Underpinning a Foundation for a Basement

Foundation Underpin

Recently we have had more and more requests for underpinning a foundation to add space to a home.
To learn more about underpinning a foundation visit our featured underpinnings page.
Here are a couple pics that show what can be required and what results can be achieved.

Underpinning excavation taking place

Underpinning excavation taking place

Egress window in unfinished but brand new basement.

Egress window in unfinished but brand new basement.

Shoring up walls and forms for underpinning a foundation.

Shoring up walls and forms for underpinning a foundation.

Fresh living space created by being able to underpin the foundation.

Fresh living space created by being able to underpin the foundation.

Large egress window in a spare bedroom created by underpinning the foundation and finishing the basement.

Large egress window in a spare bedroom created by underpinning the foundation and finishing the basement.

Hallway in finished basement after an underpin of the foundation to create a finished basement.

Hallway in finished basement after an underpin of the foundation to create beautiful living space.

2019 Contractor of The Year Gold Award Winner

Showcase Renovations is the proud recipient of the 2019 CotY Gold Award Winner for Entire House Renovation $250,000 to $750,000.

We are appreciative of our client, our trade partners, and David Wagner of SALA Architects. Their fine work and ideas made this award possible.

You can see more images from this project in its portfolio and see some of the features that make this an award winner on its project page.

St. Paul Tear Down and Modern Rebuild


After a busy summer season, we’re taking some time to recap and reflect on a current project our team is well underway with.

We are in the heart of Saint Paul with this “tear down and rebuild.” From the start this has been an exciting property to be a part of. We started by demoing the original home to make way for a new, modern house fitting the vision and needs of our homeowners.

This new home will have many state-of-the-art, unique features including:

  • A modern, architectural design
  • Bluestone steps and covered walks
  • Green roof (“live roof”)
  • Windows and insulation maximized for energy efficiency
  • Cedar Siding
  • White Oak Flooring
  • “Stair Tower” – a floating stairway, with metal framework, wood treads
  • Metal Fireplace
  • And much more!


Our progress pictures help add color to this exciting story and capture the journey through real, behind-the-scenes shots. We’re looking forward to seeing the final product and sharing our “After” photos upon completion—stay tuned!

2019 Homes by Architects Tour, AIA Minnesota

It is that time of year! We are thrilled to be a part of the 2019 Homes by Architect Tour, produced by AIA Minnesota. We are looking forward to this wonderful event and hope to see you there! Here is what you need to know:

    • WHEN? September 21 and 22, 2019 / Saturday & Sunday
    • TIME? 10AM to 5PM both days
    • MORE INFO? Visit Homesbyarchitects.org for maps, tickets, and more info
    • WHICH HOME? Home #7 by Showcase Renovations
    • ARCHITECT? SALA Architect
    • WHERE? 1445 Fairlawn Way, Golden Valley MN 55416

We also wanted to make sure to thanks the many trade partners that we a part of this project, including:

  • Scherer Bros. Lumber
  • Pride Electric
  • B&D Plumbing & Heating
  • James LaChance Cabinets
  • Decorators Service Co.
  • Stockness Construction

Still have questions? Contact us and we will be happy to help! Can’t wait to see you there!


Showcase Renovations in Homes By Architects Tour

Showcase Renovations is pleased to have 3 projects featured in this year’s Homes By Architects Tour!

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Please visit our 3 projects in the 2018 Homes By Architects Tour. When your project demands the highest levels of quality and competence it’s important to hire a design/build contractor that can meet your goals.

At Showcase we collaborate with inspired architects and skilled trade partners to achieve great results for our clients.

Tickets can be purchased at the AIA Minnesota website by clicking HERE.

Here are the three projects represented in this year’s tour:

As the project nears its end, what’s next?

Congrats! Your project is nearing completion! All of your hard work has shown and your home looks better than ever! But what are some of the wrap-up steps you should take before you cross the finish line?

