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Midwest Home’s Ideas to Steal

Inspiration and unique ideas for home projects can be found all over. One resource to check out that is sure to provide a few good ideas is Midwest Home’s 2022 Ideas to Steal.

This comprehensive guide, featuring three MA Peterson projects, provides design information and trends for bath and plumbing, home décor, hardware and much more!

Whether you want to read about the products and styles that are trending, learn how you can apply certain elements or materials to your project, or get an idea of what your finished space could look like, this resource has it all! If you find something interesting that you want to incorporate into your home or get inspired to try something creative that’s entirely unique, let us know – we would love to collaborate with you!

With decades of experience designing and building award-winning spaces, our team of experts is passionate about developing creative solutions, features, and experiences that enhance the way you live. Your home has creative potential – we’re excited to help you discover it.

What’s Trending in the Kitchen?

Based on what you’ve experienced yourself, hear from family members and friends, and read about or see online, can you guess what’s trending in kitchens in 2022?

An annual report, recently completed and released by Houzz, provides a breakdown of survey data collected from homeowners that recently completed a kitchen remodel or are planning to do one soon.

It provides information on the size of renovations, what features homeowners are spending the most on, average island lengths, and the primary material used for new cabinetry, among other things. Although many of the top responses are easy to guess, you may be surprised to see what is rising and falling in popularity.

We invite you to take time today to check out the full 2022 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study or read an abbreviated version featuring a MA Peterson project, and stay up-to-date on what’s trending.

Check out the full Kitchen Trends Study here
Read 10 Big Takeaways From the Trends Study

If you’re in need of a creative new vision for your kitchen, let us know, we would love to help! Check out our gallery of finished kitchen projects as well if you are looking for inspiration.

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Midwest Home Design Awards

Midwest Home Design Awards

Earlier this month, MA Peterson attended the Midwest Home Design Awards alongside many other respected designers and builders in our industry. This formal awards event stood out based on the outstanding level of quality in design and craftsmanship as a whole for the first, second and third place winners.

MA Peterson received four awards at the event – two first place and two second place. We are thankful to receive the awards and appreciate all who helped make these projects a success! What a way to put a bow on a successful year.

Here is a list of the projects that won:

First place: Contemporary Foyer
This project received high praise from the judges, being called, “a case study in the minimal, practical, and stunning entryway – both form and function abound.”

First place: Addition Project

Second place: Contemporary Master Suite

Second place: Finished Basement

For the complete list of first, second and third place winners, visit the Midwest Home Design Awards website.

Recognition for Two Outstanding Projects

Two MA Peterson projects featuring an addition with a creative secondary garage stall and a fun lower level bar for entertaining, were recently awarded a Remodeler of Merit Award (ROMA) through Housing First MN in the Addition: $300,000 and Over category, and a Silver Contractor of the Year (CotY) award through NARI-MN in the Residential Interior Element $30,000 and Over category.

We’re proud to be recognized as a top remodeler for creativity, design, and craftsmanship and are excited to share these awards with our homeowners, team members, and partners!

Click here to view the ROMA winning project
Click here to view the CotY award winning project

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Photo for 2021 Midwest Home Virtual Luxury Home Tour

2021 Midwest Home Virtual Luxury Home Tour

For the second year in a row, we are excited to showcase a creatively designed and expertly crafted home on the Midwest Home Virtual Luxury Home Tour!

With an interactive 3D model, gallery of photos, and project description available, you can tour the new spaces and read more about this luxurious whole home remodel - all from the comfort of your home.

Take the virtual tour of this contemporary waterfront home today or read the story about this project!

Learning More About Single-Wall Kitchens

When it comes to kitchens, there are a variety of layouts that exist; Galley, Single-Wall, L-Shaped, or U-Shaped to name a few. While each have their list of pros and cons, learning more about each one and seeing them in context will help you understand which is the best for you and your space.

In a recent Houzz article, “How to Make the Most of a Single-Wall Kitchen,” you can read about the Single-Wall layout, learn how to make it work for you, and see our featured Deephaven project as an example.

Whether you’re interested in updating your Single-Wall layout or using this configuration on your next project, we recommend you read this article!

Read How to Make the Most of a Single-Wall Kitchen

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Staircase Featured on Houzz

Creative Contemporary Staircase Featured on Houzz

At MA Peterson, we take pride in the creative solutions we design and build for homeowners. One of these creative elements, a contemporary staircase in our custom Edina home was recently featured in a Houzz article showcasing unique or hidden storage solutions.

Without a traditional coat closet available in this foyer, we designed a creative closet beneath the stairs that appears hidden in the built-in cabinetry.

