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Joel Hoekstra

Joel Hoekstra writes frequently about design and architecture for Midwest Home and has contributed to a wide range of publications, including This Old House, Metropolis, ASID Icon and Architecture Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis in a 1906 Dutch Colonial that is overdue for a full remodel—or at least a coat of fresh paint.

Stonewood, LLC Blurs the Boundaries Between Indoors & Out

Photos by SpacecraftingThe village of Minnetonka Beach is surrounded on three sides by water, so property owners naturally tend to orient their homes toward...

Denali Custom Homes’ Coastal Cottage on Lake Minnetonka

Photos by SpacecraftingAs anyone familiar with the area knows, living on Lake Minnetonka is all about the beach, which is why the owners of...

Narr Homes’ Empty-Nester Haven in Medina

Photos by SpacecraftingWhat do you call a ranch home that’s more than one level? Or a farmhouse-style residence that goes beyond its shopworn trademarks?...

Bright Spot

Photos by Karen MelvinInterior Design: LiLu InteriorsThe bathroom was tired and the homeowners were tired of it. Over the years, the couple had remodeled...
The exterior of a home built by SALA Architects features a patio with the home's owners lounging on it.

Moving to a Simpler Life

Stephen and Annie Roche had two things in mind when they began looking for lake property: retirement and downsizing. Their kids had grown up and left the...

Close Associates Reinvents a Duplex

A downsizing couple remakes rental property a rightsized home
The classic kitchen, with its painted island and cozy booth, evokes the cottage character the couple envisioned.

TEA2 Architects Craft Lake Minnetonka Cottage

A new house embodies this couple’s romance and marriage
The remodel added a three-season porch to the Densingers’ entertaining options.

Changing in Place

Empty nesters transform their suburban home for a loft lifestyle
A living room full of random treasures including a three-legged chair, clock and wooden giraffe.

Small Spaces, Big Ideas

A cozy Edina home teems with color and life after a remodel.
White kitchen with black chairs and brown table

Christopher Strom Transforms Lake of the Isles Tudor

Solid design with clever touches help transform three additions on a historic home.
Part of a new development in Edina's Morningside neighborhood, this five-bedroom home takes full advantage of its sloped, wooded site.

A Leafy Edina Retreat by City Homes, LLC

Step inside this five bedroom, 5.272-square-foot retreat built by City Homes on a heavily wooded lot in Edina's Morningside neighborhood.
An exterior of a home in Edina, Minnesota.

An Edina Hideaway by TJB Homes, Inc.

Inside this Edina hideaway by TJB Homes Inc. you will find a space that's full of comfort, style and efficiency, and it fits right in with its surroundings.