Remodeling homes for families is an extremely rewarding experience. This Minnetonka remodel is one of our favorites! We partnered with A. Sadowski Designs to transform their existing dated main level with a new contemporary style. An outstanding project for a fantastic family!
A local business at Full Strength:
Lake Country Builders
Lake Country Builders at "Full Strength" Video
By Amanda Theisen - Senior Public Relations Specialist- BCBS

Minnesota businesses perform best when they are at full strength. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota works with thousands of employers that keep our state running strong. Our “Full Strength” series features small businesses across Minnesota that have placed their trust in Blue Cross to ensure their employees can be at their healthiest.
In 1976, Pete and Sue Jacobson started their own custom deck company – Lake Country Builders. Steadily over time, the Jacobsons grew their Excelsior, Minnesota business from a small owner-operator carpentry shop to one of the region’s most successful and celebrated home remodelers and builders.
Today, Lake Country Builders employs 23 people and works on everything from small renovations to designing and building multi-million-dollar homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The company has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named the 2020 Remodeler of the Year by Housing First Minnesota. The majority of employees have been with Lake Country Builders for 15 years or more.
“When you have someone that works for you for up to 25 years, you know their family. You watch their family grow,” says Sue. “So, taking care of those people has always been extremely important to us and part of our culture.”
As part of that culture, the Jacobsons take pride in making sure they have good health care coverage for their employees. Lake Country Builders chose Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota as their health insurance provider through an association health plan with Housing First Minnesota, a trade association for nearly 1,100 housing industry builders, remodelers, developers and suppliers throughout Minnesota.

Our Project in Webster, Wisconsin is coming right along! What amazing views this beautiful lake home has! We partnered with PKA Architects and Renae Keller Interior Design to create this amazing Sand lake home.

Check out the video of the entire home!
Don't miss the July/August Issue of Midwest Home Magazine! Pete shares some inside advice and talks about what defines Lake Country Builders!
I am Ga Ga for Googie
Can a Buildings Design and a Choice of Font Meet in Unison?

Let’s go back to the early 50’s and 60’s to find out and the answer is YES!
Never have I ever found such a unique mix of architecture, design and typography all in one place than with the Googie architecture style. A quick shout out to “Stuff You Should Know” for highlighting this in their recent stretch of architectural based podcasts and for giving me yet another reason to keep listening.
If you get chance, take some time to listen to the “Googie: The Architecture of the Space Age” podcast to get a taste of Stuff You Should Know and a better understanding of how the “Googie” style of architecture came to be.
What Is Googie Architecture?
Googie is a futurist style of architecture that came of age in the mid-twentieth century in the United States, particularly Los Angeles and the surrounding suburbs in Southern California. Googie buildings incorporate strong geometric shapes, upswept roofs, the suggestion of motion, and a mixture of materials ranging from steel to glass to craggy boulders.
Googie is a low-rise architectural style most common in designs for restaurants, car washes, bowling alleys, gas stations, drive-in theaters, apartment buildings, and occasionally single-family homes. Googie design, along with its close mid-century modern cousins Populuxe and Doo Wop, embraced the futurism of the atomic age. It conveyed optimism and a sense of progress, and many of its surviving structures are cherished architectural landmarks.
Wow Factor
Once you get a chance to see some of the most popular spots ever created in the “Googie” design, it is clear to see that these aren’t meant for residential homes but more so as commercial eye catchers and hopeful money makers that stand out from the norm and inspire passers by to stop in and take a look around.
Author: Derek Wilkinson
Trending | Patterns Add Pizazz to Hardwood Floors
We know, it's hardwood flooring. It has been around for a long time, so that is certainly not new. However, the hardwood floor has been prone to trends and style changes over the years, just like home colors, kitchens, and overall decor.
In 2022, though, things start to get fun. We see homeowners incorporating lighter wood into their designs, whether in one room of the home or part of a room. Expect a greater interest in Old World craftsmanship with two-tone inlays, patterns, or even different tones throughout the floor. The beauty of many of these styles is that you don't have to spend a ton of money on expensive hardwood.
Additionally, with supply chain interruptions and high lumber prices, homeowners are upcycling flea market finds of reclaimed wood, making a beautiful floor!
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