedros delights with its Caribbean flavors. Nestled along the historic main street, experience a taste of island life with their mouthwatering dishes. Private events and catering services are also available.
4. Willow River State Park: Escape to Willow River State Park, offering an array of activities, including camping, canoing, hiking, and fishing. Hike to the breathtaking Willow Falls and take a refreshing dip in the lake on a warm fall day. Families will love the easy hikes and multiple playgrounds available.
5. Knoke’s Chocolates: Treat yourself to handcrafted confections made daily at Knoke’s Chocolates. Choose from an assortment of chocolates, candies, house-roasted nuts, gourmet popcorn, or ice cream. This historic spot is the perfect place to conclude a day of exploration with friends and family.
2. Pier 500: Enjoy classic American dishes with a breathtaking view of the St. Croix River at Pier 500. Whether you choose the outdoor patio or cozy up near the fireplace inside, this restaurant is sure to please. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch on a magnificent fall morning.
Central Minnesota - Uncover the Vibrance of the Twin Cities
Discover the vibrant experiences Minneapolis and St. Paul have to offer, from craft distilleries and exceptional dining to family-friendly outings and outdoor adventures. Whether you’re a foodie, a theater enthusiast, or seeking nature’s embrace, these attractions are sure to please.
3. Riverfront Walking Path: Stroll along the paved walking paths that offer picturesque views of the riverfront. The journey culminates in a long pier with a sandy beach, providing an idyllic spot to relax and appreciate the natural beauty.
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1. O’Shaughnessy Distilling – MPLS: t Indulge in expertly crafted drinks and delectable appetizers at O’Shaughnessy Distilling. Their exceptional libations, thanks to Brian Nation’s expertise, promise an unforgettable start to your evening. 2. Malcolm Yards – MPLS: Embark on a unique culinary journey at Malcolm Yards, where you’ll find a diverse range of exceptional dining options curated by experienced and up-and-coming chefs. Experience innovation in food and drink while also enjoying their trivia nights or yoga classes for an added dose of fun.
7. Guthrie Theater – MPLS: Treat yourself to a night of cultural indulgence at the renowned Guthrie Theater. Enjoy great plays followed by a variety of dining options. For a unique perspective, don’t miss the Yellow Room, adding a touch of fun to your theater experience. 8. Como Zoo and Conservatory – St. Paul: Discover a year-round source of fun and entertainment at Como Zoo and Conservatory. With fascinating exhibits and impressive botanical displays, this place promises a memorable experience for visitors of all ages.
3. Minneapolis Cider Co.: For a refreshing twist, head to Minneapolis Cider Co and relish their delicious ciders while engaging in games and perhaps a friendly round of pickleball. 4. Fairgrounds Coffee – MPLS: Indulge in the goodness of food and coffee in a pleasant atmosphere at Fairgrounds Coffee. This spot promises an enjoyable coffee experience paired with delicious bites. For added fun, sip your coffee while seated on one of their indoor swings. 5. Cossetta: Located in the heart of St. Paul, this classic Italian restaurant is the perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner during your downtown outing. Choose from delicious pizza to comforting pasta; Cossetta has it all. Don’t forget to stop at the pastry and gelato shop for a sweet treat. 6. Brasa: With locations in both St. Paul and Minneapolis, this American Creole restaurant is sure to impress. Featuring fresh produce and locally sourced meats, the flavors at this premium rotisserie abound. Enjoy a fast-casual meal here with friends or family.
9. Chain of Lakes – MPLS: Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Chain of Lakes by biking or walking around Lake of the Isles, Bde Maka Ska, or Lake Harriet. Take a refreshing swim or indulge in the joys of kayaking or paddleboarding. 10. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts: Experience the joy of live theater in downtown St. Paul. Enjoy a variety of performances from Broadway shows to plays and dance performances.
11. Padelford Riverboat – St. Paul: Discover the beauty of the Mississippi with a riverboat cruise. Soak in the sun with a drink or meal, feel the breeze, and enjoy the changing colors as you drift past spectacular city sights.
