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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Break-room for Commercial Business in Howard County

We were asked to build a break-room for a Commercial business here in Howard County.  Look at us doing the dirt work for this job.  These guys are really good at what they do!!!

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Dirt work is done, now we are getting ready to pour concrete

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Concrete is poured so we did the outside frame for the Break-room.

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Finished up the outside.  Doesn’t it look great?

 

 

Now we are on to finish the inside.

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Inside framing.  I can’t wait to see the finished project.  Can you?

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Inside Complete.  Look at all that room!!

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Nice cabinets!!!

 

 

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Bathroom is simple, but perfect for the Break-room

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If your business is in need of a Modern Break-room, please give us a call at (870)-845-1121.  We will be happy to customize all your ideas!!