Want to spice up your retro 1960s house? Put a bowling alley in the basement and fun will come to you

By on Jul 18th

This Michigan home boasts a pool room, bar, mid-century design, and a fireplace… but it's all kind of boring until you get to the party downstairs. What's the weather like in Michigan? I might be moving in.

This is TOO MUCH: look at the wondrous straight-outta-Now and Then sofa! The colorful rotating disco lamp! The fabulous wicker-esque… ok, the chair's not so great. I'm also not the biggest fan of wood paneling (as in I'd immediately want to knock it down or paint over it), but my imagination is in hyper-drive with ideas.

I love that you can play alone, with your family, or have a huge bowling party with lots of friends, because you have TWO lanes. It'd be nothing to spice this up with glow in the dark paint and a few disco mirror balls!

OF COURSE there's a bar adjacent to the bowling action — it's also covered in paneling, but it can be worked around. You might have to close your eyes and imagine it. You could strip random sections of the panels, paint it turquoise and add leaves, alternate panel colors — go CRAZY!


And all this is inside this modest little home. Now that I'm thinking about it… I wonder if they'd just rent out the basement until someone snags the rest?