Transforming a garage into an at-home resort
Trust + creative freedom + a nearly unlimited budget.
That’s the recipe for design utopia, as evidenced in one of central Ohio’s most impressive projects—the epic garage space that Brad Jennings calls home (just outside of his home).
The space, which sprawls over three lots and has been six years in the making, is the result of the imagination of the client, combined with creative execution by Derrick Davis and Deana Rogers-Davis of Davis Rogers Interiors.
How can you not have fun when the plan calls for “must-haves” like a fish tank, cigar lounge, and bowling alley—and eventually leads to finding space for a monkey cage? (Yes, you read that right).
“I don’t think Derrick and I ever doubt that something can be done,” Deanna said. “This client says, ‘make it happen’ and we find a way. They allow us to dream big and come up with unique ideas.”
In the end, Jennings now has an estate with a country-club feel that is open to his friends and guests whenever they desire—and, as an added plus, designed in a way that is minimally intrusive to his neighbors.
Deana takes us on a virtual tour of a man cave too amazing to be hidden from view.
We wanted to give the client and neighbors something special to view so there is a great amount of detail in the additional structures as well as the landscaping. It feels more like a resort, which is perfect for the amount of entertaining this client does.
Initially the “man cave” was supposed to be more garage space for vehicles along with a bar/lounge and office loft. The cold Ohio winters brought on the idea of a breezeway to attach the main house to the new office space. The bowling alley and lower level wrestling room came later as an addition to the bar/lounge area. The owner wanted to accommodate more games and activities for their guests. This is a client that travels often and brings back ideas from resorts and cities around the world. When they see something they like, the owners come to us and ask, “How can we make something like this work on my property?” It’s always evolving. We are always challenged with finding a place for more art, memorabilia, new games, new vehicles, ummm… and recently a monkey cage. Yes, I said a monkey cage!
Timeframe. A lot of work is coordinated to be performed while the client is away for work or vacation … kind of a “while you were out” aspect. It keeps us on our toes and moving fast.
What to Know:
Choose things you LOVE. Don’t be afraid to use different styles and finishes together. Think “timeless” when making choices so things are still in style years from now.
We wanted a dark, rich, masculine feel throughout. It adds more interest when you mix metals, so we’re not afraid to do that. Texture and layering is the key to any good design. As long as the colors all work together, mixing and adding texture creates more depth to the overall picture.
Where to shop:
Locally, we’ve used lots of vendors on this project. We worked with Romanelli & Hughes on the structure. We used Jae Company for the cabinets; tile is from Hamilton Parker, and lights from Capital Lighting. Most of the furniture is from Restoration Hardware with accents from Trove, Elm & Iron, and Ruth Wilson. The art is mostly memorabilia and company related items framed at the Framing Center. Mirrors were custom-made, and unique graphics were done by Images & Words.
While it may seem a little unusual, there really were no real budget constraints. Our only constraint has been space and permitting. But we have found a way to give them everything they asked for. Regardless, we always keep a budget in mind when choosing items. Just because a client can afford it, doesn’t mean we choose the most expensive things.
Inside the bowling alley is also an elevator that takes you down to a state-of-the-art OSU wrestling gym complete with sauna. The landscaping, we worked with Ciminello’s, and it’s really one of the most beautiful things about the home. There is a new additional breezeway that connects the main house to the pool house, complete with a glass floor so the water feature running through the back yard is not obstructed. We had the hot tub built into rocks so it gives the feel of a hot spring. We’ve added a pizza oven, bocce court, putting green, and of course there is a sand covered island with a cabana and space for volleyball. The outdoor space is truly an oasis!