Growing a Home

Running out of home space is a common occurrence. The problem is that while growing families tends to happen organically, growing houses takes a bit more concentration and effort. But there are always solutions to the problem of not enough space. Moving. Kicking out the largest person. Or building an addition onto your house. And if you happen to be like this homeowner, you might find building an addition to be the better option, especially if you have a carport that you can simply convert into a bedroom suite for your mother. With, of course, our help.

Step one was pouring concrete on top of the existing carport to make the addition’s floor level with the rest of the house:

Next we closed up the the space where the old carport had been and installed Window Mart® vinyl windows:

And then covered it with Alside® vinyl siding:

Interior view of the framework:

We used Knauf® batt insulation for the walls:

We installed drywall on the interior ceilings and walls, except for the walls that are exposed brick:

And the interior is completed, with Sherwin Williams paint on the walls, ceiling, and trimwork:

We installed DreamWeaver® carpet on most of the floor:

But in the foyer hallway, we installed Shaw® waterproof vinyl plank flooring:

The interior doors are Masonite® 6-panel:

For climate control, this homeowner chose a Lennox® mini-split AC/heat unit:

In the bathroom, the vanity received a marble top and we also installed the
Shaw® waterproof vinyl plank flooring in here:

We used Interceramic® tile for the handicap accessible all-tile shower:

Stepping back outside, we see that while the homeowner converted his original carport into more home space, that doesn’t mean he no longer has a protected place to park his vehicles. The concrete pad was already there, so we simply built a roof over it for him:

Installing the Tamko® 3-tab shingles in the Rustic Cedar color:

And the new carport is complete, with the new home addition tucked behind it:

How are things with you? Has your home grown as fast as your family? Or do you need to add a little more space? We’re ready for your free consultation whenever you are. Call us at (870) 845-1121.

Home Generator

The only way in which weather is predictable is that it isn’t always going to be comfortable. Storms will come; sometimes just little thunderstorms, but sometimes ice storms or tornadoes. The next time a big storm hits and your home loses electricity for days or even weeks, where are you going to be left?

This gentleman decided to answer that question with: “Not hot in the summer, not cold in the winter, and I’m not going to be throwing away a year’s worth of spoiled food out of my refrigerator and freezers, either.”

We helped him guard against those losses by installing a natural gas generator with the capability of generating enough power for his entire home when that electricity-stealing storm comes.

First we poured the concrete pad to set the generator on:

Time to deliver the generator to its new home:

Here it comes:

And the new 45 KW Generac® natural gas generator is in place, ready to power the home whenever its needed:

What do you think? You can’t stop the storms from coming; the question is: do you want to set your teeth and try to survive a sweltering home in summer or a freezing one in winter? Or would you rather get a step ahead of Mother Nature this time and take measures to protect your home? We’re here to help at (870) 845-1121.

One Man’s Castle

For most of us, a new house is a dream always just beyond the horizon. And whether your ideal home is big and modern or small and cozy, it’s the getting to design it just as you want it that’s the important part. Your own perfect home. Can’t you just picture it?

But when the day comes for you to actually turn that airy dream home into a real building of concrete and wood, a lot of painful little details pop up and the subcontractors don’t show up when you thought they were going to and that color paint turns out to look terrible once it’s actually on the wall and the vanity sink came in the wrong size and suddenly you start wondering if all this stress is really worth it. Yeah, you knew building a new house wouldn’t be effortless, but after all, nothing worth having comes without a little effort, right? But it is the 21st century and surely by now someone has invented some way to turn THAT MUCH STRESS into something slightly less painful.

Yes, someone has. It’s why we exist. Whether you choose to have us take over all the stress of your project or only certain parts of it, as this gentleman did, we are here to help make getting your dream home as painless as possible.

When we arrived on the gentleman’s project, the house was only a metal frame on a concrete slab. So first we got busy installing metal on the exterior:

The homeowner chose Metal Max Brite Red metal for the exterior walls:

The metal trim was in the Burnished Slate color:

And the roof was covered in Metal Max Galvalume metal:

Next, it was time to get inside and get started on the interior framing:

We used rough-sawn yellow pine lumber for the interior framework:

The interior walls were insulated with Knauf® batt insulation:

While the exterior walls and ceiling were sealed against the elements with spray foam insulation:

We installed drywall on most of the interior walls and some ceilings:

But for several of the walls upstairs, the owner opted for a more rustic look with 1 x 6 tongue & groove yellow pine on the walls:

And to complete the rustic feel, the upstairs ceilings were covered in old barn metal:

And now it’s time for the fun part: a few shots of the finished interior, clearly a comfortable, well-love and lived-in home:

Is this the type of home you dream of? Or is your style something completely different? Whether your dream home is rustic, modern, industrial, vintage, or a style of your own invention, we would love to hear about it and help turn your castle in the air into a castle on the earth…you know, one you can actually walk into and live in. Call us today at (870) 845-1121 for a free consultation to get you started!

