Midwest Home's annual guide to design, décor, and shops in the Twin Cities.

Architecture & Design

SALA Architects

Our mission is to craft spaces that are a re-energizing resource to your well-being and individual spirit.

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SKD Architects

Founded in 1977, SKD Architects has been designing residential and commercial buildings for more than 40 years.

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Rehkamp Larson Architects

We provide a full range of design services from conception through the final punch list, partnering with our clients throughout the process.

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What Makes Great Architecture?

Good architecture is all about function, structure, and beauty. If a home isn’t functional, it’s a sculpture, not architecture. It should be well-built and structurally sound. And if it doesn’t appeal to the senses and evoke a reaction, it’s merely just another building.

How, though, do you find the right architect or designer? One good resource is the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) aia-mn.org, as well as the architects and designers listed here and personal referrals from trusted friends or family.

The Home of Your Dreams

Whether you're building your dream home, investing in a major renovation, or hiring someone for a smaller project, selecting a qualified builder or remodeler is critical in determining a successful outcome. The good news is that Minnesota builders and remodelers are among some of the best in the country when it comes to attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, and ethical business practices. To help narrow your search, check the portfolios of the builders and remodelers listed here, then take the time to meet with the ones you like (and ask for referrals!). An in-person meeting will help you determine the best fit for your project and your personality.

It’s All in the Details

There is a small community of designers right here in Minnesota—talented designers who are innovative, creative, and well-connected—who are making names for themselves on a local and national scale. We feature a select few of these talented designers on the following pages. For a full list of Minnesota designers, visit the website of the local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) at asidmn.org.

Character & Charm

When building new or remodeling, your cabinetry, tile, windows, surface choices, and lighting—when carefully researched and thought-through—can add years of enjoyment and value to your home. They are the foundation of style and quality in a space, with the potential to bring any project to life.

Signature Style

Kitchen and bath professionals are not only experienced space planners who pay meticulous attention to detail, they also have valuable relationships with quality suppliers and a vast understanding of codes—simplifying the process from start to finish. Find highly respected kitchen and bath professionals in the HomeBook and through the local chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association at nkbamn.org.

Elevate Your Outdoor Experience

Your landscaping is not only the first thing people see when they walk up to your door or look out your back window, it can also provide the most bang for your buck when it’s time to sell. A good landscape designer will ask questions about your budget, lifestyle and goals, then help plan, design, and oversee the implementation of your outdoor oasis. For a full list of qualified landscape professionals, visit the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association’s website at mnla.biz.

Building & Remodeling

White Crane Design:Build

Founded in 2002 by Susan Denk, White Crane Design:Build is a full service design-build firm with a main focus on mid-size ($50,000 – $350,000) residential remodels.

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City Homes

When you walk through a home built by City Homes, you can see the attention we pay to every single element, from the solid construction to the beautiful materials, finishes, and features.

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Divine Custom Homes

Divine Custom Homes pays impeccable attention to detail and go above and beyond with extras. When people see one of our homes, they can sense that it’s different and remember it for all the right reasons.

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Elevation Homes

Elevation Homes is a division of Streeter & Associates. We share a passion for design and a commitment to craftsmanship, building timeless custom homes that perfectly complement urban or rural developments, Minneapolis lakes communities, and long-established Twin Cities neighborhoods.

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Erotas Custom Building

Celebrating 25 years built on integrity, reliability, and creativity, Erotas Custom Building creates architecturally driven residences that are unparalleled in quality.

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The Royal Club

The Royal Club is a 292-home and villa development in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. It is being built around the new Royal Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course designed to appeal to golf enthusiasts of all ages.

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Hendel Homes

Hendel Homes is a new construction and residential remodeling leader in the Midwest design community. By fostering meaningful partnerships between clients, architects, designers, and tradespeople, we create homes of uncompromising excellence, always.

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John Kraemer & Sons

Gary Kraemer and his late father John founded John Kraemer & Sons in 1978. We are proud of the fact that our builder’s license number is BC001408, one of the lowest in the industry today. We have never gone out of business, reorganized, or changed ownership.

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Knight Construction Design, Inc.

