Photo Essay: Our most popular 2017 projects and stories

Silent Rivers Readers' Favorite Home Projects Best of 2017 graphicSilent Rivers blog readers have cast their votes by clicking and sharing our posts! This year, you chose these eight stories and projects featuring widely diverse topics ranging from our award-winning Green & Main initiative to a luxury kitchen remodel to a new custom home in progress.


#1  Our Green & Main project wins Best Development Award

In March 2016, the Silent Rivers team was honored with the 2016 Best Development Award for Mixed Use Spaces by the 1000 Friends of Iowa. In Diamond in the Rough: Rescuing a Historic Des Moines Building, see how this special project highlights Silent Rivers’ sustainable resource management and historic renovation expertise.

Silent Rivers projects 2017_Green & Main building sustainable remodel historic renovation with living green roof and salvaged hardwood floors

A former eyesore in the Historic Sherman Hill Neighborhood is now a vibrant, sustainable space for Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center.

Learn more about this sustainable historic renovation »


#2  Glamour meets Waterbury neighborhood deck & pool remodel

With enchanting lighting effects, frosted glass panels around the pool and a reconfigured and remodeled deck area, we created a restful outdoor space also perfect for entertaining.

Silent Rivers projects 2017_midcentury Des Moines home has outdoor backyard patio deck and pool remodeled by Silent Rivers

See how comfort and privacy were created in this Midcentury Ranch remodel »


#3  ‘Project in Progress’ series of a new custom home in the woods

Our 4-part series began with sharing the design phase including floor plans and 3D renderings. In Part 2 we showed the demolition of the older home on the property. That was followed by showing big progress as walls were going up. Part 4 photos show how this gorgeous house has begun to take shape – inside and out. Stay tuned in early 2018 for the Final Reveal of this comfortable family home.

Silent Rivers projects 2017_collage of progress photos on custom new home by home designer builder Silent Rivers in Des Moines

See the evolution of this custom designed home »


#4  Family of 6 gains much-needed space in this stunning kitchen remodel

What started out as a pantry remodel resulted in this family opting for an entirely new kitchen, mudroom, living room, fireplace and transition spaces leading to the kitchen. The end result is a stunningly efficient space for an active family with four teenagers.

Silent Rivers projects 2017_white traditional kitchen with large island with six red barstools, pantry, bar, butlers pantry, mudroom, drop zone, nook office remodel in West Des Moines by Silent Rivers

See more photos of this spectacularly functional kitchen remodel »


#5  Couple adds a cozy fireplace to urban loft home

These clients returned to us after a 2016 full loft remodel to add a modern fireplace to their eclectic home. See how we added weathered recycled barn boards and raw steel to create a rustic, yet modern appeal.

Silent Rivers projects 2017_barn wood and raw steel fireplace in downtown Des Moines loft by Silent Rivers

View more photos of this downtown loft with barn wood and steel fireplace »


#6  Transforming an 80s master bedroom into a magnificent master suite retreat

We raised the roof to heighten ceilings and then reconfigured the floor plan for better use of the space to include an amenity-filled master bath, closet and gorgeous master bedroom.

Silent Rivers projects 2017_master suite remodel by Silent Rivers with barn wood walls doors and beams, central shower, three way mirror, dressing room closet

See how we created this funky and contemporary master suite »


#7  Country roads lead to a kitchen remodel using repurposed materials to add personality

Weathered barn wood, old doors and silo siding are just some of the salvaged materials we sourced and incorporated into this kitchen built for a special family that includes several furry rescue pets!

Silent Rivers projects 2017_modern rustic Iowa farmhouse kitchen, family room, steel railing, salvaged silo metal and barn wood remodel by Silent Rivers

Read more about this casual, comfortable, no-fuss space »


#8  Traditional Des Moines Colonial gets a facelift

Before and after photos show the transformation with a new entrance, carport and garage roof. This stately home needed exterior updates that would also preserve historical integrity.

Silent Rivers projects 2017_car port, new entry, new garage roof for Des Moines historic home by designer remodeler Silent Rivers

See the dramatic curb appeal created for this historic home »


Silent Rivers thanks you for your readership in 2017 as we look forward to creating beautiful remodeling projects, new homes and custom furniture in 2018! To stay current on our latest blog posts, please like us on Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter.


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