Run My Makeover 101: Basement Family Room

Browse before photos of the Van Beke's basement family room. Currently a catch-all for the family, they'd like it transformed into a stylish space for entertaining.

  • Meet homeowners Chris and Jill Van Beke whose basement is in need of your makeover help. They hope America will incorporate a contemporary, eclectic style into their remodeled family room.

  • This room serves many purposes: pass-through from the garage to the upstairs, play area for the kids and home gym.

  • Although spacious, their 300-square-foot basement has become an anything-goes space.

  • The Van Bekes like the substantial exposed wood beams and want these to be incorporated into the room's new design. They're less fond of the ineffective lighting and need a better option for illuminating the dark room.

  • The homeowners are ready to see the grasscloth wallpaper and chunky chair rail retired.

  • The fireplace should be a focal point but is not being maximized. With storage space at a minimum, custom built-ins may be the way to go.

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