Spring Awaits: In-Process Backyard Transformation

We first introduced you to this outdoor living project in Project in Progress: A Hot Mess in Need of Cool Ideas. The clients came to us to address their neglected DIY backyard. Once overgrown with an awkwardly placed and out of scale patio, we are now turning it into a low maintenance landscape with space for entertaining; highly appealing to the family of five and the guests they often entertain. While we still have work to do, our clients are already thrilled with how the project is coming along.

We knew they would do a great job from the moment we were introduced. Everyone is kind, friendly, and easy to work with, we just felt comfortable with the entire process from the beginning to the end.”



Before photo of outdoor patio space needing a new design by Silent Rivers, Des Moines

BEFORE: As you can see the yard and patio were ready for some TLC.


during construction of sunroom addition, new patio, fire pit and pergola designed and being built by Silent Rivers of Des Moines, Iowa

IN PROGRESS: The new patio was poured and the framing complete.


It was exciting to start with a pile of materials and see it transform into a four-season getaway. I like the way the new addition flows flawlessly into the main part of the house. And The Silent Rivers team made great work with the deck and the way it frames the hot tub.”

~John Miller, Silent Rivers Lead Artisan



sunroom addition in Des Moines designed and being built by Silent Rivers is in progress, framing complete and walls painted Dover White with blue slate tile floors ready to be grouted

This bright sunroom received a coating of Dover White satin paint. Once the blue slate floors are grouted, we’ll be ready for the décor!



Doors from dining and kitchen areas into sunroom addition with mini-split ductless heating system in Des Moines sunroom addition designed and being built by Silent Rivers

We installed new doors leading from the current dining and kitchen area to the sunroom, tying the rooms together seamlessly. Here we also see the view into the house from the sunroom addition while getting a peek at the mini-split ductless heating system.


The brightly painted sunroom with handsome trim details will tie beautifully into the main floor of the house while its slate floors will provide a smooth stylistic transition to the outdoors. Applying a light grout will further enhance the tile ’s pinwheel pattern. The overall neutral palette will provide the perfect backdrop for the client to incorporate splashes of color in the furnishings and window treatments.


Standing Still ‘Til Spring

Sunroom addition exterior and patio with fire pit designed and being built by Silent Rivers Des Moines

We have a couple of details to wrap up outdoors, but until warmer weather arrives this portion of this project is frozen in its tracks.


With the cold weather prohibiting us from wrapping up the outdoor areas, we are focused on putting the finishing touches on the interior space and soon it will be ready for the family to enjoy.

Come spring, the stamped concrete pad will be stained and sealed and have a cobblestone border. The columns and addition will get a fresh coat of off-white paint to add some much needed contrast. New plantings and outdoor lighting will pull this project together and this family will be ready for a fun and relaxing summer.

In the meantime, the south IPE deck is finished (save for the final oil finish) and the hot tub is up and running. The kids wasted no time breaking it in. This renovation is already proving to be a source of year-round enjoyment.

From the design stage to the actual build, the group listened to our desires, paid attention to our family needs, and worked hard to build an addition that has added to our home.  It’s become something we’ll enjoy for years to come.”


Stay tuned for a final update as we put the finishing touches on and transform this space into a family retreat, just in time for spring.

For a look at more outdoor transformations, as well as indoor, check out our Project Gallery »

Project in Progress: A Hot Mess in Need of Cool Ideas

Project in Progress: A Hot Mess in Need of Cool Ideas


Share this Page: