fix for rotted out flue

Living in an heat draining house.

Remodel desperately needed. We are a family of 4 living in a 1300 square foot home with no storage and feel like we are in a closet. We have two boys, one 2 year and one 2 months old and are growing out of our house with our layout working against us and in need of some serious up grades/fixes. Our home was built in 1964 was originally a 2 bedroom, one bath. This was converted into a 3 bedroom by eliminating the garage, therefore our storage is a leaky shed. When the conversion from garage to bedroom was done they did not bother to take the time to insulate the room, through wood paneling up and a drop ceiling. Our flue in the fire place is rotted out so not only does the heat go out our walls but also up the chimney. Our kitchen is what is called a one butt kitchen with cabinets that rub so loud we do not dare open or close them when the children are sleeping unless we want to wake them. We are at a lose of what to do as I am a homemaker and my husband works 50-70 hours a week so not only is money and time tight but we could not do this without our two year old helper and a 2 month old crying in the middle of every project. Please give us any help you can we would greatly appreciate it.

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