the dark, dingy man cave with the mismatched recliners has
gone the way of videotapes and TV antennas, new homes come
with options that the man-of-the-house will love. Here’s a
look at new ways to find rooms for guys to hang out.
homes have a bonus room that can be turned into a
well-designed recreation room. Add a pool table and some
arcade games and this will soon become the heart of the home,
where Dad can spend time with family and friends. Before
buying that long-dreamed-of pool table, be sure to measure the
room. You will need at least a five-foot area around the table
to be able to play because cues are four to six feet long.
not all homes have cellars, wine rooms can be created above
ground. The trend for wine lovers is to not only have a place
to store wine in a proper setting, but also to experience the
wine in a designated space. Mediterranean-style rooms with
rustic woods and stone walls are popular, but the key is
comfort to encourage guests to relax and enjoy the experience.
can be as simple as cracking open a beer while waiting for the
coals to heat. But the outdoor kitchen has been become
increasingly important and more elaborate over the years,
essentially bringing the entire kitchen outside. Today’s
grilling areas often include a sink, a refrigerator and
icemaker as well as a luxurious gas grill. An outdoor living
area is becoming an important selling point for today’s
will probably be just as popular with the teenagers in the
house, but a media room can be masculine in décor. The term
media room is now used more generically and doesn’t have to
be a darkened home theater. What it does need is a screen
large enough to watch a favorite sporting event with friends
and, of course, comfy seating that can be used while snacking.
Whether contemporary or traditional, these spaces are more
social than the traditional theater room.
workplace has become more mobile and many people are now
working from home, having a designated space to make calls and
concentrate is essential to productivity. Need more quiet
space away from the house? Convert a garage into a private
office space or even add a modular unit to the backyard. But
be sure to check with the homeowners association first. If
there’s room for more than just the desk and chair, add a
comfy seating area and this room can also serve as a library.
And decorate the space to help get Dad inspired. If he has
always wanted to work in a trendy, downtown loft, add brick
wallpaper for that vibe.