Is that your office? Remodeling offices and buildings.

How many people go into an office and think about the décor or the building itself the office is in?  The answer is everyone, don’t tell me you haven’t done it.  Everyone looks at everything and most judge it, why wouldn’t your office be any different.  We deal with a lot of networking partners and we meet them at offices that most people would consider out of date.  If your office hasn’t been built or remodeled since 2000 or earlier then you most likely need an update.  If you overhear someone’s conversation talking about their insurance agents old office, Is that your office?  Then you might consider an update.

Think new and improved, look at your computer, how old is it?  Most office computers are upgraded every 3 years or sooner.  Why should your office been any different.  People tend to congregate towards newer and more modern looking offices than outdated and antiquated office spaces.  Not only offices, but also the commercial buildings that house them as well.  The whole commercial building the office is in, is a focal point for someone to judge.  Business owners need to evaluate the current revenue versus the different revenue one could achieve through remodeling.

We know most people prefer a newer building to do business in and they prefer a more modern looking office.  The office updates could only need new paint, removing wallpaper or paneling.  Some might need a new front counter, new lighting, and new flooring.  Some may need a complete overhaul.  Each space is unique and most clients have different budgets.  The clients should base their needs and goals with their budgets.  So a desired result is achieved through the commercial remodeling project.

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The building or shopping center the leased spaces are in, is also a big deal.  A lot of shopping centers and office buildings do a face remodel as like to call it.   They remove the current front of the shopping center and build a new one.  Giving it a more modern look for their tenants.  Usually the renovation consists of metal building components being installed for the substructure.  Then metal or wood framing is added and then the finish materials can be installed.  Stucco, brick, and various exterior finishes are applied.  Aluminum storefronts are also popular with maybe some new landscaping or signage.

If you have a construction project or idea in mind, give Friga Construction a call, “where your visions become reality.”

Aging in Place: Home Remodel Ideas

In 2030 the number of people aged over 65 will soar to about 72.1 million, or 1 in 5 Americans.

A survey conducted in November 2012 by AARP of 1,616 adults ages 45 and older found that fewer than half of the respondents have a half-bath on the main level of their home, an entrance without steps, door handles that are levers instead of knobs, or doorways that are wider than standard.

Now think about your home or your parent’s home…is there an entrance to the home without steps? Probably not. Are all the door handles in the house knobs instead of levers? Most likely. How about the hardware on the kitchen cabinets; go take a look at them. Are they small handles and knobs?

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These are pictures of beautiful kitchens but one thing is similar: the hardware on the cabinets could become a problem to someone aging in their own home who can no longer have a tight grip on simple things like a cabinet knob. Or there isn’t any hardware on the cabinets at all.

Below are some of the type of hardware that should be installed instead.

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There are other things to consider when keeping a parent or elder adult in their own home to age:

-Raising the height of the dishwasher to reduce strain of loading and unloading

-Installing a shallow sink, hands free faucet that is mounted on the side and incorporate an anti-scald device to prevent burns

-Along with different hardware for cabinets, adding pull out shelves for the lower cabinets and pull down shelves for upper cabinets

-Making sure that there is a bathroom on the main level

-Moving the laundry room to the main level and making sure there is plenty of space to navigate

-Replacing washer and dryer with front loader appliances with large buttons or push knobs

-The different flooring throughout the house should be a non-slip surface; remove rugs because of the trip hazards

When you are ready to make some changes to your home or someone else’s home to make it more aging in place friendly, contact us at Friga Construction.  Sometimes the littlest, simplest changes can make all the difference in the world.

What the Heck is a Composite Deck??

Composite Decks

Composite decking is an environmentally friendly lumber alternative that combines plastic and wood fiber. Most are made from recycled wood scraps and plastic– making them eco-friendly. They come in a variety of earth-tones and wood colors. Composite decks come in a plank form, similar to traditional wood planks.

“Trex claims that much of its plastic comes from 1.5 billion plastic shopping bags, or about 7 out of every 10 in the US. They also don’t use any virgin wood, using mill waste and old pallets instead.”

Go for the composite deck if you don’t mind spending a bit more money for a deck that requires far less maintenance and is eco-friendly. A good scrub in the spring will help keep it clean and free of mold. No more dangerous chemicals that can harm the environment! Hooray for Mother Earth!

Below are pictures of a composite deck that Friga Construction recently finished. When you are ready to spend less time maintaining your outside deck and more time enjoying it, give Friga Construction a call.


  • Weather resistant
  • Durable
  • Long lasting
  • Stain resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Won’t splinter or rot
  • Low maintenance
  • Most use recycled materials



  • Some look fake
  • Some brands can be slippery
  • More expensive than lumber
  • Not resistant to mold and mildew, especially in shade
  • Eventually shows signs of age and decay
  • Tend to sag and bend more than wood

Room Under the Stairs: Home Office Ideas

Isn’t it lovely when you need to bring work home or when you need to get some things done on the internet and don’t have the room around the house to do it?

