What is a man cave anyway? It can be described as a room or space, often a garage or basement, designed and used by the man of the house in which to enjoy leisure time or hobbies. It is loosely defined as a male only area that can be decorated and furnished according to more masculine tastes and ideas.
Some uses of this space can include:
Music – practicing and playing musical instruments, perhaps a band that plays together.
Video Games – a place where the guys can enjoy their video games without disturbing the rest of the household
TV – a place for watching various sports matches with the guys, again without interfering with the rest of the household activities.
Workshop – a place that could be used for working on the car, motorcycle, or other vehicle.
Perhaps it will be used for wood working or other projects/hobbies that require space for all the necessary tools and implements.
Beer or wine making space is common due to the popularity of home brewing.
Home office – working from home has become more common in recent years. This can be a space to set up and conduct business in. Depending upon what the business is – sales, writing, consulting – this space can be designed in such a way to maximize comfort, inspiration and productivity.
There are countless ways this space can be decorated. Many man caves are theme based, and those themes can include:
A favorite college or professional sports team and its memorabilia
Car, boat, or motorcycle themed, using pictures, parts or accessories to adorn the walls.
Pool hall theme complete with pool table, a bar, and bar décor
Wine cellar themed for the wine enthusiast, perhaps utilizing barrels, and various wine making accessories. Beer enthusiasts can decorate with beer accessories, beer posters and décor related to the making and enjoyment of beer.
TV or movie themed – with posters, maybe a popcorn machine, and other media room accessories.
A card/game room theme for poker nights and card tournaments.
Some of the best man caves have been known to simply be the garage, containing the outdated sofa from the living room, some type of radio or MP3 music capabilities, a mini fridge, and a couple of calendars from the local auto parts store. The décor often includes a couple of tool boxes, a work bench, an old vacuum cleaner in need of a new cord, or a carburetor that’s about to be rebuilt.
No matter if it’s elaborate or simple; the idea behind a man cave is the same. A place for a man to retreat to for relaxation, solitude, or hanging out with the guys. (Sort of like the sewing or craft room the lady of the house may have designated. ) Here in San Ramon there are many homes that have this type of space, such as a media room or outfitted garage. Are you looking for a new home? Call or email us today. We can tailor a search for your next home that includes a space that can be that Man Cave. Our daily lives can be fraught with pressures and stress. Our home is our sanctuary and our castle. Utilizing the spaces within our homes to maximize relaxation and enjoyment is a good way to avoid the costs of going elsewhere to unwind and have fun. Why not retreat to the Man Cave?