(ARA) - Dorothy had it right when she said, "there's no place like home." Whether you call it nesting, settling in or cocooning, home is where the heart is. These days, more and more folks are fixing up their homes. Plans to spiff up the nest often include a game room, where family and friends come together for activities that transcend gender, age or ability.
This year, make room in your life for pool and room in your home for a pool table. For some folks that could mean building a new home or an addition, but for most of us it is time to be creative and make use of existing space.
The timing for home improvement couldn't be better and statistics bear this out. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) finds that home improvements are holding steady or experiencing less of an impact from the economic downturn than other industries. NARI's executive vice president, Kevin McNulty, states, "Consumers are taking advantage of low interest rates to reinvest in their homes."
In the past, homeowners may have remodeled to make the property more attractive to a potential buyer. Events such as September 11, 2001 and the current economic climate make people want to stay closer to home and change their living space to fit their lifestyle, needs and personal entertainment preferences.
"Remodeling projects that incorporate game rooms are quite popular," McNulty adds, "A full-service contractor, many with designers on staff, can assist in planning ahead to be sure that a billiard table -- that is to be the centerpiece of the room -- will fit and be functional within the room's design."
Stephen D. Ducoff, executive director of the Billiard Congress of America (BCA), agrees. "Retail and manufacturing members at our recent Trade Expo told us they are working with more contractors, designers and home owners to furnish game rooms. As a matter of fact, pool table sales indicate that more pool is played in homes while taverns and billiard rooms come in second and third respectively."
Now, how do you embark on the quest for the perfect game room? Review the layout of your home and ask yourself questions about your current situation. The answers will help you to go about making room for a billiard table and other games, furniture and accessories. Has the last child left home? Are there grandkids to take care of? Has the first "real job" since college enabled you to buy that vintage fixer upper with room to pursue your passion for pool? Do you feel the need to provide your preteens and teenagers with a safe place to hang out?
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Look at the layout of your home and identify underused areas. Factor in your current lifestyle to determine the part of your home best suited for renovation.
Make sure the space for your game room allows space for your pool table and the players, cue sticks, furniture and other accessories that surround it.
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