Man-caves have evolved over the years from a couch and a TV to something more like sports bars that may also contain pool tables, basketball courts, and wet bars. In many upscale new home designs the man-cave is almost mandatory, though it often doubles as a family room. If you’re new to the idea of creating your own man-cave, here are some thoughts on building the perfect retreat.
Define Your Needs
The first steps are estimating what space, and what kind of funds, you’re going to need to make it happen. For some men, a big-screen TV, a comfortable chair, and a cooler are heaven when all you want is peace and quiet. You may need more space to accommodate friends or enjoy other activities such as playing poker or working on hobbies. Consider your family’s needs if you plan to share the space when you’re not using it
Add some décor that reflects your interests for a better atmosphere. If the theme is movies or sports, hang up memorabilia from Hollywood or your favorite teams. If your primary need is a space at the back of the garage to work on old cars, you may be more concerned with shelf space for parts and tools. You might renovate the entire garage, such as replacing or repairing your garage doors.
Your total cost will depend on the extent of your planned remodel, and your list of personal items and décor. If the cost seems excessive, find ways to cut corners. Hire a local handyman to help, look for used items on your shopping list, or put off non-essentials for another day. The important thing is that you can budget an affordable and enjoyable man-cave and start using it as soon as possible.
Balance Your Life
At the end of a stressful workday, having a personal retreat is a great way to unwind, but you don’t want to escape from reality altogether. Whether you’re a bachelor or a father of six, you doubtless have many obligations that take priority over watching football or repairing small engines. The people in your life will appreciate that you need some alone time, but shutting them out as a matter of habit will only complicate your problems.
With some smart budgeting and use of space, you can create the perfect man-cave for yourself. What interests you indulge or who you share them with is entirely up to you.