Restoring Exterior Respect

The exteriors of most buildings are pretty much open to the public eye. Especially if you live close to a road, any passerby can see just how well you take care of the outside of your house or office or shop. But if it’s a public building in town, how many more people see it?

The Howard County Fairgrounds building was starting to look a bit shabby, so they called us in to pressure-wash and repaint the entire exterior for a fresh new look, as shown in the before and after photos below:

After pressure-washing, we applied primer and two coats of Sherwin Williams paint for a lasting improvement:

Moving around for a view of the side of the building, before and after:

And the back side of the building, before and after the Sherwin Williams paint was applied:

Your building might not be a public space, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t looking at its exterior. Step outside and take a good look at it. Is it starting to look a bit shabby, a bit like no one cares much about it? Sometimes a new coat of paint can work wonders. If you’d like your building to look like a place worth owning, give us a shout at (870) 845-1121 to claim your free consultation!

Screened Porch

Nature is a beautiful thing but spending time out in it can come with its drawbacks, as anyone who has ever experienced a mosquito bite can tell you. Porches were made for sitting and relaxing, for time spent with friends and family, for being outdoors without being exposed to all the drawbacks. Unfortunately, no one has told mosquitoes or those other flying pests that porches are not part of their natural habitat.

This gentleman had a lovely porch, perfect for spending an evening on, but he wished for a little more protection…

That’s where we came in. We started by framing in a 32″ wall around the porch:

Next we wrapped the wall in 1×6 wooden tongue-and-groove siding, which the homeowner then chose to paint white himself:

And we finished up by installing black screen in the upper half of the porch wall, providing that extra protection without sacrificing the fresh air of outdoors when the homeowner wants to do some porch-sitting:

More than one person has bought a house with a lovely porch, happily imagining themselves spending many evenings on it, but then found that they seldom make any use of the porch at all for fear of mosquitoes and other insects. That doesn’t have to be you. If your porch is too often invaded by creepy creatures for you to enjoy spending time on it, why not look into turning it into your own screened sanctuary? Call us today at (870) 845-1121 for your free consultation.

Wooden Porch Steps

Repeat after me: rotten wooden steps are a safety menace. At some point they are going to break, and whoever happens to be the unlucky one who was walking on them at that moment might just find themselves a little bit broken too.

The simplest solution is to rebuild them. Here the old steps have been removed and the new ones are in progress, using Yellawood® treated lumber:

Rotten boards under the porch don’t provide much support…but they can be replaced too:

A sturdy set of new stairs, with a new landing and handrail as well:

Does it look better to you?

With new steps in place, this homeowner can host friends or just use the porch themselves without worrying that they’ll end up with a hospital bill…not to mention how much better it looks.

How are your steps? What about your porch? Still strong and sturdy, or are the boards starting to feel just a little bit spongy and rotten when you walk on them? Are you going to wait until the inevitable accident happens, or are you going to call us at (870) 845-1121 for your free estimate?