Rustic-Modern Porch

Wooden steps work just fine if all you want is a way to get up to your door, but you know what’s better? If you wish your family spent more time out of doors, if you want a place to relax on cool evenings, if you’re longing for a space to BBQ and have your friends over, if you need somewhere your pets and toddlers can play outside without you needing to worry they’ll wander off – you know what will give you all of that? This homeowner could tell you, because they’ve got it: a beautiful, rustic-modern, gated porch.

But they didn’t always have one. They started out with these wooden steps:

This is where we came in. Step one: framing in the new porch, using Yellawood® treated lumber:

Once the porch was in place, we built the railing out of the same Yellawood® lumber. For a strong contrast, the balusters are of black aluminum:

For the roof and the gutters, we used galvanized metal, in keeping with the rustic-modern theme of the porch:

With a spring-loaded gate like this, you’d never need to worry about your dog running off and getting hit on the road…or your small child:

The porch is finished! Well-furnished and decorated by the homeowners, well-built by Hostetler Builders; doesn’t it look like a great place to spend an evening?

And, while we were there, we built a matching enclosure to protect the outdoor A/C unit and make it a more attractive sight at the same time:

Autumn is just starting to show up, bringing the kind of evenings when you want somewhere you can spend time outside. Do you have that space? If you wish you did, if you’d like to know just what it would take to get it…a call to (870) 845-1121 is all it takes to reserve your own free consultation.

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!

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!

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.

Wooden Deck

You know those houses that look like someone set them down somewhere randomly? They don’t look like they belong there, and they don’t look particularly inviting. And chances are, they don’t have a porch.

There’s just something about a porch that makes a house feel like a home, but not all houses have one. Maybe you didn’t think you wanted a porch when you built your house, but now you’re regretting that. Maybe you bought your house and it didn’t come with a porch. Either way, if you don’t have a porch and you wish you did, you might want to consider having us add a wooden deck to your home, the way this gentleman did.

We built this deck out of YellaWood® treated lumber:

His porch came with matching wooden steps leading into his house:

Choosing a 10′ x 21′ size allows plenty of space for relaxing outside on pleasant evenings,

-and the Tamko® Weathered Wood shingle roof means he can still relax outside on rainy days without getting wet:

What do you think? Would your house feel just a little more like a home with one of these added on? Do you need somewhere to host your friends for a barbecue next summer?

Give us a call at (870) 845-1121 for a free estimate on getting a covered deck of your own.

Porch Addition

We added a roof on top and ten feet of concrete on either side of this patio, which was 20 feet wide when we got there.img_20170109_103815712

Here we have the additions on either end formed up, but you can still see what it looked like before we began:img_20161214_072553030img_20161214_072549215

The concrete is poured:img_20161214_083015874

One end of the completed porch, with the cedar posts visible:img_20170109_104101253

The porch is done, with Tamko® Heritage shingles on the roof:img_20170109_103836604