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.

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!

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.