Discover T H E S T O N E G AT E DIFFERENCE Excellence in Home Building
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elcome to Stonegate Builders, where our passion for crafting exquisitely designed homes sets us apart. With a wealth of experience spanning various sectors of the home building industry and beyond, our team is dedicated to taking your dreams to new heights.
Crafting Homes with Pride
The Journey to Excellence
At Stonegate Builders, we take immense pride in building homes that are not just structures but true reflections of your vision. Our primary focus is on creating exquisitely designed spaces that become the backdrop for your life’s most cherished memories.
Achieving excellence in home building requires dedication and refinement. At Stonegate Builders, we continuously improve our plans, processes, and offerings to meet and exceed your expectations. Our unwavering commitment to perfection drives us to leave no stone unturned in creating your dream home.
Local Roots, Superior Quality Our commitment to family and community drives us to support local industries. By incorporating Minnesotamade products into our projects, we ensure the highest quality materials for your home. Building with locally sourced materials also means contributing to the strength and prosperity of our community. A Sanctuary for Years to Come We understand that your home is your sanctuary. That’s why we strive to deliver a product that goes beyond aesthetics, providing you with a comfortable and well-built home that stands the test of time. Our emphasis on functionality and flow ensures a seamless living experience for you and your family.
Built for the Way You Want to Live We believe there are no shortcuts when it comes to building a home that truly reflects your lifestyle and values. Our team is dedicated to leaving no detail unattended, creating a space where your family can create lasting memories. Partner with Stonegate Builders Thank you for considering Stonegate Builders as your partner in creating the home of your dreams. Join us in this extraordinary adventure, where together, we’ll build a sanctuary that perfectly captures your lifestyle and aspirations.
THE EAST COLLECTION
HIGHLIGHT Julie Ellingboe & Anna Carter
ntroducing the East Collection: A New Era of Simplified, Chic Living with Stonegate Builders
Step into a world where style meets simplicity as we introduce Stonegate Builders’ latest offering – the East Collection. We’ve designed this home plan collection with a focus on one key principle: To provide a seamless home buying and design experience that resonates with the modern lifestyle. The East Collection debuts two beautiful home plans – The Abbey and The Eleanor. With a goal to entice anyone looking to simplify the home building process, these plans harmonize affordability with tasteful aesthetics and robust functionality.
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Home Plan: Abbey 1
Home Plan: Eleanor
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The East Collection’s streamlined approach simplifies the process of realizing your dream home in a few easy steps. First, choose between the elegance of The Abbey or the charm of The Eleanor. Next, choose from our six curated exterior design packages, each carefully selected to cater to a variety of architectural tastes. The journey doesn’t end here. Once the exterior package is selected, we invite you to dive into the creative realm of interior designs. Looking for an urban chic look? Our Downtown package, with its clean lines, cool tones, and chrome accents, echoes a refined city vibe. If you’re seeking tranquility and natural elements, our North Shore package incorporates warm tones and matte black finishes, ideal for an earthy, serene abode. For the style-forward homeowners, our Uptown package brings in warm finishes and brushed gold touches, embodying a playful yet sophisticated charm. The East Collection is a new approach to making home buying an enjoyable and seamless journey. Start your exciting journey with the East Collection today, and experience the essence of modern living tailored to your unique style. With Stonegate Builders, your dream home is only a few curated choices away.
clean lines, cool tones and accents in bright chrome
warm tones with pops of rich, matte black and metal finishes
warm, eclectic finishes with touches of brushed gold
Downtown Quality and affordability coexist within our base Downtown interiors package. We have fused timeless elegance with practicality in the form of quartz countertops, classic tile kitchen backsplash, luxury vinyl plank flooring, plush carpeting, designer lighting, and high-quality plumbing fixtures – an ensemble that turns a house into a home.
Downtown Luxe Premium Package Add-Ons Downtown Design Enhancements
North Shore For an added flair, our North Shore and Uptown packages include upgrades featuring premium cabinetry, stylish Moen fixtures, and an enhanced owner’s suite. The warm and inviting North Shore package offers Level 2 upgrades, including hardware and light fixtures in matte black or brushed gold finish.
