Turning a three-season porch into a four-season porch

Jake-

Turning a three season porch into more of a four season porch with out spending a lot of money. Being able to insulate to keep heat from escaping quickly.

Thanks, Mary

Hi Mary,

I’m assuming you want some information on how to best insulate your room to maximize its comfort and extend its seasonal use.

How do I install new cabinets with old soffits that don’t fit correctly?

Hi Jake,

I have no idea about reno and stuff but we bought and moved in a 18 year old house two months ago. At first I thought we were just going to take out carpet and put in laminate. Anyway one thing leads to another... I went to an auction and bought a 36" kitchen cabinets only to find out the top cabinets are too tall.

Design-minded drilling

Jake,

I have a saltbox home with a center chimney servicing 3 fireplaces. In the partially finished basement, the chimney is enclosed in cinder block, and my question is whether I could safely drill into that cinder block in order to hang a decorative barn-board and entry way shelf?

- Sara

Sara,

If your fireplace was built correctly, you should be able to penetrate the front surface of the cinder block, as long as you don’t go through the back side of the cinder block.

The space between

Jake,

Our bathroom has bedrooms on both sides all the plumbing was on the right wall ,sink toilet and bathtub, we flipped bathtub fixtures to left wall. My question is the wall that it is now on is only 2x4 deep between bathroom and bedroom was there a minimum space that must be in between that wall?

– Deborah

Deborah,

There is no minimum that I am familiar with.

How Do We Get Rid of Above Cabinet Soffits?

Hello Jake-

We have 3 walls of soffits over our 1989 contractor grade cabinets. Inside there are waste pipes from the 2 baths upstairs as well as 3/4inch copper pipe and electrical. Our ceilings are 90 inches high from the pre-finished hardwood floor, the soffits are 7.5 inches high and they protrude 4 inches beyond the 12 inch deep wall cabinets.

Arch Dilemma

Hello Jake,

I have bought my first home and in the bedroom is a drywall bullnose arch to the bathroom with no door. I don't really like this. I have tried to find an inexpensive interior arch top door, but to no avail. Ideally, I was thinking arch top white pane glass for light, but it seems now that I have to find another route.