What does your dream home look like?

Trex® Deck

There’s just something about a deck, isn’t there? It’s like that perfect space between indoors and outside: you can feel the fresh air and taste the sunlight, but you can also go without shoes and eat comfortably and relax without getting dirty. Decks belong to barbecues and sunsets, to cool drinks and warm nights, to time spent with family and friends and to relaxing alone after work.

But wooden decks, attractive as they appear, are also a lot of work if you don’t want them to fall apart. There’s a constant round of pressure washing, staining, sealing, changing buckled boards, and always watching for termites.

Is having a deck worth the trouble? That’s a question you’ll have to answer for yourself. We had the pleasure of working with one homeowner who chose to have her decks without all that trouble. How? By having us replace her wooden deck boards with Trex® composite decking.

This means that while she still gets the beautiful wooden look for her decks, she won’t have to deal with any staining, sealing, wood rotting, splinters, or with the fading, scratches, and stains that wooden decks eventually get:

The deck boards are Trex Transcend® composite decking in the Havana Gold Color:

And the railings are the Trex Transcend® railing in the Tree House color with black aluminium balusters:

An up-close-and-personal look at the decking:

The finished product:

Do you have a deck? Does it look the way you wish it did, or is it falling into disrepair? You can fix it for now…and then again…and again…or you can fix it once for the long term by replacing it with composite decking. The choice is yours.

Or maybe you don’t have a deck. Maybe you wish you did, but you just can’t face that much upkeep. If that’s your situation, composite decking was invented just for you.

Whatever your circumstances, if you feel like a Trex® deck would make your summer night barbecues more enjoyable, Hostetler Handyman would be honored to help you make that dream a reality. Call us today at (870) 845-1121 for your free consultation.

Home Addition

Does your house ever feel a bit cramped? Most of us tend to fill up all the space we have and then we find ourselves wishing for more. If your house is really too small for your needs, your things are probably difficult to find and relationships between people who live there might be under strain. You could move into a bigger house. But what if you really like the house you have now? You just wish there was more of it.

There’s a way to get that. This family chose to have an addition built, and we had the privilege of helping them to enlarge their home.

First things first – the concrete is poured:

From a distance, you can see that the walls are up:

The upper part of the exterior walls was covered in Alside® vinyl siding:

While the lower section got Coronado® stone wainscoting:

The completed exterior, with Tamko® shingles on the roof:

Stepping inside, we see the main room of the addition, completed and already being enjoyed:

For the opening between the addition’s bedroom and bathroom, the owner chose a sliding barn door:

Inside the bathroom, the vanity is custom-built:

As is the linen closet:

The bathroom flower and the shower are both tile:

And while we were there anyway, we also installed and painted several new exterior doors:

What do you think? How much would your home life be improved if you had just a bit more space?

We’d be glad to sit down with you and talk about what it would take to add a room or two onto your home, but we can’t until you let us know that you’re ready for this. Give us a call at (870) 845-1121 today!

Wooden Deck

You know those houses that look like someone set them down somewhere randomly? They don’t look like they belong there, and they don’t look particularly inviting. And chances are, they don’t have a porch.

There’s just something about a porch that makes a house feel like a home, but not all houses have one. Maybe you didn’t think you wanted a porch when you built your house, but now you’re regretting that. Maybe you bought your house and it didn’t come with a porch. Either way, if you don’t have a porch and you wish you did, you might want to consider having us add a wooden deck to your home, the way this gentleman did.

We built this deck out of YellaWood® treated lumber:

His porch came with matching wooden steps leading into his house:

Choosing a 10′ x 21′ size allows plenty of space for relaxing outside on pleasant evenings,

-and the Tamko® Weathered Wood shingle roof means he can still relax outside on rainy days without getting wet:

What do you think? Would your house feel just a little more like a home with one of these added on? Do you need somewhere to host your friends for a barbecue next summer?

Give us a call at (870) 845-1121 for a free estimate on getting a covered deck of your own.

Additions on House, Part 2.5 – Kitchen & Bathroom

We’ve seen the exterior and interior of the first addition, and we’ve had a look at the exterior and the entryway of the second addition. This leaves us with two more rooms in the second addition: a summer kitchen and a bathroom.

