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Hillary Farm at Gem Lake
TJB Home Plan #260

Main Floor2,988 sq ft
Lower Level2,455 sq ft
Total Finished5,443 sq ft
Porch251 sq ft

Make Music in This Gem Lake Home by TJB Homes, Inc.

Make Music in This Gem Lake Home by TJB Homes, Inc.
This screen porch is a rustic showcase of cedar tongue and groove. (Photo by spacecrafting)

The owners of this 6,000-square-foot home were in the process of buying a lot in another development when they happened upon the Gem Lake property.

“We absolutely fell in love with the location,” says the homeowner. The couple had long dreamed of living on a quiet, heavily wooded lot near the water, and this property perfectly fit the bill. “It has all the benefits of country living but with the accouterments of the city nearby,” she adds.

The airy, open floor plan defines individual spaces with tray ceilings. (Photo by spacecrafting)

The homeowners worked with Tom Budzynski of TJB Homes, Inc. to create a home that matched the lot of their dreams. They wanted something with a modern, contemporary feel where they could entertain and a place where their grown daughters could come visit.

The lower level reflects the family’s love of music. It features a guitar–shaped soffit above the bar and a built-in booth, all designed to give them a space to play music, relax, and enjoy time together. (Photo by spacecrafting)

The design of the main floor came together quickly, but the homeowners didn’t have a clear idea for the lower level. Three hours after the basement floor was poured, they brainstormed with Budzynski by drawing on the cement with chalk. As they were coming up with ideas, one of the homeowners pulled out a pocket-sized horseshoe souvenir from a New York restaurant, and the Lucky Horseshoe Booth was born.

One of the homeowners plays in a band in her spare time, and two features in the lower level pay tribute to her love of music. Budzynski included a soffit above the bar that resembles a guitar and a room where she could display her musical equipment and memorabilia.

“The ‘nightclub’ idea was Tom’s,” says the homeowner. “We wanted a space where we could enjoy our family, play guitar, maybe hook up a drum kit and some microphones, and have fun.”

The tranquil master suite features a tray ceiling and peninsula gas fireplace that
divides the bedroom from the sitting area. (Photo by spacecrafting)

The dark alder cabinetry in the kitchen contrasts
with the creamy palette of the subway tile backsplash and countertops. (Photo by spacecrafting)

The homeowners chose a quiet, heavily wooded lot in Gem Lake for their 6,000-square-foot home.  (Photo by spacecrafting)

The large, welcoming space also includes a theater-like seating area for watching TV, built-in booth, sauna, wine cellar, glass and granite bar with rounded cabinets, and bedrooms for the couple’s two daughters with a Jack-and-Jill bathroom.

The dining room’s interior window opens to the rear staircase and patio doors, flooding the space with light.
(Photo by spacecrafting)

The lot and the house have exceeded the homeowners’ expectations. “Every time I’m out to the house, I experience a different form of wildlife, from bald eagles and deer to frogs and snapping turtles. I never dreamed I would have everything I wanted and more,” she says.

Home Description
  • Nightclub-esque Lower Level
  • Custom Two-Level Bar
  • Professional-grade Appliances
  • Expansive BBQ Deck
  • Floor-to-Ceiling Windows
  • High Ceilings
  • Rustic Cedar Porch
  • Four-car Garage
  • Sitting Area
  • Private Reading Deck
  • Unique Customization

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  • Our homes heat for less
  • R21 wall batt insulation
  • 6 mil vapor barriers in walls
  • 6 mil vapor barrier under basement floor
  • R-50 attic insulation
  • True continuous vapor barriers everywhere
  • Foam boxes in attic for all fans & recessed lights
  • Foamed interior basement walls
  • Timers on all bath fans
  • Sealed electric boxes
  • 90+ Rheem furnace
  • Set back thermostat
  • Panasonic DC110 bath fans(super quiet)
  • We have put air exchangers in homes for 30 yrs
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Specialty Construction Features
  • 480# minimum floor loading
  • Andersen Windows-high performance
  • Schlage locks
  • Oversized windows
  • Designer insulated garage doors
  • Hardi siding & stone at the front
  • 2X6 wall at exterior garage walls
  • Interior/exterior drain tile with pump
  • Waterproof exterior basement walls
  • Poured concrete foundation
  • Three panel solid wood interior doors
  • Designer hearth kitchen
  • All floors screwed and glued
  • 1/2 bath designer vessel sink
  • .......Plus Much, Much More!!!

About the Home

TJB Homes, inc.

Home Location:
Gem Lake


  • Minneapolis Glass Company
  • Southern Lights, Inc.
  • Stone Countertop Outlet
  • Warners’ Stellian Appliances
Office: 763-780-2944
Tom Cell: 763-286-6868

On weekends, the owners of this 6,000-square-foot Gem Lake home don't need to head across town to bars or clubs in the Twin Cities metro. They can stay home and bring the party to them, right in their very own nightclub-esque lower level.

The space was transformed into a hip hangout with a TV viewing area, large corner built-in bench, custom two-level rounded glass and granite bar, billiards area, rock-and-roll themed game room, display wall, high-tech sound system, and ceiling soffits in the shape of guitars. Rounding out the space is an exercise room, sauna, wine cellar, and guest suite.

"This home was built for entertaining and fun," says Tom Budzynski of TJB Homes, a family-owned business with 34 years of experience.

The home was also built for modern convenience with professional-grade appliances in the main level kitchen, enough counter space to host a cooking class, a large pantry (with room for a freezer), an expansive bbq deck off the back of the home, floor-to-ceiling windows showing off views of the wooded Hillary Farm lot, high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, a rustic cedar porch, a four-car garage, and master suite with a sitting area and private reading deck, the perfect escape from reality when the weather cooperates. The level of customization is what makes this home so unique.

In the words of John Green, "Some people have lives; some people have music." And some people, particularly those living at 7 Hillary Farm Lane, have both.

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