We are the lakes area premier Painting & Remodeling Company. Specializing in:
- Custom Decks and Porches
- Rotted Railing Replacement
- Staining, Painting, and Log Home Care
- Window and Door Installation
To us, it’s so much more than staining and painting, or even a beautiful new deck. For more than 30 years we’ve brought a passion for woodwork and craftsmanship to projects of every scope, enriching the lives of our customer along the way.
We specialize in log and cedar home design, construction, and restoration. These are our main services, but if you have anything else you need feel free to contact us!
Many of the times we find the structure of the deck to still be solid, and only the decking and railing to be rotting away. This is a result of the deck being constructed out of green treated material, which lasts longer than the cedar decking. In this case, we can replace the deck boards and the railing, saving you the cost of framing a new deck.
We see this often in log homes and homes with cedar shakes. Once the finish has deteriorated, no longer repelling the moisture and the UV rays, the wood will start to mildew. This is often times what you are seeing with the blackening. It’s important to get as much of the surface blackening removed as possible, using a solution such as TSP to clean and kill the mildew. If the blackening of the wood has soaked deep in, you may not be able to fully remove that appearance, only stop it from getting worse by killing the surface mildew and then protecting it with a high-quality exterior stain or paint.
You should only work with a licensed residential builder in the state of MN. They should have a license number that begins with BC followed by numbers. The contractor will then be responsible for determining if a permit is needed and if it is submitting all of the necessary information and following the permit process. If you build the deck yourself without hiring a contractor you will be responsible for the same standards that the contractor would be if hired by you. If you work with a contractor who is not licensed or do the deck yourself without pulling a permit you will most likely be fined and required to bring the deck up to code.
Yes, we are a full-service design/build company. We are happy to build the deck to match your design or work with you to create your dream design.
I am blown away with exemplary business practices and how you back it up with quality carpentry skills. I will definitely be checking in next season to check the schedule for another project.
Derek, Heidi, and the team at LakeLife Homes were outstanding to work with on our log home staining project in Lutsen, MN. They were very responsive (a breath of fresh air these days) and took time to lay out a re-occurring maintenance plan for our log home in addition to simply just power washing & staining. I highly recommend their services. We could not have been happier with their professionalism and overall work.
Derek and his team were very professional. They went out of their way to do everything just the way we wanted it done. Their bid was very detailed. We would wholeheartedly recommend this company to anyone looking for a professional painter.
Derek and his team are the best! I live in Florida and bought a 2nd home in the Brainerd MN area. They were so great about communication, giving ideas, and executing the team plan. When I arrived at the house after it was remodeled I was so excited to see what was done but also how clean things were. I was expecting a typical construction mess. Would recommend LakeLife all day!
Work also included replacing picture window, staining interior window surfaces, & painting of 4 windows exterior. All work was done with great professionalism and technical competence. Derek exhibited flexibility and ingenuity when faced with the inevitable challenges which so often pop up in remodeling projects. We would highly recommend this business.
Our work included building a deck, a covered porch, and the staining of our cabin and garage. Derek and Travis did an excellent job on all. They were both very friendly and the work was very professional. We plan to have them do more work for us in the future.
Derek & his staff were always polite and professional. They cleaned and stained our home. It was a fairly difficult project as the cedar was damaged by sun and birds. The home and garage now look bright and inviting. Thank you Derek!
Derek Bridges and his crew did a most professional job. The communication, largely by Email, was detailed prompt and courteous. The bidding was straightforward and understandable. The work was carried out in a professional, and I have to say very pleasant and courteous manner by all concerned.
Travis and his team did an excellent job of staining the exterior wood surfaces of our home. They provided great customer service and made the project easy for us. We will hire them for any future projects!
Responsive to all communications. Did a great job. Well within expectations of timeframe considering weather.
We appreciate you considering LakeLife Homes. We invite you to call us at (218) 821-3971 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free, no-obligation inspection and quote. If you’d like to leave us a message, fill out our contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We look forward to working with you!