Keep a man cave top of mind when choos­ing a new home

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TIP OF THE WEEK

It used to be that the “man cave” was rel­e­gated to the base­ment or the garage. Now homes are be­ing de­signed with the man cave al­ready in mind to give men a place to call their own. Many home­own­ers look­ing to change homes this year will be think­ing about in­clud­ing a man cave. If you’re in the mar­ket, check out the fol­low­ing sug­ges­tions from Clay­ton Homes:

Make the flat screen the fo­cus: When it comes to TVs in a man cave, big­ger is bet­ter. Big alone won’t do, though; the flat screen needs to have the lat­est tech­nol­ogy so it can pro­vide the best pic­ture. To make the room look more pro­fes­sional, put the flat-screen TV in a built-in en­ter­tain­ment cen­ter that can also house the stereo and gam­ing sys­tems.

Keep the drink sta­tion handy: Many man caves have a built-in bar or minifridge, but some­times space isn’t avail­able. Clay­ton Homes has cus­tom op­tions such as a hide-a-way wet bar to keep your space open while leav­ing room for the ameni­ties you want in the man cave.

Bring in the com­fort­able fur­ni­ture:

Leather fur­ni­ture is al­ways a hit and will give your man cave the com­fort you want and de­serve! Plus, the smell of leather is very mas­cu­line. From leather couches to re­clin­ers, make cer­tain your man cave has the per­fect seat­ing to cater to your com­fort. — Brand­point

HOME-SELL­ING TIP

Time for a makeover. If your home needs a more sub­stan­tial makeover be­fore it can sell, fo­cus your en­ergy and your money on the most im­por­tant rooms in the home. Kitchens and mas­ter bed­rooms sell homes, mean­ing that a gran­ite coun­ter­top, new ap­pli­ance or fresh coat of bed­room paint will give you a bet­ter chance to sell your home than other projects may al­low. — Brand­point

DEC­O­RAT­ING TIP

Find your color in­spi­ra­tion. There are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to find color in­spi­ra­tion at home or in the of­fice, in­clud­ing fur­ni­ture, tex­tiles, ac­ces­sories as well as your co-work­ers’ or fam­ily mem­bers’ cloth­ing, fash­ion and color choices. Fash­ion designer Tracy Reese says ev­ery­one has some­thing to of­fer, so use the ideas and per­son­al­i­ties around you to get your own cre­ative juices flow­ing so you can find your in­spi­ra­tion. — Brand­point

GAR­DEN GUIDE

Aer­ate your lawn. Aer­at­ing al­lows oxy­gen, wa­ter and other nu­tri­ents to reach your grass’s roots, and it’s one of the best things you can do to sup­port your lawn. Travel across your yard with a man­ual or gas-pow­ered aer­a­tor, punch­ing holes in the ground. Make sure to pass over each area only once. Af­ter you’ve fin­ished aer­at­ing, spread com­post, fer­til­izer or peat moss over your yard. The fer­til­izer will be ab­sorbed quickly through the holes cre­ated by the aer­a­tion. — Brand­point

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