The Cross Stands Again

For 60 years, the steeple of Methodist Church in Mineral Springs, AR stood tall, with a cross on the top of that, soaring over the town. But this is Arkansas, and the storms will come. One particularly rude storm blew the cross off the top of the steeple, and so we were called in to help.

This is what we found:

It took a 60′ Haulotte manlift from Hugg & Hall Equipment to take up this cross and return it to where it belongs:

Putting the 4′ fiberglass cross back in its place:

And it’s done, standing tall and beautiful once more:

Here’s hoping this cross stands strong for the next 60 years!

The ‘Boro Fun Center

Every town needs a place to hang out, eat, and play games; a place for birthday parties and family fun and good times. Not every town has one, of course, but thanks to this business owner, Murfreesboro, Arkansas does now. We had the privilege of helping to transform her building and making The Boro Fun Center a reality.

Starting with the exterior, we removed the rotten wood siding and replaced it with Smartside® siding:

We removed the old shingle roof and replaced it with galvalume Metal Max® metal:

Time to get inside this building. There was a lot of demolition work to be done before we could get started on creating the new look, including removing paneling from the walls, tearing out most of the interior walls, removing all the old lighting and electrical, and more:

The ceiling was sagging in some places, so we repaired the ceiling structure by adding some beams and joists:

Once all the demo was out of the way, we framed in new interior walls:

We cleaned the interior brick walls:

We installed drywall on the rest of the interior walls, then finished and painted all the drywall:

We framed out the openings in the brick walls and installed plexiglass in the window openings:

On some of the floors we installed Brandon Company® carpet squares, while for other floors we used VCT tile in the pomegranate color:

We installed new exterior doors and new Masonite® interior doors throughout the building:

We installed matte black corrugated metal on most of the ceilings, but on the largest room got a black plastic ceiling:

We built custom cabinets and countertops:

Annnd a quick glimpse of the finished rooms:

Looks like fun, doesn’t it? Wanna go this weekend? I hear they’ve got great pizza!

Hometown Office Renovation

It’s just life, isn’t it? Time passes and things will get outdated and stale, whether it’s the food in your refrigerator or that song you’ve been listening to on repeat or the interior of your office. Sometimes changing things up, swapping out a few old flavors or sounds or colors for new ones, makes a world of difference.

This week, we’re walking through an old office to which we had the pleasure of giving new life by updating its interior.

We’ll start with the walls, which were an outdated shade of paneling. We removed the paneling…

…and replaced it with CertainTeed® drywall…

…which we then textured and painted for a fresh new look:

Time to look up at the ceilings. First off, we removed the old 2′ x 4′ ceiling tile…

…next, we installed 2′ cross tees and painted the ceiling grid a fresh white…

…then, finally, we installed new 2′ x 2′ Vantage 10™ reveal-edge ceiling tile:

We also installed 2′ x 2′ LED drop-in ceiling lights for a seamless look that’s bright and also energy-efficient:

We installed new painted moulding throughout the office:

As well as new Raskin® vinyl plank flooring for a cost-efficient, modern wood-floor look:

We also installed six new Masonite® 6-panel interior doors throughout the office. Isn’t it fascinating how much a new door, white instead of brown, can modernize the look of a room?

We installed new vanities and commodes in the two restrooms:

The makeover is complete, and the office is ready to welcome its clients:

Is there anything in your life that needs to be refreshed? If it’s refrigerator food, we can’t help you; but if it happens to be your office or your home, we would be delighted to sit down with you and discuss making your dream space a reality. Our number is (870) 845-1121, whenever you are ready for your free consultation.

Office Remodel

A few weeks ago, we talked about offices and how some people choose to work in offices that struggle to meet their needs, while others build new workspaces, designed for their company’s unique requirements. There is a third option, which we also briefly mentioned: taking the office you already have and remodeling it so that it not only works for you, but it also becomes a pleasant place to spend most of your days.

In this week’s post, we’re working with a gentleman who chose that third option. It’s time for an office remodel!

The biggest project was the floors. In some rooms, we tore up carpets; in others, there was vinyl flooring to remove. Once the coverings were gone, we stripped the hardwood floors beneath and then refinished and sealed them for a durable and modern wood-floor look throughout the office:

We freshened up the entire office by re-texturing and re-painting both the walls and ceilings throughout:

In the kitchen, we installed new trim and replaced the dated cabinetry with new Mid-Continent® cabinets and butcher-block counter-tops:

A little rearranging and some more new Mid-Continent® cabinets make a world of difference for the refrigerator and coffee bar:

We also installed new fluorescent lights through the office. Who said fluorescent lights can’t look modern and beautiful?

