Man caves for those with­out tun­nel vi­sion

Eas­ier ways to cre­ate your own get­away spot than dig­ging one on a uni­ver­sity cam­pus

Thornhill Post - - Homes - GLEN PELOSO Glen Peloso is a de­sign ex­pert on The Mar­i­lyn De­nis Show and Restau­rant Makeover. For fur­ther info: www.glen­pelosoin­t­e­ri­

Some peo­ple seem to think that you have to dig a tun­nel on the site of a uni­ver­sity in or­der to have a suc­cess­ful get­away. Get­ting away from it all and hav­ing a good “man cave” can be some­thing to in­cor­po­rate into your home that won’t raise the ire of the po­lice and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

I was im­pressed with the struc­ture the guys cre­ated in their un­der­ground man cave. They were not en­gi­neers nor did they pos­sess any con­struc­tion skills but still man­aged to cre­ate a fairly sturdy struc­ture. I would still rec­om­mend that you hire a designer so you don’t end up with a dirt floor and a cou­ple of lawn chairs as decor. With a de­cent plan you can have a cool and in­clu­sive man cave that will work for ev­ery­one.

The man cave seems to be syn­ony­mous with a tele­vi­sion. Watch­ing sports is al­most syn­ony­mous with a “night with the boys.” Get­ting a great tele­vi­sion should be part of mak­ing the man cave come to­gether.

The ex­pe­ri­ence of watch­ing Italy or the Rap­tors kick their op­po­nents in the as­pi­ra­tions is far bet­ter on a large for­mat, great qual­ity tele­vi­sion.

When you’re set­ting up the man cave, the fo­cus should def­i­nitely be on the tele­vi­sion.

Even if you choose to use the room to read, you can still be com­fort­able on a sec­tional sofa in front of the tele­vi­sion. When you se­lect a TV, be a re­al­ist. A room that is 10-by-10 isn’t made to hold a 90inch screen com­fort­ably.

The tele­vi­sion goes with the room, not with how “tough” you are. Get the ad­vice of an au­dio­vi­sual spe­cial­ist. When it comes to sound equip­ment, I have a new­found love of Sonos. Many peo­ple in­stall very high-end sound sys­tems; how­ever, when the time comes to sell, the new own­ers don’t ap­pre­ci­ate the value and won’t pay for it. Sonos is wire­less and al­lows you to take your sys­tem with you wher­ever you go!

The next im­por­tant thing to add is a bar. This could be suit­able for any­thing from a fine wine to a craft made beer. It should be hid­den in cab­i­nets so that it isn’t a fea­ture of the space and kept out of kids’ view un­til the grownups are alone.

The days of sidling up to the base­ment bar are, thank­fully, well be­hind us, but a fine sin­gle malt or a great Caber­net is all the rage. You will have to de­cide the im­por­tance of the bar to you, but hav­ing a wa­ter source and a fridge are def­i­nitely things you want to con­sider. If your space is con­strained, then a trip to the kitchen is cer­tainly ac­cept­able.

At the very least get a garbage can! If it’s go­ing to be a col­lec­tion of beer bot­tles and half-eaten bags of chips, you should join the group in the uni­ver­sity dugout.

The ideal man cave should be in­clu­sive but have the op­tions for pri­vacy.

Pocket doors are a great way of keep­ing the world out and the noise in, for a game of cards or the game. Open the doors up for movie night, and the man cave is a fam­ily friendly. The de­sign can be mas­cu­line with­out be­ing “beer steins and pin-up girls.” Warm rich colours, dark woods, grey flan­nel or navy blue fab­rics make a room mas­cu­line with­out be­ing ridicu­lous. The rule can be “If the doors are closed, cave in ses­sion!”

There is re­ally no need to dig a hole in the backyard to get a de­cent man cave. Carve a space out in your home, and the cave will be more like a gen­tle­man’s lounge.

A must-have for any good man cave is a great tele­vi­sion

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