Materials and Products

Artistic Iron Works

Located in downtown Des Moines, Artistic Iron Works is a metal fabrication shop with expertise in custom railings, fences, iron work, and other steel fabrication needs.  They will work with you to create and install the piece, but need some direction on design.  They also have a selection of “stock” designs they can create.

(515) 282-1866
Lou Rizzuti
Dorbin Metal Strip Company

Dorbin sells a broad variety of metal metal profiles and extrusions for general construction and rehabilitation work.  However, their claim to fame with the Des Moines Rehabbers Club is their series of metal weatherstripping for historic double hung windows.  This company is pretty old school… you can’t order direct online.  They prefer email and phone contact to order.

The Des Moines Rerhabbers Club will periodically put together a group order for interested people.  Watch the RenovateDSM email group for notification.

(708) 656-9496
Chris Duda
Factor II Fabrication
[Via RenovateDSM website] Boonie is a custom welder and metal smith. He has experience with reclaimed materials. He can do custom railings, furniture, and architectural pieces with a polished, yet industrial style. Located in the Drake neighborhood.
Future Heirlooms
[Via the DSMRC Email Group] I would highly recommend Jerry Hatfield with Future Heirlooms down in Leon, Iowa. He has done restoration work on Hoyt Sherman and has a long list of jobs he has done along with pictures. I had him replicate my quarter sawn white oak and birds eye maple doors (pictures on his site) and some large pieces of wood work. A neighbor just had him complete a large project of replicating woodwork and wainscoting and replicating the large wooden frame for the stained glass windows on their stairs.

(541) 446-6258
Jerry Hatfield
Liberty Hardwoods

High quality hardwoods and sheet goods, veneers, and unique pieces for furniture and cabinetry.

Located at 1620 NE 69th Place, Ankeny, IA 50021

(515) 299-9277
Miller’s Hardware

An old-school hardware store where the people working there know what the hell they are talking about.  Tools and hardware for working in and on old homes.

They are located at the corner of Carpenter and Martin Luther King.

(515) 283-1724
[Via the DSMRC Email Group] Check out Nu-wall system at I have used this system to repair our dinning and front parlor ceiling about 10 years ago and it is great. The texture looks like a fine plaster finish when all said and done.
(800) 247-3932
Silent Rivers Design+Build
[Via RenovateDSM website] Excellent experience all the way through – from design to construction to completion. First class operation. Transformed our MBR one year ago and just remodeled our Sunroom into an all-season room with heated floor. I am confident that we have a 22 year old home that is ready for another decade of fun living with the enhancements to these spaces.
(515) 266-6702
Marc Black
Spectrum Lighting

Spectrum has a huge showroom (2540 104th Street Urbandale, IA 50322) and catalog of new light fixtures in a broad variety of styles.  They also have a service section where you can take old fixtures to get rewired and repaired.

(515) 276-5088
Sunderland Brothers

Great tile and cabinet showroom, personal service, and thorough knowledge regarding each product.

4451 112th StreetUrbandale, IA 50322
(515) 276-3600
The Stained Glass Store
[Via the DSMRC Email Group] The Stained Glass Store was exceptionally helpful and worked to get us exactly what we needed —  perfect wavy glass replacements! We couldn’t be happier!  

Services (from the website):
We create new stained glass applications for virtually any need. We specialize in traditional design to contemporary, taking into mind all the important variables such as architecture, lighting, theme, color motif, as well as personal wishes.
Any design you wish can be constructed in the faceted style by our national award winning artist.
Hand painted:
Our artists will create a design based on your input, that you, or committee, have final say on prior to construction begins.
Protective coverings:
We have extensive experience installing protective coverings, of all types, from plate glass to polycarbonate plastics.
Our studio has been called upon, around the United States, to restore entire churches, stained glass damaged by fire or storm. We take extraordinary care in rescuing and replicating the original look and feel with many references to verify our claim.
We repair, nearly all forms of stained glass, from lampshades, beveled glass to a leaded glass window.
We custom etch glass according to need for residential, commercial and church.

West End Architectural Salvage

Four floors (plus the basement) of old-home awesomeness!  Salvaged architectural pieces like built-in cabinets, signage, hardware, door knobs, furniture, windows, and much more.  Plus a lot of creative “value added” works of art using found objects.  Kind of pricey compared to other local salvage shops, but often this is the place you will end up to find that hard-to-match hinge or interesting piece of furniture.

The space is available for events.

(515) 243-4405