From Porch to Kitchen, Part 2 of 2

Last week, we visited a home where we took a porch and turned it into a kitchen, and we looked at the exterior redesign. This week, it’s time to get inside and see the real transformation.

Starting from the bottom up, we took floors that looked like this:

And, after installing new plywood…

…we installed Adura® Manhattan vinyl flooring to make them look like this:

We installed new drywall on the addition walls, refinished the old drywall, and painted all walls and ceilings with Sherwin Williams® paint:

The homeowner went with wooden trim for her windows, which we then stained:

The addition got a new fiberglass exterior door:

…and the kitchen got a new ceramic tile backsplash:

We built new custom cabinets around the refrigerator:

And then refinished all the original cabinets for a beautiful cohesive kitchen:

And the finished addition, charming and airy:

Isn’t it lovely? Not only does she have so much more space, but anyone would be thrilled to be a guest at that table! Can you say the same about your house? If not, or if you’re just longing for a bit more elbowroom…call us at (870) 845-1121 for your free consultation.

From Porch to Kitchen, Part 1 of 2

Porches are wonderful things, but there are few of us who feel like our house has too much room inside, especially when it comes to the kitchen. Sometimes the most cost-efficient way to grow our living space is to change what we already have, rather than adding something completely new. By having us remove a wall and enclose her existing porch, this lady expanded her kitchen by quite a bit.

We started with this:

After removing the porch railing and posts, we framed in the new room:

Here we see the walls are closed in, ready for windows:

And the WindowMart® windows are installed. The homeowner chose the Desert Tan color for her vinyl windows:

New concrete underpinning and cedar siding for the exterior walls, nearly done:

And the exterior is complete:

And for those of you who are thinking, “But now she doesn’t have a screened porch,” no worries. We took the part of her porch that was open…

…and screened it in for her:

Exterior transformations are always fun to watch, but it’s inside where the real magic happens. Stick around til next week, when we’ll step through that door and get a look at this lucky lady’s new kitchen!

Trex® Patio

Hot tubs seem like wonderful, relaxing things to own…but they have a dark side too. There’s a lot of moisture going on here, not only with the water inside but also with the steam all around. And if your hot tub is placed on wood…well, that can turn out to be a problem.

When this gentleman had us remove his hot tub…

…it was to reveal wood rotting away under all that dampness:

So what is the solution? He could have simply chosen to replace all that wood, but that’s just setting himself up for the same problem again in the future if he wants to put his hot tub there again…or let’s face it, even without a hot tub. This is the south; it’s humid, it rains, there’s dew.

He chose a more permanent solution: Trex® composite decking. After putting in new treated floor joists and joist tape, we installed Trex® decking in the Toasted Sand color:

Trex® composite decking is made from 95% recycled materials, including reclaimed wood and sawdust as well as recycled plastic from many common household items…which means not only is it an eco-friendly choice, but cleaning it is as easy as soap and water – no worries about rotten wood from too much moisture here!

And there you have it, the finished product, beautiful and sustainable:

As a homeowner, you could put a hot tub on it, knowing it can handle that, or you could just keep it open as a lovely patio for your summer parties and relaxation….

Do you think you might like one of these? Do you know someone who’s looking for a sustainable, eco-friendly, and beautiful porch? Our number is (870) 845-1121 and our consultations are free. Give us a call!

Custom Screen Doors

Summertime means lots of traffic in and out of your house, especially if you have all your friends and family over for an Independence Day bash. Are your doors ready for that? And even when your exterior doors are good, there’s still this thing that happens where someone comes into the house to grab something, leaving the door open behind them…and in come the flies. Summer can be great, but if your doors aren’t up to the job, you might find yourself regretting that party instead of enjoying it.

We can help you with that, just as we helped this homeowner. That fly problem? We built custom screen doors with heavier wire screen on the bottom half to keep out other animals. For a rustic look, we slightly burned the yellow pine frame of the doors:

We installed two new fiberglass exterior doors in place of her old metal ones:

And then we installed her new custom-built screen doors over them:

She’s ready for summer and parties, and so are her doors. What about yours? It may be too late to get new doors before the 4th, but other holidays and other parties will come…will you be ready for them?

Call us today at (870) 845-1121 for a free estimate!

Summer Porch Additions

It’s a beautiful home, certainly, but if you look closely, you can see there’s a problem: water. There’s water standing all in front of the door and even on the sidewalks. Not exactly ideal for those summer parties.

