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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!