Windows with a view

Floor to ceiling windows offer beautiful views of the lake here in Minnesota, even in winter. 

A bump-out bay window not only adds character and depth to your home exterior, it creates a cozy bench space for you to cuddle up on with a cup of coffee. The family dog or cat is also likely to enjoy this seat with a view. 

Bay window

2. Colorize your space to add some personality and charm.

  • Add fun color to a room with interior paint. Try painting a color accent wall and match the color to new pillows, art work, and throw blankets. Use a contrasting color or metal like gold for new hardware, furniture or lighting pieces.
  • Choose an energizing color palette, like orange or red for living areas and calming colors for bedrooms like blue and gold.
living room with bright colors
Living room with blue accents

3. Remodel your kitchen

The kitchen remodel is something we all desire, but sometimes put off because it makes the most used part of our house… well unusable. Starting your project in fall allows you to enjoy your summer months by the lake, without being under construction.

kitchen counter top design in lake home remodeling
kitchen sink - lake home remodeling
granite kitchen countertop
  • Granite and quartz counter tops coordinated with quality luxury vinyl planking on your floor, enhance the overall appeal to a space, like we did in our Detroit Lakes Home Center. A contrasting cabinetry hue brings it all together. Make sure to use durable materials, in the event people walk in the house with sandy feet!


  • Create an open shelf system to maximize your views of the lake. Choose a wood tone that compliments your counter tops, flooring, or bar stools. You can even create open shelving in front of a window like Architect Laurie Kruhoeffer, did with ash and brass, in her Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota home. Consider clear glass wear, so you can see through them without obstructing your lake view. In our Detroit Lakes Design Center, we chose natural toned wood shelving to add an element of nature to our modern kitchen.

beautiful wood kitchen floors
kitchen countertop

4. Clean Up Your Mudroom

mud room mud room design

When you spend a day at the lake, you come back in the house with all kinds of things. Towels, hats, shoes, sunscreen and more. These things usually end up on kitchen counters, dining room tables, or the floor. Lake home remodeling or creating a mudroom area makes a functional space to ditch all of your family’s beach accessories. Open wood cabinets for cubbies with contrasting pattern storage baskets create a fun aesthetic while hiding all of the junk. Get decorative with hooks for hanging clothes and choose interesting hardware. Adding outlets and plugs near shelves also makes a good place for everyone to charge their devices without the clutter.

5. Update Your Stair Railing

Older houses often have stair railings that can make things look a little boring or outdated. Some fun options to choose for your lake home remodeling project:

  • Glass staircase cut outs compliment large windows and make spaces feel open and bright. You can use full glass or partial like RCH Custom Homes did in this Hawley house.

glass staircase

  • Wooden spindles can be cut, stained or painted in a variety of ways. This makes an economical choice that adds a little touch of detail.

 decorative stair spindles

  • Add lighting to your stairs or railing to make them safer to navigate at night.

lit stair case

Get your fall home design projects started with RCH

RCH Home and Design can help you translate your concept into a beautifully designed space. Get your project started now by contacting one of our professionals via phone or e-mail.

Phone: (218) 486-3530