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?

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!