In addition to this closet, the creative staircase features a custom welded metal railing and stringer, subtle stair lighting, floor to ceiling natural light at the stair landing, an integrated bench seat, and a side door to the basement crawl space that looks like cabinetry.

Whether you’re looking to add a fun design element to your home or trying to maximize your storage potential, we recommend you check out this list.

Read Storage Secrets: 17 Amazing Camouflaged Designs That Pack a Punch

Regional Chrysalis Awards

MA Peterson was recently awarded two Regional Chrysalis Awards for remodeling excellence for our projects in the Kitchen Over $150,000 category and Addition Over $250,000 category.

We are thrilled to be awarded for our creative design and expert craftsmanship, and grateful for all who contributed on these projects!



Maple Grove Kitchen Transformation Featured

Following a water damage scare, this kitchen was creatively reimagined into a space that provides improved functionality, a better connection to the outdoors, and an enhanced experience for the homeowners to enjoy.

Katelyn Bloomquist, of Midwest Home, spoke with Mark Peterson and interior designer, Bridget Chirigos, to provide an in-depth look at this bright and beautiful kitchen transformation.

Click on the link below to read the full story featured in the May/June issue of Midwest Home.

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Explaining the Boom

“…we slowed down long enough to be able to sit in our four walls.” – Mike Karlsrud

As the home building and remodeling activity continues to surge in the Twin Cities, Shawn Gilliam of Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine caught up with a few home experts in the industry, one being our own Mike Karlsrud, to learn more about how we got to this point and where things are headed. Click on the link below to read the full story in the May Issue of Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and see what Mike had to say.

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White Oaks Savanna

Sanctuary on the Savanna

We are excited to announce our new partnership with White Oaks Savanna; a new design-driven, custom home community located just west of Stillwater, MN. Set on a beautiful oak savanna and prairie landscape, the homes in this community will be created by the top local architects and builders in the Twin Cities, designed and built to complement the surrounding environment.

“We are thrilled to be part of the White Oaks Savanna development. The reverence for the land, space and sightlines for the entire development is in complete harmony to how we design and build. As a company, we create sanctuaries for our clients, both indoors and out. The possibilities are endless to create a home that speaks directly to the land as well as the heart and soul of the homeowner.” – Mike Karlsrud, President.

Are you interested in building a new lifestyle on the savanna? Click here to see a video of the beautiful landscape and stay tuned for more information from MA Peterson in the months ahead.

MA Peterson Featured in Redfin Article

Are you ready to get started on your next home project, but want to make sure you ask the right questions before selecting a professional to do the work? A recent article from Redfin, featuring advice from MA Peterson and other industry experts, outlines which questions to ask and why so you can make your next project a success.

From the creative process and project timeline, to cleanup and warranty, the list of questions provided will help you establish expectations and choose the right professional for your next project.

Read the full article from Redfin: 13 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Contractor


Plymouth Kitchen Featured on HOUZZ

Plymouth Kitchen Featured on Houzz

We are excited to share that our main level remodel project in Plymouth was featured on Houzz in an article showcasing kitchens with green cabinetry. Whether you are looking for a specific shade of green for your kitchen or just want a light read on what is trending, we recommend you check out this list!

Read the Houzz article: 8 Kitchens With Gorgeous Green Cabinets

Best of Houzz 2021

MA Peterson was recently awarded a Best of Houzz 2021 award for design! We are thankful for the award and proud of our continued design influence on this platform. The Best of Houzz 2021 logo was redesigned this year to evoke a roofline and reflects how Houzz, like MA Peterson, helps people make a home uniquely their own.


Remodeler of Merit Award

MA Peterson Wins Two Local Awards

Two MA Peterson projects continued their status as award-winning, destination lower levels by winning a Remodeler of Merit Award through Housing First MN in the Lower Level $125,000 & Over category, and a Gold Contractor of the Year Award through NARI-MN in the Basement $100,000 - $250,000 category. We are thrilled to have won these awards and are excited to share them with the teams that worked on these projects!

Click here to view the Remodeler of Merit Award project.

Click here to view the Gold Contractor of the Year Award project.

Minnesota Monthly Best of MN 2020: Readers’ Choice

We want to thank the readers of Minnesota Monthly for naming MA Peterson the Best Home Remodeler in Minnesota in their Best of MN 2020: Readers’ Choice survey. We are proud to be recognized and are excited to be featured alongside so many other great landmarks, organizations, and dining establishments in the state of Minnesota!

Check out the entire list of bests in Minnesota.

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2020 Midwest Home Virtual Luxury Home Tour

2020 Midwest Home Virtual Luxury Home Tour

MA Peterson is thrilled to be a part of Midwest Home’s 2020 Virtual Luxury Home Tour! Creatively designed and expertly crafted, the contemporary lakeside home on the tour features two main level owner’s suites, floor-to-ceiling windows capturing beautiful lake views, and stunning design elements that create a warm, modern feeling throughout the home.

