Luxury Home Tour Spotlight: John Kraemer & Sons, Inc.

This self-guided tour runs three weekends in June: June 6-8, 13-15, and 20-22 and showcases the work of the area’s most sought-after custom builders. The tour is perfect for those who admires architecture and fine craftmanship, those with champagne wishes and caviar dreams, those who are looking for unique ideas to incorporate into their own home, and those interested in hiring a custom builder to create their very own dream home.

Every week through the end of the tour, we will feature one or more of the 14 luxury homes on this blog, so be sure to check back for the full lineup.

Home #7

5400 Candy Cove Bay, Prior Lake, MN 55372

Prior Lake’s Candy Cove bay is the heart of the property here; the soul of this Tom Rauscher-designed 6,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bath stunner with a cedar roof, all stone exterior, three-car garage, and quaint courtyard leading to the front entry.

Signs of quality craftsmanship—trademarks of builders John Kraemer and Sons—can be seen throughout. The third-generation company is highly respected in the community, and for good reason. In addition to producing beautiful homes, they’ve received the Builders Association of the Twin Cities’ “Builder of the Year” designation three times in the past (most recently in 2013), an honor given to the builder who best exhibits trust, ethics, and customer satisfaction in the industry.

Attention to detail can be seen in the contemporary kitchen featuring a Francois stone hood, massive stone countertops, and curved custom arched-top windows. The pattern repeats itself in the sunroom off the great room, featuring more custom windows and Francois stone surround on the fireplace. Once in the upper level, the walnut stair railing matches the main level hardwood flooring, more elegant Francois stone appears on a fireplace in the master bedroom, and arches can be seen in doorways and windows. It’s these little touches that tie the rooms together. Features—like the piano room at the top of the balcony—give the home personality.

Stone throughout the lower level amplifies the visual warmth of the space, featuring a billiards room, media area, and massive storage space/playroom for the grandkids.

Retaining walls in the backyard lend a sense of privacy for enjoying the patio on warm summer days, when lake life is at its best. • 952-935-9100

The 14 homes are located throughout the metro area. Single-tickets can be purchased at the homes for $5. Passports can be purchased for $20 at Caribou Coffee. For more information about the Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour, visit