Wells Remodel and Landscape

The clients wanted to open up their 1930s home, make better use of their landscape and, most importantly, create a comfortable and enjoyable place to spend time with their parents, kids and grandkids.

We completely remodeled the kitchen, opening it up to the dining room, and added French doors for direct access to the backyard. We converted an old library desk the clients had into a rolling island and created a secret passageway for the grandkids in one of the cabinets that goes from kitchen to the back of the entry hall closet.

In the living room, we replaced a window with French doors, refaced the fireplace and added two full walls of shelving and a rolling ladder to house the clients’ wonderful collection of books and eclectic knickknacks. Outside the French doors, we created a covered three-season deck with a gas fireplace, corrugated metal roofing, stained wood framing with exposed connectors, and striking tile around the fireplace to create an interesting yet cozy feeling for the space. And next to the fireplace, we put in a “spy ladder” for the grandkids to peak over the wall at the street.

Outside the kitchen French doors, we installed a large dining patio and used wood from an old barn on their daughter’s property to side the garage walls facing the patio and covered deck. Beyond the patio, we removed trees to introduce more light into the space, allowing for smaller perennials and raised vegetable beds to thrive.  A cairn garden was created for the clients’ grandkids to experience nature play, and a small lawn was installed adjacent to the patio for both dogs and bare feet to enjoy. In the front yard, we added a covered entry and plantings that play into the classic symmetry of the home, but with a more contemporary and low maintenance palette of grasses, flaxes, and False Dracaena.


“Working with Rainbow Valley to remodel our vintage home was a wonderful experience. Their design embraced our vision. Their workmanship was superior at every turn. They listened. They kept us informed. They showed up on time. They are really good at what they do. We would work with them again in a heartbeat.”

-Leslie and Brent Wells