Storefront Repairs

This week, we’re taking a quick look at a small job for a business in our hometown, Nashville, AR. The Factory Connection felt their storefront was no longer looking its best, so they did something about it. They called us, and we came.

We rented a 45′ Genie articulating manlift from Hugg & Hall Equipment Co…

…so that we could reach the store sign to clean it:

We also replaced the rotten wood along the bottom side of the front side beam and repainted the entire beam:

A small job, but a face-lift like this can work wonders for a business!

Sometimes it’s easy to ignore the little things that need doing…but as we’ve said before, little things add up over time and may even end up damaging the integrity of your building. Don’t wait too long to call us at (870) 845-1121!

Walmart Service Counter

The Walmart store in Ashdown, AR had a problem…

That space there with the falling-down boards was supposed to be a handy counter for the employee working the customer service desk. In this state, it was not so handy, but once they got Hostetler Builders in, it was an easy fix.

First, we used toggle bolts to re-fasten the 2×4 along the back wall:

Then we re-affixed the front side metal legs to the concrete using anchor bolts:

And we finished up by putting the countertop back into its place and fastening it there, using screws and adhesive caulk:

And now it’s a handy space again!

Have you got something like this – a place that’s meant to be convenient for you, but there’s something wrong with it and instead it’s just a waste of space? You don’t have to keep on living with it. Call us at (870) 845-1121.

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!

A Shop for the City

It’s not just homeowners that face the problem of having tools and equipment and vehicles that would last longer and look better if they had a place to live away from the damages of sun and rain. This past summer we had the privilege of building a new 30′ x 30′ steel-frame shop for the City of Grannis.

We started with dirtwork:

The wooden concrete forms are built:

And one beautiful concrete slab is poured:

A closer look at the concrete details:

And the completed shop, with galvanized metal on the walls and roof, from both the front and back view:

This shop comes with a 3′ walk-through door and an 8′ x 12′ roll-up door, providing easy access without compromising either the security of the building or its shelter from the elements:

A closer look at the bottom of the walk-through door and concrete sill:

And finally, a view of the spacious interior:

A simple metal building, with the space and protection to keep your equipment safe and useful for many years, not to mention the other uses it could be put to. Need a garage? Need somewhere for your kiddo’s band to practice where you don’t have to hear it? Need more storage space? Need a workshop? Need a place to host a big old party? And then there’s always the option of adding insulation, electricity, and whatever else you would like, and turning part of it into an office space or even a guest apartment.

Get yourself a metal building: call us at (870) 845-1121 for your free quote.

Shop Repairs

Sometimes your building doesn’t have any big problem. It’s a good place, it serves you well. It’s just that one spot where the roof leaks a little bit and yeah, those boards are getting a bit rotten, and sometime when you get a minute you’re definitely going to get some new lights in here, but not today. You don’t have time this week. Or this month. Maybe not even this year. Sure, it needs to be done, but other things are more urgent and you keep putting it off, and the little jobs keep stacking up and stacking up until suddenly one day you realize that the integrity of your building has been compromised and the little jobs have turned into a big, expensive mess.

Or maybe you’re wise enough to not wait that long. Maybe you’ve got enough sense to see that you’re too busy to get those things done but your building is worth taking care of, now, before it’s falling down around your ears. So you invest in having someone else come by and knock out all those tasks at once.

This gentleman valued his shop enough to have us come by and get it back to working strong, starting with removing several rotten roof purlins and installing some new ones in their place:

We replaced the broken jamb on his office door:

In one spot, the metal wall was pushed out close to the ground, so we pushed it back in and anchored it:

We re-screwed the metal roof on the shop’s lean-to, and caulked all fasteners:

We also caulked around the skylights and ridge vents on the metal roof:

One side of the roof was missing its rake trim, so we fixed that:

And inside, we installed new LED lights so he can see clearly what he’s doing while he works:

Maybe your house and shop and every other building you own is in perfect condition. Maybe you have all the time in the world to keep them that way. Maybe you don’t have a list of small jobs that you’re wishing someone else would do because you don’t know when you’ll find the time.

But if those things aren’t true for you, give us a call at (870) 845-1121 and let us make your life a little less stressful.

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!

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!

The ‘Boro Fun Center

Every town needs a place to hang out, eat, and play games; a place for birthday parties and family fun and good times. Not every town has one, of course, but thanks to this business owner, Murfreesboro, Arkansas does now. We had the privilege of helping to transform her building and making The Boro Fun Center a reality.

