DeMarcus Ware designed a timeless Texas home that’s built for family competition
For more than 12 years, DeMarcus Ware was one of the NFL’s fiercest competitors, racking up awards for sacks and speed as a leading defensive player for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. His laundry list of accolades includes trips to the Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl win, but ask him today about his playing time, and he’ll fondly reminisce about locker room camaraderie and being a team leader.
Also fresh in his mind is the heavy toll of an NFL career. After a series of surgeries on his back, neck, shoulder, and arm in just 14 months, he knew it was time to retire. “It just drove me to the point I wanted to retire; I was in so much pain,” says Ware, who turned his road to recovery into a second career in fitness, launching Trophy Club, Texas, gym 3Volt and interactive training app Driven to Win (D2W). “I missed football so much and being a leader and a captain for 12 years in the NFL, but I wanted to tap into people’s lives outside the stadium. Fitness is the best thing because either you want to feel good, you want to look good, or you want to be healthy. I can help motivate people in that way.”
With such a high-octane lifestyle, Ware wanted his home to be a sanctuary, and renovating a spacious Texas home alongside his wife, Angela, and the design experts at Cambria allowed the couple to create the ultimate retreat. “When I leave the house, I crank the music up and I’m loud and I get after it,” he laughs. “But when I come home, I close the door and I want it quiet, I want it tranquil, I want it timeless.”
“We wanted it to be where if anybody walked in here, they would say this is my dream home,” says DeMarcus Ware of the serene living-dining area.
Fiercely competitive games of pool are played on the industrial chic pool table surmounted by a dramatic crystal chandelier. The Cambria WHITEHALL™ quartz-topped wet bar offers plenty of space for snacks and drinks.
Cambria’s richly veined SKARA BRAE™ makes a bold statement as the bath’s backsplash while the Whitehall™ countertops and custom cabinetry add moments of tranquility. Upping the glamor factor are a dazzling chandelier and sconces.