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water leak damaged homes - the restoration

Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.


water leak damaged homes - the restoration

How To Make An Entryway Functional Without Losing Character

by Paul Burton

Old homes can have a lot of charm. They often have unique details and design features that are lacking in newer homes. They also often have beautiful foyers and entryways. These foyers and entryways can add a lot of wow factor to a home. They can also be difficult to use for busy families. While entryways may contain beautiful woodwork and gorgeous ceilings, these spaces often lack storage as well as places to hang coats and to store shoes. For those looking to have a functional entryway without losing charm, there are a few things that can be done.

Make Use Of The Stairs But Leave The Hand Railing Alone

The stairs are a great source of space to use for storage. In many older homes there are staircases either within the entryway or close by. There are also many ways to use the staircase to provide storage without altering the character of the space. A carpenter can create drawers for storage underneath the stairs by using existing wood panels as drawer faces. There are also ways to utilize the stairs themselves as storage. Adding a trap door or creating a drawer under each step can add more storage for small items to the space. Alterations to a staircase can potentially reduce some of the character of the space. Leaving as many original features as possible intact is a good way to keep the character of the space. Hand railing in older homes is often original. By keeping the original hand rails, you can keep the space looking authentic. If you do need to modify the hand railings, visit Weld Pro.

Utilize Period Appropriate Furniture

In the past storage often came in the form of furniture instead of built ins. For entryways that may not be able to be altered for more storage, furniture can provide the storage needed while still fitting in with the look of an older home. Utilizing antique furniture that is from the same time period as the home is a great way to add storage without making an older home feel too modern.

Coat Racks

Coat racks, both hanging and standing varieties, were very popular in the Victorian Era. And for good reason. Coat racks make it easy for family members and guests to hang up their outdoor clothing. While coat racks may seem old fashioned, they are indeed a great way to provide storage in the entryways of old homes. Homeowners should consider looking for a coat rack in a style that suits the home.

Storage in a foyer or entryway can be difficult, especially in older homes. However, by utilizing stairs and making smart choices in furniture, an old entryway can provide just as much storage as a new entryway and still not lose any character.