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When you have a winning strategy, you stick with it. That’s how Hendel Homes feels about using synthetic slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

The custom builder recently included DaVinci’s own Bellaforté Slate on a new home in Orono, Minnesota. The new black composite slate roof perfectly complements the stucco siding on the home.

“We keep coming back to DaVinci products because they’re a proven success for us,” says Amy Hendel with Hendel Homes. “DaVinci composite roofing products provide a great quality and value to our homes. In this particular case, we wanted the look of slate without the weight or expense of real slate. Bellaforté was the solution.”

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Inside and out, this stunning home on Lake Minnetonka features a contemporary interpretation of classic design. Every room has incredibleAnother view of this incredible residence, resplendent with its slate roof tiles from DaVinci views through expansive windows. A full pool house with a vaulted ceiling and stone fireplace overlook a lavish outdoor pool. Add in a theatre, sport court, exercise gym, bar and sauna and you have a home you’d never wish to leave.

“Both the interior and exterior of this home are very special,” says Hendel. “Outside copper gutters and accents truly enhance the roof and siding.

“Driving up to this home you get the immediate feeling of warmth and satisfaction. The quality appearance of the DaVinci synthetic slate roof has a great deal to do with creating that impression.”

With this dream home project now complete, the team at Hendel Homes has moved onto their next project.

“Each time we begin a new design, we look for reliable products,” says Hendel. “The quality and long-term lifespan of the DaVinci roofing makes it a product we come back to again and again. Don’t be surprised if you see more of our homes with synthetic slate roofs in the future!”

Hendel Homes has many other beautiful home projects, including this project that must be seen to be believed.


The Importance of Having a Thoughtfully-Designed Workspace: 4 HENDEL Office Design Elements that Inspire Motivation & Creativity

The business of building beautiful homes naturally attracts people who are highly attuned to, and affected by, their daily surroundings. They are advocates of excellent design and appreciate how the details within their environments shape their moods and productivity. As you would imagine, we at HENDEL are sensitive to this fact. It is important to us that our team is able to enjoy working in an office that brings them happiness and inspiration every time they walk in the door. We believe this to be true for any workspace – no matter the business or location. Here are some things that have helped us cultivate an atmosphere that fosters motivation and creativity.



An organized space is key for a productive office. Having a place for everything saves precious time and maintains efficient and smooth-running systems. Paper can be the biggest culprit when it comes to disorganization, so a highly functional filing system is essential. Approach storage much like you would furniture to refrain from their function looking too utilitarian. Consider beautiful built-in cabinets and drawers to hide things away – particularly unsightly items like charging stations, modems, cords, and miscellaneous tech. Don’t know where to start? No worries. Thanks to the ‘tidying up’ movement, the professional organization service industry is booming. If you’re looking to hire an organizer, we have a solid list of professionals we could recommend. Their expertise can take the stress out of any struggles you or your team may be having with the distraction of visual and mental clutter.


Engage the Senses

Inspiring workspaces go beyond the visuals by engaging all the senses. Play around with music, scents, and climate. Keep favorite teas, coffees, snacks, and treats stocked to recharge during breaks, and to fuel meetings and brainstorming sessions. Daily wellness is also significantly elevated by bringing the outside in wherever possible. Place work stations near windows and natural light, circulate fresh air often and add beautiful plants or fresh flowers throughout the space.



Keep comfort in mind when designing the layout of your office. Build in enough open space to create roomy and easily accessible pathways. If you are on computers for the majority of the day, encourage frequent movement with modern standing desk options to keep the energy up. If you spend a lot of time on your feet or in the field, comfortable chairs are a welcoming luxury for legs and backs – invest in plush and well-appointed seating that complements your style and decor.



Make the rooms feel special with pretty accessories that showcase award recognitions, significant achievements, and moments celebrated. Displaying daily reminders of the common purpose, spirit, and commitment shared within your business is a great way to tap into feelings of deep appreciation for your work. Practicing gratitude enhances moods, performance, and relationships inside and outside the office space.