One of the restrooms got new subway tile on the walls…

…while the other got a new pedestal sink:

The front door got a much-needed refinishing and a new Hamilton® mortise lockset, while the office windows were painted to match the trim:

A few photos of the newly remodeled office:

And a closer look at the new gas fireplace:

And for a finishing touch of elegance, we installed several new doorknobs throughout the office:

Meanwhile, outside, we poured a concrete curb for the place of business:


And there you have it; at least two businesses in the area have offices which they designed or redesigned to meet their needs and desires. Do you?

You know who to call, if you want to make your office perfect for you. Our number: (870) 845-1121.

Office Addition, Part 2 of 2 – Interior

It’s the place where you spend at least 2,080 hours a year – let’s be honest, for most business owners it’s more like 3,000. But tell me, when you think about going to your office, opening that door and stepping inside, how does it make you feel? Is your office the sort of place an intelligent person would choose to spend five (or six) days out of seven?

Last week we spent some time looking at the exterior of this addition, watching it transform through the stages of being built. But once the walls were up, we couldn’t see what was going on inside. So this week it’s time to step through that front door and take a look at the most important part of this addition: the inside. Because, while the outside of your office is where you make that first impression and it’s important that it doesn’t scare away everyone who’s coming to do business with you, inside is where the magic really happens.

Picking up where we left the interior last week, we’re in the process of framing the interior walls:

Insulation time! For the interior walls, we used Knauf® batt insulation:

The exterior walls received foam insulation. In this photo, our tech has just began the process of applying the insulation:

A close up of the finished interior floors, which are stained concrete, meaning they’re both nice to look at now and will still be next year:

And now comes the part you’ve been waiting to see: the finished office. Welcome inside, where the walls and ceilings are covered in beautiful white pine:

One of workstations inside this office:

If you’re designing your own office you might be tempted to skip this next area, but I suggest you consider following this business owner’s wise example and putting cafeteria area into your office. If you do, you won’t regret it at lunchtime…or two hours later, when your desk doesn’t smell like stale food. Here you can see this office’s cafeteria area, with the kitchen in the background and the restroom on the right:

A closer look at the kitchen, with its Mid-Continent® cabinets:

Take a look at the kitchen countertop, which is made of concrete. Durable and beautiful:

Remember that restroom we caught a glimpse of a couple photos ago? Here’s a closer look – and notice, the vanity countertop in here is concrete too:

And here we have the big man’s office, from several angles:

And this huge wooden thing? A custom-built blueprint desk, perfectly designed for their needs:

What do you think, would going to work be a little more inspiring if your office looked like this? Are you getting cramped in your old space, your papers getting lost because there’s no place to file them? Is there a funky smell hanging around the corners? Are you and your coworkers getting on each other’s nerves because you’re always in each other’s space? Are you embarrassed to invite clients to meet with you at the office? Or do potential clients drive right past your building because they can’t imagine a quality business would have an office in a place like that?

If the answer to any or all of those questions is yes, the first step is a simple one: give us a call at (870) 845-1121 and let us help you find the solution to this problem.

Do you like your office?

Office Addition, Part 1 of 2 – Exterior

Many people dream of owning their own business; some actually go and live that dream. And they often start out with a home office, but as their business grows, they soon find a home office is neither the most practical nor the most professional option for a thriving company. Then they have a choice to make: some businesses rent or buy an office space and make it work for them, some buy an office space and remodel it to meet their needs, and some choose to build their own office, perfectly designed for their company’s unique needs.

If you’re accustomed to the convenience of having your office at home, you might find yourself regretting the move no matter how nice your new space is. But if you choose option number 3 and build your own office, you have the choice of building it within sight of your own home – perhaps even as an addition on your shop.

This week, we’ll be taking a look at the exterior of an office addition we had the privilege of building for Hostetler Roofing. Next week, we’ll step inside and see the interior.

This was the shop when we got there:

Dirt work in progress:

Building forms for the concrete:

Pouring the concrete:

Framing in progress:

The Tamko® Heritage shingle roof is on, Weathered Wood in color:

From a different angle, you can see the metal siding is installed. For the exterior walls, the owner chose Metal Max’s Light Stone color, while the trim is in Charcoal:

Close up of the Alside® vinyl siding on the soffits and fascia:

The completed exterior of the office addition from several angles:

Close up of the concrete stone wainscoting on the porch posts and front wall:

What do you think? Would you like an office like this to run your business out of?

We would be honored to sit down with you and help you design your dream. Give us a call at (870) 845-1121 whenever your company is ready to take it to the next level.

And stay tuned for next week, when we’ll have a look inside this business owner’s new office as it was built!

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.