Artisan Home No. 6

Gordon James Builder

1680 Orchard Creek Trail, Orono, Minnesota | 763-479-3117 | MN Lic #BC531961

Located within a protected reserve, this Gordon James home was thoughtfully designed to blend seamlessly with its surrounding natural environment. The property is nestled in a small enclave that provides privacy, while still offering close proximity to lakes, shopping, restaurants, a golf course, and highly regarded schools.

Inspired by a mountain modern aesthetic and designed by Everson Architect, the design choices were adapted to create a Midwest modern architectural style. This can be seen in rugged-yet-sophisticated materials and finishes, like the metal roof and Atlantic white cedar siding on the exterior and wood ceiling beams, stone wall accents, and wood and limestone flooring inside. 

An open floor plan and large custom windows allow natural light to flood the main living spaces and promote uninterrupted views to the surrounding nature reserve. 

Bedrooms bookend both sides of the main level — two bedrooms and a kids’ bathroom to the right, and a primary suite to the left, complete with exposed truss vaulted ceilings in the bedroom, a steam shower and separate soaking tub in the bathroom, and a spacious primary closet connected to a laundry room for maximum convenience. 

Around the corner from the marble-clad kitchen outfitted with top-of-the-line Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, a hallway and pantry houses dishwashers, a refrigerator and freezer, and wall ovens, keeping food prep and cleanup out of view of guests while entertaining. 

The lower level acts as an entertainment hub for the homeowners, as well as their friends and family. In addition to two guest bedrooms and a bathroom, there is a family room and wet bar, a golf simulator, fitness area, and full athletic court. 

Small details make a big impact throughout the home, from hand-blown custom light fixtures to one-of-a-kind iron stair railings and ceiling elements.