Starting with the exterior, we removed the rotten wood siding and replaced it with Smartside® siding:

We removed the old shingle roof and replaced it with galvalume Metal Max® metal:

Time to get inside this building. There was a lot of demolition work to be done before we could get started on creating the new look, including removing paneling from the walls, tearing out most of the interior walls, removing all the old lighting and electrical, and more:

The ceiling was sagging in some places, so we repaired the ceiling structure by adding some beams and joists:

Once all the demo was out of the way, we framed in new interior walls:

We cleaned the interior brick walls:

We installed drywall on the rest of the interior walls, then finished and painted all the drywall:

We framed out the openings in the brick walls and installed plexiglass in the window openings:

On some of the floors we installed Brandon Company® carpet squares, while for other floors we used VCT tile in the pomegranate color:

We installed new exterior doors and new Masonite® interior doors throughout the building:

We installed matte black corrugated metal on most of the ceilings, but on the largest room got a black plastic ceiling:

We built custom cabinets and countertops:

Annnd a quick glimpse of the finished rooms:

Looks like fun, doesn’t it? Wanna go this weekend? I hear they’ve got great pizza!

Hometown Office Renovation

It’s just life, isn’t it? Time passes and things will get outdated and stale, whether it’s the food in your refrigerator or that song you’ve been listening to on repeat or the interior of your office. Sometimes changing things up, swapping out a few old flavors or sounds or colors for new ones, makes a world of difference.

This week, we’re walking through an old office to which we had the pleasure of giving new life by updating its interior.

We’ll start with the walls, which were an outdated shade of paneling. We removed the paneling…

…and replaced it with CertainTeed® drywall…

…which we then textured and painted for a fresh new look:

Time to look up at the ceilings. First off, we removed the old 2′ x 4′ ceiling tile…

…next, we installed 2′ cross tees and painted the ceiling grid a fresh white…

…then, finally, we installed new 2′ x 2′ Vantage 10™ reveal-edge ceiling tile:

We also installed 2′ x 2′ LED drop-in ceiling lights for a seamless look that’s bright and also energy-efficient:

We installed new painted moulding throughout the office:

As well as new Raskin® vinyl plank flooring for a cost-efficient, modern wood-floor look:

We also installed six new Masonite® 6-panel interior doors throughout the office. Isn’t it fascinating how much a new door, white instead of brown, can modernize the look of a room?

We installed new vanities and commodes in the two restrooms:

The makeover is complete, and the office is ready to welcome its clients:

Is there anything in your life that needs to be refreshed? If it’s refrigerator food, we can’t help you; but if it happens to be your office or your home, we would be delighted to sit down with you and discuss making your dream space a reality. Our number is (870) 845-1121, whenever you are ready for your free consultation.

Office Remodel

A few weeks ago, we talked about offices and how some people choose to work in offices that struggle to meet their needs, while others build new workspaces, designed for their company’s unique requirements. There is a third option, which we also briefly mentioned: taking the office you already have and remodeling it so that it not only works for you, but it also becomes a pleasant place to spend most of your days.

In this week’s post, we’re working with a gentleman who chose that third option. It’s time for an office remodel!

The biggest project was the floors. In some rooms, we tore up carpets; in others, there was vinyl flooring to remove. Once the coverings were gone, we stripped the hardwood floors beneath and then refinished and sealed them for a durable and modern wood-floor look throughout the office:

We freshened up the entire office by re-texturing and re-painting both the walls and ceilings throughout:

In the kitchen, we installed new trim and replaced the dated cabinetry with new Mid-Continent® cabinets and butcher-block counter-tops:

A little rearranging and some more new Mid-Continent® cabinets make a world of difference for the refrigerator and coffee bar:

We also installed new fluorescent lights through the office. Who said fluorescent lights can’t look modern and beautiful?

One of the restrooms got new subway tile on the walls…

…while the other got a new pedestal sink:

The front door got a much-needed refinishing and a new Hamilton® mortise lockset, while the office windows were painted to match the trim:

A few photos of the newly remodeled office:

And a closer look at the new gas fireplace:

And for a finishing touch of elegance, we installed several new doorknobs throughout the office:

Meanwhile, outside, we poured a concrete curb for the place of business:


And there you have it; at least two businesses in the area have offices which they designed or redesigned to meet their needs and desires. Do you?

You know who to call, if you want to make your office perfect for you. Our number: (870) 845-1121.