A Custom Carpet – Textile artist Lisa Welch Hasenoehrl created this 19-by-40-foot carpet for Dallas Cowboys fan Eric Wilde. Her business, Fruits of Love Custom Carpets, is in Bellingham, Wash. The carpet has end zones, yard lines and a Cowboys logo. She shipped it in five sections to Wilde. He hired an installer to reassemble it as a wall-to-wall carpet in the sports-themed recreation room of his home in Lethbridge, Ontario, Canada.
The caddy shack – Steve Kuhl and his brother Dave grew up poor. “We were on welfare and all that,” Kuhl says. He co-owns Kuhl Design & Build, a residential construction company serving the Minneapolis region.
Dave Kuhl, a corporate vice president, “made a lot of money and decided that he’s going to have the childhood he never had,” Steve Kuhl says. Steve Kuhl built him a home, made for fun, with a 52-foot spiral slide connecting the living area with a sports court, climbing cave and indoor golf room the guys dubbed “the caddy shack.”
Golf is central to the brothers’ lives and success. They caddied in high school at the Minikahda Club and attended the University of Minnesota on four-year golf scholarships.
Fan Comfort – Seating should be comfortable, so that, even after a three-hour game, everyone still feels like hanging around for the postmortem. Arrange furniture so everyone has a good view of the screen. Crutchfield, seller of home electronics, suggests sitting 3.25 feet to 5.5 feet away from a 26-inch screen, for example. Here’s the guide for larger screens. You can sit closer when watching high-definition shows. As for height, try putting the middle of the screen at eye level. If a higher screen, like this one, is uncomfortable, install a tilting mount.
A view of the track – How’s this for a living-room view, NASCAR fans? You can’t get any closer to the action than this 1,080-square-foot condo, built right over the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Thistwo-bedroom, two-bathroom home previously has been used for business entertaining.
A row of stadium seats runs along the broad bank of windows overlooking the track, giving you a panoramic view of the entire speedway, from pit road to the starting line and finish line. Why not set up permanent camp here? The home has a kitchen, bar and entertainment area and is priced at $429,000.
Finding Space for Display – Sports fans often like dedicating a space to display memorabilia. With imagination, you’ll find that display area in surprising places, as this HGTV photo of a stairwell football shrine demonstrates.
Displays serve many purposes. They are colorful and decorative. They provide a walk down memory lane as family trophies, photos and jerseys help revisit favorite memories. Fans Stacy and Eric Wilde and their children travel each year from Lethbridge, Ontario, Canada, to Dallas to attend their beloved Cowboys’ games. Their home’s display of programs, photos, pennants and other keepsakes brings those memories bright for everyone.
Kicking Back – A built-in screen in the bedroom means you’re never far away from the action. Some sports fans want the game on wherever they are in the home.
Cobb’s Hi-Tech Homes, which installed the technology in this home, works to blend the technology to into the décor. You want a flat screen to disappear when it’s turned off, Cobb says. One way of doing that is to frame the flat screen as you would a painting or photo, so that it recedes into the room’s décor. “You are presented with this great visual or this great sound that isn’t an eyesore,” Cobb says.
Share and Enjoy
Posted In: EHR News
No comments yet.