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.

Pros:

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

 

Cons:

  • 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

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.

 

Friga Construction on the News

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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

Entrance

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.