North Shore Luxe Premium Package Add-Ons North Shore Design Enhancements
Uptown With eclectic style and brushed gold finishes, the Uptown package brings an elevated experience to all of your spaces. Featuring premium cabinetry, stylish Moen fixtures, and an enhanced owner’s suite, the Uptown package brings warmth and natural touches to your home.
Uptown Luxe Premium Package Add-Ons Uptown Design Enhancements
Places We Love Curated Boutique Medina, MN Welcome to Curated Boutique, the charming specialty gift shop based in Medina, MN. Opened in July 2022, this enchanting store focuses on giftables, homewares, and baby essentials, all carefully selected to fit a warm, neutral aesthetic. Owned by Whitney Gonzenbach, a former Stonegate Builders client, the boutique showcases modern and unique small-batched goods from local makers and artisans worldwide. What’s more, Gonzenbach offers a thoughtful touch with full-service gift boxing, allowing clients to create personalized presents with ease. With an ever-changing assortment of goods introduced every three weeks, Curated Boutique promises an enjoyable shopping experience that celebrates craftsmanship and the joy of giving. Find them at 190 Westfalen Trail Suite 100, Medina, or explore their offerings on Instagram @shopcuratedboutique.
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Ruby’s Roost Victoria, MN This charming, family run small-batch, organic bakery & coffee shop located in downtown Victoria has locals lined up out the door on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Standing in line at Ruby’s is as much a part of the experience as chatting with the friendly counter staff and baristas as you place your order. Wonderful conversation continues among locals, tourists, family and friends as custom drink orders are crafted. From classic espresso and lattes to cold brews, drips and frappes – apple cider, steamers, smoothies and teas– the variety of delicious hot and cold drink options does not disappoint. The assortment of fresh baked goods made inhouse every morning – including Ruby’s famous caramel rolls and scones – is another topic of conversation there because decisions are tough when everything in the bakery case is amazing! With indoor and patio seating, a friendly ambiance and gift items - including Ruby’s wearables - for sale, this quaint bakery and coffee shop is worth the trip to Main Street Victoria!
The Cookie Store - Watertown, MN Seriously THE best cookies in town! The Cookie Store specializes in both custom decorated sugar cookies and gourmet cookies including chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, ginger molasses, and s’mores cookies. They have hundreds of cutters and can put any design on a cookie for any occasion! From Babe and the Blue Ox to Barbie, team logos, wedding couples and more! Take a look at what they did for Stonegate Builders. These exact replicas of our model homes are beyond picture perfect! Owner/baker/decorator/icing artist extraordinaire Dani Daniels started making decorated cookies and treats for her friends and family 25 years ago. It was fun and gave her joy to see the reactions from people. At the Minnesota State Fair in 2014, Dani was presented an award from Gold Medal Flour for her cookies and was inspired to make her cookie hobby a cookie business! She baked out of her family-owned bagel shop for 4 years and has since opened an AMAZING standalone cookie store in Watertown. The Cookie Store also offers 8 rotating flavors of ice cream and a retail area with branded t-shirts, puzzles, cookie cutters, stuffed animals, and household gifts.
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Chapter One - Victoria, MN This amazing new bookstore is yet another reason to love charming downtown Victoria. Chapter One was founded in 2020 and is owned and run by a mom and former teacher with a life-long love of reading and a desire to share a passion for books with others. This unique bookstore offers a magnificent children’s section, handpicked book lists, book clubs for
children ages pre-K through grade 6, adult book clubs, parent book clubs and chats, children’s storytime, author events, tutoring services, birthday parties and more! If you haven’t yet been, stop in soon and pick up something for yourself, something for another book lover in your life, and don’t forget to bring the kids if you have them!
