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Minneapolis, Minnesota’s largest city, is notable for its parks, lakes, and music scene. The city is memorably the hometown of some of this century’s most influential musicians: Bob Dylan and Prince. Though often considered a metropolis, with cosmopolitan downtown areas and lively city districts, Minneapolis is also surrounded by suburban communities.
Homes in Minneapolis are often a mixture of historic and contemporary styles. Traditional architecture is blended with high-rise buildings and skyscrapers, which all come together to form the Mill City. This list is a showcase of some of the best general contractors in the Minneapolis area responsible for contributing to the city’s harmonious blend of styles.
15) Lee Lyn Construction
Watertown, MN 55388
Established in 1980, Lee Lyn Construction is a fourth-generation home builder currently led by Curt Christensen. He and his team purposely build a small volume of homes each year to ensure the quality of each project, with Christensen personally managing each home. With over 38 years of industry experience, the firm prides itself on its numerous referrals and awards.
Their most recent accolade is the 2017 Rising Star Award, which was given to them by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC). They have also received over eight distinctions from the Reggie Awards between 1997 and 2017. Among the several superlatives, they have received by the Trillium Awards from 2000 to 2007 include Best Interior and Best Exterior.
14) Stonewood LLC
153 East Lake Street Wayzata MN 55391
A family business now on its fourth generation of builders, Stonewood LLC is headed by J. Sven Gustafson, who was introduced to the world of construction after working for his father, a home builder. Gustafson learned about building from the bottom up and learned how to communicate with clients. Since the company was entrusted in his care, Gustafson has made it a point to build only a few handpicked homes every year to ensure that each project receives all the time and resources it demands. He personally oversees each home the firm builds and helps each client from the start to the completion of the project.
The firm’s excellent work has graced the covers and pages of various publications over the years, with some magazines featuring Stonewood multiple times. Some of these publications include Midwest Home, Spaces, Professional Builder, and Architectural Digest.
13) Kyle Hunt and Partners
18324 Minnetonka Boulevard Deephaven, MN 55391
Established in 1989, Kyle Hunt and Partners is a design/build firm that heavily utilizes what they call an “artisan approach,” by which clients can choose from a large pool of builders to lead the construction of their new home. Although the builders are given the liberty to lead the process, they still must work closely with the design professionals the client wants. These artisans, of course, tailor their styles to the client’s budget.
The firm has three estimated ranges for their projects: $1M and up, $400k to $800k, and the under $400k category. The price estimates are, naturally, relative to the project’s intricacy and required resources. With over 29 years of experience, the firm’s unique and fairytale-like homes have earned them industry recognition. Kyle Hunt and Partners was the 2014 EcoBLEND Award Winner for New Construction and the winner of the People’s Choice Award Parade Home in 2002.
12) Erotas Custom Building
21930 Minnetonka Blvd., Excelsior, MN 55331
Celebrating over 26 years of excellence, Erotas Custom Building is a premier, luxury, custom home builder owned by Tom Hendrickson. Prior to working for Erotas, Hendrickson worked for a large commercial construction company in the 1980s. He would not cross paths with Erotas until 1997 when he and his wife hired the firm to construct their new home. After seeing the process firsthand, he developed a passion for construction. He would go on to work for the company the following year and stay long enough to become its president.
Hendrickson’s story is a testament to the firm’s excellent artistry and fine craftsmanship. With their luxurious homes, typically priced at $500k to well over $10M, the firm proudly showcases a portfolio filled with designs ranging from traditional to contemporary styles. Some of their work was recently featured in Midwest Home.
11) Ron Clark Construction & Design
7500 West 78th Street, Edina, MN 55439
Ron Clark Construction and Design is an award-winning firm responsible for constructing some of the Minneapolis area’s most beautiful townhomes, condominiums, and multi-million dollar, single-family homes. Having been in the industry since 1975, the firm has made a stellar reputation for itself for building top-quality homes. Under the supervision of their president Ron Clark, the firm has built over 800 houses in Minneapolis throughout their 43 years in the industry.
