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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 Create More Space in Your Kitchen without Knocking Down Walls

by Paul Burton

If you bought a house with a smaller-than-desired kitchen, you probably hoped to expand someday or complete a kitchen remodel to make it bigger. Rather than knock out a wall or two and expand into an area that you could leave alone, you could just create more space within the confines of your kitchen's current boundaries. At the very least, you could create an appearance of more space and add some more storage too. Here is how you can accomplish a kitchen expansion without expanding at all.

Reducing Countertop Space and Floor Cabinet Size

In some older homes, the homeowner often constructed kitchen cabinets themselves and many times, the cabinets are extremely deep. To cover the depth of these floor cabinets, exceptionally large countertops are placed over the tops of the cabinets. You can reduce the depth of the cabinets thereby reducing the amount of unused countertop space. By reducing the depth of these cabinets and the width of the countertops, you create more floor space, which makes the kitchen look larger.

Fewer Floor Cabinets and More Ceiling Cabinets

If you are able to do so, removing an excess of relatively unused floor cabinet space while increasing ceiling cabinet use widens and lengthens your kitchen visibly. The more floor space you see (because you have taken out the floor cabinets) the larger your kitchen looks. While this is indeed a visual trick, it is effective and less costly than knocking out walls and physically expanding your kitchen. The additional ceiling cabinets are also easier to reach and access for people who cannot bend or get down on their knees to retrieve something from a floor cabinet.

Smaller Appliances and Smaller Furniture

Another way to remodel your kitchen so it has a little more room is to reduce the size of your appliances and your kitchen table and chairs. If you do not need a double-wide refrigerator and a kitchen range big enough to feed a family on Thanksgiving, then trade up for more efficient, less bulky models. Having a few extra square feet of space near your appliances really makes viewers think and feel like they are in a big kitchen.

Additionally, the smallest kitchen and chairs set you can get will reduce the amount of floor space consumed by the furniture. Keep in mind that round tables often take up more room than square ones, and that rectangular and oval tables often take up the most room of all. Find a small, square kitchen table with no drop-leaf inserts and elevated (e.g., "bar stool") seating, and your kitchen will suddenly seem a lot bigger and you will have lots more room to move about in your kitchen. For assistance, talk to a professional like Wetherington Restoration & Remodeling Inc.