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RECREATION ROOM
sa   AUDIO-VIDEO ROOM
x   FAMILY ROOM
x   GAME ROOM
x   RUMPUS ROOM
xx   HOUSE

How to swap your garage for living space. Steps involved in garage conversion detailed.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Feb 1972 (v.50#2) pg. 48

Photos and text suggest how to turn an unfinished basement into a bright game room. First version uses supergraphic letters painted on the walls. Second version gets a face-covering with gypsum board and walnut stained 1x6s for trim. Skylight-like window is created by removing siding on exterior of house just above foundation and adding acrylic plastic panes between joists.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jan 1973 (v.51#1) pg. 26

Four pages of photos show how to decorate and remodel with tile. Article shows how an empty garage attic was covered completely with tile (walls, ceiling and floor) to create a recreation room divided into two areas, one for adults and a play area for kids.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Nov 1974 (v.52#11) pg. 80

How to plan a family room addition. A look at possible locations for the addition.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Mar 1976 (v.54#3) pg. 72

Photos and floor plan show how a basement can be converted into a "disco" with a dance floor, bar, platform seating and space for a pool table and pingpong table.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Feb 1978 (v.56#2) pg. G14 (190+)

How to create a "live-in room" planned to handle special activities of your family. Seven pages of photos show three special rooms.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Sep 1978 (v.56#9) pg. 105

Planning a "live-in room". Suggestions for planning the location flooring, wall coverings, ceilings, storage, furniture and lighting for the room that will accommodate family projects and activities.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Nov 1978 (v.56#11) pg. 232

How to make one room work like two. Five average rooms are given a double use. Extra uses include quilting room, playroom, guest bedroom, music room, and bedroom for two.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jan 1980 (v.58#1) pg. 72

One-room make over. One example of turning a well-worn basement area into an attractive games room.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1990 (v.13#12) pg. 62

Turn your kitchen into a family center.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #78 Feb 1964 (v.14#1) pg. 31

How to turn your basement into a "Big Top" family room. Ceiling and walls are covered with canvas.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #88 Oct 1965 (v.15#5) pg. 26

From porch to family room. Conversion of a 9x12-ft. screened-in porch into an enclosed family room. Features awning type windows for summer ventilation. Est. cost: $127.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #97 Apr 1967 (v.17#2) pg. 42

A multi-purpose laundry room also doubles as a sewing room and computer center. Includes information on installing pre-built cabinets and countertops.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #250 Jul-Aug 1984 (v.34#6) pg. 48

Rescue plan for a worn out family room. Includes details for a built-in wet bar.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #268 Apr 1986 (v.36#4) pg. 64

Designing a family room that works. Some advice to accommmodate various activities (TV-watching, conversation, enjoying a fireplace, etc.).
FINE HOMEBUILDING #113 Dec 1997-Jan 1998 pg. 36

Floor plan ideas to improve the integration of the kitchen and family room into a unified family area.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #114 Feb-Mar 1998 pg. 38

How to turn a basement into a study-recreation area.
HANDY ANDY Jul 1978 (v.2#9) pg. 19

Convert your basement into a family room for less than $300.
HOME CRAFTSMAN Mar-Apr 1964 (v.32#4) pg. 34

Basement remodeling. Turn your basement into a super family room. Ideas include a wet bar, fold-down table, raised platform with a "gazebo" motif, and stereo/TV closet.
HOME MECHANIX #708 Apr 1987 (v.83) pg. 40

A look at five basement remodeling projects showing simple built-ins, wall and ceiling paneling, floor treatment, etc.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #3 Fall 1976 (v.1#3) pg. 55

How to turn an unfinished basement into a recreation room.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Mar-Apr 1979 (v.4#2) pg. 80

Illustrations and plans for a basement remodeling job to create a recreation room including a snack bar.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #483 Aug 1968 (v.64) pg. 76

How to remodel your basement in an "English Pub" decor. Features wainscot paneling, exposed beams and rough plaster.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #560 Jan 1975 (v.71) pg. 37