I mean, there is always the dining room table but there is already mail and laundry piled there. You could always sit on the couch…but then your laptop gets so hot on your leg, you’re afraid either might catch fire before you’re finished. So, if you don’t have an extra room to create a home office, cannot afford to create an extra room for just a home office, and are seeking the extra space, what do you do… here’s an idea: Are you ready?

What about that empty space under the stairs? The under stairs space usually is left empty and doesn’t serve anything, (unless you took in your nephew and now serves as his bedroom; haha…that was a joke for the HP fans out there!) but now you can transform that negative space into a useful and functional under stairs home office.

The space does not have the dreaded corner where you file bills or finish that report for the boss. Let it be for the whole family! Contact us at Friga Construction when you decide that the space under the stairs is indeed just ‘space’ and something needs to be done. We can do these small projects. We can make it appear the new room under the stairs had been there since the beginning. Take a look at the pictures below and give us a call when you are ready. We want to make your visions become reality, and they will with Friga Construction.

Can You Start A Home Remodel In The Winter??

Since there are not a lot of people remodeling during the winter, it’s the slow season for contractors. Furthermore, when contractors have less to do, they have more time to work on your project, so your remodeling may get done quicker as well. During winter you may find that contractors may have more time to work with you in planning and designing your project. This would be a good time for refining the details before the actual work begins. Give Friga Construction a call and we can help make your visions become reality.

Many homeowners will wait until spring to remodel because they are concerned about dust, fumes, ventilation and areas for staging the work. Current technologies and clean up methods do effectively control these problems. Fans with negative air pressure, plastic zip doors, and sealing off heat ducts with a filter will contain dust, debris and fumes to the work area.

It is usually easier for contractors to schedule work in winter months because there is a lot less exterior work being done. This will free up a contractor’s schedule for kitchen, bathroom and basement remodeling  a shorter wait for work to begin. Contact Friga Construction today and we will set up a free consultation to check out what you want remodeled. We think outside of the box and can offer many ideas, as well as paying close attention to minor details. We look forward to hearing from you and making your visions become reality.


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Convert the Garage into Practical Living Space

Is this what your garage looks like now?

Converting the Garage into Living Space



Convert the garage into living space?? Why would someone in the right mind get rid of their garage, where they house the car, in order to gain more living space? Well, there are many possible events where the space is needed. Some families need to accommodate their boomerang children or aging parents. I will straight up admit: I am a boomerang child. I moved out after high school only to return after getting a college degree. Why? Because now I am a broke college graduate drowning in student debt. Thanks mom, love ya!

So, what about the option of the basement or attic? There is the potential of converting the attic or basement into living space but some houses have neither. Or if there is an attic, it would be impossible to remodel because the rafters do not form the ‘A’ pitch and there would not be enough head room.

However, there are many houses with either attached or detached garages, and these garages can be turned to enjoyable living areas. The prospective for this new space is almost unlimited; extra bedroom, office, library (that would be the first thing on my list), music room, craft room, playroom, or another living area.

Need a home office? Done.

Need a home office? Done.

Turn the space into a man cave

Awesome indoor to outdoor living space

Awesome indoor to outdoor living space













When you decide what you would like to convert the old garage into, give us a call at Friga Construction. We will provide you with a free consultation and come look at the space. Need some ideas,  just don’t know where to start or know what could the garage be turned into? Contact us. You will want and need a qualified professional to help with this remodel given the local ordinances and building codes. Friga Construction will make sure the new converted space stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. We are here to make your visions become reality. Call us today to get  your old garage turned into something that you need; either for yourself or your boomerang children.



Commercial Construction? We Do it All!

Do you own a commercial lot or building and are thinking about remodeling, renovating, or building from the ground up and don’t know who to choose to do the work? It is the best to select a contractor who is familiar with commercial or retail space. You don’t want a contractor working on a commercial space who only specializes in residential remodels. A contractor who does commercial remodels will be able to find ways to save on costs, utilize what already exists, and perhaps most significantly, finish on time.

Finished Interior

Finished interior of Massage Envy


The new entrance at Massage Envy

A contractor who has knowledge remodeling a commercial business might also have suggestions based on their experience that a manager might not have considered before. Friga Construction has worked on many commercial lots comprising of the Greene County Health Department; Massage Envy in Springfield, Missouri; Parmele Law Firm; and a new library in Marionville, Missouri, including many more. Check out the link to see more commercial remodels and possibly get some ideas of your own. When you are ready to start planning your commercial construction give Friga Construction a call and we can help you begin.

One of the main reasons for hiring experienced local professionals comes down to following building codes. Commercial buildings are subject to many more government regulations than residential structures are—and they’re more likely to get fines when they break code. “Knowing city and state regulations for commercial buildings is only the beginning. Sometimes there are also local requirements such as permits for electrical or plumbing work in public restrooms or inspections to be scheduled. You don’t want to find out about infractions after work has begun; a bargain basement contractor may seem like a good deal at first, but when fines need to be paid and work needs to be redone to meet official code, you may end up spending far more than you bargained”.

This can be found on the city of Springfield, MO website in more detail along with the Code and Zoning Checklist:

Building– A Building Permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, move or demolish a structure; or change the occupancy of a building or structure requiring greater strength, exit or sanitary provisions; or to change to another use; or to install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by the Building Code.

