Project in Progress: Craftsman House Bedroom Remodel, Kitchen Expansion & Addition + More Begins

The owner of this Drake-neighborhood 1920s Craftsman house in Des Moines came to us requesting a master bedroom remodel to enlarge the bedroom and adding a master bathroom.  Also on her wish was an expansion of her kitchen, including creating a small banquette seating area, adding a small sitting room adjacent to the kitchen.  But we were only getting started!  She also wanted to move the laundry to the main level of the home, add a small mudroom, and last but not least, she envisioned enjoying a larger deck around her pool. Whew. We were ready for the challenge!

bathroom rendering of a 1920s Des Moines Craftsman home by remodeler Silent Rivers

A rendering of our client’s future master bathroom


kitchen rendering of a 1920s Des Moines Craftsman house by remodeler Silent Rivers

View of the future kitchen


living room rendering of a 1920s Des Moines Craftsman house by remodeler Silent Rivers

The future sitting room just off of the kitchen


1920s Craftsman House Presents Unique Challenges

Working with an older home means we are sure to face some unique challenges. In this case, because of the narrow lot, access to the site is somewhat limited. At nearly 100 years old, this home will require additional updates to the electrical and heating and cooling systems. Tying drywall into the original plaster and lathe can be challenging in matching up the textures and wall & ceiling planes. Also, blending in the existing stucco and siding could become expensive.


before floor plan of 1920s Des Moines Craftsman house

‘Before’ floor plan 

redesign floor plan of 1920s Des Moines Craftsman house being remodeled by Silent Rivers with addition, mudroom, laundry room, new master suite and kitchen

‘After’ floor plan


Workable Solutions for Older Homes

In order to work our way around these challenges we are going to make the new addition look similar without matching the existing materials exactly. We’ll use an exterior insulation and finish system to replace the current three-coat stucco (which will also add to the energy efficiency of the home); we’ll use a simpler solution of fiber cement siding in place of the cedar shingle siding in the gable ends. Additionally, we plan to reduce the height of the brick veneer on the foundation to reduce the masonry cost. Because we are working on the back of the house and it’s mostly out of sight from the street, we took more artistic liberty with our design approach and product selections than we might have if we were working on the front of the home.

In the areas that won’t be seen, our plan includes electrical updates that will bring the house up to the current code. The HVAC system will have new ductwork added, and we’ll move the new furnace to a location that will improve the efficiency of heat distribution throughout the existing house as well as through the new addition making the entire home more comfortable.



Maintaining the Craftsman Aesthetic

All of the aesthetic changes to this home will respect its traditional Craftsman style. The door, window, and base trim will be matched to the original, and we’ll maintain the style’s timeless quality in all of our material and color choices.

We’re currently in the process of framing the addition as you can see in the photos below.

in progress remodel of 1920s Des Moines Craftsman by Silent Rivers has new walls up

The walls and floor are in place. Roof trusses will be next.


in progress remodel of 1920s Des Moines Craftsman house being remodeled by silent Rivers has foundation poured for addition

The foundation has been poured and framing will start soon.


1920s Des Moines Craftsman house about to be remodeled by Silent Rivers

Next, we’ll finish the exterior and get to work on the doors, windows and roofing. Stay tuned for more updates as we transform this Craftsman style house into a more efficient, yet roomier, and more inviting space!

In the meantime, check out more of our finished projects in a variety of styles in Whole House remodels by Silent Rivers »

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