Here are 5 steps to follow:

1.) INSPECTIONS: While inspections sometimes get a bad reputation, they really are imperative to ensuring safety and quality standards are met. Inspections have your best interest in mind! Ensure Mechanical inspections (plumbing, heating, electrical), and all other final inspections are completed. Sign-off with the local building inspector and get their approval that the project is fully code compliant.  This will also indicate the project is complete and approved from the City’s perspective.

2.) WRAP-UP: Work with us or your chosen contractor to perform a final walk-through. This allows you, the client, to address any open issues and punch list items.  We guarantee all are addressed as quickly as possible to the client’s satisfaction.

3.) CELEBRATION!: The most fun step of them all! We honor our client with a parting Thank You gift, such as a donation to the client’s favorite charity, gift certificate to a restaurant of choice, or nice bottle of wine. Take some time to pat yourself on the back for making such an amazing commitment to your home… you deserve it!

4.) WARRANTEE: Our warranty policy follows the Minnesota requirements for new home and home improvement work by contractors. Construction work is warrantied by the State for 1 year, workmanship and materials for 2 years, installation of heating-cooling-electrical-plumbing systems for 10 years, and major construction defects have a life-time guarantee. Check with your chosen contractor on warranty policies and make important note of them!

5.) A VISIT FROM US: Our standard best-practice includes a visit from us one year after project completion. We will walk through the entire project space with all clients to confirm satisfaction and address any items that have arisen (think: drywall or other touch-ups).

Keep up the good work and make sure to follow these steps when checking a project off of your list!

Attention Getting Bryn Mawr Bungalow Kitchen Remodel

This Sunday the Star Tribune’s Home section featured a project designed by architect Bryan Anderson of SALA Architects and built by Showcase Renovations. We are always thrilled to see the projects we work on get attention like this. We have been very fortunate to work with architects of Bryan’s ability and vision as well as others at SALA Architects. Have a look at pictures of the finished project on its portfolio page here.

These before and after images can give you an idea of the dramatic difference that was made in this project.

Happy Fall from Showcase Renovations!


The leaves are slowly turning, the temperature is dropping, and Autumn is in the air! We always get excited about all of the possibilities new seasons offer for your home—so what are some simple and cost-effective upgrades you can capitalize on this season to fully enjoy all that Fall has to offer?

  • Fall fun circled around the firepit—what better way to take in a beautiful Fall evening than gathered around a warm fire with smores, hot cocoa, and your loved ones? Firepits have come a long way over the years; from totally custom built-in pits, to fully transportable and light weight above-ground options, there is a something out there for everyone! Check out your local home improvement store to browse some of the options near you.
  • Simple exterior updates make all the difference—in Minnesota, we all know Autumn also means Winter and freezing temps are just around the corner. Be sure to get all your exterior fixes done before the weather is too cold to work outside. Consider replacing your gutters, check into a new roof or garage door, or simply a fresh coat of paint for your home if any of these areas could use some TLC. Have a bigger project that you need some help with? We are here to help! Contact us and we will help you get started.
  • Celebrate Autumn with some simple decor—half of the fun with Fall is decorating your home to reflect the changing season and weather! Mum plants are an effortless way to add a pop of color to your yard when all of the leaves have fallen. Pumpkins are a classic touch when Halloween approaches and you want to get into the holiday spirit. There are so many ways to embody this special season that is truly beautiful in the state of Minnesota.

While these are just some of the ways your home can benefit from the changing season, there is much more we can help with! Contact us to get started on a project or to simply ask a question about your home. We wish you and your household a very happy Autumn!

