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
BEFORE: The Richters suffered damage to their den during superstorm Sandy and decided to turn the TV room into a den/guest bedroom.
BEFORE: "Chet loved the Shaker shingle walls, and I loved everything about that room,” says Marlene Richter.
AFTER: The room now sports a full-size sofa bed and overstuffed furniture, along with whatever antiques the couple could rescue from the flooding. (Sept. 12, 2013)
The shelves where Marlene and Chet Richter store special memories were untouched by floodwaters. “I think everyone should keep a box of stuff that matters to them,” Marlene Richter says. “I just have walls of things that matter.” (Sept. 12, 2013)
Antique seltzer bottles are used for decoration. Marlene Richter says she grew up on egg creams and still makes an excellent version at home. (Sept. 12, 2013)
An antique chest from the old den found a place in the new. (Sept. 12, 2013)
The Berber carpeting cost $746 at Floors Direct in Copiague; three accent rugs cost a total of $489 at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Farmingdale; and the room's artificial plants are from HomeGoods in Massapequa. (Sept. 12, 2013)
The sofa bed cost $790 at SofaBed Etc., Farmingdale, and the bed linens cost $150 at Bed Bath & Beyond, Farmingdale. (Sept. 12, 2013)
A "chair-and-a-half,'' $375, from Ashley Furniture HomeStore, Farmingdale. (Sept. 12, 2013)
The console cost $336 at J.C. Penney, Westfield Sunrise Mall, Massapequa; the six storage bins cost a total of $15 at Ikea, Hicksville; and the Samsung TV was $700 at Costco, Farmingdale. (Sept. 12, 2013)
Antique picnic baskets are part of the decor. (Sept. 12, 2013)
Two new lamps are from HomeGoods, Massapequa. (Sept. 12, 2013)
The recliner, $333, is from Raymour & Flanigan Furniture's Massapequa Clearance Center. (Sept. 12, 2013)