Originally created 06/04/06

House was built with fun in mind



Debbie and Tony Allman wanted at least two things in their retirement home: great views and a comfortable and open floor plan that allowed them to entertain.

They got both with the 5,500-square-foot spread they built in Woodside Plantation in Aiken. They moved to Aiken two years ago after Mr. Allman retired from his job as vice president for sales for a Maryland business.

The back side of the spacious house, which feels extra roomy with vaulted ceilings throughout, features expansive vistas of one of the subdivision's golf courses, a lake and other appealing homes.

Mrs. Allman took charge of the ground floor, which features one guest bedroom with a zen theme and another decked out in Victorian fashion. The master suite is accessible from a garage entrance, making it easy for the avid golfers to shed their play clothes and make their way to a spacious bathroom that has an open-air shower with side jets.

They call the basement the Lower Level Club - and for good reason. It has a pool table, table tennis, a poker table, a full bar and a home theater, in addition to a workout room that includes a steam room for their guests' comfort.

"This house is built to entertain," Mr. Allman said.

At home with

THE OWNERS: Tony and Debbie Allman

THE HOME: 5,500 square feet, four bedrooms, in Woodside Plantation subdivision in Aiken

IT'S A FACT: The Allmans once threw a dinner party in their home with about 70 guests.