Read more about the story of this home and take the virtual tour today!

National Chrysalis Award

MA Peterson was recently awarded a National Chrysalis Award for our lower level project in the Basement Remodel Over $100,000 category. We are thankful for this award and are proud of all those who worked on this great project!

Click here for more photos of this award-winning project.

National Chrysalis Award

Spaces Magazine

Featured Advice from MA Peterson

Are you looking to start a remodeling or new home project soon and want to do it in a smart and strategic way? Have you thought about approaching a finance professional about paying for your project, but don’t know the appropriate time to have the conversation? Are you worried about the duration of your project or cost and want to make sure you can do your part to keep things running smoothly?

We’ve provided our answers to these questions and more in the recently published Spring/Summer Resource Guide by SPACES Magazine - a guide for homeowners on everything from remodeling to outdoor living. We hope you learn something new today!

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Best of Houzz 2020

MA Peterson recently won two Best of Houzz 2020 awards for design and service. The design award came from our design popularity on the site, and the service award from the quality of our client reviews and overall rating within the Houzz community.

We are grateful for the awards, our kind reviews and for everyone who finds inspiration in our projects!



MA Peterson Wins TWO NARI 2020 Regional Contractor of the Year Awards

Two MA Peterson projects continued their Contractor of the Year Award success at the regional level through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The projects, in the Residential Interior Over $500,000 and Basement Over $250,000 categories, won at the local level last fall.

We are thankful for the award and thrilled to be recognized regionally for our work!

MA Peterson Featured on Houzz - Unique Accent Walls in Bathrooms

We’re thrilled to have one of our recently completed bathrooms featured in the Houzz editorial idea book - 10 Eye-Catching Bathroom Accent Walls.

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Featured on Houzz


MA Peterson Featured on Houzz - Latest Kitchen Trends

We’re excited to have a recently completed home featured in the Houzz editorial ideabook - What’s Popular for Kitchen Floors, Lighting and Appliances.

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MA Peterson Wins TWO NARI 2019
Contractor of the Year Awards

We are excited to share that MA Peterson won two Contractor of the Year awards through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Minnesota (NARI-MN). We were awarded Gold in the Residential Interior Over $500,000 category and Silver in the Basement Over $250,000 category.

We are grateful to our homeowners for allowing us to do what we love, and proud of the entire team involved in crafting these beautiful spaces.

NARI 2019 Award

MA Peterson Recipient of TWO National Awards

We are pleased to announce that MA Peterson Design Build has won two Chrysalis Awards at the July 2019 event. These awards have honored the finest remodeling projects in the nation that reflect the professional excellence of the residential and commercial remodeling industry.



The awards are an affirmation to our dedication to our clients, design and craftsmanship. As we celebrate our 40th year, these honors are both fitting and timely to celebrate a rich history of past projects and a renewed energy to keep serving our clients.

We help you love your home again by creating a home that speaks to your values and lives up to ours.

Congratulations to our clients, project managers, designers and craftsman!



Housing Day on Capital Hill - 2019 Housing Day

When you think of home builders and remodelers, you may not think of politics. It’s also pretty unlikely that you imagine tradespeople gathering together at the Capitol. It might seem unlikely, but that is exactly what happens every year at Housing Day at the Capitol organized by BATC-Housing First MN and Minnesota Association of Realtors. MA Peterson was proud to gather with our fellow industry professionals at this year’s event on March 4th.

We spent our morning attending a rally with all the event attendees where we heard more about the issues facing housing, specifically regulatory burdens placed on builders and remodelers by cities and the state. Minnesota carries one of the highest regulatory burdens in the country making it almost impossible to build an affordable home. Unfortunately, there is not one or two large regulations that we can have reassessed, but instead hundreds of fees on each home that add up to an unrealistic amount.

Our afternoon was spent going to our scheduled appointments with our local representatives and senators. This is a really exciting opportunity as we find ourselves in front of the people who can truly make a difference for our business and our bottom line. As we were walking around the Capitol grounds we were also happy to see so many young professionals taking part in the event, as well as more women than we have seen in the past. It was also a great excuse to ogle the amazing architecture at the Capitol building. Our inner architecture geeks were loving it.

We ended our day with a celebratory reception where we were able to connect with long-time industry friends and peers who we don’t often get to see. It is always fun to hear stories from other builders and remodelers who deal with the same challenges and have the same passions as we do here at MA Peterson. Overall, the consensus seemed to be that the event was a success and our legislators were open to supporting our issues when the time comes.

Great job to BATC-Housing First and MAR on a great event. We will be back next year!