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.

Office Addition, Part 2 of 2 – Interior

It’s the place where you spend at least 2,080 hours a year – let’s be honest, for most business owners it’s more like 3,000. But tell me, when you think about going to your office, opening that door and stepping inside, how does it make you feel? Is your office the sort of place an intelligent person would choose to spend five (or six) days out of seven?

Last week we spent some time looking at the exterior of this addition, watching it transform through the stages of being built. But once the walls were up, we couldn’t see what was going on inside. So this week it’s time to step through that front door and take a look at the most important part of this addition: the inside. Because, while the outside of your office is where you make that first impression and it’s important that it doesn’t scare away everyone who’s coming to do business with you, inside is where the magic really happens.

Picking up where we left the interior last week, we’re in the process of framing the interior walls:

Insulation time! For the interior walls, we used Knauf® batt insulation:

The exterior walls received foam insulation. In this photo, our tech has just began the process of applying the insulation:

A close up of the finished interior floors, which are stained concrete, meaning they’re both nice to look at now and will still be next year:

And now comes the part you’ve been waiting to see: the finished office. Welcome inside, where the walls and ceilings are covered in beautiful white pine:

One of workstations inside this office:

If you’re designing your own office you might be tempted to skip this next area, but I suggest you consider following this business owner’s wise example and putting cafeteria area into your office. If you do, you won’t regret it at lunchtime…or two hours later, when your desk doesn’t smell like stale food. Here you can see this office’s cafeteria area, with the kitchen in the background and the restroom on the right:

A closer look at the kitchen, with its Mid-Continent® cabinets:

Take a look at the kitchen countertop, which is made of concrete. Durable and beautiful:

Remember that restroom we caught a glimpse of a couple photos ago? Here’s a closer look – and notice, the vanity countertop in here is concrete too:

And here we have the big man’s office, from several angles:

And this huge wooden thing? A custom-built blueprint desk, perfectly designed for their needs:

What do you think, would going to work be a little more inspiring if your office looked like this? Are you getting cramped in your old space, your papers getting lost because there’s no place to file them? Is there a funky smell hanging around the corners? Are you and your coworkers getting on each other’s nerves because you’re always in each other’s space? Are you embarrassed to invite clients to meet with you at the office? Or do potential clients drive right past your building because they can’t imagine a quality business would have an office in a place like that?

If the answer to any or all of those questions is yes, the first step is a simple one: give us a call at (870) 845-1121 and let us help you find the solution to this problem.

Do you like your office?

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!

Chicken Express

If you live close to Hope, AR, you may have noticed that a new Chicken Express came to town recently, just across the road from the Chevy dealershop. We were honored to work with Moser Construction, LLC in providing the building for the restaurant.

When we got there, the concrete slab was already in place:

But since a restaurant needs more than a concrete slab, it was our job to frame a building on top of it:

Next, we installed Zip System® sheathing and tape on the exterior walls:

After that, our part of the construction was done for a while and we did not return until close to the end, when it was time to install the exterior metal; McElroy® Metals Medallion-Lok in Brite Red on the towers and awnings, while for the soffits we used McElroy® Metals Marquee-Lok in Brilliant White:

The finished building:

Next time you are in Hope, drop by the Chicken Express for lunch, and while you’re there, take a moment to look at the building. It’s not only new restaurants that need framing, sheathing, and exterior metal. New houses, new shops, new buildings of all kinds need some kind of framework, and metal is a durable, low-maintenance choice for your exterior no matter what’s inside.

What new construction are you designing in your dreams? What would it take to make those dreams as real as this Chicken Express building?
Contact us at (870) 845-1121 to find out for yourself!