Orono Distinction – 2013 Luxury Home Tour


The young family who built this home loved everything about Orono, Minn. – and their neighborhood in particular – but had outgrown their current space. They considered remodeling before realizing it made more financial sense to build new on a lot just a few blocks away.

Their 5,600-square-foot dream home now includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, an open great room, a chef’s kitchen, a patio that wraps around to a swimming pool, a screened-in 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.

The team at Gordon James Construction 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.

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