Technology-Savvy Minnetonka Bay Remodel Exemplifies “Smart Home” Trend


As highlighted in a few of our recent blog posts, Smart-Homes are becoming increasingly prolific in the remodeling and home-building industry. One of our current projects in the Minnetonka Bay area is utilizing these technologies throughout the entire home. So what products and offerings are we incorporating into this transformation and how can you get started on some “smart” changes of your own? Here are five technologies we are using for this home that are worth considering for all homeowners interested in making some “smart” upgrades of their own:

  1. To start, this home is using Lutron Finire 4″ trimless and 3″ trimless cans throughout. They carry a lot of great long-term cost efficiency benefits including dimming down to 1% and 10yr warranties. Lighting in this home is controlled by Lutron’s RadioRa2 system with keypads throughout the house controlling lighting scenes in each room. This gives homeowners the ability to personalize lighting in each room to give the ambiance they desire while being environmentally
  2. Moving on to the kitchen, this home features Sonance’s Architectural series 4″ speakers laser-lined with cans to provide a clean look with amazing sound quality. Speakers and cans are exactly the same size and look for a seamless appearance. This is an easy way to upgrade your sound quality while maintaining desired aesthetics.
  3. Another great way to start upgrading your home’s technology capabilities is with your HVAC system. This home’s HVAC is controlled by Savants Pro centralized multi-zone thermostat processing. This is integrated directly into the home’s control system. It will also include Savant’s energy management control monitoring system which will automatically make adjustments to as many controlled devices as needed.
  4. We are also including Lutron recessed shades in the Great Room and master bedrooms which read directly to the home’s control system so that they are automated with day, time, and weather. Again, this is a “smart” way to approach energy and lighting efficiency; it is hassle-free for homeowners and great for an on-the-go lifestyle.
  5. Finally, multiple cameras are being installed throughout the home along with control over the home’s hurricane shutters (also integrated to the central control system) so that they can be raised and lowered from anywhere in the world. Imagine being able to travel the world while also being able to make necessary home adjustments!

While this is only a small list of the vast technologies we are seeing revolutionize the industry today, we are excited to share the merits of this trend with you and the limitless possibilities it presents. Want to learn more about “smart home” technologies and get started on some updates of your own? Contact us!

What to Expect in 2018: Trends and Themes

It is hard to believe that we are already half way through 2017! Time has flown by for us and we could not be more excited about all of the work we are doing for our beloved homeowners. While we find ourselves busy as bees this summer, it is important that we take a step back and reflect on everything we have seen, done, and witnessed along the way. That is why we want to provide you with some of our thoughts and insights from the year to anticipate what is ahead for the industry. Here are a few topics and trends to pay special attention to in 2018:

  • Digital & Real-Time: With more and more millennials entering the housing market as first time homebuyers and demanding more tech-savvy appliances, updates, and resources, it is no surprise that remodeling efforts have begun to echo this trend. Think Smart-Kitchens, Smart-Entertainment Centers, Smart-Homes! Nothing is off the table with this seemingly limitless market. Stay ahead of the curve and research some of the products out in the marketplace today to get a feel for where this space is headed.

  • Simplify & Streamline: Gone are the days of patterned wallpaper, clutter, and fabric heavy room décor; cutting-edge interior home designs are increasingly minimalistic, sleek, and simple. Consider neutrals with small pops of colors and pair down on unnecessary items. If you are really looking to embody this trend in your everyday life, you may even consider watching the Netflix documentary “Minimalism” to see a dramatic take on this popular ideology.

  • Make it YOU: This may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised how many homeowners are tossing out the rule book and truly creating a space that is really their own. Enjoy craft beer? Dedicate a spare room to accommodate your micro-brewing needs. Avid Biker? Look up Pinterest ideas on how to build custom, specialty bike racks or organize your garage around your pedaling-fast-lifestyle. Fitness Guru? Transform your basement into your own personal gym space. The possibilities are endless! Make your home the most comfortable representation of yourself. We live in a world where traditional rooms and spaces are no longer considered must-haves. So have some fun: install a small movie theater, add a meditation room, give your dog a custom-made play space—whatever it is, do more of what makes you happy and allow your home to help along the way!

Need some help getting started? Is 2018 the year you get started on your renovation to-do list? Let us help you get the ball rolling! Contact us with your thoughts, ideas, or just to chat some more about topics of intrigue.