Want to remodel? How about putting a bowling alley in your house

My wife and I are in the process of doing some remodeling. We are redoing both of our bathrooms and I have found out that there are a lot of decisions to be made when it comes to this activity. Fortunately she knows what she wants to have done, and my “that’s fine with me” attitude has made the experience relatively easy.

When she first approached me about the bathroom project, I suggested a different one. I had read where a company installs bowling lanes in private residences. I wanted to know if she would rather have a lane or two in the house instead of a new bathroom. Amazingly enough, there was very little time lapse before I found out the answer to my question. Vanities, towel racks, shower tiles – here we come.

Just because my wife opted against a more recreational remodel doesn’t mean you can’t have bowling at your beck and call 24/7. Let me share with you some of the information I gleaned from a story in the USBC Magazine.

There are two factors you might want to consider if you are seriously thinking about this move. One is space and the other is cost. I’m told the minimum space needed to install a bowling lane in your home is 110 feet by 12 to 14 feet. This would give you enough room to have a two-lane setup that would include a settee/lounge area.

Now you don’t have to settle for two lanes. A company called Murray Bowling installs custom lanes in residential homes and businesses. They have built lanes at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. They have also built lanes in the homes of NBA player Paul Pierce and novelist/screenwriter Nicholas Sparks. Of course the more lanes you have the higher the cost. A single lane will cost you around $70,000. Want four lanes? $350,000 will cover that tab. Still interested?

If the cost has not scared you away, I suggest that you go to a website called Houzz. There you can view some 4,500 photos of home bowling center designs. Actually many of them are just plain cool. Practicality, of course, is another story.

Kids – if you are reading this, talk to your parents. Tell them you want your own bowling alley for Christmas next year. Suddenly the drum set wasn’t such a bad idea after all, was it mom and dad?

All right, I know many of you can’t afford to have a bowling lane installed, but there are other options. You can rent homes that do have the bowling amenity. There is a home in California once owned by Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz. Whether he was the one to install lanes is open to debate, but two bowling lanes this home has. It has been rented out to celebrities such as Betty Grable, Don Johnson and Paul McCartney.

The cost of renting the place which includes a billiard table and tennis courts – just in case you tire of bowling – was not announced. However, a place called Bridgehampton Sandcastle in the Hamptons did have a figure for a two-week stay. How does a cool half million dollars sound for your next vacation. Maybe installing your own lanes is more appealing to you now.

The Sandcastle has had no shortage of guests, including Jay Z and Beyonce. The price tag however, is just a little “beyonce” my budget.

If the cost factor was not enough to convince me that a new bathroom is preferred to a bowling alley, the space issue doesn’t work for me. I’m not sure I have a 110-foot straightaway in my house. Now if we could set up a lane like a dogleg par 4 on a golf course … I would have to learn throw a bigger hook.

Curved lanes for bowling? We may be on to something here. I could release the ball in the living room and sprint around the corner to see what happened to the pins in the kitchen. Hang on a minute. “What, honey?”

Sorry, gotta run. We have to go look at vanity lights!

Tyson Shope had the top game and Ben Hoyda the top series this week in local bowling. Shope shot a perfect 300 game on his way to leading the Wednesday Morning League with a 690 series. Ken Lofton added a 648, David Jumper 646, Steve Norman 640, Harry Smith 602, Mark Phillips 580, Sharon Dowdell 427 and Dianne Smith 426. Meanwhile in the Imperial-Majorette League Hoyda was fashioning a high flying 747 series. Bob Eaton shot 640, Steve Steinmetz, Sr. 599, Phyllis Riley 461, Sandy Smith 455 and Mary Ruggiero 443. Rich Yates Sr. posted a 744 to top the Big 8 League. Mike Shock had 646, Ryan Chevalier 638, Rich Yates Jr. 632, Gary Golden 621, Jeff Smith 620, Ken Bauman 612 and Brian Soals 612.

Tom Tiell continued the onslaught of 700 shooters as he wound up with 739 in the Twilight League. Kevin Fitch shot 664, Nick Bumb 603, Rhonda Fitch 532, and Robin Brownell 433. Dianne Hoover led the Alley Cats League with 525, while Donna Schreiner had 513, Janet Houk 511, Jamie Thom 489 and Robin Dickman 483. Sportsman League scores included Rich Yates Jr. with 698, Scott Hartsel 680, Alex Wagner 640, Rich Yates Sr. 603, Paul Gosche 583, Rustan Burks 577 and Mike Babcock 577. In the Rock-N-Roll League Dirk Nimocks shot 653, Brian Kidwell 637, Steve Barnes 621, Jerry Meyer 620, Ken Bauman 610, Bill Biddle 603, Lisa Kidwell 453 and Lacy Nimocks 375. Tyson Shope shot 648, Jack Kramer 605, Ed Conrad 590, Jon Distel 580 and Dottie Funk 524 in the Rocket League.

Action from the K of C Lanes found Paul Gosche shooting 627, Bob Reinhart 573, Jim Ruess 563, Bob West 541, Dan Coppes 517, Dick Gabel 517, Bill Mizen 506, Ken Gaietto 500, John Ferstler 497, Rick Hanna 497, Jim Ferstler 487, Paul Fey 419 and Jim Donaldson 375 in the 55 Plus League. In the Lady Knights League Deb Hoerig rolled a 469, Marilyn Gangluff 433, Madonna Gase 430, Carol Burmeister 420, Lela Gaietto 414 and Marge Wilhelm 406.

Al Stephenson is The Advertiser- Tribune’s bowling columnist.

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