Gordon James

John Quinlivan & Jeremy Thompson

How did you get started in homebuilding?

I [John] left the corporate world so I could spend more time with my family and make a difference in my local community. Being a builder gives me that opportunity.

What inspires and influences your work?

The team at Gordon James thrives on delivering dreams to our customers. Watching their ideas come to life is an amazing experience that we love to be part of.

How would you describe your team’s approach to a new project?

We are on a fact-finding mission. Some clients come in thinking they know exactly what they want but end up sharing things they like that don’t match that vision. For example, modern design means different things to different people. Our team’s job is to clear that up and deliver our clients the plan and design they are looking for in their dream homes.

What are the most important elements of a successful build team?

We believe the architect, interior designer, our project coordination team, and the customer need to work hand-in-hand from the start of the process to ensure the smoothest delivery while keeping the budget under control.

What sets your company apart?

Our attention to detail on the entire project, not just the build. Whatever their situation, our clients have one thing in common: they have a dream, and they need a builder who can make it come true. At Gordon James, we are committed to delivering that dream.

How do you bring a client’s vision to life? 

Having the right team in place on day one is critical. Not every architect or interior designer is the right fit for every project. Once that team is in place, we learn the critical details of how our clients live, what drives their lives, and what styles/trends they gravitate toward. The sketch-plan process is designed to make sure you are seeing that vision correctly. The interior designer will also do design boards for each room to ensure they are seeing the same vision as the client.

What are some of your favorite trends and styles in new construction?

As a custom builder, we pride ourselves on not having a style. Our customers’ styles are all that counts, and each home is unique to them. Our homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors.

What makes you proud to be a builder?

We are proud to know that a lifetime of memories will be made in that home, and that the Gordon James team played a part in making it happen. I cherish the friendships we’ve formed with the clients we have built for. We’re also proud to have been named Housing First Minnesota’s 2020 Builder of the Year.

How do you define an Artisan home?

An Artisan home isn’t about how much it costs, it’s about the intense focus and detail that goes into every inch of a new home. When I see an Artisan home, I know it instantly — every detail is well thought out and fits the overall style of the project.

Photo by Meghan Doll Photography


Gordon James is a Designated Green Path Builder.
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