barrel-vaulted ceiling makes use of the long, cavernous space, and
varied stonework creates an eclectic effect. Barn doors, at right,
open to expose the scoring equipment.
For Bill Koehnlein
of Waukesha-based Collaborative Design, completing the bowling alley
renovation of this Milwaukee area home was the final piece of the
project puzzle. The house was built three years ago, but Koehnlein and
the homeowners toyed with how to customize the bowling alley before
deciding on a final design concept. "We took a break to get some
inspiration on the space, knowing we’d come back, refine it and take
it to the next level," he explains. Now the interior designer uses
stylistic phrases like "wine cellar grotto," "Old
World" and "European catacomb-like" when referring to the
finished product — a statement-making space, no doubt.
homeowners) wanted the atmosphere to be really extraordinary and also
warm and inviting," says Koehnlein. "You could step back 100
years, and it (the design) would still be fitting." Red Iron Studio
in Frederic, Wis., crafted custom forged iron detailing reminiscent of a
Medieval dungeon for the room, and lighting was also a key design
element. "The room is equipped for midnight bowling, too,"
adds Koehnlein. "The whole atmosphere changes when the blue lights
come on." Ascent Custom Homes, Waukesha, served as the project’s
relating to the homeowner’s favorite sports teams line the
bowling alley lanes’ walls.
owner of Great Lakes Bowling in New Berlin, and his staff managed the
installation of both bowling alley projects featured in this story. He
says Great Lakes Bowling, which also provides equipment for such
projects, installed its first residential bowling alley project in St.
Louis 20 years ago. "Since that time, the residential bowling alley
has become very popular," he says. "Especially over the last
five to 10 years."
the bowling alley in this Lake Country home, Raasch says the homeowner
is not your average hobby bowler. "He’s a bowling enthusiast and
regularly has his friends over for competitive bowling," he
explains. "Generally, they’re used for more recreational
purposes, but (the homeowner) has taken his a step further." Raasch
and his team also installed a drop-down screen at the far end of the
lanes, which can be used as a scoreboard or to display sporting events.
"If you’re not bowling or just bowling casually and you wanted to
watch a sporting event, you could project onto this screen from any
source," he says. M