White Birch House Victoria, MN This beautiful boutique offers a unique selection of furniture, home décor, and gifts with a modernfarmhouse aesthetic. The selection includes goods from several Minnesota brands, such as Thymes fragrances and candle and wool throws by Faribault Woolen Mills, plus vintage European metal bowls, S’well water bottles, and Bavarian bread boards made from 19th-century reclaimed wood. You’ll also find a wonderful range of women’s clothing, boasting cozy knits in soothing neutral tones, exclusive wool-felt handbags by LES Bags, and stunning minimalist jewelry. If you’re looking for amazing customer service, gorgeous home items at a variety of price points, and the perfect stop when looking for a gift or design ideas, don’t miss the opportunity to visit White Birch House when in downtown Victoria.
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We love too many cooks in the kitchen.
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QUALIFIED | EXPERIENCED | CONSISTENT
The success of any project depends on the quality of the team involved. At Stonegate Builders, we are fortunate to work with some of the best trade partners in the business. Working with local partners not only ensures that we have access to the best talent in the region, but it also allows us to support the local economy. In this issue, we are featuring three of our exceptional trade partners among the many we work with, and we think you will enjoy their stories as much as we do.
Every Stonegate Builders home has a budget, and where you invest your money matters. Windows and doors are critical because they impact both the inside and outside the home as well as most rooms in a home. They also provide energy efficiency, light, ventilation, as well as security. Since they are built into the structure of the home, replacing poor quality windows and doors is difficult and much more expensive in the long run. Investing in High Quality Andersen Windows and Doors is a great investment because you get high-quality products backed by one of best warranties in the
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business. Andersen’s 20/10 warranty is non-prorated, fully transferable and is backed by the largest service organization in the industry. Andersen windows and doors are consistently ranked as the highest quality windows and doors in the industry and are the windows and doors more contractors use in their own homes than any other brand in the market. Andersen delivers a piece of mind with name you can trust. They stand behind their business and products and are a proud partner of Stonegate Builders.
The team at Muska Lighting is passionate about 2 things, design and customer service. The lighting designers celebrate creativity in all they do and are continually educating themselves on innovative lighting design. Stonegate relies on these fresh product lines to stay on top of the latest trends, while still offering the best in time-honored favorites to fit the varying tastes and styles of our homebuyers.
all other exterior products, James Hardie is a cementitious product giving it a zero-fire rating. We love this on our homes because life is unpredictable and when push comes to shove, we want you to know that you have the very best on your home for the safety of your belongings and family. While other products tout features that are only benefits to the labor in the field, we choose to use the best product for the future. James Hardie has a 30-Year Non-Prorated substrate warranty, and a manufacturer applied and baked on paint finish sure to last beyond the 15-year paint warranty they offer. We love that we know our homeowners are covered for the length of their mortgage without having to look at a depreciation table to understand what coverage they have in the event something doesn’t perform.
James Hardie offers us unlimited options when it comes to the product we use to protect our homes. James Hardie gives our homes a best-in-class durability rating that cannot be found with another exterior product. Unlike almost
We choose the best so our homeowners don’t have to worry. We choose James Hardie.
In addition to their vast product offerings, Muska Lighting is known for its knowledgeable and friendly staff. A true “family values” business style, a unique blend of business discipline, and an abundance of design creativity are the driving forces behind the continued growth of Muska Lighting. This company’s motto: do your very best every day, respect everyone you touch, and laugh as often as possible.
Muska Lighting is a name we can trust and a proud Stonegate Builders Partner. They aim for excellence in all they do, providing lighting solutions and designs to enhance the ambiance and aesthetics of homes and businesses.
R E L I A B I L I T Y B A S E D O N Y E A R S O F PA RT N E R S H I P
Stonegate Builders is an exclusive user of James Hardie on our homes and have been for the last four years. We choose to use James Hardie for their industry leading focus on design and durability giving builders like us the ability to push the boundaries of design so as not to run into a tired portfolio of builds. With an exclusive partnership like ours, we have fully curated a custom set of standard colors to give our homeowners a unique experience. We rely on a product line like James Hardie to consistently innovate to help us remain on the cutting edge of consumer demand. With a full product line spanning three unique color pallets, and an Architectural Collection featuring new cutting-edge designs and board profiles, the flexibility in traditional versus modern design is truly unmatched by any other manufacturer.