Hendel Homes featured in Artful Living | Hendel Homes Transports Resort-Style Living to Minnesota

It’s easy to feel so at home while on vacation that you long to create that same feeling in your actual home. For one Minnesota family who frequents Montana several times a year, they took that sentiment to heart, pulling everything they love about lodge life into the ultimate souvenir: a new house. Inspired by the West’s most famous lodges — including Big Sky’s Yellowstone Club and Jackson Hole’s Four Seasons — an expert team reimagined a full-time private resort, complete with a fly-fishing pond and outdoor fire pit, right here in the Twin Cities.

“When you vacation, you want that sense of place,” says Rick Hendel of Hendel Homes, who oversaw the project with his team and wife, Amy, as well as architect James McNeal and principal designer Angela Liesmaki-Decoux. “For this home, it was all about creating that in Minnesota.”

The first step was zeroing in on the key elements the owners love about those classic lodges, namely stones and woods mixed with glass and metal. The team utilized unique reclaimed wood sourced from out west with heavy muddling of brown and gray, echoing the coloration of the stone (native to both Minnesota and Montana) that they applied to the chimneys, siding and landscaping. To balance the rugged and rustic with contemporary and clean, Corten steel and galvanized metals grace the roofing and stairways, while glass runs generously throughout the 5,700-square-foot home’s connecting hallways and spaces.

“It feels like you’re walking through glass blocks,” Amy notes, adding that they endeavored to make the interiors feel more modern with elements like the floating staircase and the windows’ contrasting black metal casing. Whereas the exterior rafters beneath the rooflines are sturdy and timeless, the interior beams become more linear and modern immediately upon entry. Straight lines throughout the abode ensure nothing errs too traditional, and the vibe becomes decidedly relaxed in the great room, where family and friends sink into that iconic resort ambiance.

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