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!

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.

Trex Porch

Have you been outdoors lately? Spring is here, and that means the weather is all over the place. One day it’s so beautiful you want to live outside, and the next day it’s storming so badly that you don’t want to leave the house at all. It’s that time of the year when you really want a porch, a place where you can relax and breathe a little fresh air on the sunny days, and take shelter on the rainy days.

But not all houses are created equal and some don’t come with a porch. For example, this one:

Solution: have Hostetler Handyman build one for you.

We started out by framing the new porch using Yellawood® treated lumber:

For the roof framing, we used cedar wood:

We used Smartside® fascia trim and wrapped the porch posts in cedar as well:

We also installed Smartside® siding above the edge of the trailer house to keep birds out of the attic space:

We installed Tamko® 3-tab Weathered Wood shingles on the roof:

The porch floor and steps are made from Trex Transcend® Havana Gold decking:

Here we have a close-up of the freshly-washed decking. Unlike regular wood decking, Trex® composite decking can be power-washed without losing its integrity. No splinters or rotting here!

The porch is surrounded by Trex Select® white railings:

For the porch underpinning, we installed white vinyl lattice:

The finished product:

Do you have a porch? How would you like to come home to a one like this on rainy days? How would you like to welcome guests up those steps and into your home?

We’d love to talk about it with you. Give us a call at (870) 845-1121 for your free consultation.

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!

Make Room for the Sun

Since we’ve been on such a roll lately of showing ya’ll the home additions we’ve done, here’s another: a porch that grew big enough to become a sunroom too.

Before that could happen, we poured a concrete cap on the existing porch and added some new concrete as well, so the homeowners would still have some porch space after the addition was built:

As you can see, the new sunroom takes up all the original porch width:

We installed Alside® vinyl siding on the exterior walls of the addition:

The doors were Masonite® fiberglass, both the exterior door…

…and the French doors leading into the rest of the house:

Using Minwax® stain and Helmsman® polyurethane, we stained and varnished both the doors and the wooden trim surrounding the doors and the WeatherBarr® vinyl windows:

The drywall interior walls were covered in Valspar® paint, while the floors were clad with Shaw® vinyl plank flooring:

Even sunrooms can get too much sun, so we installed Levelor® window blinds in the Aged Oak color, as well as a Gree® mini-split AC/heat unit to keep the space comfortable in all seasons:

Lastly, on the front side of the house, we created a curved concrete walkway:

There’s just something about a curved walkway leading to the front door that gives a home a touch of elegance:

So there we have it, another homeowner who took the plunge and now has more space than he did a year ago, not to mention that nice walkway. What are your thoughts? Love it? Hate it? How would you design a little more space for your home?

Maybe you know exactly what kind of addition your home would love. Maybe you have only have a vague idea and need some help figuring out exactly what you want. Either way, a consultation with us is always free and our phone number is (870) 845-1121. It’s up to you. Do you want your house to be the same size a year from now?