We start off with the kitchen, drywall hung but not yet painted:Photo Dec 13, 11 12 30 AM

Kitchen cabinet installation in process:2017-01-03 13.51.48

The cabinets are installed and painted, and the countertops and the sink are in place:HB4116

The finished kitchen in all its glory:20180109_081434

On the right side of the kitchen we have the washer and dryer, with storage compartments above and beneath:20180109_081952

Next to the washer and dryer, one of the drawers is a fold-out ironing board in disguise:20180109_083052

Close-up of the big stainless steel apron sink:20180109_083035

And on the left side of the kitchen we have the stove and refrigerator, gleaming stainless steel against the bold white lines of the tile backsplash:20180109_083123

Next we take a look into the bathroom, where the vanity cabinet is installed and shower built, but not yet tiled:2017-01-03 13.51.54

The gray vanity and cabinets and white marbled countertop with contrasting black handles and faucet make for a stunning bathroom:20180109_081013

And we finish with a quick look into the all-tile walk-in shower:

Beautiful rooms, aren’t they? How’s your kitchen looking? Does your bathroom have the clean, fresh feel of this one? You’ve seen what we can do in someone else’s house; would you like to see what we can do in yours? We can renovate the rooms you have, or we can build you something new. Contact us here or call us today at (870) 845-1121 for a free estimate!

Additions on House, Part 2 – Exterior & Entryway

We’ve looked at the outside and inside of addition number one. Now we’ll step around to the back side of the house and take a look at the second addition.

Here we can see the concrete slab in place, while the brick siding on the original part of the house is being removed:DCIM100MEDIADJI_0236.JPGThe new addition is framed, house-wrap and Tamko® Heritage shingles installed:DCIM100MEDIADJI_0260.JPGBrickwork in progress:20161017_09264820161017_092725The exterior of the completed addition:20180109_081724

Before and after photos looking out towards the door:Photo Dec 13, 11 12 55 AM20180109_081458A before and after of the entryway:Photo Dec 13, 11 13 23 AM (1)20180109_081054A closer look at the custom-built hall tree with storage cabinets and a bench:20180109_081145We installed a big sliding barn door on the entryway closet:20180109_081520And a glimpse of the utility room:20180109_081331

We’ve got one more post in this series, where we’ll look at the new bathroom and summer kitchen in this addition. If you want to be sure of catching that last post, enter your email on the right or like our page on Facebook.

Additions on House, Part 1.5 – Doors & Interior

Last time we watched the exterior progress of an addition on a house being built. Now it’s time to step inside this beautiful front door and see what happened to the interior.

But first, let’s stop and notice the wood-grain texture on this fiberglass exterior door:20180109_075707

A look at the interior of the both the front door and the french doors opening onto the patio, before and after being finished:

Close-up of the tile foyer step-down inside the front door:20180109_082715

Stepping back in time a little, we see the window seat with custom shelving on either side still unfinished:Photo Sep 05, 12 53 21 PM

And we’re back, looking at the completed living room, tasteful and inviting:20180109_080000

A closer look at the finished bookshelves and window seat:20180109_08002620180109_080041 (1)

A view from inside of the addition reveals a glimpse of the original house, where we also installed luxury vinyl plank flooring to match the addition’s floor:20180109_082820A closer look at the wainscoting on the hallway wall:20180109_08251420180109_082034

On the other side of the hallway wall, we put in a spacious pantry with custom-built shelving:20180109_082654

We also installed some additional custom-built cabinetry in the original dining room, complete with a work station: 20180109_08243520180109_082456

And a before and after of the decorative beam in the center of the cathedral ceiling which we installed and stained:Photo Sep 08, 10 25 50 AM20180109_082339

So what do you think? Do you want a room like this? A place to entertain guests or just to spend time with your family… 20180109_080011

We built one, we can build another. Just the same, or we can change it up to express your unique style. It’s up to you. Contact us here, or give us a call at (870) 845-1121.

But this inviting living room isn’t all that we added onto this home. Next week we’ll take a look at the second addition. Want to see? Enter your email on the right or like our page on Facebook.

Additions on House, Part 1 – Exterior

Most long-term homeowners have, at some point, felt that their house was just a little cramped. Some homeowners decide to do something about it. We constructed two additions for one such family on their home near Nashville, AR.

Breaking ground on the front side of the house for the first addition:20160527_100945

The dirt pad is built:20160609_150319

Concrete footings are poured:20160610_140005

Framing in progress:IMG_20160714_130137806

Interior view of the framing:IMG_20160714_130222555

In this photo, you can catch a glimpse of how we tied this new addition into the home’s original gable line:IMG_20160725_150402331

House-wrap is installed, as well as Tamko® Heritage shingles in the Weathered Wood color:IMG_20160725_150337261IMG_20160725_150433030

Aerial shot of the brickwork in progress:DCIM100MEDIADJI_0270.JPG

As you can see in this photo, we removed the brick and vinyl siding on the original house and replaced it with Acme® brick as well, in order to give the whole building as seamless a look as possible:DCIM100MEDIADJI_0269.JPG

Some shots of the finished addition’s exterior:20180109_07534220180109_07555420180109_075628

It’s fun to see the exterior change from dirt-work to finished, but that is something anyone who chose to drive down that road could have seen. Next week, we’ll look at something that only a few people got to see: the work done on the interior. Enter your email on the right or like our page on Facebook to be sure you don’t miss it!