Exterior Wood Restoration

As anyone who lives in the South knows, exterior wood only lasts so long…but sometimes the breakdown is so gradual that we forget what our homes could look like! This week, we’re looking at the magic that happened when we replaced the exterior wood soffit, fascia, and siding on this home.

Starting out, we take a look at the old eaves, once white, now turning black and rotten:

With new LP Smartside® soffit and fascia trim installed, the eaves are good to go once again:

Another before, during, and after from the back of the house:

While most of this home is brick, some of the exterior walls were covered in old Masonite® siding…which we removed and replaced with LP Smartside® lap siding and trim:

And everywhere we installed new siding, we also painted it with Sherwin Williams® paint:

Not only did we replace the siding, soffit, and fascia, we also removed the old roof shingles and replaced them with Tamko® Heritage shingles in the Rustic Slate color:

The transformed home, beautiful and peaceful in the sun, no longer rotting away at the seams:

Do you have wood siding or trim on the exterior of your home? When was the last time you took a good look at it? Take a minute when you get home tonight and make sure that your house isn’t rotting away around your ears…and if you find that it is, you know who to call! (870) 845-1121

Restoring Exterior Respect

The exteriors of most buildings are pretty much open to the public eye. Especially if you live close to a road, any passerby can see just how well you take care of the outside of your house or office or shop. But if it’s a public building in town, how many more people see it?

The Howard County Fairgrounds building was starting to look a bit shabby, so they called us in to pressure-wash and repaint the entire exterior for a fresh new look, as shown in the before and after photos below:

After pressure-washing, we applied primer and two coats of Sherwin Williams paint for a lasting improvement:

Moving around for a view of the side of the building, before and after:

And the back side of the building, before and after the Sherwin Williams paint was applied:

Your building might not be a public space, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t looking at its exterior. Step outside and take a good look at it. Is it starting to look a bit shabby, a bit like no one cares much about it? Sometimes a new coat of paint can work wonders. If you’d like your building to look like a place worth owning, give us a shout at (870) 845-1121 to claim your 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.

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!

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.

Office Remodel

A few weeks ago, we talked about offices and how some people choose to work in offices that struggle to meet their needs, while others build new workspaces, designed for their company’s unique requirements. There is a third option, which we also briefly mentioned: taking the office you already have and remodeling it so that it not only works for you, but it also becomes a pleasant place to spend most of your days.

In this week’s post, we’re working with a gentleman who chose that third option. It’s time for an office remodel!

The biggest project was the floors. In some rooms, we tore up carpets; in others, there was vinyl flooring to remove. Once the coverings were gone, we stripped the hardwood floors beneath and then refinished and sealed them for a durable and modern wood-floor look throughout the office:

We freshened up the entire office by re-texturing and re-painting both the walls and ceilings throughout:

In the kitchen, we installed new trim and replaced the dated cabinetry with new Mid-Continent® cabinets and butcher-block counter-tops:

A little rearranging and some more new Mid-Continent® cabinets make a world of difference for the refrigerator and coffee bar:

We also installed new fluorescent lights through the office. Who said fluorescent lights can’t look modern and beautiful?

One of the restrooms got new subway tile on the walls…

…while the other got a new pedestal sink:

The front door got a much-needed refinishing and a new Hamilton® mortise lockset, while the office windows were painted to match the trim:

A few photos of the newly remodeled office:

And a closer look at the new gas fireplace:

And for a finishing touch of elegance, we installed several new doorknobs throughout the office:

Meanwhile, outside, we poured a concrete curb for the place of business:


And there you have it; at least two businesses in the area have offices which they designed or redesigned to meet their needs and desires. Do you?

You know who to call, if you want to make your office perfect for you. Our number: (870) 845-1121.

Home Addition

Does your house ever feel a bit cramped? Most of us tend to fill up all the space we have and then we find ourselves wishing for more. If your house is really too small for your needs, your things are probably difficult to find and relationships between people who live there might be under strain. You could move into a bigger house. But what if you really like the house you have now? You just wish there was more of it.

There’s a way to get that. This family chose to have an addition built, and we had the privilege of helping them to enlarge their home.