Basement remodeling project centers around built-in seating, storage and wall shelving along one wall of the paneled and tiled room.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #579 Aug 1976 (v.72) pg. 38

A new life in your basement. Photos and drawings illustrate a basement remodeling into a recreation room. Features wood paneling as wainscoting, an 8" wide display shelf that tops the wainscoting and imitation brick wall covering above the wainscoting.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #599 Apr 1978 (v.74) pg. 100

Tudor-style party room for your basement features a wet bar, parquet dance floor, carpeted seating area, etc.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #635 Apr 1981 (v.77) pg. 64

A new vertion of the hearth, the room in a house that draws a family to it for warmth and activity. Floor plans for a small house included.
NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1980 (v.1#4) pg. 58

Enclosing a patio to make a family room.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1964 (v.121#4) pg. 144

Tips on converting a front sun porch to a family room for less than $900.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1970 (v.134#3) pg. 156

How to convert an attached garage into an attractive family room with a cathedral ceiling.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1971 (v.136#3) pg. 138

Photos show design ideas for basement family rooms.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1972 (v.137#1) pg. 126

Adding a second story and an attached family room to an existing attached garage can greatly increase living space in a house.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1972 (v.137#4) pg. 126

Quick ways to spruce up the basement with some screens and quick-change walls to hide furnace and other eyesores. Simple furniture and dividers complete the transformation.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1972 (v.138#3) pg. 84

How to convert a basement into a recreation room. A general look at decorating ideas.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1973 (v.139#4) pg. 141

How to convert an attic into a spacious family room complete with built-in desks, storage, couch, trundle bed, wood-burning stove, etc.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1980 (v.153#2) pg. 134

Photos illustrate the conversion of a carport into a family recreation room.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1967 (v.191#3) pg. 138

Example of one basement remodeling job with a rustic barn or old West theme.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1972 (v.201#3) pg. 82

How to construct a bar and nook with table and benches in a basement recreation room. Half wall of brick provides facing for the bar, with shelves built along the back side.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1974 (v.204#2) pg. 102

Garage doubles as a recreation room, family room and laundry.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Oct 1964 (v.35#10) pg. 84

Photos showing a back porch which was converted to a family room. No specific instructions given.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Jul 1966 (v.37#7) pg. 53

Do-it-yourself disco. How to transform a family room into a disco using sheet Mylar, aluminum tape, Christmas tree lights and a mirrored ball. Complete instructions for ball and lighting effects furnished.
WOMAN'S DAY Nov 22 1979 (v.43#3) pg. 114, 152

How to create one room that can serve as living, dining, and family room.
WOMAN'S DAY Mar 11 1980 (v.43#7) pg. 106

Family room renovation to a mission-style theme. How to build and install all of the woodwork that surrounds the fireplace and lines the walls. Includes built-in bookcases with leaded glass panels, wall sconces, wall stenciling, and a brief history of the Arts & Crafts movement.
WOOD MAGAZINE #132 Apr 2001 (v.18#3) pg. 47, 52, 60, 66, 72, Insert
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #141 Apr 2002 (v.19#3) pg. 38 (Making plate rail brackets)

Convert your garage into a covered patio and recreation room featuring glass panels in the garage door.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1964 (v.20#2) pg. 14

Enlarging a family room. Emphasis on installation of paneling and floor tile.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1964 (v.20#5) pg. 14

Photos and text illustrate the framing and finishing of a basement recreation room.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1968 (v.24#2) pg. 34

Photos illustrate the remodeling of a porch into a family room.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1968 (v.24#6) pg. 31

How to create a recreation room in a two-car garage in a manner that allows use of the garage for the car in the winter.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1972 (v.28#2) pg. 22

How to convert a basement recreation room into an English pub. Includes construction of a beamed ceiling, a paneled door, a refreshment bar, a mug rack, a table, and a wall-mounted mantle of heavy timber.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1974 (v.30#5) pg. 32

Step-by-step conversion of a porch into a family room.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1978 (v.34#3) pg. 4

Convert your basement into a classy rec room. Includes a large stand-up bar complete with brass foot rail.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1981 (v.37#6) pg. 4