HOUSTON -- We've all heard the term bachelor pads, but they've come a long way from mix-matched hand-me down-furniture, showcasing no style or taste at all. We wanted to see what's changed, so a couple of Houston singles opened their doors to show us how they've redefined bachelor pads this day in age.
When Andrew Lees moved into his four-story Somerset Green community home, he knew what he was looking for.
"Big, open floor plan. Big kitchen," Lees told us.
It all comes down to functionality.
"It's being able to entertain, when and as often as you need," Lees said.
With friends coming over on a regular basis, this is where everyone congregates.
Lees said, "When I saw that I realized I could fit 10 or 12 people around the island, I don't need a dining room. Hence what I've always wanted in my dining room is a pool table."
When it comes to style and decor, Lees has taste.
"Big thick leather couches. Artistic but sexy pieces. I like original art over prints," Lees explained.
Upstairs game room with plush furniture, big screen TV and fully stocked beer fridge.
"Gives me the options of not going down two flights of stairs to get cocktails for people," according to Lees.
On the first level, Lees says the garage is the defining feature for him.
Lees said, "I can fit my tools, my cars, my toys, everything in the garage."
From the ground up, it's definitely got testosterone taste.
"Decorated for myself. And it's the way I like it," Lees told us.
As we head downtown to One Park Place, Blake Costanzi's pad is decked out with antique and earthy decor. At the center of his living room is a beautiful and very unique coffee table from Indonesia.
"It was supposed to be parts of a bench. I looked at it and I liked it. I put the two pieces together and made a coffee table," Constanzi said.
A few cranks of his German Polyphon music box from the early 1800s plays music using large metal wheels.
When he's entertaining guests, they're hanging out here.
"It's an enjoyment for people who like to come over and play shuffle board or pinball," Constanzi told us.
For approximately $2,000 a month, these panoramic views of the pool below -- and downtown Houston -- are worth it.
"It's just beautiful, it's absolutely beautiful," Constanzi said.
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