The past year was a great one for Midwest Home. Still emerging from the residual effects of a very unusual era, 2022 was a year of resilience: We continued our traditional Luxury Home Tour, hosted the second-annual Midwest Home Design Awards, and featured a plethora of gorgeous building, remodeling, landscaping, and design projects from across the Midwest. Now, we are reaching more people than ever, and our Instagram audience has proven to be loyal and dedicated to appreciating the many talented home professionals we showcase on our platforms. Here, we exhibit the top 10 projects—chosen based on the highest number of likes—that our followers loved most this year.
10. JMAD & Luke Busker Masonry’s Infamous Huntington Manor
Coming in 10th place is the fan favorite Orono “castle” dubbed Huntington Manor. Built in 2019 by James McNeal Architecture & Design (JMAD) and Luke Busker Masonry, this modern, Romanesque-style work of art is a testament to the power of solid stone. Read the full story here.
9. Biota Landscapes’ Desert Oasis
This midcentury-style backyard pays homage to the California desert city, Palm Springs. Designed by Southern California-native company, biota Landscapes, the yard transforms with the inclusion of an outdoor pool and spa, faux turf, and yellow accents. Read the full story here.
8. Hartman Homes & D/O Architects’ Revamped Farmstead
In the St. Croix Valley rests this modern farmstead, the home we featured on the cover of our Sept/Oct issue. What was once a small dairy farm in the 1800s has been transformed to a charming and historic abode for home improvement specialist, Amy Matthews. Read the full story here.
7. Tays & Co. Design Studios, NewHeritage, & Wes Hanson Builders’ Rustic Yet Modern Retreat
On Upper Gull Lake in Nisswa, this lakeside home acts as the perfect summertime retreat. Tays & Co. Design Studios, NewHeritage, and Wes Hanson Builders created a modern feel in a classic Minnesota cabin, satisfying the design vision of both homeowners and their children. Read the full story here.
6. KASA Interior Design’s Whimsy Powder Bath
Winning first place in the Residential Powder Room category of the 2021 ASID-MN Interior Design Awards is this eye-catching bathroom. The designer’s vision stemmed from the desire to create a balanced space—one that is clean, yet exciting. Read the full story here.
5. Emily Pueringer’s Functional, Family-Focused Chateau
Coming in at No. 5 is the cherished Chateau Margaux, a new-build home in Independence, Minnesota, comprised of stunning finishes, materials, and design details. Throughout the home, the interior aesthetic radiates warmth and emphasizes the true feeling of “home.” Read the full story here.
4. Aspect Design Build’s Oregon Coastal Home
This 2017 throwback is still a favorite, snagging the 4th spot on our list. From the brass-wrapped front door to the vintage milk-glass pendants suspended in the entryway, the home is immediately intriguing. “We’re not afraid to break the rules,” Shaun Winkler of Aspect Design Build explains. Read the full story here.
3. Nor-Son’s West-Coast Style Retreat
For a busy family of five, finding a place for peace and serenity was key. A wooded lot on St. Alban’s Bay delivered—the perfect place for escaping the noise and embracing the imperfect. This 2021 Luxury Home Tour feature is unmatched in its support, with the home’s images appearing multiple times on Midwest Home platforms with the same level of enthusiasm on each post. Read the full story here.
2. Hendel Homes’ Lake Minnetonka Cottage
After a much-needed remodel, this Wayzata cottage has higher functionality, a revamped look, and a new floor plan—all while keeping the integrity of the home intact. The homeowners’ desire for a more elevated feel is reflected through the juxtaposition of traditional and modern elements. Read the full story here.
1. Tays & Co. Design Studios, NewHeritage, & Wes Hanson Builders’ Old-World Inspired Pub
Our most-loved project this year is a freestanding entertainment space near Upper Gull Lake. Once a dilapidated garage, Tays & Co. Design Studios created a custom pub perfect for hosting gatherings. Built to maximize its limited space, the pub is thoughtfully angled on the property with an imperfect aesthetic that truly encompasses the “old-world” vibe. Read the full story here.