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Striking details often define custom homes, and arched entryways, rounded drywall corners, and boundary-pushing light fixtures were no exception inside this home on a scenic property near Lake Minnetonka. But for Amy Hendel, director of Hendel Homes, it’s the magical features that aren’t on a blueprint or pinned to an inspiration board that make this home truly special. “He has a nice presence,” she says. “When you drive up and the sun hits the house, it shines. And you have sun in that house all day.

“Each piece has its own meaning and style. It’s like peeking into this beautiful jewelry box.

—Amy Hendel

When Hendel and Minneapolis architect James McNeal collaborated with the owners of the home, they all knew that the large, private lot with wooded areas and water views required a home that would encompass the land. “We wanted to capture the beautiful views of the setting,” says McNeal. “The sequence and volume changes of the individual spaces make it more interesting as you approach the house and walk through it.” The resulting modern European home, which McNeal says is a nod to traditional English Tudor homes, does just that. “It has the massing of an English Tudor, the steep roofs and that stately feel, but it’s stripped of other details like timber framing and other ornamentation,” says McNeal. Large black metal windows, some stretching almost floor to ceiling, frame verdant views of nature. Most rooms have separate entrances to outdoor balconies, terraces, and patios. “It’s almost like windows, and the views out of them become art,” says Hendel.

Likewise, other areas of the four-bedroom home are enlivened with design details. White oak ceiling beams bring a dramatic touch to the vaulted ceiling and define the open concept living room and kitchen areas. Artistic and ultra-modern light fixtures add more interest. In the master bathroom, a gold bathtub is an unexpected glitzy feature in the otherwise understated, minimalist design. “The house isn’t overstated, but every piece has this jewelry, elegance and beauty,” says Hendel. “It’s like looking into this beautiful little jewelry box.”

Architecture: Architect James McNeal and Principal Angela Liesmaki, James McNeal Architecture and Design, IMS, 275 Market St., Ste. 135, Mpls., 877-796-5623, jamesmcnealarchitectureanddesign.com // Builder + Interior Design: Rick and Amy Hendel, Hendel Homes, 15250 Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata, 952-404-7204, hendelhomes.com // Furniture + Style: Danielle Loven, Gregory Clark and Amber O’Brien, Vivid Interior Design, 226 Cedar Lake Rd. S., Mpls., 612-874-3282, vividinteriordesign.com // Landscaping: Scott Ritter, Topo, 530 N. 3rd St., Ste. 401, deputies, 612-929-2049, topollc.com


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