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When Is Open Shelving the Right Design Choice?

Open shelving is seen by some as a passing trend. A way of storing your things to match your new open concept but not an ongoing viable way to keep your house in order. Some may see it that way, but we do not. We believe that open shelving can be an excellent way to both showcase and store, making it an excellent design choice for your home. Here we will discuss when we feel it is best to utilize open shelving and how it can help your home makeover. Open Shelving Adds a Breezy Feel to Your Interior The visual impact of open shelving to your space can be easily understated until you see it for yourself. What sounds like a simple change becomes one of the more important visual aspects of your home. When you make the design choice to switch to open shelving, you are truly taking advantage of your space. You are giving your walls the chance to breathe, which allows the color palette and lighting to stretch out across the space. This evokes the feeling you were hoping to get when you made those choices and now — with open shelving — you can be...
A basement converted into a luxurious home office.

How to Convert Your Basement into the Perfect Home Office

The workplace has changed a great deal in the last few years. Companies are giving their employees more freedom to work from home or on a hybrid schedule than ever before. While the pandemic made it worthwhile for companies to afford their workers this ability, both sides are left figuring out how to make working from home as productive as being in the office. One way for employees to get their best work done is to create a dedicated space where they can focus. It can be difficult to give up some of the space in your home for the purpose of work. This area needs to be functional while still remaining a part of your home. What better space to choose than the basement? Here are some tips for converting your basement into the perfect home office. Unfinished: A Blank Canvas In residential remodeling, an unfinished basement is going to give you the most flexibility when designing and constructing your home office. You will be in full control of square footage and be able to run electrical in a way that works best for you. What could be more exciting than designing the office of your dreams? You are...
A living room decorated for fall after a dream home makeover by House Lift remodelers in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Elegant Decorating Ideas for Fall

As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, there’s no better way to spend your day than indoors in a cozy, warm space designed to capture your unique taste and vision. Embracing the spirit of fall adds an extra element of festiveness to your home during the autumn season, while creating a welcoming environment for all who visit. Though trends vary from year to year, these classic, sophisticated tips for fall can ensure your dream home makeover will be stylish for years to come. 1. Paint Your Front Door With the weather at the perfect temperature and the leaves starting to change colors, fall is one of the most opportune times to get creative with projects around the house, and there’s no better place to start than by painting your front door. A freshly-painted front door will enhance curb appeal for your home, and the color you choose can even elevate your mood throughout the winter. Consider painting your door a vibrant color, such as red, orange or yellow, depending on your style. While these colors blend perfectly with the fall season, they will also serve as a year-round mood elevator. In keeping with the fall spirit, you can...
A recently renovated home in Minneapolis, Minnesota features interior and exterior french doors allowing natural light to flood the room.

The Aesthetic Benefits of French Doors

Interior and exterior French doors have become a popular staple in home design over the years and they are easily recognizable by their rectangular window frames that extend down the door’s length. French doors made their first appearance in architecture in the 17th century and as France’s Baroque period flourished, so did the exploration of new artistic and architectural styles. Back then, French doors were really just full-length windows that led onto balconies. They were later modified into operable doors, which allowed access to the balconies while letting in plenty of natural light. Their versatility and beauty makes them an ideal choice for patios and more.  Thinking of adding an interior or exterior french door to your home? Read on as we discuss a few reasons why you should make them a part of your dream home makeover. French Doors Provide Functionality French doors were originally created to make small balconies accessible, but today, they aren’t only used for exterior purposes. Interior french doors can be used to connect rooms in your home and enhance the visual flair of your space. They can make rooms feel and look more spacious when opened up and create a cozy, comfortable space when...
A kitchen with natural light recently renovated by House Lift Inc of the Twin Cities.

Getting the Most Out of Your Home’s Natural Light

If you own a home, learning how to increase its natural light is likely on your wishlist. A home flooded with natural light is welcoming and makes us feel rejuvenated. Exposure to daylight has been linked to better moods and overall well-being. Increasing the natural light in a room makes colors more vibrant and décor more eye-catching. For many people, natural light is a “must-have” feature in a home, followed by a large garden and an open-plan kitchen or dining room.  Poor natural lighting is often a reason why homeowners feel unhappy with their home’s appearance. Homebuyers also tend to find brighter homes more appealing than darker ones. When it comes to home design, we are always thinking of ways to boost natural light. If you are considering a dream home makeover, read on for the best ways to add more light. Update Your Flooring You’d be surprised how much of an impact the right flooring can have on your home’s natural light. Flooring can be transformed into light-friendly reflectors by choosing wood, ceramic or stone with a polished finish. Light wood floors, especially whitewash wood floors, have been around for centuries. Home renovation companies often suggest wood flooring because...
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How to Transform Your Porch Into a 4-Season Space

