READY TO MAKE YOUR MOVE: THINK BIG FOR FUN & GAMES
Denise Bates Enos
Special to the Sentinel

October 9, 2005
Copyright (c) 2005, Orlando Sentinel

Ready to "monsterize" your own game room? The key is to take an over-the-top approach to whatever theme you choose, down to the smallest detail.

If you're a pool-shooting sports fanatic, for example, but can't afford to replace your existing table with a custom-color one, consider exchanging the standard green pool felt for one of your team's colors. Many pool-table manufacturers and suppliers offer re-felting services, and color choices range from fire-engine red to neon blue.

Enhance the sporting theme with push-the-envelope accents. Create hanging lights by drilling holes in the tops of team football helmets and adding a standard light kit, available at home-improvement stores. Buy a full-size mannequin from a retailer's supply store, dress it in a uniform -- complete with pads and cleats -- and suspend your team player from the ceiling, prop it up in a corner or find another place of honor for your new game-room mascot.

The key to successful monsterizing is thinking big, without neglecting those small touches that add drama to a room's theme. Maitland interior designer Susan P. Berry of Classical Home Design, who has created plenty of wild-and-crazy grownup playrooms, shared these ideas for pumping up a game room:

Berry spotted plasma-screen televisions mounted under clear Plexiglas in the floor of a sports bar in New York City. A creative and skilled contractor could duplicate the look in an upper-story game room. The concrete slab of a first-floor foundation likely would prevent the addition of such an unusual floor detail.

Another Big Apple trend is the addition of beds in some nightclubs. Club-hoppers stretch out on these beds to relax, chat, listen to music or watch television. Berry suggests capturing that feel at home by mounting a plasma-screen TV on the ceiling so you can watch favorite shows or play video games with friends while reclining in style.

When Berry designs first-floor game rooms, she often creates an adjacent outdoor living area to serve as a cigar-smoking court. Fire pits, camouflaged speakers, fountains and outdoor TVs are popular accoutrements.

For the ultimate in convenience for one client, a prominent sports figure whom Berry declines to name, the smoking garden included an outdoor urinal between the bushes.

Another of Classical Home Design's clients enjoys ballroom and salsa dancing. The homeowner had the company design a lift in the floor under his pool table: With the press of a button, the pool table disappears and is replaced with a dance floor. It's something to consider if you have multiple recreational interests -- and money to burn.

Berry notes that dueling video games are a popular feature for clients. It's simple to add a pair of comfortable recliners facing two big game-playing screens to a gaming space.

Texas Hold'em is popular on television and at home. Berry's company recently designed a two-story, round poker-table space that opens to a larger game room. Drapes that are 26 feet long frame the space, and with the click of a button, they close around the poker table for privacy.

If you're willing to eschew the electronic bells and whistles, you could achieve a similar effect more affordably with curtains you close yourself.

Personal pinball, flight simulators and virtual-reality games frequently are requested as part of the game rooms Berry designs. Another of her company's projects required designing a room around a flight simulator. A real parachute was suspended from the ceiling and down the walls, creating a dome-shaped gaming retreat.

By taking your cue from creative ideas such as Berry's and thinking big -- really big -- you'll be well on your way to transforming your own play space, Monster-style.

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