Rick and Amy Hendel, owners of HENDEL Homes, have built an impressive list of exceptional homes and a well-deserved reputation for making their clients exceedingly satisfied and overjoyed. But that’s only part of what makes this couple special. Their philosophy of putting faith and family first, and then their career, helps them stay balanced, while their love (and innate talents) for design and construction literally shine through every project.
How did you get your start in custom homebuilding?
Rick Hendel’s desire to build beautiful residences—while also providing clients with the highest level of value, architectural authenticity, and craftsmanship—led him to establish Hendel Homes in 1997. We are now committed to creating a one-of-a-kind, timeless design for every residence and maintaining the highest level of integrity through every phase of the process.
What inspires and influences your work?
We are inspired by years of travel to architecturally rich countries. We are also students of history and have an eye for the influences of different cultures. At Hendel Homes, we spend countless hours studying well-designed products and seek out true artisans who will best implement the refined details of each new home. We are influenced by these artisans’ dedication to craftsmanship, and we apply that same standard to every home we build, encouraging our own team of artisans to adhere to—and even exceed—those extremely exacting standards.
How would you describe your build style?
Hendel Homes has a diverse and varied build style. Other builders may focus on just one or two styles, but Hendel Homes is as skilled at creating and building a Manhattan apartment as we are crafting an Aspen ski lodge. We are a multifaceted, evolving company, always becoming better and better at what we love to do.
Why do you think your clients choose you as their builder?
Hendel is involved in every aspect of clients’ projects. We have the passion and grit to take on challenges in order to bring a vision to life. Building a home is a detailed process that involves teams of skilled, experienced people, each of whom brings their own unique gifts and talents to every project. Our clients appreciate our high level of service and attention.
Our product and our process make us noticeably different. We understand the value of high-end products and architecture, and we know how best to implement those elements. Each Hendel project is built with creativity and intelligence. We always strive to be on the forefront of the latest systems and technologies, and we also bring value by offering innovative solutions to complex problems. We lead each client through every phase of the construction process, ultimately delivering the most exceptional homes.
How do you bring a client’s vision to life?
Helping a client realize a vision is a team approach. From the architect to the interior designer to the landscape architect, Hendel coordinates the entire project. We expertly manage the efforts of multiple craftsmen and artisans, each of whom play a part in our clients’ projects.
By fostering meaningful partnerships among clients, architects, designers, and tradespeople, we always create homes of uncompromising excellence. Through thoughtful planning, quality craftsmanship, and innovative technology, we provide unparalleled architectural details, all while still staying within budget and on schedule.
What do you wish others knew about your company?
For more than 20 years, Hendel Homes has crafted some of the Twin Cities’ most premier residences and home renovations. With an eye for quality architecture and a dedication to unsurpassed craftsmanship, Hendel has a reputation for the highest level of quality. Homeowners are consistently impressed with our personal, step-by-step process, as well as our visionary design. Our clients have confidence in our commitment to managing each detail of their project, as we oversee everything from the big financial picture to the smallest of details. We understand that excellence is never an accident, but rather the result of hard work and intelligent execution. This ensures that we always deliver the highest caliber product for our clients.
Every Hendel residence couples the sophisticated project management of a large-scale commercial construction project with the attention to detail and passion for quality only found in small, artisan builds.
Our unparalleled attention to detail means that we approach each project with honesty, integrity, and professionalism. It also means that we are always transparent with financial details, so no client is ever surprised. Each and every Hendel Homes project aims to exceed our clients’ expectations with attention to detail and a dedicated staff they won’t find anywhere else.
What are some of your favorite trends in new construction?
We love the window and door options, bringing the outdoors inside. We also love window walls that can be pushed into walls and hidden to create an extended outdoor space.
What makes you most proud to be a builder?
We are proud that our clients trust us to manage the construction of one of their most valuable assets. Building a home is a very personal process, developing systems and rhythms for the space in which each family lives. Therefore, it takes a unique level of professionalism to transform ideas on paper into reality. We are very humbled to be trusted at such an intimate level. No project or issue is more important than our reputation, which drives us to consistently do the right thing on every build, every day.
How do you define an Artisan home?
An Artisan home uses the most talented tradespeople to carefully implement each and every detail. We demand the highest expectations from ourselves, which means that we also demand the highest level of quality from each subcontractor and employee. Building the right team is nearly as important as building the home itself. It takes years of nurturing and growing the strengths of each and every person, deepening trust, creatively solving challenges, and learning from one another. An Artisan home showcases the faithful pursuit of excellence and the heart of the people who built it.
Photography by Meghan Doll