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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 and Best Remodeler by Edina Magazine for 8 years in a row (2012-2019). We were named Best Builder and Best Remodeler by Southwest Metro Magazine for three consecutive years (2017-2019). In 2019 we also won Best Builder from 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 2019: KARE 11’s Pat Evans visits Home #2 on the 2019 Artisan Home Tour built by John Kraemer & Sons 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.

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.”

July 2020: Readers of Southwest Metro Magazine and Edina Magazine once again voted John Kraemer & Sons both “best builder” and “best remodeler” in their annual polls. We were also repeat winners in Lake Minnetonka Magazine’s poll.

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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