5 Extremely Important Details in a Home… and what it takes to perfect them.

1. Trim and molding

One of the easiest ways to improve any room instantly is to upgrade the trim and the molding. Most homeowners don’t realize the huge difference that small finishing details can make, from increasing the height of the baseboards to investing in a custom trim. Just a few small upgrades will increase the overall look and feel of a home. And these upgrades don’t have to cost a fortune. Custom knives that create unique trims and moldings can be created for as little as $125! That’s a small price to pay for a one-of-a-kind look throughout a home.

 

2. Cabinets

Upgraded cabinets can mean the difference between an off-the-shelf, big-box kitchen and a custom show-stopper. Many homeowners think all cabinetry is the same, but the proper cabinets depend on so many factors. So don’t trust this important design detail to just anyone. Make sure to have someone on your team who knows the proper proportions for cabinetry and can ensure that the cabinets enhance your kitchen, rather than detract from it. This isn’t a skill that can be forced or easily taught, but is actually one that comes from years of experience and an instinct for quality kitchen design. Either you have an eye for cabinetry, or you don’t. Hire someone who does.

 

3. Lighting

From recessed cans to statement pieces, lighting is like jewelry for your home. Sometimes you want to stick with the bare essentials; other times you want to dress up and showcase your unique style. Work with a lighting designer who knows what will work best in each space, someone who will know precisely where and when lighting will best reflect your personality. Light bulbs are just as important as the fixtures themselves but are even more overlooked. Bulbs now have color spectrum, ray span, intensity, and other features that the average homeowner may not ever consider. Find someone who knows the latest and greatest technology and will steer you in the right direction.

 

 

4. Exterior

The exterior of your home is its first impression. You only have one chance to get it right. Consider the historic homes in established neighborhoods. There’s a reason they are so celebrated and preserved. They are historically correct. and their design is what other designers study and aspire to. Make sure your home is just as timeless, a place that isn’t destined to become a tear-down as the years go by. Upgrade and change the interior as often as you wish, but work with an experienced builder who will ensure that the exterior is perfect the first time around.

 

 

5. Sound structure

A home should feel sound. It should be solid, with thick walls and a firm foundation. A home that is built well not only stands the test of time but also conveys a sense of stature and peace of mind. While the winds whip through your neighborhood and storms rage outside, be secure that your home was built to withstand whatever Mother Nature may send its way. Inside, a well-built home will have solid floor joists—where extra floorboards are added, not skimped on—so everything is nice and quiet inside as well. Make sure your builder knows how to ensure that your new home will be built to last.

Behind the Scenes of Hendel’s Current Projects

Nothing excellent has ever been accomplished without hard work, discipline, and the confidence to push beyond what is expected. Each project we take on is handled with careful consideration, and the promise of our craft and creativity throughout – no two days look identical. Our team is always collaborating to bring modern design concepts to light with complements of classic yet innovative taste.

In our world the process is just as significant, if not more so, than the final result. We’ve compiled photos of our most recent works in progress so that you can catch a glimpse of what goes on behind closed doors. (No pun intended.)

 

Modern Mountain:
The clean line-work, and rustic influence of this home will be brought to life with an earth-inspired color palette of blacks and warm grays. The slate roof provides a unique and beautiful example of nature-based architecture.

The amount of care it takes to get the composition of exterior stonework just right should not be underestimated. It must be well-balanced and refined, yet equally organic. The slate roof will soon be jeweled with copper gutters, and we begin to get a taste of how the color palette plays into the overall aesthetic. Each curve and angle of this home’s exterior is precise and artful. We rely on only the best of the best in contractors – a trusted, and much appreciated, team of exceptional talent we have cultivated over the years. A team that cares as deeply as we do.

 

 

 

 

This photo perfectly showcases our profound appreciation for the details. Check out the complexity of that gorgeous marble ceiling! The addition of wooden frames helps to define the space while the incredibly unique ceiling opens up the room, and offers up another level of visual delight. This type of sneak peek almost isn’t fair!

 

Classic Colonial:
This home will feature classic moldings, colonial brick details, and custom windows and doors. The spacious home was built for a beautiful family of five.

 

 

Alys Beach Modern:
This open floor plan drenched with natural light will soon be a modern yet welcoming kitchen space. From the detailed millwork, to the tray ceiling, to the clean yet warm palette – this is an example of how much thought and work go into a single room. Highly customized spaces require even the smallest details to be literally built on the spot (hence the table saw sitting where actual chairs will someday be). Kitchens are some of our favorite spaces to build or renovate. This particular client wanted theirs to feel “unique, airy, and subliminal.” The countertops will later be finished with quartzite, and the floor will feature custom stained wide plank white oak.

