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Builder of the Year Awards

‘Builder of the Year’ is the most coveted distinction a member of Housing First MN can receive. This honor recognizes trust, communication, ethics, and customer satisfaction. John Kraemer & Sons is the only four-time winner of this award. We were named Builder of the Year in 2017, 2013, 2009 and 1999, and runner-up in 2008 and 1997.

John Kraemer & Sons has been named Edina’s Best Builder by Edina Magazine for 10 years in a row (2012-2021). We have also won multiple Best Builder and Best Remodeler awards from Southwest Metro Magazine and Lake Minnetonka Magazine.

ROMA Awards

Remodeler of Merit Awards (ROMA) are sponsored by Housing First Minnesota. John Kraemer & Son’s recent ROMA awards include:

  • ROMA 2019 awardsBest Kitchen over $115,000 – 2019
  • Best Lower Level over $125,000 – 2019
  • Total House over $800,000 – 2019
  • Best Kitchen over $100,000 – 2015
  • Best Bathroom under $50,000 – 2015


In addition to our dozens of regional Contractor of the Year (CoTY) awards, John Kraemer & Sons has also earned National CoTY awards. JK&Sons is a NARI multi-award winner

  • Regional Residential Addition Over $250,000 – 2019. See before/after photos here.
  • National Best in Show, Residential Interior – 2018
  • MN Best in Show, Residential Interior – 2018
  • Best Residential Detached Structure – 2018
  • Best Historic Renovation – 2017
  • Best Historic Renovation – 2016
  • MN Best of Show, Historic Renovation – 2016
  • Regional Best of Show, Historic Renovation – 2016
  • National Best of Show, Historic Renovation – 2016
John Kraemer & Sons: 4-time Builder of the Year

Gary, John, and Jeff Kraemer with their 2017 Builder of the Year Award from Housing First MN

Artisan Home Tour

June 2021: KSTP-TV’s Kelli Hanson of Twin Cities Live visits Home #4 on the Artisan Home Tour and interviews John Kraemer. 

Faces of Minnesota 2020

In the Press

MSP Home & Design magazine Summer 2021

Summer 2021: A John Kraemer & Sons project made the cover of MSP Home & Design magazine.

July 2021: Readers of Edina Magazine once again voted John Kraemer & Sons both “best builder” and “best remodeler” in their annual poll. We were also repeat winners in the Lake Minnetonka Magazine poll. Our sincere thanks to everyone who voted for us!

June 2021: The StarTribune newspaper’s Sunday Homes section profiled “Modern whimsy on Lake Minnetonka” about a home on this month’s Artisan Home Tour that was built by John Kraemer & Sons. Read the full story.

November 2020: Mpls. St. Paul Magazine featured John Kraemer & Sons as “The face of luxury home building” for the fourth consecutive year.

October 2020: Minnesota Monthly listed John Kraemer & Sons as one of their “Best of Minnesota 2020: Readers Choice” winners.

July 2020: Lake Minnetonka Magazine explains “How Lake Minnetonka’s Best Builder is Keeping Up with Sustainable Home Trends.” Read the story.

June 2019: KARE 11’s Pat Evans visits Home #2 on the 2019 Artisan Home Tour built by John Kraemer & Sons and interviews John Kraemer. Watch the interview.

March 2019: Artful Living Magazine profiles “John Kraemer & Sons Crafts a Modern French-Inspired Abode.” Read the story here.

June 2018: KARE11 TV’s Lee Valsvik visits Home #19 on the 2018 Artisan Home Tour built by John Kraemer & Sons and interviews John and Gary Kraemer. Watch it here.

November 2016: The StarTribune’s Sunday Homes featured a home John Kraemer & Sons built on “the most complicated lot in Minneapolis.” Read the full story.

June 2016: WCCO 4’s Natalie Nyhaus visits a 2016 Artisan Home Tour solar-powered home that John Kraemer & Sons built along Lake Calhoun. Watch it here.

September 2015: FOX 9’s MA Rosko visits a Fall Parade of Homes Dream Home built by John Kraemer & Sons. Watch it here.

August 2015: KARE 11’s Lee Valsvik talks to Gary Kraemer about the Midwest Home Luxury Remodeling Tour, which includes a John Kraemer & Sons project. See the interview.


June 2020: The award-winning home and garden blog Home Stratosphere profiled a “Sumptuous Northern Wisconsin ‘Cabin’ by John Kraemer and Sons.” Find out more.

November 2019: Manomin Resawn Timbers profiles John Kraemer & Sons as a Minnesota Builder to Know. Read more.

June 2018: Home Builder Digest posts a list of the best luxury home builders in all 50 states. We are proud to represent Minnesota. See the list here.

December 2016: “Welcome Home: The Most Popular Exteriors on Houzz in 2016” features over 12.5 million photos, and we are thrilled to announce that we had “far and away” the #1 most popular exterior photo on all of Houzz this year!!! Check it out here.

February 2016: “Behind the awards and the amazing custom homes, there is a fantastic story about John Kraemer & Sons.” Architectural Filmmaker Ryan Siemers releases a gorgeous online video called “John Kraemer & Sons: A Story Behind Every Home.” Watch it here.

December 2015: posts “Contemporary Lake House in Minnesota Encourages Family Fun” about a John Kraemer & Sons home construction project. Read more.

November 2015: A 1900s Historic Kitchen renovation by John Kraemer & Sons was showcased on the blog for the BATC Parade of Homes blog. Read the full story here.

July 2015: Architectural Filmmaker Ryan Siemers produced a great video detailing the design and construction process of a home we built for the 2015 Luxury Home Tour. See it here.

December 2017: This video about the construction of the 2017 ASID Showcase Home shows the close collaboration required between John Kraemer & Sons, the architect, and the homeowners when creating a dream home.

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