Stonewood, LLC

John Daly & Sven Gustafson

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

Each new project is marked by a combination of personalized attention and systematic precision. We begin by deeply understanding our client’s vision, needs, and lifestyle. This initial phase of listening and learning is crucial, as it sets the foundation for the entire project. Our team, consisting of skilled professionals with years of experience, then collaborates closely to create a detailed plan that aligns with the client’s aspirations and our high standards of quality. Throughout the project, we maintain open communication, ensuring that every detail is meticulously managed and executed. This approach allows us to not only meet but hopefully exceed our clients’ expectations, delivering a home that is both a masterpiece of design and a reflection of their personality.

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

A deeply collaborative and tailored process. It starts with an in-depth conversation where we actively listen to our client’s desires, preferences, and lifestyle needs. This understanding becomes the blueprint of our design. Our team, combining their expertise in architecture, design, and craftsmanship, then works diligently to translate this vision into reality. We use state-of-the-art technology and materials, ensuring every aspect of the home reflects the client’s personality and the highest standards of quality. Regular updates and client involvement throughout the project ensure that the final product not only matches but often surpasses the original vision, resulting in a home that is as unique as its owner.

What sets your company apart?

Our meticulous focus on the process and the unparalleled expertise of our team. Our history in the industry, spanning generations, has allowed us to refine a building process that is both detail-oriented and customer-focused. Each member of our team brings a depth of experience and a commitment to excellence, ensuring that every project is not just a construction but a carefully crafted home.

How did you get started in the building industry?

Growing up in a family deeply rooted in the custom homebuilding business, I was immersed in this world from a young age. Stonewood, LLC, now in its fourth generation, has been more than just a business; it’s been a lifelong passion and a legacy I’ve always known I would continue. As a child, I watched my family pour their dedication and craftsmanship into every project, instilling in me not only the skills but also the passion for building. This early exposure to the nuances of homebuilding naturally led me to follow in their footsteps, making the industry an integral part of who I am today.

What inspires and influences your work?

A harmonious blend of classic architectural design and the unique visions of our clients. We draw from the rich architectural heritage that has shaped our industry, integrating timeless design principles with modern trends to create bespoke homes. The natural beauty of Minnesota’s landscapes also subtly influences our work, reminding us of the importance of harmony between a home and its environment. Above all, it’s the aspirations and dreams of our clients that are our greatest motivators. Building a strong relationship with each client allows us to deeply understand and bring to life their vision, transforming it into not just a structure, but a sanctuary that reflects their life and values.

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

Expertise, communication, and a shared commitment to excellence. Each team member brings specialized skills and a wealth of experience, ensuring every aspect of the build is handled with professionalism and proficiency. Communication is key; our team maintains a transparent and continuous dialogue both internally and with our clients, fostering trust and ensuring alignment with the project goals. Lastly, a shared commitment to excellence unites us. This means not only striving for the highest standards in construction quality but also in client service, ensuring that every project is a testament to our dedication and passion for creating extraordinary homes.

What do you enjoy most about building custom homes?

The most gratifying aspect of building homes is the journey of transformation. It begins with a simple idea and evolves into a space that reflects the unique character and lifestyle of its inhabitants. What I relish is the fusion of creativity with functionality, crafting spaces that are not only visually stunning but also deeply resonant with the homeowner’s way of life. It’s about capturing the essence of a dream and molding it into reality, a process that is both challenging and incredibly rewarding. The final reveal, where the client sees their vision realized, is a moment of pure joy and accomplishment for both the homeowner and our team.

Photo by K.E.A. Photography