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Joel Hoekstra

Joel Hoekstra
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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.

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.
The exterior of an Edina, Minnesota home with arched windows, dormers, pitched roofs, stone, and stucco.

Landmark Build Co. Crafts European Style Wonder

Landmark Build Co. puts an Old World spin on a new Edina home, complete with indoor sport court, elegant chandeliers, spa-like master bath and more.
A modern kitchen features a central island with highchairs on one side of it. It also features white countertops, shelves mounted on the ceiling-high backsplash, and a range hood tucked into the ceiling.

A Midcentury Modern Revival for a 1960s Home

A midcentury home receives a modern revival complete with a Canadian hemlock sauna to better fit the lifestyle of its new owners.

An Eden Prairie Remodel Keeps the Best of the Old and Adds Right Amount...

An Eden Prairie home receives a full remodel from design-build firm MA Peterson and interior designer Molly Gilbertson
Outdoor pool on Lake Minnetonka

Luxury in the Twin Cities: Outdoors

Part of the appeal of living on Lake Minnetonka, of course, is the opportunity to enjoy the water, the summer breezes, and the natural surroundings.

Island Treasure

A new cottage on Lake Minnetonka's Crane Island replicates the charm of a century-old summer home.