Ahhh man caves – a concept us women sometimes fail to understand! But there is no denying it, some of these “manly” rooms look amazing, and let’s be honest, should we really be complaining if they’re voluntarily keeping all their manly things in one room of the house?!
Men, when it comes to designing your secret escape, the process might be a lot easier than you’re expecting. To begin, we suggest taking a good look at the space you are working with and think about what you’d really like to achieve with your man cave. It goes without saying, but it is important to be realistic in your assessment – try not to visualize something that is definitely out of reach!
Set a theme
Setting a theme to your man cave is best built around a particular object. Depending on what you are into – pool, video games, sport or music – make this object your inspiration and build the room around that object. This includes colours, texture and the overall look of the room. Once you have a vision, you can think more about what you’d like to fill your space with.
If you’re in need of a little inspiration, simply Google ‘man caves’ and there are a variety of different ideas available, or alternatively you can scroll down to see some images from Houzz. These sources of inspiration might even give you an idea of some things that you’ve forgotten!
Time to get out your tape measure! It is always a wise idea to measure your space before transferring these measurements to graph paper. Make sure you include every square inch of space, this includes windows, doorways and stairwells. Use a scale to plan out your man cave in detail – what furnishings and features will go where and what size should they be? The more you plan out on paper, the easier the overall task will be. It is much easier to reshuffle some aspects on paper than it is in reality!
It is also important to make a list on all the tools and materials you will need to accomplish the job. If you’re working with a tight budget, be sure to allow yourself 10-15% extra for unforseen costs as there will definitely be some! To save some extra dollars, remember you can always borrow some tools or materials from friends or family, or rent them from your local hard ware store.
Bring in the professionals
If your man cave requires some plumbing or electrical work, it is always wise to contact a licensed professional for their services. Tackling something you’re not comfortable with could be the make or break point for your manly escape! It’s always a good idea to gather a range of different quotes from different suppliers before asking for a signed copy for the work to be done.
Alternatively, if you’re an experienced DIY-er or a bit of a handy man around the home, tackling your own renovations could be a good idea. It means you can work around your work and personal life to get your man cave underway, whilst also saving some money in your budget.
Plan, plan, plan
Before your renovations begin, start by making a to-do list of everything that needs to be done right up until completion. Make sure you cross reference these plans with those of your hired professionals to make sure each party agrees to the proposed timeline. It’s always good to have an end date in mind, but don’t get your hopes up, sometimes unexpected delays can pop up, postponing the proposed end date.
You could always ask your friends and family to help with your plans. If you know someone with some building skills, they will be an asset to your man cave venture and might be able to help you direct your plan of attack. After all, you’ll want to share your man cave with someone, so enlisting help from your friends and family will only make it easier to choose who!