Switching gears

Empty-nesters renovate their home and transform their unused spaces into rooms that reflect their new lifestyle


The 80-inch television—a key player in this man cave design—sits in a custom-built cabinet from Old Biscayne Designs.

The original fireplace in this back yard was redesigned to be double-sided. Old brick was removed and replaced with travertine.

The original pool and spa were refurbished to complement this new outdoor living space. Now, a sophisticated oasis greets these empty-nesters every time that they step out their back door.



An old, unused craft room was renovated into this new man cave design, complete with travertine floors and wood ceiling beams.

Elegant lounge chairs are scattered around this patio design, simply beckoning guests to kick back and relax in the sun.

A grouping of outdoor dining options—everything from a more formal table to a casual bar scenario—provides variety to this patio design.



The arched doorway seen just past this outdoor dining area leads to a sophisticated man cave.

An Alfresco gas grill and a Big Green Egg offer plenty of cooking options in this outdoor kitchen.

Despite a back yard renovation determined to add a little sophistication to this space, the owners decided to keep a charming playhouse that their children used when they were growing up. Now, they watch their grandchildren play with it.



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