 

This is the point in a project where we become giddy! The visions for the exterior begin to come into focus. Once the finishing touches are in place, this piece of architecture will become a dream home. The dark window frames in contrast with the light exterior make this home feel dramatic – much like its much anticipated unveiling.

 

Marina Point:
Our most recent project offers stunning views and limitless potential. While styling the exterior of the home in earth tones, the build presents itself as a modern day estate. The clients of the home have allowed creativity to flourish, and we couldn’t be more excited to witness the end result.

 

 

 

So often, we get to be inspired by images of homes in their completion. However, the steps taken to get from point A to B are so much more detailed and complex. The journey to bring an idea to life is what makes our work so fulfilling – and everything in between is what makes Hendel what we are today. We thoroughly enjoy taking our time with every piece to ensure the final result not only exceeds our clients’ expectations, but surpasses our own as well. If you’re curious about what we can do, take a look at some of our completed homes here, or connect with us to discover how we can make your home exquisite.

“Women who move Minnesota” MPLS-St. Paul Magazine, October 2018

Hendel fosters meaningful partnerships between clients, architects, designers and tradespeople and has an innate talent for implementing the design-style. Rick and Amy’s story started with their collabora- tion in talent and business to provide the best product and elevate their clients de- sign style through an exceptional team and approachable process. Amy’s background in business and real estate and love for ar- chitecture and design adds a meaningful contribution to their team. Balancing fam- ily and work is also part of her daily plans. However, their children, Ava and Ashton, are also helping out with organizing selec- tions and outside drone shots of the job sites under construction.

Hendel’s process and product make them noticeably different and a leader in the

industry as they take time to understand each client’s style and desires and what is necessary in building notable projects. Clients appreciate the personal approach of Hendel and their guided step-by-step construction process.

“There is an overwhelming difference in the amount of noticeable, custom details they provide.”

At Hendel Homes, Rick and Amy believe in a philosophy of service which translates into putting the interests of their clients first. They focus on each detail along the way, not just the outcome of a building project.

“A service mindset involves listening to more than just our clients’ words; it leads our consultative and collaborative style.

It means approaching each task with hu- mility, honoring the wisdom and solutions our collaborators offer in any given circum- stance. Our clients develop confidence and trust in us because they see we’re working with their best interests in mind. As builders, we deliver architecturally intri- cate homes with uncompromising quality. Through careful project planning and ma- terials selection, we construct sound struc- tures that enclose environments calibrated to your lifestyle.

At Hendel Homes, we see our work as more than just project management. We infuse everything we do with a heightened sense of devotion, care, and respect for our clients. The honor of advocating for each homeowner’s resources, time, and talents never ceases to humble us.”

The Value of a Strong Team of Architects and Interior Designers

Teamwork makes the Dream work! This slogan speaks volumes to us at Hendel as we value the collaborative element of our work above anything else. This is how beautiful, well-orchestrated homes come to life – and we owe it to our architects and designers for helping our clients’ dream homes become reality.

 

 

Not only have we discovered, hand-picked and commissioned some of the Twin Cities’ most talented, we also maintain clear communication with all parties so that every goal is accomplished tenfold. Part of this stems from the fact that everyone is introduced from the very beginning: from early stage planning, all the way through implementation. Together as a team, our architects and designers work united to deliver results. This also cuts costs, as communication is present throughout. In addition, our process allows ideas to flourish which helps to strengthen the final product and maximize results.

 

 

The roles and responsibilities of each individual are vital, and everyone holds equal accountability. A team of architects helps to visualize the space as an entity that comes together as a cohesive and visually appealing build. The designer helps to artfully piece together the details of the space the architect has worked to achieve. Once these concepts have been planned, Hendel executes and implements the vision alongside the entire team. Ensuring everyone is on the same page from the start allows the project to stay on schedule. The most important piece of every puzzle of course is our clients, and constantly updating and asking for their input helps the vision become the dream.

 

 

With our diverse talent and integrated approach, Hendel has been able to rise through the ranks to achieve our reputation. We will always emphasize the importance of communication because it’s the key ingredient in bringing to life the gorgeous spaces we’ve become known for curating. We owe our success to the craft of our subcontractors, and multidisciplinary team. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Follow A Clients Story of their Hendel Home in Progress

Follow A Clients Story of their Hendel Home in Progress

Composite Slate Roofs Top Custom Homes

 

Davinci Roofscapes featured this Lakeside Bluff Point home by Hendel on their blog.

