Home Improvement

Is it just me, or do more people care about improvement than they used to? For some people, it’s themselves they want to improve, for some it’s society, and for some it’s their homes. But it’s harder to improve anything if you think you have to do it all by yourself, and if it’s your home you’re interested in improving, we would be as delighted to work with you as we were with to work with this gentleman. Today, we’re going to be looking at what it took to transform his home from this:

…to this:

First, we installed several new fiberglass exterior doors and painted the exterior sides of them:

Then we also painted the garage door to match:

Before and after of the front entrance transformation:

We replaced windows all over the house with WindowMart® vinyl windows in the Desert Sand color:

And we replaced the screen doors on the back porch:

We replaced the rotten plywood on the back porch ceiling and re-painted the entire ceiling:

Inside, we removed paneling from some walls and installed drywall, as well as re-texturing and re-painting most of the existing drywall on the interior walls and ceilings, using Sherwin Williams® paints:

Back outside, we installed Alside® vinyl siding and coil trim in the Vintage Wicker color over all the wood siding on the house for a more durable and low-maintenance exterior:

We removed the old shingles from the roof and replaced the decking before installing new Owens Corning® Architectural shingles in the Desert Tan color:

We also updated the homeowner’s shop by covering the walls in Alside® vinyl siding, also in the Vintage Wicker color; replacing the the exterior doors; and replacing the shingle roof with Metal Max® metal in the Taupe color:

What would you like to improve? If it’s yourself or society, we might not be the one you want to call today, but if it’s your home or your shop or your place of business, we just might be able to help you out. Call us at (870) 845-1121 and we’ll find out!

Utility Shed

Have you ever lived on a property with no outdoor storage whatsoever? If you have, you know how frustrating it can be; if you haven’t, count yourself lucky that you’ve never had to try to find a place to store your rake in the house.

But of course, if you do happen to lack outdoor storage space, there is a solution to that problem. Some people use their garage for that; others prefer to leave space in their garage for their car, and they go for a utility shed. Now, you can buy these ready-made, or, like this lady, you can have Hostetler Handyman build one that is perfect for your specific needs.

Step one: dirtwork. Setting up forms for the concrete:

Pouring the concrete slab:

We also poured a concrete approach on the front of the building:

The completed utility shed. The exterior walls are covered in Alside® vinyl siding in the Monterey Sand color, while the vinyl trim is the Tuscan clay color:

For the roof we used Tamko® Heritage shingles in the Rustic Slate color:

Interior view of the completed utility shed, already in use:

Where are your outdoor tools living? Are they out slowly deteriorating in the sun and rain? Or are they taking up all your garage space so that your car is the one enduring the wind and weather? Call us today at (870) 845-1121 and let us help you solve this problem!

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 – 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!

New Shop Construction

If you’re a man, you know: sometimes you just need a shop. You need to take a place like this-IMG_20170124_152544597-and put something like this on it:IMG_20170314_143251753Or, at least, this gentleman felt that way about it, and so he called in Hostetler Handyman.

Here the dirt work is done and the concrete pad is in place:IMG_20170131_073302431

Framing in progress:2017-01-31 14.44.39We installed 7/16″ OSB on the walls and 5/8″ TechShield® OSB on the roof:IMG_20170201_102724644

The hip roof was covered in 30-year Tamko® Heritage shingles:IMG_20170210_161209648

We poured a cement walkway from the driveway to the walk-in door on the side of the shop, as well as a slanted approach from the driveway to the Amarr® garage door on the front of the building:IMG_20170215_132727360

We installed Acme® bricks 3 feet up from the ground, with the rest of the exterior walls covered in CertainTeed® vinyl Dutch lap siding in the Desert Tan color:IMG_20170228_104714351IMG_20170228_105003268

The new shop, completed and ready for use:2017-03-10 08.43.12

What do you think? Do you need a new shop? Is your garage so full that you can’t even get your car inside? Contact us today and let us help you fix that!

Porch Addition

We added a roof on top and ten feet of concrete on either side of this patio, which was 20 feet wide when we got there.img_20170109_103815712

Here we have the additions on either end formed up, but you can still see what it looked like before we began:img_20161214_072553030img_20161214_072549215

The concrete is poured:img_20161214_083015874

One end of the completed porch, with the cedar posts visible:img_20170109_104101253

The porch is done, with Tamko® Heritage shingles on the roof:img_20170109_103836604