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.

Samantha’s Sweets Bakery

On 7th Street in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, just across from the post office, there’s a little aquamarine shop with a sign out front reading Samantha’s Sweets. Like most family-owned businesses, there’s a story behind it. Samantha tells you that story here, but Hostetler Handyman had the privilege of seeing it up close when we helped her make her dream come true and turn that little shop from a jewelry store into a bakery.

Sometimes on a remodel like this, we take the stress from the owner by overseeing the whole project from start to finish. In other situations, like with the bakery, we only come in and do specific things. For example:

We removed the half-wall between the front and back rooms…

…and we built a new half-wall on the opposite side of the opening:

We built custom wood cabinets and painted them white:

And then we installed the cabinets on one side of the half-wall:

We patched and re-textured all the drywall in the front room:

We took a back room that looked like this:

And, after removing the closet in the corner, the vinyl tile on the floor, and the paneling on the walls, made it look like this:

So that we could install Glasteel® FRP panels and American Gypsum® drywall on the walls to make them look like this:

We also removed the wood fiber ceiling tiles and replaced them with Multi-Cor PVF matte black metal:

All so that, in the end, the back room could become a kitchen that looks like this:

So next time you’re in Arkadelphia, stop by Samantha’s Sweets. And while you’re there, tasting the delicious treats she makes, take a moment to look at the place and realize what you’re standing inside: the triumph of a dream that she had the courage to follow through on.

Do you have a business you dream of starting, or of growing? Is there a shop or a studio that you’d love to work in every day? Or do you have a dream home that you wish you could come home to every evening? Maybe it’s something you’d like to design and build for yourself, or maybe it’s a building that’s already there and it just needs some remodel work to turn it into your own dream space, like Samantha’s bakery.

Whatever your dream is, if you need some construction work done before you can make it a reality, call us today at (870) 845-1121 and get a free estimate on what we can do to help you, like Samantha, to achieve your dream.