Build New or just Renew.

Should I build new or just renew an existing building or home?  That is a question that comes up a lot in business owners’ and homeowners’ minds.  By renew, we mean remodeling an existing building or home.  Remodeling might entail an addition for more space or just an update or face lift.  This blog will go over the pluses and minuses of building new versus remodeling. Land_for_sale,_Omagh_-_geograph_org_uk_-_869589 Building new has its advantages and disadvantages.  The advantages of building a new buildibusiness-locationng like an O’Reilly’s, Comfort Inn, etc. are; a new appearance, usually less maintenance, can be a better location, more efficient, and most people enjoy shopping or staying in a newer building.  Which could mean more revenue for your business.  The Disadvantages of a new building versus a remodeled building are; can be more expensive, higher costs do not guarantee a more profitable return.  The hassle of dealing with a city or county on zoning issues, stormwater drainage, and impact fees. If you know you want to build new and just need a property to look at, Murney & Associates or Plaza Realty can be a place to look.

IMG_0027    The advantages of a remodeled or addition on to an existing building are; usually cheaper than building new.  If you have a existing business running in that location, you can usually keep it open when the building is getting remodeled.  You usually do not have to get the city or county zoning involved, just the plan reviewers and inspectors.  The Disadvantages of remodeling are; Sometimes a city or county makes you upgrade the electrical, plumbing, or hvac to current codes.

Building a new home has a lot of advantages.  You can live where you want, build what you want.  Make it more efficient from the start.  Include new technologies in the structure, storm room, alarm system, vacuum  system, and home automation.  Everything will be new and updated.  There is of course a down side to new as well.  You have to buy the lot and it’s harder for financing.  Everything will have to meet current codes.    Remodeling is what a lot of homeowners choose to do, it’s advantages are; live in the same home where you are familiar with neighbors and the neighborhood.  Make your home how you want it.  Cheaper than building new, depending on what is being upgraded.  On the flipside, remodeling a home has its disadvantages.  You live in your home while its being remodeled.  Inconvenience of not being able to use the certain areas being remodeled.  It can cost more than you think, you would never believe how some homes were built years ago.

It all boils down to the individual and what he or she wants and can afford.  At Friga Construction Co., we build what our clients want.  If you want to remodel your home or business, we will try to make it less inconvenient as possible & give the clients ideas to make your dream a reality & the Meeks Design Center helps.  If you want to build new, we can direct you to an architect and work with you through the whole process.  Remember we are “where your visions become reality.”  Give us a call today.logoframe

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.


10 Must-Haves for a Luxury Kitchen Continued….

Here is the last 5 must-haves for a luxury kitchen…


Beautiful back splash

Beautiful back splash




6. Back splashes- This small cosmetic project can dramatically transform your kitchen. Friga Construction loves to remodel kitchens and a nice tiled back splash can bring the whole room together in the end. I’ve seen some stunning kitchens with only new back splashes and it looked as though their kitchen was transformed into a different room. The picture is just one example that I am absolutely in love with. There is no need to add a back splash to the whole kitchen; just in one target area can make a difference. I could look at the picture all day because it is amazing. And this is something that Friga could help you with. We are a one call general contractor. Want to remodel your kitchen and do not know who to call about cabinets, who to contact for new appliances, where to turn for for the flooring? Call us, once. That’s it and we will help you with everything to create your luxury kitchen. Are you in love with this back splash as much as I am?? Then make it happen. You should be happy with your home, your kitchen, your life. Plus everyone needs a little sparkle in their life and this back splash does just that.




Hidden walk in pantry

Hidden walk in pantry


7. Walk in Pantries- Like I had mentioned in the first post of the 10 must-haves, I love food. My problem is where to store all the food that I feel necessary to buy while grocery shopping. But I also like to be organized; I want to know exactly where anything I am looking for is placed and I like labeling areas so others know where to put it when they are finished. Most of us have a small closet in the kitchen that we call the pantry but in reality it is just a few shelves behind a small door that is near impossible to keep organized. Stuff you put in the back of the shelves you either forget about because something else is blocking it or when you need it, you have to take 20 boxes of macaroni, Frosted Flakes, and those delicious fiber bars to reach it. Then you throw the fiber bars back in first and forget about them until they are old and stale. Oops. Friga Construction can remodel a room to accommodate a bigger and better walk in pantry. This picture of the hidden walk in pantry is beautifully done all the way down to the chalkboard paint on the door for convenient shopping lists or to-do’s.  Tired of  throwing out food because it was lost in the pantry for too long or want some sort of organization? Give Friga a call and we can make your visions become reality.


Beautiful farm sink

Beautiful farm sink



8. Farm Sinks- I am IN LOVE with this idea. One day in my dream house that I will be hiring Friga Construction to complete, I will have a farm sink in my luxury kitchen.  These sinks are sometimes referred to as apron front sinks and boy are they darling. The front of the sink is exposed instead of sitting behind the cabinets. Since they are usually just one big basin, they are carved from one material and then the faucets are attached behind the sink; this leads to a smaller chance of leaking. Also, since there is no counter top between you and the sink, there is no additional strain on your back from leaning, even slightly, to do the dishes or give the baby a bath. Give us a call when you have picked out the farm sink you want to complete your kitchen with; those suckers are heavy and you will want a professional to make sure it is finished right the first time.