One of the main benefits of updating or remodeling your home is maximizing your available space to suit your lifestyle. Transforming unfinished attics and basements into enjoyable, fully-furnished spaces are smart ways to accommodate your growing family. However, you shouldn’t limit yourself to what you can update inside your home; it’s time to think outside of the box and extend your living space outdoors. When you are sitting outside, you want to enjoy the scenery, but you also want to be comfortable. But what do you do when it’s freezing during the winter and blazing hot during the summer? A four season porch is the perfect solution. Read on to find out how to make that a part of your dream home makeover. Enjoy Nature’s Beauty in Comfort A four season porch functions as an interior room made almost entirely of glass and windows that allows you to take in the views of the outdoors year-round. It is equipped with permanent heating and cooling, and it is included in the finished square footage of your home. This distinguishes it from a three season porch because three season porches are not equipped with any internal heating or cooling.  What Your Four Season...
Interior shot of a wood-paneled kitchen.

Which Wood Styling Works Best in Your Kitchen?

When designing or remodeling a kitchen, homeowners quickly realize their kitchen cabinets are a major focal point. Deciding what styles and wood species work best for your kitchen can have a significant effect on the fluidity of your interior design style. Luckily, our consultants have some ideas on wood stylings you can consider for your kitchen. Are you ready for your dream home makeover? Keep reading as we dive headfirst into your wood styling options. Wood Styling Option 1: Cherry Upgrading a kitchen is full of possibilities. No matter what wood styling you choose, pick one that reflects your personality, as well as your home’s aesthetic. If you are looking for an elegant, timeless look, cherry wood may be for you. Cherry wood can be customized to match any theme with its natural reddish tinge. It is known for its luxuriously smooth graining, as well as beautiful natural characteristics like knots and fissures. Cherry is filled with character and it is a relatively softer wood when compared to oak, maple or hickory, so a gentle touch is important when maintaining it. Getting in contact with a twin cities home remodeling agency or home renovation company like House Lift is a...
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Spring Cleaning Tricks for a Modern Home

Are you looking for great spring cleaning tips? Look no further. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting warmer and the air is filled with fresh fragrance. This means one thing: it’s time for spring cleaning! Spring cleaning is deeply rooted in human history spanning every culture and country around the world. As winter turns to spring, we feel an energy of renewal that drives us to refresh and revive our homes. The dwellings we clean today, however, are quite different from those of our ancestors. Modern homes are larger, with more spaces and items to clean, including technology and appliances, making the task of spring cleaning a much larger undertaking. While doing a full-home spring spruce-up is a lot of work, the reward is spending those precious first warm days in a sparkling clean home. And with a few easy tricks, you can make the spring cleaning a lot more manageable. We know the value of feeling great about the home you’re in. Keep reading for our spring cleaning tips. 1. Start With a Game Plan Before you embark on your spring cleaning journey, you need to map out your path and make sure you have all of...
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From Idea to Breaking Ground – Steps to Remodeling Your Home

Remodeling is a great way to invest in your home. Remodeling projects not only add property value, they can help you find greater enjoyment and better use of your space. The popularity of home improvement programming shows that many people daydream about how they’d upgrade their houses, and the renovation and remodeling industry continues to grow. When homeowners get inspired to change things up in their home, they can quickly become overwhelmed by the logistics of the project. With the right planning, pacing and professional support, remodeling can be much easier to navigate than one would expect. House Lift has provided remodeling and renovation services for more than 30 years. Keep reading to learn about the steps you can take for a smooth remodeling project, from idea to breaking ground.  1. Organize Your Inspiration Before you start sizing up your space, vetting contractors or pricing materials, it’s important to know what you want. Assess which rooms and areas of your home you’re interested in remodeling. Start by listing what you love about each existing space and what you’d like to change. This will help you prioritize your goals for your home renovation. Next, find style inspiration to inform your remodeling...
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Sustainable or Green Remodeling, Explained

When you make your home more environmentally friendly through green design and construction, you reduce the cost of operating your home by conserving energy and water, while saving on energy systems and appliance maintenance. You also create a healthier environment for your family and your pets. Sustainable home construction involves more than choosing greener building materials. For homeowners who wish to reduce their carbon footprints, here is a brief look at what you can expect as you start the green building process. What is a green home? A green home is designed, constructed, and operated in ways that reduce or eliminate negative environmental impacts. A green home can even have a positive effect on the climate and natural environment. Green buildings preserve natural resources and improve the quality of our lives. Building green is a commitment to the five pillars of green building: energy, health, materials, water, and place. What are the attributes of a green home? Green home design considers the quality of life of the home’s occupants in the construction, and operation of the home. In a green home, energy, water, and other utilities and resources are used to maximum efficiency. Green homes often use renewable energy sources,...