The “man cave” – which is typically the one room in the home that the man of the house designs – has emerged over the years.
Architects and interior designers have seen everything from a simple game room with a couch and a TV, to full-blown wet bars, movie theaters and basketball courts.
Many experts have noticed the design change in the last decade or so, so that the room is more family-oriented.
“They’re becoming more of a public room where the man has more of a say,” says Kelly Nelson, a local interior designer and owner Kelly Nelson Designs. “There is that one room in the house where they are allowed to put in a bigger TV, larger furniture, and art that the wife doesn’t want in other public rooms.”
The room is a necessity for many homebuyers, says Lisa Leven Kahn, a real estate agent with Long and Foster. She says today’s high-end buyers expect the home to have a theater, media room, or something similar, while mid-range buyers also look for there to be an extra room.
“They will look for a finished basement and then they may design it to their needs,” Leven-Kahn said. Having that extra room also has a positive impact on the home’s value, she added.
In honor of Father’s Day approaching, we spoke to local architects who shared with us tips for creating the ideal man cave. Click through the slideshow to view their tips and for some of the extreme man caves they have designed.
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