LIGHTEN UP: The Victorian house was restored
with all of its romantic charm, but updated. “We
brought in more light,” says architect Bohn. A teepee (below left) offers a private hideout. Planters
around the pool (below right) are lit at night.
“IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE PARTIES,” says architect Warren Bohn, creator of elaborate backyard spaces. “It’s also about spending time with the
family, from grandkids to grandma.” So, when called upon to transform
the grounds of this Deal summer home, Bohn set out to create a space that
would work as a gathering spot for all ages, at all hours of the day.
The project began more than six years ago when the homeowner (who
wishes to remain anonymous) asked Bohn, whose architectural firm has
offices in Manhattan and Miami, to work his wonders first on the house,
then the backyard. The house itself is
a 100-year-old grand Victorian. “Our
first phase was to reinforce the Victorian charm of the home,” says Bohn. “We
brought it back to its romantic roots and
updated it with more light.” Once that
was accomplished, Bohn and the homeowner turned their attention to the
sprawling backyard. While the bones
were good—the pool and tennis court
were already there—the 800-pound gorilla was a beat-up former carriage house
that towered over everything, becoming
PART Y ON: (Left) The
rundown carriage house
was converted into an entertainment center for the
homeowner, an amateur DJ.
State-of-the-art sound and
light equipment surround
the bar area; the wood bar
and cabinets are exotic
zebrawood. The backyard
has multiple seating areas
for catching rays (top) or for
watching the action on the
adjacent tennis court.
A poolside bar sits off the back deck of the
house. The all-white color palette is “Miami
chic,” says Bohn.