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A post-Sandy den makeover

Marlene and Chet Richter were happy with their dark, wood-paneled den, with its fake wood beams and leather furniture. They were so satisfied that they hadn't changed it for 30 years. It was superstorm Sandy dumping four inches of water into the basement-level room that forced the Massapequa couple to make changes to the place where they went to lounge and watch TV. And they had to adhere to a strict budget. "The insurance considered it a basement," says Maureen Richter, "so there was no monetary consideration for the contents, only the construction." Chet and Marlene Richter, both retired teachers, decided to make the room a combination TV and guest room. TOTAL: about $10,000 -- By SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN

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