Gorgeous bamboo flooring

Gorgeous bamboo flooring




9. Eco friendly flooring- Wait…eco-friendly flooring? Yes. I am not one to sit and lecture others about saving the planet, recycle, reuse, reduce, but that does not mean I do not care. I do what I can, when I can to make sure I do my part for the Earth. When I was reading about eco-friendly flooring, I knew that it was exactly what I would want in my future dream house. I have researched and read through the pros and cons of hardwood flooring versus something like bamboo flooring. Bamboo can grow up to 24 inches in one day and can reach maturity in as little as 3 years. A tree will need around 20 years to reach full maturity. When bamboo is harvested, the roots do not need to be cut so the plant can keep growing without being replanted. Also, bamboo naturally repels mold and mildew. Plus, it is gorgeous!! I love the natural designs and colors in the picture. So, when you are wanting to upgrade your flooring; hardwood or bamboo, Friga Construction can help. We will be glad to make your home more eco-friendly.




Pot filler

Pot filler



10. Pot Fillers- Last but certainly not least a must-have for a luxury kitchen is a pot filler. I cook a lot of pasta in my house. Delicious, warm, oodles of noodles-the kiddo loves it. But that means I am filling up a big pot of water at the kitchen sink and hauling it over to the stove top. Doesn’t seem like too big of a chore, right? Well, over time it can cause problems. Pot fillers reduce back strain caused by hauling heavy pots of water and it also saves time. They can also add a professional touch to your kitchen; tucked nicely behind your stove top. No joke, I have seen a house sell because the elderly couple that was looking to buy noticed one of the houses had a pot filler. That was the deciding factor; the sweet little lady could not carry the heavy pots of water from the sink to the stove and this small fixture made the world of difference to her. Can you even see it in this picture? Some are made to be discreet and small and others are made to make a statement. It all depends on your style.


Give Friga Construction a call. 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 kitchen into a luxury kitchen.

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.



10 Must-Haves for a Luxury Kitchen

So, Yahoo recently posted a link about the 10 must-haves for a luxury kitchen. There are probably 8 on the list that I would personally love to have in my dream kitchen…maybe one day.

1. Wall ovens  –> I love to bake and I love baking multiple things at the same time because I get in a baking funk and want to make 12 dozen cookies, a pie, cinnamon rolls, a three tiered cake, and baked spaghetti all in one afternoon. The bad thing about it now is that I only have one oven. Also, it can get tricky trying to get the small children and possibly fur kids out of the kitchen when you are needing to get something out of the oven and it’s a thousand degrees and you are trying to hold them back with your foot while maneuvering the heavy oven door, and get your huge pan of deliciousness out of the oven. Now imagine….what if you had two separate ovens that were in the wall and not sitting on the floor? That is possible and it is an amazing thought. They also have ovens that can be controlled through a wireless connection with your smart phone. Holy smokes. That is amazing. I could go on and on and ovens….but I will move on to number two.

2. Exotic wood countertops  –>  I am sure having some awesome, exotic wood countertops would look magnificent. I still love the whole granite look so this is not exactly on my wish list for my dream luxury kitchen….but I am sure that if I seen a color that I loved, I might change my mind.

3. Super quiet dishwashers –> What is that? My dishwasher sounds like a monster destroying my kitchen. I can hear every single different cycle it goes through. Sometimes at night when I turn it on and forget that I did and I’m laying in bed attempting to fall asleep when I hear horrible, scary noises coming from the kitchen. I grab something heavy and prepare myself to fight off a team of burglars until I realize that it is just the dishwasher doing its thing…just extremely loud with extra scary noises added in when the lights go off. It knows when everyone goes to bed. Anyway, they make these dishwashers that are super quiet. Like so quiet you do not even know they are on. Also, they have a ton of features; like a small load option. My old dishwasher is all or nothing. I go days with all of my silverware dirty, sitting in the dishwasher but I don’t want to waste turning on the dishwasher for my whole drawer of silverware, two cups, and a plate. How I manage that, I’m still unsure but it happens and you know exactly what I am talking about. But with the new dishwashers you could opt for a half load option, saving water and getting all that silverware clean so you don’t have to eat your bowl of soup with a huge ladle.

4. Induction cooktops –>  I am still up in the air about this being on my wish list for my dream kitchen.  It sounds amazing and I know that if I would cook more on the stove top that I would probably want this in a heart beat. But I am more of a baker at the present time. But these induction cook tops offer precise temperature control. They also heat up more quickly than gas and electric cook tops. I’m a fan of gas cook tops because they heat up so fast and I feel like I cut my cooking time in half. However, these induction tops get hot more quickly than a gas cook top, which completely blows my mind. I could cut my cooking time down even more. Amazing. I don’t have any other words for this.

5. Built in refrigerators –> I love food. But my problem is where to store all the food that I buy. My freezer space is sad; I don’t even want to talk about it. The fridge space is a little better but I find myself challenging my stacking skills. Not to mention that my fridge is like an icky off white color. But once I have my dream kitchen, I will have a custom built in refrigerator. They offer some serious storage space, plus they are so beautiful because they match your kitchen perfectly. They can be made to look like your cabinets and it just blends in so well.

I cannot wait to design my luxury kitchen one day in the future and make it what I want it to be. I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen and I should be happy with it. It should be functional and only aid you in creating whatever you create in your kitchen instead of pulling you back and restricting you of your full potential. I will add the other 5 on another day so make sure to stay tuned and keep reading so you don’t miss out on anything.  Also, if any of these ideas sound like something that you want contact Friga Construction. We can help you create a kitchen that you will be proud to call your own. A place that you will want to spend your time cooking, baking, etc. instead of dreading having to cook supper because your kitchen is so small and outdated.

We can help you with your next remodeling of your kitchen. 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.

Contact us today to find out how we can help service your next luxury kitchen remodeling needs.