Silent Rivers’ woodshop Artisan Alex Schlepphorst: Get to know Alex and see his work

When your project includes custom cabinetry or a custom finish, you’ll likely cross paths with the work of Silent Rivers Artisan Alex Schlepphorst. With a real passion for his chosen career, Alex brings special creativity and innovative carpentry solutions to the Silent Rivers woodworking team.

Alex Schlepphorst woodworker artisan hand carves wood corbel in Silent Rivers woodshop

Alex intricately carves a wood corbel to match existing woodwork in a home.

Silent Rivers’ in-house woodshop is the reason many clients choose us for their home remodeling needs. Our talented woodworking staff are artisans who consistently create finely crafted custom cabinetry, trim and furniture, delivering amazing results.

Here’s an inside look at some of Alex’s recent project work, including his special contributions to a historic kitchen remodel currently in progress.


On the job site with Alex


Alex Schlepphorst woodshop artisan designed this birdhouse in the Silent Rivers woodshop

Alex designed this birdhouse for the Metro Arts Alliance spring gala using wood remnants in the Silent Rivers woodshop. His inspiration was a birch twig he found shaped like the inside of a peace sign.

An interview with Alex

We sat down with Alex recently and asked him about his role with Silent Rivers.


Q: What’s one thing that you ‘geek out’ about?

Handcrafted details. This takes me back to my history of school and work. I studied woodworking and design in school and had a strong interest in creating handcrafted details. I’ve worked in various woodshops, and I really enjoy creating things with my hands. Handcrafted pieces add a challenge and uniqueness to the project, and I think it’s what sets Silent Rivers apart from others.

Q: What’s your favorite part of our process?

I really enjoy working with the client and designer to develop an idea and then execute on that idea to bring the client’s vision to life. That’s my specialty. I enjoy being a part of the project and having a hands-on role throughout the process.

Q: Why Silent Rivers?

I love working in residential construction. At one time, I worked for a commercial construction company where I had the opportunity to build many big elaborate pieces. Moving to a residential company allows me to really focus on details and the end goal of bringing the client’s vision to life.

Q: What does design+build mean to you?

The design+build process allows for the integration of function with aesthetic. Rather than just providing a pretty look, we want to give our clients something that’s functional and that will work for their needs. By collaborating closely with the client, designer and the lead artisan on the project, we’re really able to make sure the client’s vision is executed exactly as they imagined.


A visual sampling of Alex’s recent projects:

Funky contemporary cabinetry flairhis and hers walk-in closet features lighted jewelry display case, custom cabinets, lighted shoe storage and sunglass display case by designer and remodeler Silent Rivers of Des Moines, Iowa

Custom cabinetry played a big role in this master suite remodel. A custom barn wood face adorns the ‘his’ side of the closet while a unique cabinetry finish creates a wow-factor and ties this master closet to the rest of the beautiful space. More photos and details »


Custom kitchen storage solutionskitchens for large families_Large kitchen remodel in Clive, Iowa features large center island with seating for six, custom white and dark cabinets, french door oven, lighted upper display cabinets by remodeler Silent Rivers of Des Moines

Custom cabinetry in this spectacular kitchen creatively tackles storage solutions for this large family of six. Custom built door panels hide the mudroom and pantry out of view while a special ‘magic corner’ cabinet tucks away the mixer and other large items while utilizing hard-to-reach cabinet space. More photos and details »


Downsizing with colorful custom cabinetryCustom cabinetry in white with custom color drawers and shelves were designed and built into this Des Moines condo by Silent Rivers

Colorful finishes make this entertainment center pop while adding plenty of storage for electronics, books, movies and more. False backs on the cabinetry keep cords hidden, yet accessible. More photos and details »


Beautiful birch: Contemporary midcentury kitchen

A midcentury modern kitchen in Johnston, Iowa remodeled by Silent Rivers receives national award

Custom birch cabinetry in this spectacular kitchen uses grain matching to create consistency in the cabinetry by lining up the grains for a wholesome look. The naturally finished birch cabinetry blends seamlessly with original birch paneling found elsewhere in the home. More photos and details »


Rich millwork creates luxurious master retreatUrbandale-Iowa-luxurious-traditional-master-bedroom-by-Silent-Rivers with colonnade arches and ornate chocolate stained woodwork

Custom cabinetry, trim and crown moldings featuring a rich chocolate stain add class and create consistency in this master suite makeover. Fine craftsmanship is front and center in this beautifully executed master retreat. More photos and details »


We’re proud of our team of talented artisans and designers who work together to create amazing homes and remodels for our clients. Learn more about Alex and the rest of the Silent Rivers team »


Donated to Iowa Heart Ball: Silent Rivers table created from Iowa Capitol salvaged wood

Donated to Iowa Heart Ball: Silent Rivers table created from Iowa Capitol salvaged wood


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