In Europe it’s not uncommon that homes hundreds of years old are still standing and occupied. Why? For one, they’re valued for their look and their heritage. And two, they were built right the first time.
We too believe that a home should be built right the first time. A solid foundation is important not only physically, but also as the heart of history yet to unfold. A home may age, and renovation may become necessary, but the bones should stay strong. Tearing down a home is like tearing out the pages of a book — a story goes missing.
The marks of a home built to last include:
1. Strength and quality. High standard construction in the bones of a home keep it strong, able to endure age and weather. There is a significant difference in the materials that a mass producing home builder uses versus what a custom builder selects. A builder who knows their product well understands and values the nuances of insulation quality, spray foam vs fiberglass, material thickness and more.
2. Details and planning. Uniqueness shows up in the well-planned details, and storage space doesn’t go out of style. Implementing built-in cabinetry and fitted furniture is a resource for the long-run. Woodworking and crown or cove moulding are important details that give a home depth. Creating a plan that gives a home originality is important in building a home that will live on.
3. Character and beauty. Designing a home with layers creates beauty worth holding onto. Using exterior design aspects, such as a slate roof and stone or brick accents, will take the home beyond cookie-cutter and turn it into a piece of art. Small distinctions add up, filling a home with character and a story of its own.
If you’re ready to design a new home — one worth holding on to for years to come — connect with us here at HENDEL Homes. Building fine homes since 1997 in the Wayzata, Minnetonka, and western Twin Cities area.