So we came in and we did a little extra dirtwork to allow the water to drain properly. Then we set up forms so we could pour concrete for a new porch:

The freshly-poured concrete:

A porch isn’t a porch without a roof. This gentleman opted for a white metal look for his porch:

And the front porch is complete; a dry, protected place to welcome guests or just spend some time outside:

But we didn’t just stop there: the backyard got some attention too. Here the dirtwork and setting up forms is in progress:

Building a white metal back porch to match the front:

And the completed porch, perfect for backyard barbecues, rain or shine:

What are your thoughts? Wood and shingles are more traditional choice for a porch, but the white metal does complement his house well. If you were going to add a porch or two on your house, which would you choose?

Speaking of adding porches for the summer, before you say you can’t do that right now, do you even know what it would take? Give us a call at (870) 845-1121 for a free consultation!

Metal Roof Repair

Down at Aaron’s Furniture, a truck hit the roof over a loading bay and damaged not only the roof, but also the steel purlins, leaving it looking like this:

A closer look at the damage:

So they called Hostetler Handyman, and with the help of a 19′ SkyJack® electric scissor-lift from Hugg & Hall Equipment, we replaced the steel roof purlins:

…as well as installing new 26-gauge R-panel galvalume metal from Metal Max where the roof metal had been damaged:

Accidents will happen, but you don’t have to live with the damage. If there is something in need of repair on your building, give us a call at (870) 845-1121 for a free estimate on what it would take to fix that for you!

Shiny New Vinyl Flooring

Once flooring is several years old, you just don’t want to look at it too closely. Especially carpet. Though vinyl and tile flooring may get damaged, you can still clean those floors pretty thoroughly, even considering all the people and pets who walk on it on a daily basis. But carpet? Even with carpet shampoos and steam cleaners, there’s just that dirt that will climb down deep and stay there. And then there are the stubborn stains.

Sometimes, it’s just best to start all over. Tear out the square vinyl tile and the carpet…

…install Hardiebacker® cement board for a solid backer board foundation for your new floor…

…and then install brand new Karndean® glue-down vinyl plank flooring…

So your new floor can have the modern look of hardwood with less expense and less maintenance, just like this:

How’s your floor doing? Do you feel comfortable walking on it, or are you always wearing shoes in the house because the floor just seems a little bit gross at this point, to be honest? It doesn’t have to be that way. If you want your home to be both beautiful and relaxing, give us a call at (870) 845-1121 for your free estimate.

Cozy Shingle Roof

Last week we talked a bit about shingles versus metal roofing, and we took a look at the difference it can make to a house when you go from shingles to metal. But what if you have shingles and even though you need a new roof and you’d like to update your home’s appearance, you don’t want to switch to metal? You’re not the only one, and just installing new shingles could make as big a difference for your house as it did for this one.

By choosing to go from dark gray shingles to the warmer Rustic Hickory color Heritage shingles from Tamko®, the homeowner brought a new, cozier look to their home:

Before and after of the back side of the house:

An aerial view of the roof transformation:

And a full view of the home with its new shingle roof, from the front:

…and from the back:

Is your roof standing up well to the storms of southern summer, or do you tremble every time the wind picks up? Whether it’s metal roofing or shingles that you prefer to have protecting your home and family, we’d be happy to help you figure out what it will take to get it on the house! Just give us a call at (870) 845-1121.

From Shingles to Metal

There’s a whole debate to be had about shingles versus metal roofs. Metal is more expensive, but it also lasts so much longer that you probably are saving money in the long term. Metal roofs tend to need far less maintenance than shingle roofs, but it’s also true that if your metal roof does need repairs, you will spend more than for shingle roof repairs. Then, of course, there’s the question of which looks better; a question which only you can answer for yourself. This homeowner answered it by choosing to go from drab brown shingles on his house to a brilliant red metal roof.

A few photos of the house before we started replacing the roof:

Work in progress, installing Metal Max® metal in the Rustic Red color:

An aerial view of the completed roof:

Just check out this before and after! Isn’t it amazing what a new roof can do for a house?

Does your house have a shingle or metal roof? Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!

And if your house doesn’t have the kind of roof that you wish it would, or if it is the right kind but it just needs to be replaced, call us at (870) 845-1121 for a free estimate on what it would take to get that done for you.

The Cross Stands Again

For 60 years, the steeple of Methodist Church in Mineral Springs, AR stood tall, with a cross on the top of that, soaring over the town. But this is Arkansas, and the storms will come. One particularly rude storm blew the cross off the top of the steeple, and so we were called in to help.

This is what we found:

It took a 60′ Haulotte manlift from Hugg & Hall Equipment to take up this cross and return it to where it belongs:

Putting the 4′ fiberglass cross back in its place:

And it’s done, standing tall and beautiful once more:

Here’s hoping this cross stands strong for the next 60 years!