Read more HERE

 

Hendel’s Hits | Our 4 Favorite Rooms To-Date & Why

There’s something incredibly exciting about the way a space is able to capture an emotion, vibe, or reaction. Have you ever entered a room and instantly felt at ease, or arrived at a lively event and felt the need to dance? Interior and exterior spaces alike have the ability to transform our mood, and your home is no exception. It is YOUR space. We adorn our homes with pieces of ourselves, and allow the space to flow and express who we are. We spend a large chunk of our time in our homes; it is where we are most vulnerable, most comfortable – it is our place of belonging. At Hendel, we recognize how important this is, which is why we feel there is value in understanding our client’s wants and needs first and foremost. Bringing your space to life, and capturing the emotions of a specific room is a significant task we don’t take lightly.

From furnishings, to appliances, to colors, and more: the choices we make in tandem with the homeowner require communication. This is not a one man job – this is a partnership that involves skill, an eye for design, and most importantly: your vision.

We’ve complied a list of our four favorite spaces, why they’re so significant, and their ability to capture the appropriate emotion within a client’s home. We are all about craft, communication, and care. We are Hendel.

1) Kitchen
Home-cooked meals, morning coffee, and midnight snacks; the kitchen is a place where we prepare our food. The ambiance of the space should feel clean, inviting, and also incorporate ‘tasteful’ accents such as art and/or foliage. Our favorite kitchen incorporates these details, while making a statement with the glorious centered marble island as a focal point. The white cabinets, and tile bring a sense of cleanliness to the space while the bold wooden ceiling beams tie the room together in conjunction with the wooden floors, and closet.

 

2) Family Room
The living area should incorporate a spacious, and inviting atmosphere where both guests can mingle, and the family can enjoy a lazy Sunday. The room should invoke a sense of comfort, and relaxation. This room also has the opportunity to invoke more upbeat details, with an emphasis placed on upholstery, and a more vibrant color palette. Our favorite family room helps tie the kitchen together by also doubling as a dining space. The modern chandeliers, and spacious floor plan help the room seem large and invitational. The earth tones incorporated throughout give this room an organically modern flare. The natural light in contrast with the dark windowpanes offers dramatic dimension.

 

3) Master Bathroom
Similar to the kitchen, the bath should also incorporate feelings of cleanliness and organization. Because we spend our time here tidying ourselves, and getting ready/unready for our day this room’s functionality is most significant. Our top pick features natural tones with beautiful windows that offer natural lighting. The large mirrors create privacy while also being aesthetically modern, and tasteful. The vanity hugs the corner, and the spacious shower with the matching brown tones helps unify this room through the utilization of both shape, and color.

 

4) Outdoor
Yards are a place for play, and relaxation on a warm summer day. They offer viewers a glimpse of your home’s aesthetic, and are what Minnesotan’s crave year round. Perennial foliage with a gorgeous patio space made this our favorite outdoor project. The pool beacons play, while the fire pit and patio furniture welcome relaxation and conversation. Once again, the color palettes are unified both inside, and out.

 

Hendel History | Where it all began

“It’s not just another job to complete, It’s your home – your most valuable
asset.” –Rick Hendel

 

Creating a composition, regardless of the art form is a task that requires skill, careful consideration, and precision. From 1997 onward, Hendel Homes has made it their mission to create beautiful compositions within the home that exhibit an aesthetic that speaks to each individual client. The owner, Rick Hendel originally pursued a degree in Biology and Medical Science before following his true passion in architecture, building and design. From that point forward, he has allowed his creativity to flourish and has successfully remodeled and built a great deal of homes, each with a phenomenal testimonial to follow.

 

 

Together with his wife Amy, the Hendel’s have sought to create a harmonious partnership that delivers beautiful results, and satisfied clients. As the head of marketing and design for Hendel Homes, Amy has been able to utilize her creative eye to successfully visualize a project from start to finish. She pursued her degree in business from Bethel University, and also studied design. She helps facilitate projects by maintaining constant communication, and has an exceptional eye for detail, which allows her to successfully envision and bring to life each clientele’s dream home.

 

 

Their very first collaboration began in 2002 when they decided to conquer a project in North Oaks, Minnesota. This home opened the doors to their endless potential as a team, and allowed them to grow further by gaining referrals through these newly founded partnerships.

“Most of our work is referrals from past clients and subcontractors. Our projects and relationships with these people are very important to us, and are the foundation on which Hendel Homes is built.” –Rick Hendel 

 

 

This home incorporated several elements of modern design, and allowed Amy and Rick to exercise their creativity due to the homes speculative build. The spacious floor plan, and beautiful white kitchen offered endless potential. Early on, the Hendel’s sought to create beautiful work that was inspiring; rather than starting from the ground up, they consciously began tackling larger homes.

“Advice that was offered to us at the beginning of our careers was to start building homes where you want to be, don’t start at the lower-end and build up, but start at the high-end and continue to rise.” –Amy Hendel.

