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Family Room Renovation Before and After on a Budget

Family Room Renovation Before and After on a Budget

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This is our Home 2 Family Room Renovation Before and After on a Budget.

My husband’s home that he had when we met was a total fixer upper.

We redid the basement and turned it into a bedroom with closet, we added a bathroom, laundry room, utility room, improved the storage room, and turned the space in the photos below into a family room and office area.

Family room renovation

First, we closed off the door way into the adjoining room with 2×4’s and sheetrock.

We were turning the adjoining area into a large walk in closet and did not want a door taking up space.

Family room renovation

Then we added some additional framing, insulation, all new electrical work, and sheetrock to the basement.

Family room renovation early stage

We paid a team of handy men to re-enforce the stairs and do all of the tape, drywall, sanding, and texture.

Family room renovation middle

We painted it and got a nice carpet and carpet pad from R.C. Willey on clearance.

They had mis-ordered this beautiful carpet and had way too much in stock so they had it on clearance. I think we got it for about $1.25 a sq foot and $1.00 an sq foot for good pad. We bought it during a promotion that offered free installation with each order over 1,000 sq foot. 

I really liked the built in shelves so we added trim and caulk all the way around to make them look much more attractive.

Living room storage

After the carpet was installed, we did some finish work and I began staging it.

Living room with carpet installed

Using mainly items I had and my husband had, we were able to stage this family room for just a few hundred dollars. Living room

I had the idea of putting toys in a little nook under the stairs, so visiting children could play.

So, I put the wooden train set that my kids had in it.

It was actually a great idea because we finished the basement before the upstairs and my kids would come down and play while we worked. 


Kids play corner

The hallway in the basement is really wide so we added a bathroom and laundry room to it. 

Even after those additions, there was still a lot of spare space. I thought a corner desk would make a great office area. So I ordered this one on Amazon and assembled it with this chair.

Home office

I added a stand up lamp which added needed light and hung the canvas print—which actually covers the crawl space entrance.

Living room with office

I don’t know what the current owners decided to do with it, but for staging this area made a great office space.

I put a little side table next to the bathroom wall just to fill the space a little. But this would be a great wall to place shelving or any type of office organization system since there is quite a bit of space and it’s off to the side of the traffic flow into the family room. 

Here’s a little map/layout so you can see where everything is. The bedroom is pretty large and so is the walk in closet. If you want to see it, scroll down to bedroom #4 in this post.

Living room

Cost for the family room and hallway basement remodel

Hanging sheetrock, sanding, painting, reinforcing the stairs, trim, etc. cost about $3,500.00.

Total for the basement carpet in these areas was $600.00.

My husband did the electrical and added the can lights, parts and wire for $300.00.

To stage this family room and hallway/office area, I spent $470.00 on the decor and furniture.

I did sell the TV console table for $150 after we were done staging because we didn’t have a place for it in our current home. ($150)

When I staged the basement, I tried to use a color scheme that would go with things that my husband and I already had. He had a nice sectional couch that my mother-in-law cleaned for us and I tried to match everything else to it so we didn’t need to buy a couch which helped expenses for staging quite a bit.

Instead of selling the other items, we are using everything in this area for our current home (home 3).

For example, my office in home 3 makes use of this desk.

Here are the details on what we had and/or paid for.

Hallway Where I bought it Details What I paid Original price
Little Table garage sale   had $10.00
Decor varies flowers, frame, coasters, candle had $20.00
Large canvas Kohls covers crawl space entrance $50.00 $80.00
Desk Amazon SHW L-Shaped Home Office Corner Desk Wood Top, Walnut $75.00 $90.00
Office Chair Amazon Furmax Office Chair Mid Back Swivel Lumbar Support Desk Chair, $40.00 $50.00
Gold stand up lamp Lamps Plus Jenson Aged Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp had $95.00
Globe World Market Neutral and Gold Globe on Hairpin Legs had $15.00
cactus World Market   had $3.00
Family Room        
Mirror had   had  
Rug AtHome   $75 $200
Coffee Table glass had     free
Fishers Home Furnishings
  had $1,300
Chair Target   had $100.00
Blankets Costco   had $50
Pillows (3) RC Willey   had $90
Board Games Target Chess, Stratego, Clue, Scrable,etc had $100
Books varies   had $60
Standing Lamp Target Threshold had $30.00
Globes World Market   had $20.00
Canvas Decor
Smiths Marketplace
  $30 $30
Train set Ikea   had $75.00
Mini retro lamp
Smiths Marketplace
  $10.00 $15.00
Adventure wood art
Smiths Marketplace
  $20.00 $30.00
TV Console Ashley Furniture classifieds $100.00 $250.00
Storage Cubes Target 11″ Fabric Cube Storage Bin Brown – Room Essentials™ $20 $20
Tray World market   had $25.00
Vintage airplane Etsy   had $25.00
Small glass decor World Market   had $5.00
bought broken for the purpose of staging


Total for the living room and office area and hallway cost us: $4,720.00 which, all things considered, isn’t too expensive when you consider the before and afters.

Note that the same room would likely cost us more now since the price of constructions supplies and labor has gone up. We did this remodel in 2019.

Family room renovation before


I loved this family room. I loved the furniture layout, the lighting and how cozy it felt. I hope the new owners do too. Family room renovation after

It is possible to finish a basement without spending an outrageous amount of money to do so. 

Newly renovated family room

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Family Room Renovation Before and After on a Budget


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