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.

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?

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.

New Shop Construction

If you’re a man, you know: sometimes you just need a shop. You need to take a place like this-IMG_20170124_152544597-and put something like this on it:IMG_20170314_143251753Or, at least, this gentleman felt that way about it, and so he called in Hostetler Handyman.

Here the dirt work is done and the concrete pad is in place:IMG_20170131_073302431

Framing in progress:2017-01-31 14.44.39We installed 7/16″ OSB on the walls and 5/8″ TechShield® OSB on the roof:IMG_20170201_102724644

The hip roof was covered in 30-year Tamko® Heritage shingles:IMG_20170210_161209648

We poured a cement walkway from the driveway to the walk-in door on the side of the shop, as well as a slanted approach from the driveway to the Amarr® garage door on the front of the building:IMG_20170215_132727360

We installed Acme® bricks 3 feet up from the ground, with the rest of the exterior walls covered in CertainTeed® vinyl Dutch lap siding in the Desert Tan color:IMG_20170228_104714351IMG_20170228_105003268

The new shop, completed and ready for use:2017-03-10 08.43.12

What do you think? Do you need a new shop? Is your garage so full that you can’t even get your car inside? Contact us today and let us help you fix that!