Ron Clark Construction & Design is the proud recipient of multiple Reggie and Trillium Awards from the BATC, along with the Outstanding Conservationist Award from the Dakota County Soil and Conservation District; the Home Builders and Associates in Partnership (HAP) Award from the BATC; and the MN Business Ethics Award. They have also been featured in the St. Paul Business Journal.
10) Sustainable Nine Design + Build
3302 W 44th St Minneapolis, MN 55410
Sustainable Nine is a custom home builder that specializes in building contemporary, modern, and eco-friendly homes. They take extra efforts to ensure that each home they build is highly energy-efficient. The appliances used in the homes, such as furnaces, heaters, garages, and light, all contain LED bulbs. They also partner with several other green advocates, including Energy Star, Green Path, and the Passive House Institute. The firm’s contemporary designs make their homes functional and sustainable.
The firm’s homes are 62% more efficient than the average newly constructed home and are 70% less likely to leak. Sustainable Nine is a proud, five-time winner of the Artisan Dream Home Award from the BATC.
9) Anchor Builders
Anchor Builders, 6121 Excelsior Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Founded by three brothers, John, Barak, and Tim Steenlage, Anchor Builders is a design/build firm known for their superior craftsmanship and award-winning projects. The three brothers first got into the industry as teenagers after working on their family’s farm. They would later join a custom home builder’s crew to save money for their college fund, and this experience inspired the brothers to establish a firm on their own.
Since the inception of Anchor Builders in 2005, the firm has received numerous distinctions, such as the 2017 Regional and the National Contractor of the Year Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). In addition to receiving several Best Builder, Remodeler, and Designer awards through the St. Louis Park/City South Magazine they have also attained “Best of..” awards through the Sun Sailor Readers’ Choice.
8) AMEK inc.
9340 James Ave S Bloomington, MN 55431
A family-owned business, AMEK inc. is an award-winning firm that was founded in 1996. It prides itself on its strong relationships with satisfied, repeat clients. The company proudly uses a LifeDesign™ process, by which they take extra efforts to get to know each client’s lifestyle and vision in order to create a truly customized home.
The firm’s approach has resulted in numerous beautiful homes and remodeled spaces, for which AMEK Inc. Custom Builders has received several regional and national Contractor of the Year Awards from NARI, as well as many Remodeler of Merit Awards (ROMA) from the BATC.
7) L. Cramer Builders + Remodelers
5500 Lincoln Drive Edina, MN 55436
Cramer Builders was founded in 1978 and is a nationally recognized firm originally founded by Larry Cramer, a Builders Association Hall of Fame inductee. He eventually turned ownership of the firm over to Greg Jurvakainen, a long-time business associate and trusted subcontractor, in 2015. Known for their luxury custom homes throughout the Twin Cities, L. Cramer Builders provides both custom home building and remodeling services, with a specialization in rustic lake homes and classic designs. Their portfolio also showcases timeless estates and country homes with dynamic exteriors, relaxing patios, and beautiful landscaping.
Jurvakainen and his team make it a point to keep up with all the latest trends in design and technology, which manifests in their sleek combination of function and style– for particularly busy rooms, such as kitchens, appliances are hidden, which creates a classic, clean, and timeless look. Additionally, every element of their master closets and home theaters are custom made. The firm is a proud winner of numerous Reggie and Trillium Awards. They have also been named Builder of the Year in 1999 and have been featured in several publications, including Midwest Home, Trends, and the Mpls St. Paul.
6) Denali Custom Homes
18352 Minnetonka Boulevard Wayzata, MN 55391
Denali Custom Homes is a luxury home builder that prides itself on delivering homes that range from cottages to sprawling and massive estates. They denounce the “one size fits all” process and have built homes 2,200 to 12,000 square feet in size. As the son of a home builder and an interior designer, David Bieker founded Denali Custom Homes on the basis of his passion for home building design. Denali Custom Homes is proud to credit their artistic process for building no two homes alike. The firm has also worked collaboratively with some of Minnesota’s best architects and interior designers. In addition to creating astoundingly beautiful homes, the firm also embraces the green building movement by providing highly energy-efficient homes.
The firm’s work has been recognized with a Reggie Award of Excellence and a People’s Choice Award from the BATC, along with various spreads and features in Midwest Home.
