Gonyea Companies and Stonegate Builders Win Awards for Design Excellence

Every year, the Housing First Minnesota Foundation—a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the Twin Cities home building industry—recognizes top builders, remodelers, suppliers and individuals for their talent and leadership. This special ceremony takes place at the Building Industry Gala (BIG) Night in October, where each year’s winners proudly accept their awards alongside other leading Minnesota home builders.


This year, Gonyea Companies and Stonegate Builders were honored to take home both Bennie and Reggie Awards for design excellence.

2019 Bennie Award Winner: Eastbrooke of Cottage Grove

Eastbrook neighborhood drone photos in Cottage Grove

Designing and developing the Eastbrooke neighborhood in Cottage Grove provided the Gonyea Companies and Stonegate Builders teams with a challenging, yet rewarding opportunity. We were able to successfully collaborate with the City of Cottage Grove to help plan, build, and develop a beautiful community of wooded homesites surrounded by scenic hiking trails and breathtaking natural woodlands, perfectly suited for our Stonegate homes plans.

The Challenge:
The original property consisted of 90% wooded area with steep slopes. The challenging landscape and city ordinances created both financial and planning issues for past developers and builders.

The Gonyea Companies/Stonegate Builders Solution:
We knew early on that successful development of the Eastbrooke neighborhood required the city, builder, and developer to provide flexibility with the application of several building codes and practices. The city achieved this through a PUD process while the Stonegate Builders team adjusted their home collections and layouts required for the successful neighborhood build.

The Result:
Gonyea Companies opened their first Stonegate Builders model home in Eastbrooke in March of 2019. Since then, 25% of the beautiful wooded homesites (50 in total) have been sold. The overall success of Eastbrooke demonstrates the growing market appeal of smaller lots paired with meaningful open space, and stunning forest and wetland views. Today, Eastbrooke creates a new benchmark for excellence in neighborhood design and construction in the Twin Cities.

2019 Reggie Award-Winner: The Harriet in Creekside Hills, Plymouth

Exterior and Interior Collage of Harriet home in Creekside Hills, Plymouth MN

Featured in this year’s Fall Parade of HomesSM, Stonegate Builders was the proud recipient of a prestigious Reggie Award for excellence in design, construction, quality and value for our stunning Harriet model home at Creekside Hills in Plymouth. Filled with rich finishes and thoughtful details, this family-friendly home features a chef-inspired kitchen that showcases a sophisticated mix of rich tones with subtle neutrals on all custom cabinetry, topped with quartz countertops. The great room impresses with floor-to-ceiling windows, tiled fireplace with shiplap surround and custom benches. A dinette with built-in buffet, formal dining room, office, mud room and powder room with spectacular finishes complete the main level.


The upper level features a luxurious owner’s suite with spa-inspired bath and walk-in shower, 3 additional bedrooms with ensuite baths and convenient laundry room. The lower level includes a spacious game room, recreation room, wet bar, exercise room and sportcourt, additional bedroom and bath. This 5-bedroom home was designed to provide families with a tranquil environment to relax in, shoot hoops with the kids, entertain, and host visiting guests in style and with complete comfort.

Build Your Dream Home with Stonegate Builders

We feel privileged to have the Housing First Minnesota Foundation recognize our company with these two honorary awards. To learn more about Stonegate Builders, our finely crafted model homes, neighborhoods, and lots, visit