Remodeling takes many different shapes, sizes, and circumstances. When a special client of mine proposed that we convert his college campus condo into what is called, "a Gameday," I was immediately excited. Our task was to help Design-Build a very entertainment friendly environment, which is only 2 blocks East of Bryant Denny Stadium on the University of Alabama's main campus in Tuscaloosa, AL. The project marinated for about 2 years before our client finally pulled the trigger last April, and asked us to get rolling in order to build out over the summer break.
My friend, Rob Walker IV, AIA, helped us with the initial design concepts, and then we cut and pasted ideas from sources such as Houzz, Pinterest, and other ideas from our regular designers at a few of Birmingham's lighting and plumbing fixture show rooms for a pretty comprehensive scope of work in the condo. As we peeled back the wall and ceiling coverings we exposed a few surprises on the load bearing structure and modified our floor plan on the fly. Our client was, and always has been, very patient as we solved some of the design elements and our sub contractors easily accomplished the various change orders. The "Gameday" has a unique feel to it as you step inside from the breezeway. The use of track tracking and flat stock crown molding highlights the rich UA Crimson Tide art and memorabilia, and the LVT flooring and Quartz tops adds a unique gallery feel to the spaces. As you pass room to room there are new design surprises around each corner and you get lost inside the relatively small condo. We flipped what was initially an structural dilemma into cool passageways, cased openings, a large neo-angle walk in shower, desk space, and so on. Football season is now upon us and furniture should be arriving within the next few days to finish off the perfect "Gameday" condo conversion.