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.

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.

Interior Remodel – Part 1 of 8

Have you ever wanted a new house, but you didn’t want to move? Do you love where you live, but where you live needs some love? You don’t have to buy a whole new house to start living in a better place. Sometimes, all your home needs is a full interior remodel. And Hostetler Handyman Service would be delighted to help you with that, just as we helped this lady in Nashville, AR, give her home a whole new look.

In this eight-week series, we start with one of the most important rooms in your house: the room where you entertain your guests, the room where you relax with your family, the living room.

In this photo, demo has already begun:20160415_145750

We installed CertainTeed® drywall on the walls and ceiling:20160504_153149

The brown brick fireplace and wall, though pretty, didn’t quite match the theme the homeowner was looking for. So she had us paint all her brickwork, giving it a fresh new look:2016-07-11 11.14.032016-07-11 11.14.00We also installed a custom built-in bookshelf:2016-07-11 11.14.14In this close-up of the finished bookshelf you can see the doors installed at the bottom, as well as catch a glimpse of the new COREtec® One Doral Walnut vinyl plank flooring: IMG_1939

The completed living room in all its glory:2017-01-16 15.32.492017-01-16 15.32.552017-01-16 15.33.04

Does your home need a new living room? Contact us here or give us a call at 870-846-1121 for your free estimate.

Next week we remodel the most essential room of all: the kitchen. Enter your email on the right or like our page on Facebook to be sure you don’t miss it.

Complete Kitchen Remodel

We remodeled this kitchen in a house in Prescott, AR, taking it from this:20150423_085910To this:IMG_0468

Here are some more photos of the kitchen before we started:20150423_085951Notice the breakfast bar in this picture:20150423_085927

We tore out all of the old cabinets:20150423_10131920150423_112341

We also retextured and painted drywall on the kitchen ceiling, as well as installing can lights in place of the strip lighting which you can see in the first picture.20150429_110551

The finished ceiling:IMG_0483

The new custom-built cherry cabinets are shining:IMG_0473

We installed a step-up on the new breakfast bar: IMG_0496

We also installed an apron sink:IMG_0490

We replaced the electric range with a gas stove:IMG_0476

The LED under-cabinet lights make the granite countertops brilliant:IMG_0485

We also installed the tile backsplash:IMG_0489

The table and bench in the breakfast nook were also custom-built to match the cabinets:IMG_0494

The completed kitchen:IMG_0467