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?

Growing a Home

Running out of home space is a common occurrence. The problem is that while growing families tends to happen organically, growing houses takes a bit more concentration and effort. But there are always solutions to the problem of not enough space. Moving. Kicking out the largest person. Or building an addition onto your house. And if you happen to be like this homeowner, you might find building an addition to be the better option, especially if you have a carport that you can simply convert into a bedroom suite for your mother. With, of course, our help.

Step one was pouring concrete on top of the existing carport to make the addition’s floor level with the rest of the house:

Next we closed up the the space where the old carport had been and installed Window Mart® vinyl windows:

And then covered it with Alside® vinyl siding:

Interior view of the framework:

We used Knauf® batt insulation for the walls:

We installed drywall on the interior ceilings and walls, except for the walls that are exposed brick:

And the interior is completed, with Sherwin Williams paint on the walls, ceiling, and trimwork:

We installed DreamWeaver® carpet on most of the floor:

But in the foyer hallway, we installed Shaw® waterproof vinyl plank flooring:

The interior doors are Masonite® 6-panel:

For climate control, this homeowner chose a Lennox® mini-split AC/heat unit:

In the bathroom, the vanity received a marble top and we also installed the
Shaw® waterproof vinyl plank flooring in here:

We used Interceramic® tile for the handicap accessible all-tile shower:

Stepping back outside, we see that while the homeowner converted his original carport into more home space, that doesn’t mean he no longer has a protected place to park his vehicles. The concrete pad was already there, so we simply built a roof over it for him:

Installing the Tamko® 3-tab shingles in the Rustic Cedar color:

And the new carport is complete, with the new home addition tucked behind it:

How are things with you? Has your home grown as fast as your family? Or do you need to add a little more space? We’re ready for your free consultation whenever you are. Call us at (870) 845-1121.

Home Generator

The only way in which weather is predictable is that it isn’t always going to be comfortable. Storms will come; sometimes just little thunderstorms, but sometimes ice storms or tornadoes. The next time a big storm hits and your home loses electricity for days or even weeks, where are you going to be left?

This gentleman decided to answer that question with: “Not hot in the summer, not cold in the winter, and I’m not going to be throwing away a year’s worth of spoiled food out of my refrigerator and freezers, either.”

We helped him guard against those losses by installing a natural gas generator with the capability of generating enough power for his entire home when that electricity-stealing storm comes.

First we poured the concrete pad to set the generator on:

Time to deliver the generator to its new home:

Here it comes:

And the new 45 KW Generac® natural gas generator is in place, ready to power the home whenever its needed:

What do you think? You can’t stop the storms from coming; the question is: do you want to set your teeth and try to survive a sweltering home in summer or a freezing one in winter? Or would you rather get a step ahead of Mother Nature this time and take measures to protect your home? We’re here to help at (870) 845-1121.

One Man’s Castle

For most of us, a new house is a dream always just beyond the horizon. And whether your ideal home is big and modern or small and cozy, it’s the getting to design it just as you want it that’s the important part. Your own perfect home. Can’t you just picture it?

But when the day comes for you to actually turn that airy dream home into a real building of concrete and wood, a lot of painful little details pop up and the subcontractors don’t show up when you thought they were going to and that color paint turns out to look terrible once it’s actually on the wall and the vanity sink came in the wrong size and suddenly you start wondering if all this stress is really worth it. Yeah, you knew building a new house wouldn’t be effortless, but after all, nothing worth having comes without a little effort, right? But it is the 21st century and surely by now someone has invented some way to turn THAT MUCH STRESS into something slightly less painful.

Yes, someone has. It’s why we exist. Whether you choose to have us take over all the stress of your project or only certain parts of it, as this gentleman did, we are here to help make getting your dream home as painless as possible.

When we arrived on the gentleman’s project, the house was only a metal frame on a concrete slab. So first we got busy installing metal on the exterior:

The homeowner chose Metal Max Brite Red metal for the exterior walls:

The metal trim was in the Burnished Slate color:

And the roof was covered in Metal Max Galvalume metal:

Next, it was time to get inside and get started on the interior framing:

We used rough-sawn yellow pine lumber for the interior framework:

The interior walls were insulated with Knauf® batt insulation:

While the exterior walls and ceiling were sealed against the elements with spray foam insulation:

We installed drywall on most of the interior walls and some ceilings:

But for several of the walls upstairs, the owner opted for a more rustic look with 1 x 6 tongue & groove yellow pine on the walls:

And to complete the rustic feel, the upstairs ceilings were covered in old barn metal:

And now it’s time for the fun part: a few shots of the finished interior, clearly a comfortable, well-love and lived-in home:

Is this the type of home you dream of? Or is your style something completely different? Whether your dream home is rustic, modern, industrial, vintage, or a style of your own invention, we would love to hear about it and help turn your castle in the air into a castle on the earth…you know, one you can actually walk into and live in. Call us today at (870) 845-1121 for a free consultation to get you started!

What does your dream home look like?

Trex® Deck

There’s just something about a deck, isn’t there? It’s like that perfect space between indoors and outside: you can feel the fresh air and taste the sunlight, but you can also go without shoes and eat comfortably and relax without getting dirty. Decks belong to barbecues and sunsets, to cool drinks and warm nights, to time spent with family and friends and to relaxing alone after work.

But wooden decks, attractive as they appear, are also a lot of work if you don’t want them to fall apart. There’s a constant round of pressure washing, staining, sealing, changing buckled boards, and always watching for termites.

Is having a deck worth the trouble? That’s a question you’ll have to answer for yourself. We had the pleasure of working with one homeowner who chose to have her decks without all that trouble. How? By having us replace her wooden deck boards with Trex® composite decking.

This means that while she still gets the beautiful wooden look for her decks, she won’t have to deal with any staining, sealing, wood rotting, splinters, or with the fading, scratches, and stains that wooden decks eventually get:

The deck boards are Trex Transcend® composite decking in the Havana Gold Color:

And the railings are the Trex Transcend® railing in the Tree House color with black aluminium balusters:

An up-close-and-personal look at the decking:

The finished product:

Do you have a deck? Does it look the way you wish it did, or is it falling into disrepair? You can fix it for now…and then again…and again…or you can fix it once for the long term by replacing it with composite decking. The choice is yours.

Or maybe you don’t have a deck. Maybe you wish you did, but you just can’t face that much upkeep. If that’s your situation, composite decking was invented just for you.

Whatever your circumstances, if you feel like a Trex® deck would make your summer night barbecues more enjoyable, Hostetler Handyman would be honored to help you make that dream a reality. Call us today at (870) 845-1121 for your free consultation.