Electrical– An Electrical Permit is required to do all electrical work except the replacement of lamps, the connection of portable appliances to suitable, permanently installed receptacles, or for the replacement of over current protective devices which have become defective or inoperative.

Mechanical– A Mechanical Permit is required to do all mechanical work except portable heating, ventilating and cooling equipment; any steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by the Mechanical Code; replacement or any minor part which does not alter approval of equipment or make it unsafe; any self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 lbs. or less of refrigerant, or actuated by motors of 1 horsepower or less.

Plumbing– A Plumbing Permit is required to do all plumbing work except for repairs which involve only the working parts of a faucet or valve, clearance of stoppages, or repairing or replacement of defective faucets or valves, provided alterations are not made in the existing piping or fixture.

Sprinkler– All sprinkler work, underground or within a building shall be permitted under an “FIS” permit only.


Friga Construction is skilled in both residential and commercial construction. We understand all the steps and regulations that need to be followed before starting the job. We will schedule the inspections, obtain the permits needed, and make sure all the work is completed right and up to code the first time so no time is wasted on your commercial building. We want to make your commercial construction visions become reality; contact us today.

Reclaim Your Attic Space!!

Does your attic space look like this?

Does your attic space look like this?

Rescue that wasted space!!

Before it can be finished, your attic must pass some essential tests for structural adequacy and comfort. Here’s what Friga Construction will look for:

How it was built: If it is a network of W-shape trusses supporting the roof, then it may not be practical to remodel the attic space. If the rafters form an A shape to support the roof — with open space underneath the rafters, we’ve got a probable remodeling candidate.

What about the stairs? Figuring out how you’re going to get up and down from the finished attic space can be somewhat of a problem. Expanding the present stairway or adding a new one will affect spaces below. A straight-run stair will need up to 10-14 ft of floor space. A spiral staircase takes up only about 5 ft but moving furniture & other belongings up & down that staircase can seem near impossible.

Before and After staircase

Before and After staircase

Hopefully, there’s headroom: Most building codes require a living space be at least 7-1/2 feet high over 50 percent of the floor area. Friga Construction will verify the local codes for specifics and to make sure everything is kept within code.

Light and Entree: Friga Construction can add windows or skylights in order to produce more natural light. If the attic is planned to be remodeled as a bedroom, many codes require outlet through a window in case of fire.

Is it freezing in the winter and hot in the summer? Friga Construction will consult with a heating and air-conditioning sub-contractor to assess the cost of routing heating/cooling ducts. Also, we will most likely need to insulate the space to keep the heat and cool in since the attic is directly under the roof.

Want a bathroom too? If the attic plans include a new bathroom,  Friga Construction will try to locate it above a bathroom on the floor below. This will reduce costs and avoid the need to cut a hole in the room for a new vent stack.

Built in shelves for extra storage

Built in shelves for extra storage

Use the space for a guest bedroom

Use the space for a guest bedroom

Tight space but functional

Tight space but functional

Turn it to the children's new space

Turn it to the children’s new space

Reclaim that wasted space!

Reclaim that wasted space!

Friga Construction will gladly come take a look at your attic and see if we are able to remodel the existing space. Contact us today!  We are located in Springfield, Missouri and have worked in most counties within Missouri. We will be happy to come out to your home and speak to you about ideas for turning your attic space into living areas.

We service the following Southwest Missouri areas including: Springfield, MO; Nixa, MO; Ozark, MO; Mountain Grove, MO; Joplin, MO; Lebanon, MO; Carthage, MO and Branson, MO.

Basement Remodeling

When you hear the word ‘basement’ what comes to mind? Some dark, creepy lower level in the house that everyone is afraid to venture into? A place that is shadowy and cold where all the holiday decorations are kept?

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Is it about time that the neglected part of your home actually became part of your home again? This is where Friga Construction comes in. There are many precautions to take before you get started remodeling your basement. However, once you hire Friga, there will be no need for you to worry about anything.

Did you know;

-Building codes require that basement bedrooms have an emergency exit that leads directly outside, either through a door or a window?

– Before any kind of finished work begins on a basement, make sure there won’t be any water issues that could cause damage. The exterior walls should be inspected for moisture problems. Make sure the ground is sloped away from the foundation walls. Also, check the downspouts, if they’re clogged, it could be create a lot of moisture and bring it into the basement.

– Once you have a design plan and checked for moisture, the next thing that should be done is find out whether a permit for the proposed renovation is needed. Also, make sure that everything pertaining to electrical work is done to code.

– Many codes call for 7 to 7½ feet of clearance for ceilings. If that height is available, the concrete floor may have to be dug out and lowered, but it’s a complex job. Moving ducts and pipes might solve the problem; we will be able to tell you

– A plumber should install a back flow-prevention valve on your main drain line to prevent backups into below-grade sinks or tubs. Friga Construction has a great plumber that knows how to do the right work.

Friga Construction can help with your basement remodeling ideas. We will make sure that everything is finished to code and completed the correct way the first time. Contact us when you want to make that gloomy space downstairs into the new favorite place for the family to hang out.

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