Restoring Your Home After a Natural Disaster

When Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of this New Orleans family’s home, they got to work rebuilding and redecorating, room by room. HGTV Magazine takes you through the before-and-after photos.

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Preparing for the Worst

Two days before Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, Sam and Jeff Burkhardt (an elementary school tutor and owner of a security consulting company, respectively) grabbed stacks of family pictures, some sentimental pieces of art, and a hard drive filled with digital memories, then fled with their then 11-year-old son, Johnston, (and Shih Tzu Rex) to a friend's house five hours away. They had no idea how their home had fared through the storm until they were permitted to return two weeks later.

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