First things first – the concrete is poured:

From a distance, you can see that the walls are up:

The upper part of the exterior walls was covered in Alside® vinyl siding:

While the lower section got Coronado® stone wainscoting:

The completed exterior, with Tamko® shingles on the roof:

Stepping inside, we see the main room of the addition, completed and already being enjoyed:

For the opening between the addition’s bedroom and bathroom, the owner chose a sliding barn door:

Inside the bathroom, the vanity is custom-built:

As is the linen closet:

The bathroom flower and the shower are both tile:

And while we were there anyway, we also installed and painted several new exterior doors:

What do you think? How much would your home life be improved if you had just a bit more space?

We’d be glad to sit down with you and talk about what it would take to add a room or two onto your home, but we can’t until you let us know that you’re ready for this. Give us a call at (870) 845-1121 today!

Additions on House, Part 2 – Exterior & Entryway

We’ve looked at the outside and inside of addition number one. Now we’ll step around to the back side of the house and take a look at the second addition.

Here we can see the concrete slab in place, while the brick siding on the original part of the house is being removed:DCIM100MEDIADJI_0236.JPGThe new addition is framed, house-wrap and Tamko® Heritage shingles installed:DCIM100MEDIADJI_0260.JPGBrickwork in progress:20161017_09264820161017_092725The exterior of the completed addition:20180109_081724

Before and after photos looking out towards the door:Photo Dec 13, 11 12 55 AM20180109_081458A before and after of the entryway:Photo Dec 13, 11 13 23 AM (1)20180109_081054A closer look at the custom-built hall tree with storage cabinets and a bench:20180109_081145We installed a big sliding barn door on the entryway closet:20180109_081520And a glimpse of the utility room:20180109_081331

We’ve got one more post in this series, where we’ll look at the new bathroom and summer kitchen in this addition. If you want to be sure of catching that last post, enter your email on the right or like our page on Facebook.

Additions on House, Part 1 – Exterior

Most long-term homeowners have, at some point, felt that their house was just a little cramped. Some homeowners decide to do something about it. We constructed two additions for one such family on their home near Nashville, AR.

Breaking ground on the front side of the house for the first addition:20160527_100945

The dirt pad is built:20160609_150319

Concrete footings are poured:20160610_140005

Framing in progress:IMG_20160714_130137806

Interior view of the framing:IMG_20160714_130222555

In this photo, you can catch a glimpse of how we tied this new addition into the home’s original gable line:IMG_20160725_150402331

House-wrap is installed, as well as Tamko® Heritage shingles in the Weathered Wood color:IMG_20160725_150337261IMG_20160725_150433030

Aerial shot of the brickwork in progress:DCIM100MEDIADJI_0270.JPG

As you can see in this photo, we removed the brick and vinyl siding on the original house and replaced it with Acme® brick as well, in order to give the whole building as seamless a look as possible:DCIM100MEDIADJI_0269.JPG

Some shots of the finished addition’s exterior:20180109_07534220180109_07555420180109_075628

It’s fun to see the exterior change from dirt-work to finished, but that is something anyone who chose to drive down that road could have seen. Next week, we’ll look at something that only a few people got to see: the work done on the interior. Enter your email on the right or like our page on Facebook to be sure you don’t miss it!

Interior Remodel – Part 8 of 8

Over the last few weeks we’ve been through most of this house, seeing the magic that can be done with an interior remodel. We have one more post left: the family room. A room where you want comfort and warmth, a place to relax, but also no less elegance than the rest of your house.

The room before we began:20160415_145838

And after fresh paint, new trim, new COREtec® flooring, new doors, and new ceiling fan, it is completed:IMG_1951IMG_1950While staying true to her neutral color theme, the homeowner softens this room by adding fluffy pillows on the couch and a plush area rug on the floor:IMG_1948IMG_1949

And one quick glimpse of the first and last thing you would see every day if this would be your house: the entry room.2017-01-16-15-33-22.jpg

This house may not belong to you, but yours can be made just as delightful. Is there only one room wanting improvement or does all of your home need some love? Contact us here or call us today at (870) 845-1121 to get a free estimate on what you need to take your house from blah to beautiful.