Call it what you will—man cave, sanctuary or just a “room for the guys”, setting up a separate space just for him has become pretty popular. If I had to think about it in our terms, it would be like having that fantastic kitchen we always wanted.
Man caves are a far cry from the pizza box and beer can littered basements of yesterday, but you and I both know that we need to make sure things don’t get out of hand when he starts making plans. So whether it’s to watch the big game, shoot pool or just have a place where the boys can be boys, we want to make sure it’s a space that’s functional, pleasant for us and keeps their mess and raucousness out of the family room.
But realize too, that there are different types of caves depending on your significant other’s tastes and hobbies:
1. The Sports Fan
This is the type of room we create the most. For your part, you will want to have at least one of the current generation gaming consoles, an HDTV, a surround sound speaker set up and either a dedicated Internet hub or a Wi-Fi connection.
2. The Movie Buff
The center of attention here is going to be the television, which is also going to need a great sound system. This is where picking the best HDTV with a nice picture and plenty of movie theater-style seating helps set the mood.
3. The Game Room Enthusiast
Whether your guy is into Billiards, poker or pinball, you’ll be able to find a ton of different ways to design and decorate this room. Since the main focus in this type of room is not going to be the television, you’ll want to build the focus around his favorite game. Instead, focus on the pool table, dart board or poker table to make this a great game room for your guy.
4. A Taste of Ireland in Your Home
If your Hubby is a pub fan, you could really run with it by using a traditional pub bar, matching stools and classic wooden pub signs and beer logo glasses.
5. The Tech Fan
This cave goes beyond the home theater fan above; the Hi-Tech cave is an Internet-based hub of activity bringing in music, movies and video from all over the world.
Aside from the “type” of room that best fits your guy, there are some basic design elements you want to make sure to include:
You need to seriously consider how you are going to power that big screen TV and all the things that go with it. Plan to budget for running additional electric lines to power up your man’s new room.
2. Heating and Cooling
You want to make sure to keep your significant other’s new area comfortable with some type of climate control. Maybe you can get away with just a few ceiling fans and skylights, or maybe you need to consider heating for winter months as well as air conditioning for the warmer months.
A big screen TV is almost always a requirement for a man cave and 10 out of 10 men will tell you that bigger is always better! But the television is only as good as the system that it is hooked up to. I can help you pick out the perfect system to satisfy your budget as well as his preferences.
4. Food and water
Of course you want to have some type of set up for eating and drinking. This can be as elaborate as a full kitchen or as simple as a refrigerator stocked with his favorite beverages. Most of the time, my clients settle on something in between, so the earlier in the design phase we cover this topic the easier (and most cost effective) it will be to put in place.
Let’s face it, when you gotta go, you gotta go, and his new space is going to need some type of facility. But installing a small bathroom may be one of most costly parts of the project. In most cases, a toilet and sink will suffice. But again, this step has to be addressed early on, and I have plenty of ideas to help you choose.
So, whatever you decide when it comes to your man’s cave, it’s important that you decide early on exactly what you want the room to do, and how you want it to do it. So let’s work together designing a space you both will love to use…we just won’t tell him that!
Comments or questions are welcome.