 

 

Their effort paid off when the home sold quickly, and gave them the confidence to continue their success. The Hendel’s adventurous style, and passion helped pave the path for their insurmountable reputation. The ability to elevate their client’s ideas while implementing elements of beautiful architecture and design has yielded some of Minnesota’s most beautiful interior and exterior spaces.

 

 

From their first project onward, Hendel Homes has continued to strive in order to recreate the vision of each client with precision and accuracy. Maintaining clear, consistent communication throughout the process while staying adhered to a schedule has always been their mantra. No project is ever too large or small, and they are flexible with budgets to ensure the end result is both stunning and within each client’s means.

 

 

Never settling for less than the highest quality makes all the difference, and caring about even the smallest details transforms building into artistry, and a house into a home.

Family-Friendly Coastal Cottage Style Home | Lake Minnetonka

Nestled in a wooded lot along beautiful Lake Minnetonka is this breathtaking family home. Affectionately dubbed Disney North during the building process, these homeowners wanted to create a fun family playground filled with amenities while retaining a cozy and welcoming lake-life vibe. This busy family of five was a joy to work with, from start to finish!

 

 

The home’s overall feel is an elegant mix of cottage and coastal styles. Each space projects a sense of warmth and sophistication. Clean lines and traditional wood details (from ceilings to trim) echo throughout the home and connect the entire 13,000 square feet. Natural light, wood beams, natural stone, built-in cabinetry, and metallic accent lights also tie together the many nooks and corners of this palatial retreat.

 

 

It’s impossible to single out a single highlight in a home this unique and grand, so we’ll start with our favorite amenities! The sunny indoor pool is the perfect place to escape those chilly Minnesota winters along with the adjacent sauna and hot tub. Young athletes can practice their free throws in the state of the art Sport Court. However, the personal Ice Rink is the real game-changer! What future NHL pro wouldn’t dream of having a secret rink to develop their killer slapshot? Physical fitness isn’t just for the kids here either; a custom home gym overlooks the two-story Sport Court, so mom and dad can stay in shape too.

 

 

 

 

 

At its heart, this home was built to welcome family and friends. Whether the day’s plan is boating on the lake, relaxing on the shore, gathering together for the big game, or hosting an elegant dinner party, no occasion is too big or small! Guests can get cozy in the rustic media room, sneak away for a cigar with dad in his hidden lounge, sip cocktails on the lakeside covered patio, or talk the evening away at the traditional dining room table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In all honesty, we could probably talk about this stunning project for days and still discover new design details that we love. The long, narrow lot with its bluff setbacks and tight parameters was a challenge. But we couldn’t be happier with the final result; a gorgeous home with equal amounts of privacy and unparalleled views! Browse through the images below to find your favorite features; we know you’ll adore this family’s beautiful labor of love.

 

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HENDEL HOMES builds highly-detailed custom homes with unique architectural features in the Minneapolis area. We begin with careful project planning and follow through with sound construction.

Hendel Homes Named Regional Winner in the National Kitchen Design Challenge by Thermador

Is there anything more rewarding than doing what you love? Nothing provides us with more fulfillment than creating beautiful homes for families to fill with a lifetime of memories. However, we must admit, having that hard work recognized by our industry is a sweet surprise and touching honor.

 

On August 30th, Hendel Homes was named the regional winner of the 2017 Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge Award. Hendel’s owners, Rick and Amy, were generously flown to Newport Beach, California, to receive the award at The Kitchen Design Challenge Gala. The gracious team at Thermador also gave them a private tour of their showroom, along with a sneak peek of their newest appliance prototypes coming to market in 2018!

 

 

The Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge recognizes designers from across the nation who have created inspiring kitchens over the last two years. Hendel was selected as a regional finalist, alongside 32 of our peers, out of over 2,800 kitchen submissions. We are humbled and proud to receive this prestigious accolade!

 

Our award-winning kitchen features refined architectural details, establishing a timeless design canvas. Layered next was a playful mix of modern trends and one-of-a-kind pieces. Antique brass pendants accent the center island and lend a touch of class. Hints of nickel echo throughout the room, complimenting the bronze windows that overlook glistening lakeside views.

 

Custom cabinetry, commercial-grade appliances, and a fumed center island all are suited for a serious home chef. The delicate handmade tile and distinct hardware and fixture selections create an elegant everyday space. This kitchen makes a design impression but remains welcoming enough for the rhythms of family life, from weekend pancakes to holiday dinners.

 

Thanks again to our colleagues at Thermador for awarding us this rare prize, and hosting such an unforgettable weekend of events. We’ll treasure this experience for years to come!