The n-tuples of commuting Hilbert space contractions are considered. We give a model of a commuting lifting of one contraction and investigate conditions under which a commuting lifting theorem holds for an n-tuple. A series of such liftings leads to an isometric dilation of the n-tuple. The method is tested on some class of triples motivated by Parrotts example. It provides also a new proof of the fact that a positive definite n-tuple has an isometric dilation.