Chicken Express

If you live close to Hope, AR, you may have noticed that a new Chicken Express came to town recently, just across the road from the Chevy dealershop. We were honored to work with Moser Construction, LLC in providing the building for the restaurant.

When we got there, the concrete slab was already in place:

But since a restaurant needs more than a concrete slab, it was our job to frame a building on top of it:

Next, we installed Zip System® sheathing and tape on the exterior walls:

After that, our part of the construction was done for a while and we did not return until close to the end, when it was time to install the exterior metal; McElroy® Metals Medallion-Lok in Brite Red on the towers and awnings, while for the soffits we used McElroy® Metals Marquee-Lok in Brilliant White:

The finished building:

Next time you are in Hope, drop by the Chicken Express for lunch, and while you’re there, take a moment to look at the building. It’s not only new restaurants that need framing, sheathing, and exterior metal. New houses, new shops, new buildings of all kinds need some kind of framework, and metal is a durable, low-maintenance choice for your exterior no matter what’s inside.

What new construction are you designing in your dreams? What would it take to make those dreams as real as this Chicken Express building?
Contact us at (870) 845-1121 to find out for yourself!

Samantha’s Sweets Bakery

On 7th Street in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, just across from the post office, there’s a little aquamarine shop with a sign out front reading Samantha’s Sweets. Like most family-owned businesses, there’s a story behind it. Samantha tells you that story here, but Hostetler Handyman had the privilege of seeing it up close when we helped her make her dream come true and turn that little shop from a jewelry store into a bakery.

Sometimes on a remodel like this, we take the stress from the owner by overseeing the whole project from start to finish. In other situations, like with the bakery, we only come in and do specific things. For example:

We removed the half-wall between the front and back rooms…

…and we built a new half-wall on the opposite side of the opening:

We built custom wood cabinets and painted them white:

And then we installed the cabinets on one side of the half-wall:

We patched and re-textured all the drywall in the front room:

We took a back room that looked like this:

And, after removing the closet in the corner, the vinyl tile on the floor, and the paneling on the walls, made it look like this:

So that we could install Glasteel® FRP panels and American Gypsum® drywall on the walls to make them look like this:

We also removed the wood fiber ceiling tiles and replaced them with Multi-Cor PVF matte black metal:

All so that, in the end, the back room could become a kitchen that looks like this:

So next time you’re in Arkadelphia, stop by Samantha’s Sweets. And while you’re there, tasting the delicious treats she makes, take a moment to look at the place and realize what you’re standing inside: the triumph of a dream that she had the courage to follow through on.

Do you have a business you dream of starting, or of growing? Is there a shop or a studio that you’d love to work in every day? Or do you have a dream home that you wish you could come home to every evening? Maybe it’s something you’d like to design and build for yourself, or maybe it’s a building that’s already there and it just needs some remodel work to turn it into your own dream space, like Samantha’s bakery.

Whatever your dream is, if you need some construction work done before you can make it a reality, call us today at (870) 845-1121 and get a free estimate on what we can do to help you, like Samantha, to achieve your dream.

Exterior Pressure-Washing

If you have lived in the south for more than ten minutes, you may have noticed that the buildings here tend to turn green – not with envy, but with moss. If you have a stone house, you might be able to get away with the whole moss-covered cottage thing, but most of us don’t and our houses just end up looking dirty and unattractive. 

This is why Hampton Inn & Suites in Hope, AR called Hostetler Handyman Service. Because it’s bad enough to see your own home looking uninviting, but if you have a hotel and you are literally in the business of being welcoming, green-ish brown, dirty-looking exterior walls are a real problem. Luckily, we live in the 21st century and there is a solution: pressure-washing.

But these green marks aren’t just ugly; mold and mildew are damaging both to the building and to the people inside it. If you choose to ignore the green growing on the outside of your house, it will continue to spread and may even start to grow inside of the walls. Ask anyone who has had mold inside their home: it’s not worth it.

Fair warning: when done incorrectly, pressure-washing can be hard on your house and make your situation worse instead of better. If an inexperienced person is running the machine, you may end up with water inside your walls, damaged exterior siding, mortar blasted away on brick houses, window seals leaking, or ruined paint jobs on the exterior walls. Unless you’ve had experience or you just don’t care about your home, pressure-washing is not DIY job. Save your home: be like Hampton Inn and get a professional to help you out.

In order to clean every inch of the three-story exterior walls, we rented a 56′ boom lift from Hugg & Hall Equipment Co.

So how’s your home looking? If it’s getting a bit green around the edges, you might want to think about the future and make a decision today to save yourself some pain down the road.

