If you’re considering remodeling your Pittsburgh home this year, it’s important to consider a man cave. Every guy needs a space he can call his own, especially when the wife has decorated the rest of the house. Whether it will be in the garage, basement or a special room designated for your stuff, it needs to be your own.
Making your man cave yours means you have to consider the most important features. Don’t be swayed by something that might look good to someone else. This is your man case and needs to be designed/decorated by you. Here are five of the most important things to have when you design your new man cave.
Whether you’re into sports, guns, hunting, fishing or all of it, you need to decorate your man cave accordingly. The wife doesn’t get say in this part of the home decor. Let her have the rest of the house, but let your man cave remain manly with plenty of great decorations.
If you’re a huge fan of Pittsburgh sports, make sure you get plenty of posters, memorabilia and other types of items into your man cave. Those with a thing for hunting can choose lamps made of gun shells, deer heads and other types of hunting decor. Regardless, make sure it fits with a manly theme you love.
Keg and/or Mini Fridge
Even if the kitchen isn’t far from your man cave, you need easy access to drinks and food. A keg fridge will do wonders for any man cave, but you may also want a mini fridge. It’s important to provide easy access to your beer and you also want somewhere to keep some snacks for the big game.
If you have room or you’re designing your own home, you may want to consider a walk-in beer cooler. This will go a very long way to making your man cave one of the best in the neighborhood.
Odd or Unique Furniture
No frilly items and no flowers should be found on your man cave furniture. Instead, this sanctuary needs to have functional, unique furniture built for your comfort. If you want a lounge chair with a bit Pittsburgh Penguins logo on it, get it.
You have so many choices out there and sometimes simple leather can be the right choice. Make sure it’s comfortable and don’t spare expense when it comes to your seat. You need to be able to enjoy escaping into your man oasis and a great piece of furniture can make a huge difference.
While the most obvious choice for your man cave should be a large TV, there are other things you can add to make the entertainment great. Pinball machines, darts, a pool table (if you have room) and even old arcade games can be great for a man cave. Of course, a simple poker/card table might be the perfect choice, too.
There are several options and if you are limited on space, you can always add a gaming system to your flat-screen TV. In addition, some card tables fold up and can be put out of the way when it’s not time for poker.
A Bar or Alcohol Shelf
If you have room, a built-in bar is a great choice. It can provide you with easy access to alcohol and give the man cave a great feel. Even if you don’t have room for a bar, you can create an alcohol shelf for all the bottles and specialty choices. This can add a great touch to your man cave and can even be back-lit to stand out.
Stocking the bar is important, as well. You want to make sure you choose liquors for making manly drinks, such as whiskey and scotch. Consider your own tastes and don’t feel like you have to fully stock your bar if you don’t care for gin or rum.
The man cave needs to be a sanctuary for dad/husband to escape to when he needs to get away. It’s also a great place for a man to entertain his buddies, enjoy sporting events and talk like a man away from the kids.
In addition to the list above, you may want to consider an upgraded air purifying system if you plan to smoke cigars in your man cave. If this is the case, a nice humidor may be an addition to consider, as well.
There are so many different ways you can go with a man cave and every man is different. You don’t have to go with the ordinary. Instead, tap into your own tastes and create a space perfect for you to enjoy.
If you have any questions, comments, or want to make sure you have all of your bases covered when buying a home in the Pittsburgh area, Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am an annual top producing, full time, professional RE/MAX Realtor in the Greater Pittsburgh area. I have the most Zillow Group reviews of any individual agent in the entire state of Pennsylvania. I hold coveted real estate designations such as, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, e-PRO & am a member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing.
My 2015 stats included an average sale price to list price ratio of 98%, an average days on the marked of 41 and nearly $14 million in total production. I was also inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.
I am also the social media/technology director at RE/MAX Advanced, REALTORS. You can find me on any social media platform by searching #BrianSellsPittsburgh
I donate a portion of my commission to the Children’s Miracle Network and I am also a member of the Giveback Homes Organization and the Teacher Next Door Program.
Posted on February 14, 2017 at 1:46 pm by Brian Teyssier