John Kraemer & Sons: Who We Are
A Family Tradition in Home Building

As the state’s only Four-Time Builder of the Year, John Kraemer & Sons has been building luxury homes and remodeling fine residences since 1978. Founded by current President Gary Kraemer and his late father John, our firm focuses on luxury residential projects of all shapes, sizes, and styles.

We specialize in everything from large estate home construction, to empty-nest homes, to lake cabins, and major renovations. With two of Gary’s sons, John and Jeff, in the business, the firm is now a third-generation company and will be around long into the future to build, remodel and most importantly, service our clients’ homes and stand behind our work.

Our staff is committed to making every building or renovation project exceptional, from the moment we meet until long after we hand over the keys. The Kraemers (John, Gary and Jeff) are personally involved in every project. We listen closely to each client and build a home that clearly reflects their lifestyle and personality.

John Kraemer & Sons is unique in the fact that we employ all our own job superintendents, project managers, and several finish carpenters. Each client is assigned a job superintendent who will remain on-site each day until their home is completed. This personal relationship is the foundation of each John Kraemer & Sons project, and sets us apart from most builders whose superintendents manage many projects at a time. We have the horsepower to get projects completed for our clients on time, on budget, with exceptionally high quality.

Each one of our projects is managed on a 100% open book basis, where every bid, invoice, and receipt is available for client review at any time. We believe that full transparency is the best policy. We have offices in Edina and Wayzata, MN, and also have an extensive list of loyal clients and customer testimonials we’d be happy to share with you.

John, Gary, and Jeff Kraemer of John Kraemer & Sons

John, Gary, and Jeff Kraemer

A true sign of a solid reputation and financial stability is the fact that our builder license #BC001408 is one of the lowest in the industry today. In 42 years we have never gone out of business, reorganized, changed names, or changed owners. Our clients know that we will be around well into the future to warranty their homes and stand behind our work.”

– John Kraemer

Gary Kraemer, President at John Kraemer and Sons
Gary Kraemer - President and Co-Founder

Gary Kraemer and his father John started the company in 1978. Gary has worked in every aspect of the company from laborer to carpenter, to his current role as President of the company. He has over 40 years of experience in the construction business. Gary is committed to providing the finest quality, craftsmanship, and customer service that his clients deserve. He strives to go above and beyond all expectations to make sure that all of his clients’ needs are completely fulfilled.

In 2017 Gary earned his fourth Builder of the Year Award from Housing First MN. This honor is in recognition of trust, communication, loyalty, ethics, and customer satisfaction. This is the most coveted distinction a member of the association can receive.

Gary is one of the select group of professional builders who have earned the Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) designation, identifying him as one of the building industry’s top professionals. The CGB is an exclusive designation, emphasizing expertise in several areas key to home building and business management. This designation requires several hours of course study and must be renewed every three years. Only one other builder in the State of Minnesota, and only 517 builders nationwide have earned this designation. Gary’s experience and knowledge truly set him apart in our industry. He is also a Certified Green Professional (CGP).

Gary is the proud father of three sons – John, Jeff, and Evan, and Grandfather of four. Gary is also very involved in his community. He has served on the boards of several charitable foundations and was a youth baseball coach for 24 years. He is currently serving as President of Housing First MN.

John Kraemer, John Kraemer & Sons VP
John Kraemer - VP & Director of Sales & Marketing
John and his brother Jeff represent the third generation of builders at John Kraemer and Sons. Named after his grandfather, John has been interested and involved in the family business since he was a child.

John is a tremendous advocate for our clients and works closely with all of them to ensure that John Kraemer & Sons not only satisfies, but exceeds their expectations. Like his namesake, John thrives on working with people to bring their dreams to reality.

In 2006 John graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN where he studied business and communication. After college John married his wife Lauren, who he met on the very first day of freshman orientation. John also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. John, Lauren, their daughter Mallory, and son Samuel currently reside in Edina.

John’s presence ensures that John Kraemer & Sons’ rich history of building and servicing the highest quality custom homes will live on into the future.

Jeff Kraemer, Vice President & Senior Project Manager
Jeff Kraemer - VP & Director of Project Management
Jeff and his brother John represent the third generation of builders at John Kraemer and Sons. From a young age Jeff’s love and passion for construction was very apparent. Growing up in a construction family, Jeff has worked in several different roles, from laborer to carpenter to Project Manager, and now in his current role as Director of Project Management.

Jeff is a great advocate for our clients and is always working tirelessly to make sure that all of our customers are more than satisfied with their experience with John Kraemer and Sons.

Jeff has always been interested in the family business, which inspired him to go to college and earn his degree in construction management. In the Spring of 2009 Jeff graduated Cum Laude from Minnesota State University – Mankato with a degree in Construction Management and immediately joined the family business upon graduation.

In 2010 Jeff married his high school sweetheart, Megan. Jeff, Megan, their daughter Brynn, and son Camden currently reside in Chanhassen.

Jeff’s presence ensures that John Kraemer and Sons reputation of building and servicing the finest homes in the state of Minnesota will continue on into the future.

Janna Ryan, Chief Financial Officer at John Kraemer and Sons

Janna Ryan
Chief Financial Officer

 Amber Henslin, Business Manager

Amber Henslin
Business Manager

Kendra Pettis, John Kraemer & Sons Office Manager

Kendra Pettis
Office Manager – Wayzata
Project Assistant

Brittany Dawson, Edina Office Manager
Brittany Dawson
Office Manager – Edina
Steve Poppen, Senior Project Manager at John Kraemer & Sons

Steve Poppen
Senior Project Manager

Luke Jarchow, Senior Project Manager

Luke Jarchow
Senior Project Manager

Rick Theisen, Senior Project Manager

Rick Theisen
Senior Project Manager

Kevin Hilgers, Senior Project Manager at John Kraemer and Sons

Kevin Hilgers
Senior Project Manager

Dustin Propp, Project Manager at John Kraemer & Sons
Dustin Propp
Project Manager
Michele Larson, Project Manager

Michele Larson
Process Manager

Mona Hurkadli, Cabinet Designer for John Kraemer & Sons

Mona Hurkadli
Cabinet Designer

Denise Hansen, Safety Director at John Kraemer & Sons

Denise Hansen
Safety Director

Giving Back

John Kraemer & Sons believes that it is of utmost importance to give back to the communities in which we build and remodel. Here are a few wonderful charitable foundations that John Kraemer & Sons supports each year.

Housing First MN Foundation
American Cancer Society
Northside Achievement Zone
Children's Cancer Research Fund
Make A Wish
Freedom Farm
Folds of Honor
Team USA Women's Hockey
MN Builder License BC001408
WI Builder License 1166771
FL Builder License CRC1331281
MN Builder License BC001408
WI Builder License 1166771
FL Builder License CRC1331281