Wouldn’t you like to have a house where you can touch the exterior walls without feeling contaminated? Where you can invite guests over without feeling embarrassed about how dirty the outside of your house looks?

Hostetler Handyman Service is qualified to pressure-wash hotels, but we also care enough about your home to do residential pressure-washing. Call us today at (870) 845-1121 to get a free estimate on making your house clean and beautiful again.

Interior Remodel – Part 6 of 8

After walking through the living room, kitchen, master bed and bath, two more bedrooms, and the guest bathroom, in this week’s post we take a moment to peer down the two hallways of this home, and see what they were and what they became.

One long hallway in the demo stage: 20160415_145946New freshly-painted drywall, COREtec® vinyl plank flooring, bold black doors with silver Weslock® doorknobs, and broad white trim make this a whole new hallway: IMG_1954And with a gallery of gold-framed portraits to give it character and make it home, this hallway is complete:2017-01-16 15.27.03

The same hall but from the other end. In this before photo, you can see the new CertainTeed® drywall, just installed:20160510_164554And the same completed hallway from this angle:2017-01-16 15.25.40

The other, shorter hallway with the new drywall installed but not yet painted:20160504_153146Here, too, we painted and installed new flooring, trim, and doors, as well as a new light fixture on the ceiling:IMG_1952And with the homeowner’s interior decor bringing touches of warmth and softness, this hallway is finished:2017-01-16 15.26.56

Not a complicated change, but wasn’t it fun to see? Next week, it’s time to remodel the pantry and utility room. Enter your email on the right or like our page on Facebook to be sure you don’t miss it.

Office Remodel

We remodeled the office at Southern LP Gas in Nashville, AR. We replaced the ceiling tile, installing USG grid ceiling tile:IMG_20160726_105615331Here the old floor is removed, but the new hasn’t been installed yet:IMG_20160726_105619418

The counter through its progress:IMG_20160723_164638356Here you can see the Armstrong® VCT tile floor is installed:Photo Aug 02, 8 24 51 AMPhoto Aug 02, 8 24 42 AM

Photo Aug 02, 9 32 08 AM (1)Photo Aug 02, 10 37 11 AMThe finished counter:Photo Aug 02, 3 27 01 PMWe used Wilsonart® Formica for the countertop:Photo Aug 02, 3 26 53 PM (1)

Dannie’s Café Addition

Sometimes, even charming little cafés need to grow. Dannie’s Café, far off the beaten path in Shover Springs, AR, started out in a renovated red barn. Within a few years, the delightful atmosphere and the delectable food had drawn enough patrons to necessitate adding space for more tables. They decided to have an addition built.

The café before we started, with materials all stacked and ready for the big project:IMG_20161031_111419751

A couple aerial shots, as framing on the new addition begins:DCIM100MEDIADJI_0325.JPG

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All framed up:IMG_20161108_172227609

Getting closer: IMG_20161116_120623505

We installed new flooring in the old part as well as the new, creating a burnt wood floor look in keeping with the rustic barn exterior:

Painting, both inside and out:IMG_1991IMG_1995DCIM100MEDIADJI_0033.JPG

The completed addition, inside:IMG_1996IMG_1997IMG_2005

And out:IMG_2017IMG_2018

We celebrated the new addition by having our company Christmas dinner there, so we speak from experience when we say you should go check it out.IMG_2064

Church Remodel

We remodeled two bathroom in the First Baptist Church of Dierks, Arkansas:2016-11-21-11-14-39The vanity top is New Venetian Gold granite and the floors are Puebla® ceramic tile:2016-11-21-11-14-33We used AAMCo partitions in the Beach Sand color:2016-11-21-11-15-042016-11-21-11-15-13

We also fabricated, painted, and installed new handrails outside the church building:

And we installed trim along the stairs leading down to the gym:

The stairs completed:

Exterior Painting

There was a time when the exterior block walls of the Husqvarna Outdoor Products plant in Nashville, AR, looked like this:20160608_090515

It was considered that the walls did not look the best that they could do, so men were called in to change that. The first step was to pressure-wash the walls in order to strip off the old, peeling paint:20160609_15195220160609_153007

Then a 65′ man-lift was needed to apply a heavy-duty primer to the walls:

 

We also painted the covered truck-parking shed, including purlins, legs, I-beams, and yellow concrete piers:

Painting the walls and fascia:

In the end, there was no denying that the walls on both buildings did look better. And so did the yellow metal ladder.2016-07-12-19-36-032016-07-12-19-36-09