Home Improvement

Formal Living Room Turned Adult Family Room

August 6, 2019
This living room has been staged for the open house.

In our third flip house, we turned what was once the formal living room into the adult family room. I am a firm believer that you should use your house how you live your daily life. Our family doesn’t have a living room with fancy couches to host guests, we sit on a comfy couch, usually with the TV on in the background.

The living room renovation at our third flip house was literally a race against time. The previous owners used the front room as a formal living room, but that setup was not practical for our family. We decided to turn this space into our “adult family room”.

One of the major turnoffs for potential buyers when this home was for sale was the many different types of flooring. The front entrance has diagonal wood flooring, the living room has carpet and the kitchen is laminate wood. You walk into the space and have diagonal wood flooring, the living space is covered in carpet, and then the kitchen is a light laminate wood. The house felt choppy and dated.


Living Room Before


Pre-Baby Punch List

We moved mid-April and had a punch list of projects we wanted to complete in the home before August when Evie was due.

  • Basement guest bedroom
  • Basement guest bathroom
  • Paint bedrooms
  • Renovate master bathroom/closet
  • Renovate guest bathroom

 We finished those projects by mid-July and decided that it would be fabulous to get the floors in the house finished prior to Evelyn’s arrival. This meant that we would essentially need to move out for a week mid-August.  The thought of getting one more big project out of the way before the chaos of two children was too enticing not to take up.  So we booked the floor installation on August 10th (Wednesday), moved into our friends house for 5 days and worked our buns off moving everything out of the rooms to tear up the carpet and hardwood.


Formal Living Room Turned Adult Family Room

Floor Demolition

Thomas is ALWAYS by our side helping with projects.

Living room floor demolition

Carpet removal was much easier than the wood floor removal.

Turning our living room into our family room

We removed the pony wall separating the entrance and the living room. This opened up the space really nicely.

Opening up the front entry in our new family room

My job was to pull the plastic off of the Pergo laminate wood boxes so they could breathe for a day…even this simple task was a struggle with my bowling ball attached to my belly.

Pergo laminate floor installation in the family room and house

We pulled up the floors and I kept thinking, “if I don’t paint that damn accent wall I am going to have that on my to do list during my maternity leave and I really just want to focus on my new baby!”  So I called my best gal pals and asked them to come over for a painting party on Monday and I we would have booze and Chinese food.  We had the entire room and hallway painted in a few hours!

The floors took 3 days to install and the next day we moved our furniture back into the house. That same day my water broke and I gave birth to our sweet little girl, Evelyn.


Living Room After

This living room has been staged for the open house.

What do you think? Do you have a certain type of room that you have updated to make it work for your family?

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