Customize Your Space

By: Danny Lipford
Production photo from "Today's Homeowner" episode 936, "Customize Your Space"

When your house doesn’t meet your family’s needs, it’s time to customize your space.

Seven years ago, Whit and Andrea Qualls bought this home as newlyweds, then they had three children and recognized some problems.

The Problem Areas

Upon entry, guests are abruptly greeted with a half-wall and a column. It serves as a backstage for the girls who like to perform shows, but Mom and Dad still want to see it gone to open up some space.

The couple are also concerned about the refrigerator — it’s too big for the space and too close to the island.
When Andrea opens the door, the two almost touch! There’s no room for someone to pass between the refrigerator and the island, so we’re going to move the island, and Chelsea wants to paint it too.

The range isn’t properly vented — that’s often the case with over-the-range microwaves — so we’re going to install a range hood that vents through the roof, and move the microwave.

Those are the problem areas. Now let’s work on these projects!

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Customize Your Space