JKD receives 2016 Best of Houzz

Remodeling and Home Design

January 13, 2016

Jim Kuiken Design has received the 2016 Best of Customer Service by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Jim Kuiken Design was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Jim Kuiken Design voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually for work that is most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015 for Architecture and Interior Design.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

Artisan Home Tour

Exceptional Design, Masterfully Crafted

Four generations of homebuilding contribute to Accent Homes’ solid reputation for beautifully designed custom-built homes. This small, design-centric company has built homes across the metro since 1975. Bud Dropps, President, grew up in the business that his grandfather started, and his sons, Ed and Jim, head sales. With designer Jim Kuiken, Jim Kuiken Designs, the company has collected a number of prestigious BATC home design awards since 2006.

Both Kuiken and Bud Dropps describe Accents’ hallmarks as highly personalized design and truly custom building. “We give people exactly what they want,” said Dropps. “We want you to say, ‘This is everything I asked for’ – and more, with other great features we help clients realize, too. To achieve this makes us proud and happy. We work as a team.” “My background is carpentry, so I know the nuts-and-bolts job site. Jim Kuiken is a fabulous designer who is an integral part of our team. He visits the client’s current home and learns how they want to live in a house. He develops a design, and I’ll figure out the logistics and engineering process to build it. Part of the genius of Jim’s design is his space planning, which makes this a seamless process.”

Jim Kuiken has an uncanny ability to design a home that beautifully interprets the owners’ personalities and wants. His own signature style is showcased in Accent models, and is influenced by the clean lines of Prairie style, with warmth, natural light and flexible functionality. Homes are always designed for the landscape.

Accent is loyal to its select group of craftspeople. “We have developed a great group of people who work with us,” said Dropps. “We have high expectations, and we’re all comfortable with each other. We treat everyone with the same high level of respect; we pay promptly and demonstrate that we want them on a job.”

A testament to Accent’s reputation is repeat generational business. Recently a young woman choose Accent to build a home for her husband, two children and his father, because Accent had built her parent’s favorite house.

Homeowners know what the budget, finishes and timeframe are going to be before building. Pricing per square foot is completed based on a level of finishes that the client can explore before the building process begins.

Kuiken says he enjoys every aspect of the building process, especially putting it altogether in a cohesive plan that comes alive and expresses the clients’ vision. “Our building engineering process is multi-faceted and organized. We are in close communication with the client all the way through,” he said. “We want this experience to be a really good one for them.” That excellent experience and resulting home is what has built Accent’s strong referral business.
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Best of Houzz 2014 Award

JIM KUIKEN DESIGN of Minneapolis, MN Receives

Best of Houzz 2014 Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

jimkuikenphoto-2010 MINNEAPOLIS, MN, February 4, 2014 – Jim Kuiken Design of Minneapolis, MN has been awarded “Best of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The “Twin Cities award winning architectural planning and design group” was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best of Houzz award is: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhoneapp and Androidapp.

‘We couldn’t be happier than to receive this recognition again, our third year in a row. Thank you Houzzers and to our exceptional group of clients. We’re absolutely delighted!’

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Jim Kuiken Design among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Jim Kuiken Design, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About Jim Kuiken Design

Taking a fresh approach to home design, Jim Kuiken has become a vital conduit between builder and clients in expressing just how they want to live in their homes. Hallmarks of a Kuiken design reflect a sophistication of line, material and functional space that radiates a new simplicity and warmth in a home that resonates within the landscape.

Kuiken elected to ‘The Voice of America’ in the housing industry


Jim Kuiken elected to Boards of Directors of both the Builders Association of the Twin Cities and the National Association of Home Builders

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – January, 13, 2014 – Jim Kuiken, Jim Kuiken Design, received double honors recently when he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), and appointed to the National Association of Home Builders Board of Directors as one of a dozen industry individuals representing BATC, beginning in June 2014.

Kuiken’s BATC leadership has been well demonstrated in the last several years. He was elected as Chair of the BATC Parade of HomesSM Committee in 2013, and is a member of the association’s Awards Committee. The Parade of Homes is the largest revenue producer for BATC, and it is the largest such event in the country as well as one of the best-known and respected local brands in the Twin Cities.

He participated in the development of a Strategic Plan for BATC in 2013.  As a member of BATC’s Board of Directors, he will continue to steer direction for the association, assisting member businesses succeed through marketing, advocacy and industry connections.  The NAHB, a Washington, D.C.- based trade association, has more than 140,000 members nationwide, and has been “the voice of America’s housing industry” since the 1940s.

Kuiken, who specializes in architectural planning and interior design, has won multiple top awards for his outstanding design. He was a recipient of “Best of Houzz” in 2012 and 2013. With Accent Homes, he has won numerous BATC peer-judged awards for Parade of Homes models since 2006, and a Remodelers Showcase award in 2000.

Kuiken earned a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation 2012, a course developed by NAHB and AARP to help homeowners remain in their homes safely, comfortably and independently as they age. He is MN GreenStar-Certified, is a member of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID), and holds a professional real estate license.

Tour a rustic country estate on ‘The Art of Home’ Television


THE ART OF HOME, My29 TV, features some of the Twin Cities most distinctive home designs.  Come along on the tour as we showcase an 8,800 square foot country estate designed by Jim Kuiken Design and built by Accent Homes.

Here is a home that takes full advantage of the landscape, with 4-sided architecture that is stunning from any angle. Natural Wisconsin limestone inside and out set a warm, natural tone of this traditional yet rustic beauty.

While I’m most influenced by classic Prairie and California design, you’ll find my signature elements showcased in this home, with an abundance of natural light bringing the outside in, and nature as an inspiration throughout every room.


A Country Estate showcased on ‘The Art of Home’


Each week THE ART OF HOME takes television viewers inside some of the Twin Cities most distinctive homes. Tomorrow, September 14th at 11:00 on WFTC My29 you’ll get the chance to meet Greg, the humble homeowner and view his expansive country estate as he makes his entrance on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. You’ll be introduced to Master Builder Bud Dropps of Accent Homes and Jim Kuiken of Jim Kuiken Designs as we tour Greg & Rhoda’s 8,800 square foot country estate in Ham Lake, MN.


ArtAndes dazzles Accent Homes



Melanie Ebertz, Founder of ArtAndes Peruvian Textiles and Travel Company, has her unique rugs featured at Accent Homes for the Fall Parade of Homes. Melanie worked closely with Jim Kuiken of Jim Kuiken Design, to create a rug for every space. The fine architecture that is further enhanced with the depth of color & texture, is a stunning combination.

Melanie will be talking about her hand-made, heirloom rugs at Accent Homes, Inc. Parade of Homes #252, located at 4732 Cumberland Street in Shoreview, Mn. Sunday September 8th & 22nd, 2-4pm.

www.artandes.com  651.430.1848