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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After: Outside

Remarkably, the outside of the house needed nothing more than a fresh coat of paint, some shutters and new brick pavers for the steps. The yard was another story: Even two years after Katrina, "everything was dead and gray," says Sam. They replaced the grass, planted new oak trees and lined the house with boxwood hedges. It's a family tradition to paint the front door a new color every year, so after the storm, they kept up the ritual and made it vibrant green (Paradise Green by Benjamin Moore).

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