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.

How Do I Remove Soffits Above Kitchen Cabinets?

I am interested in removing the soffit in my kitchen. My first step was to drill a hole to look inside w/a flashlight, but when I tried to do this, I realized that the entire soffit is encased in solid wood w/drywall over it. Do you have any suggestions for removing it or design suggestions where I could use the existing soffit and turn it into storage.

Cabinet Woes

Jake,

Just finished a kitchen remodel, only to find the kitchen designer designed us a flaw. Our top cabinet next to the stove will open to a 90 degree angle but in doing so hits the corner of the stove fan cover. In time I can see the cabinet door ending up with a nice gouge right in the middle of the door.

How Do I Properly Remove Damaged Floor Joists?

I have a twelve foot span. The floor joist are damaged. How far do I have to sister the joist to make them structurally sound?

Robert,

I can't answer this without seeing your situation.  There is no code written to deal with this type of problem.  Each case is different.

Decorative Crowned Cabinets

Hi Jake,

A friend of mine wants to build 13 inch wall cabinets under a 12 inch flat section of a tray ceiling. Then attach crown to the top of the cabinets that will stick out into the room. Is it possible to do this and have it look nice?

-Linda

Linda,

I wouldn’t like the look.

Can I Remove and Reuse Old Oak Hardwood Flooring?

Jake-

Our old family home was struck by a tornado and is now condemned. There is over 1000sf of beautiful 60 year old oak hardwood on the floors. Can this be removed and reused? If so, what would be the best way to go about it? We would love to use this wood in our home, both to save money and to remember the old home place.

Galley Kitchen Designs

Jake,

I live in a small tudor home with a galley kitchen. I know it would be very expensive to add on (I also need new appliances) so just wanting to get some resources for ideas.

Thank you,

Barbara

Barbara,

We have some photos of galley kitchens on our web site.

How do I adjust window trim for thicker plaster?

I am trying to apply a 2nd layer over the original plaster wall in order to sound proof a room. I was going to use 5/8" Quiet Rock. My concern is how to remove the window trim. Also, if I put a 2nd layer of Quiet Rock over the original plaster will I have to do anything different with the trim to make sure it still fits around the window?  Will the added layer create too much distance between window & trim?

Thanks, Ken

Ken,

Ken,
You are correct in thinking that you will have to make an adjustment to accommodate the new wall thickness.

Can I Use a Vent-Free Fireplace in a Bedroom?

Jake,

I have an antebellum home and am renovating a bedroom that once had a fireplace which was torn out long ago. I'd like to install a vent-free gas log set in this room, but I do not want to put it in a cheap pre-fab vent-free firebox, but hope I can build a real- looking firebox from real firebrick inside a chase that looks like a real interior chimney.