Home Book 2017

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


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.