Established in 1993, Knight Construction Design Inc. is a small family-owned business with the sophistication of a large firm. Each client receives first-class service and attention by talented professionals who guide them every step of the way.

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Kroiss Development, Inc.

With 29 years of industry experience, we’ve shaped our business philosophy around four core principles: Integrity, honesty, transparency, and empowerment.

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In 1975, Jon Monson, AIA, studied architecture in Landschute, a small medieval town in Germany. There, he developed an appreciation for the master builder practice of architect as builder.

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Streeter & Associates

Founded in 1985, Streeter & Associates is an award-winning premier builder specializing in custom homes, renovations, lofts, and condominium projects.

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MA Peterson Designbuild

Since 1979, MA Peterson has been an award-winning, industry-leading resource in the Twin Cities for residential design, high-quality custom remodeling, home additions, insurance reparations, small to large renovations, and new home design-build.

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Celebrating 40 years, we have been delivering custom homes of precision craftsmanship and incomparable quality. Located in Wayzata, our employees understand and appreciate the time, talent, and architectural vision that goes into a custom home.

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Novare Renovation & Design

Novare Renovation & Design was founded in April of 2009. Co-owners Tim Zilles, our Project Coordinator, and Suzanne Pottinger, our Spatial Designer, have more than 40 years of experience in the industry combined.

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Hartman Homes

At Hartman Homes, we believe the building process is as important as the finished product. When we set out to build a custom home, we work with customers throughout every phase of the building process.

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AMEK Custom Builders

AMEK Custom Builders seal each project with our Schmidt Family Pledge: We do what we say we are going to do. We are a local, family-owned company that brings forth integrity and responsibility to our clients.

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Building Products

Royal Building Products

Royal Building Products provides products and services that meet homeowners’ continuing demand for high-quality, strong-performing, and low-maintenance exterior design options.

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Interior Design

The Sale Room at IMS

The Sale Room at IMS is proud to be celebrating their eighth year providing designer-quality furnishings at up to 70 percent off retail.

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Martha O'Hara Interiors

At Martha O'Hara Interiors, we believe good design can transform any space regardless of size, and that’s what ultimately has the power to change someone’s day-to-day life.

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Maureen Grace Haggerty, Allied ASID, has worked in the interior design industry for more than 27 years—the past 10 as the owner of mint.

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Studio M Interiors

Studio M Interiors is a full service interior design firm specializing in residential interior design. We offer design concepts, space planning, and assistance in selecting colors, furnishings, window treatments, flooring, and accessories.

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LiLu Interiors

We offer a full spectrum of design services, with a keen focus on remodels, redesigns, new construction, and commercial environments.

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Lucy Interior Design

Fabulous results begin with a fabulous team! Whether you’re updating a charming cottage on the lake, remodeling an urban loft, renovating a historic home, or building a new house, Lucy Interior Design has the experience, expertise, and energy to help you achieve dazzling results.

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California Closets

We’ve been locally owned and operated since 1989, and take great pride in delivering the “California Closets Experience” to clients.

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Kitchen & Bath


Mingle is an award-winning home design showroom featuring inspiring and exciting solutions for every room in the home.

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Crystal Kitchen + Bath

Crystal Kitchen + Bath is a full service Design and Build firm, offering both full and partial remodeling services, including custom cabinetry and countertop options.

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KOHLER Signature Store

The Kohler Signature Store in Edina offers a unique and comprehensive shopping experience distinguished by a modern, innovative store, a wide variety of merchandise, and an indulgent customer experience.

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Sawhill Kitchens

Sawhill, established in 1971, is a premier provider of kitchen and bath design, custom cabinetry and design/build services for clients in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.

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Windows, Cabinets Surfaces & Lighting

Muska Lighting

The roots of Muska Lighting can be traced back to 1919, when it was part of Muska Electric. The first Muska Lighting showroom opened in 1959, and has operated continuously for 60 years.

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Floors of Distinction

We believe that home is one of the most important places on Earth. With this value at the heart of what we do, you can trust us to match quality materials with the best installers to make sure the end result is something you are proud of.

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