Rebuilding the Wall

Ever noticed how things often look okay from the outside…

…but on the inside, they’re actually quite awful? This gentleman’s wall, for example, might have seemed fine at first glance, but inside it was rotting away:

Not a great state for a wall to be in. So we removed the windows and tore down the old rotten wall, and then we framed in a new one:

Inside, we insulated the wall with Knauf® batt insulation:

We installed new LP Smartside® siding on the exterior of the wall:

And then we re-installed the homeowner’s vinyl windows. With LP Smartside® trim, the new wall stands tall and strong, both from the outside and the inside:

Are you experiencing something like that – something on your property that looks okay from the outside, but you know that all is not quite right on the inside? Call us at (870) 84-1121 and let us restore your peace of mind.

Rustic Country Gazebo

You know what it’s like to enjoy the great outdoors and wish for somewhere you can relax in nature without being totally exposed to the elements? Like, this breeze is glorious and I love hearing the sounds of nature, but if I could be sitting in the shade instead of baking in the sun right now, that’d be great.

Enter the gazebo: a structure designed specifically for outdoor relaxation, and it can be as ornamental or rustic as you wish.

Step 1: Pour a concrete pad to keep your floor from turning to mud on rainy days:

Step 2: Hire Hostetler Builders so we can actually build it for you, beginning by attaching 6 x 6 treated corner posts to the concrete floor, using metal brackets and anchor bolts:

Step 3: Watch happily as we frame in your new gazebo, using Yellawood® treated lumber:

Step 5: Start getting excited as we install galvanized metal on the roof and gable ends:

Step 6: Relax, enjoy, have picnics and parties, chill in the shade on sunny days, delight in being outdoors without getting wet on rainy days – this is your kingdom, now:

Do you like this sort of rustic gazebo, or would you go for more of a decorative style? Let us know in the comments…or just go ahead and call us at (870) 845-1121 to find out what it would take for you to get exactly the kind of gazebo that you wish for.

Exterior Wood Restoration

As anyone who lives in the South knows, exterior wood only lasts so long…but sometimes the breakdown is so gradual that we forget what our homes could look like! This week, we’re looking at the magic that happened when we replaced the exterior wood soffit, fascia, and siding on this home.

Starting out, we take a look at the old eaves, once white, now turning black and rotten:

With new LP Smartside® soffit and fascia trim installed, the eaves are good to go once again:

Another before, during, and after from the back of the house:

While most of this home is brick, some of the exterior walls were covered in old Masonite® siding…which we removed and replaced with LP Smartside® lap siding and trim:

And everywhere we installed new siding, we also painted it with Sherwin Williams® paint:

Not only did we replace the siding, soffit, and fascia, we also removed the old roof shingles and replaced them with Tamko® Heritage shingles in the Rustic Slate color:

The transformed home, beautiful and peaceful in the sun, no longer rotting away at the seams:

Do you have wood siding or trim on the exterior of your home? When was the last time you took a good look at it? Take a minute when you get home tonight and make sure that your house isn’t rotting away around your ears…and if you find that it is, you know who to call! (870) 845-1121

Exterior Updates

A lot of people deep-clean their houses in the fall, but what about the exterior? When was the last time the outside of your house got a good cleaning?

For this homeowner, we power-washed the exterior of their home and garage, including their concrete sidewalks:

But…when you clean, you often find things that need updating as well. So why not get it all done in one go?

So we also removed the storm windows from the home’s beautiful bay window, and then replaced and painted the rotten wood beneath the window:

And then the biggest and best update! This home has a lovely rooftop balcony with outdoor steps leading up to it. But…those steps were made of wood, so you know what happened within a couple of years? Mm-hm, they started getting all soft and rotten and risky to climb. This is where we come in, but instead of replacing those wooden stairs with more wooden stairs that will also rot, we did something much better!

First, we installed Trex® Elevations metal framework for the new stairs:

Step 2 was installing the Trex® Transcend decking itself, in this beautiful Spiced Rum color:

And last of all, we reinstalled the homeowner’s white vinyl railings for a stunning contrast:

And here are the completed stairs, beautiful and sturdy and safe to climb for years to come:

How is the exterior of your home looking? Does it need some love – a little cleaning, a little updating? And while we’re here, we’ve been talking about Trex® composite decking quite a bit lately – it’s beautiful, right? Do you have any questions about it? Call us at (870) 845-1121…we’d love to set up a free consultation with you!

Rustic-Modern Porch

Wooden steps work just fine if all you want is a way to get up to your door, but you know what’s better? If you wish your family spent more time out of doors, if you want a place to relax on cool evenings, if you’re longing for a space to BBQ and have your friends over, if you need somewhere your pets and toddlers can play outside without you needing to worry they’ll wander off – you know what will give you all of that? This homeowner could tell you, because they’ve got it: a beautiful, rustic-modern, gated porch.

But they didn’t always have one. They started out with these wooden steps:

This is where we came in. Step one: framing in the new porch, using Yellawood® treated lumber:

Once the porch was in place, we built the railing out of the same Yellawood® lumber. For a strong contrast, the balusters are of black aluminum:

For the roof and the gutters, we used galvanized metal, in keeping with the rustic-modern theme of the porch:

With a spring-loaded gate like this, you’d never need to worry about your dog running off and getting hit on the road…or your small child:

The porch is finished! Well-furnished and decorated by the homeowners, well-built by Hostetler Builders; doesn’t it look like a great place to spend an evening?

And, while we were there, we built a matching enclosure to protect the outdoor A/C unit and make it a more attractive sight at the same time:

Autumn is just starting to show up, bringing the kind of evenings when you want somewhere you can spend time outside. Do you have that space? If you wish you did, if you’d like to know just what it would take to get it…a call to (870) 845-1121 is all it takes to reserve your own 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?

Door to Window

On this week’s post, we’re looking at a simple transformation. The problem: this homeowner wanted to get rid of an exterior door but they did not want to sacrifice the natural light it provided for the house. That’s where we came in.

The door with its awning before we started:

In order to do the job well, we removed not only the door and the awning, but also the surrounding vinyl siding:

The solution: instead of taking away the natural light provided by the door, we added even more light by replacing the door with a 32″ x 80″ Weatherbarr® vinyl picture window:

And with the vinyl siding reinstalled, this job is complete!

It’s not just the whole-house transformations that we do. Is there something small like this in your house that you wish would be different? Give us a call at (870) 845-1121 for your free consultation!

Trex Balcony

There’s something about a balcony. Maybe it’s because of Shakespeare, but somehow balconies are associated with luxury and a bit of grandeur. They belong to sipping coffee in the mornings, or stargazing at night.

But they’re not indestructible, especially not if they’re made of wood and you live in the south. All wood rots eventually around here, and considering that a balcony is rather far off the ground, this is one floor that you don’t want giving away under you.

So what do you do when your balcony starts looking like this? Replace the wood…and then replace it again a few years later…and again a few years after that?

Once that may have been your only option, but this homeowner had a better choice: Trex® composite decking. We removed the rotting wood from the metal frame for them:

…and then we replaced it with Trex® composite decking in the Havana Gold color. It still has that beautiful wood look but with over twice the lifespan of a wooden balcony, they can enjoy it in peace, knowing it will never rot beneath their feet:

We’ve featured Trex® decking on our website several times recently. Are you getting a little curious what it’s all about? Do you have a porch that you would like to see transformed and virtually maintenance-free for years to come? Give us a call at (870) 845-1121 and find out what it would take to turn your porch from splintery, weather-worn wood to elegant, durable composite decking!

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.