5) Homes by Tradition
16972 Brandtjen Farm Drive Lakeville, MN 55044
Established in 2005, Homes by Tradition is an award-winning design/build firm known for their architecturally rich homes. Deeply rooted in Minnesota, the firm is headed by their president Dean Nelson. He and his talented team along with leading architects, designers, and craftsmen, work to ensure only high-quality results with a top level customer experience. Clients have the option of building on their own lots or opting to construct their new home on one of the firm’s beautiful neighborhoods.
They pride themselves on their innovative styles and architectural layouts, which have earned the firm various awards. The firm has been named Builder of the Year by the BATC and is a seven-time winner of the Reggie Award. They also have numerous accolades from the prestigious Trillium Awards and were recognized in 2012 as the Parade of Homes Green Dream Home Winner.
4) Kootenia Homes and Remodeling
1890 Wooddale Ste 400, Woodbury, MN 55125
Kootenia Homes has been building homes since 1969. It has withstood the test of time and has become a trailblazer in the industry after winning numerous awards over the years. Their owner, David Frosch, was a long-time employee prior to leading the company. He brings over 30 years of design/build experience to the table and proudly oversees each project. Aside from the luxury custom home building, the firm specializes in kitchen, basement, and bathroom remodeling.
With their artisan and traditional styles, the company is a 16-time Reggie Award winner and f the recipient of six Trillium Awards. They have also been named Builder of the Year by the Home Builders and Associates in Partnership.
3) Hendel Homes
15250 Wayzata Boulevard Wayzata, MN 55391
Hendel Homes is a luxury design/build firm with a reputation for building some of the Twin Cities’ most luxurious and premier residences. The firm has worked on cottages, estates, and chateaus that feature modern, contemporary, Tudor, historic, and rustic designs. The firm was founded in 1997 by Rick Hendel, who attributes the unique quality of the company’s homes to its architectural cohesiveness when infusing design ideas with a specific client’s needs.
Hendel’s timeless craftsmanship has earned them numerous accolades and recognition in several publications. Some of these awards include the Builder of the Year Award in 2014, a Reggie Award, and the 2017 National Regional Winner for the Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge. A Hendel Homes has been featured in Professional Builder’s “40 Under 40,” as well as in Midwest Home, Artful Living, Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, Architectural Digest and Better Homes and Gardens.
2) John Kraemer & Sons Inc.
4906 Lincoln Drive Edina, MN 55436
Building luxury homes since 1978, John Kraemer and Sons is the only four-time winner of the Builder of the Year Award in Minnesota. With projects ranging from estates to cabins, the firm specializes in almost everything. They have worked on chateaus, contemporary-styled homes, French Mediterranean mansions, country homes, lodges, lakefront homes, and even castles. Led by founder and president Gary Kraemer, one of a few select professionals in the industry to receive the title of Certified Graduate Builder, the firm employs its own superintendents, project managers, and finish carpenters. Each client is assigned a superintendent who oversees the client’s project from start to finish.
The firm won two Contractor of the Year Awards from NARI in 2017, multiple Annual ROMA from the BATC, and the first and second place awards at the 2015 Rave Awards from Mpls. St. Paul Home and Design Magazine.
1) Streeter and Associates
18312 Minnetonka Blvd Wayzata, MN 55391
For over 25 years, luxury, custom homes; lofts; and condominiums built by Streeter and Associates have been leaving people in awe of their elegance and style. Founded by the Streeter siblings Steven, Donald, Kevin and their late brother Mark, the firm is known for its sophisticated, modern designs, which are often accented with straight lines and beautiful finishes. They call themselves “Renaissance builders” for their excellent command in all architectural styles and for their unique creation of the new through renovating the old.
Architect : Charles R Stinson Architecture General Contractor : Streeter & Associates Photo: Paul Crosby Photography
Their superior work has been recognized by various organizations in the industry. In 2017, they were given a Special Award by the American Institute of Architects Minnesota for a project they worked on with Peterssen/Keller Architecture and Otto Painting Design. They were also winners at the 2014 ROMA Awards and Rave Awards. Streeter and Associates also received the Contractor of the Year Award in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011.
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