Toronto Star

Men’s spaces grow in sophistica­tion

These designated areas are being built into homes and decorated to reflect personalit­y

- MARIO TONEGUZZI

The trend of man caves being built into new homes is one that’s growing these days as men seek to establish their own rooms that reflect their own interests.

Ana Cummings, an interior designer, says it’s definitely a trend that is gaining momentum.

“There’s been a huge trend of people wanting to create these man spaces in their homes, whether that be in extra rooms or even places that aren’t even in their homes, like a separate garage. I’m seeing a lot of that right now,” says Cummings, who operates ANA Interiors in Calgary.

“I think it’s always been around but because people are much more savvy in design, and those HGTV shows are exploding, a lot more men are into it a bit more. People are just more design savvy and they want to have their own space that reflects them.”

Traditiona­lly, most guys would go to their garage, which was a place reflecting who they are. But that has evolved over time to a much more sophistica­ted space for some.

Whether it’s a garage or a basement, those man-cave spaces can now be anything from a special place to watch television, complete with a bar and bar fridge, to a place to play poker or pool and host a games night. Or it could simply be a great place to listen to music through a quality sound system. For others, it could just be a space of rest and relaxation — a peaceful spot where they go recharge by themselves.

“It really should be reflective of their personalit­y,” Cummings says. “So if they’re huge into sports maybe their favourite sports team’s parapherna­lia adorns the walls. If they play a sport, if they’re into cigars, if they’re into gaming … whatever they’re into, wherever their passions lay, I think that should be reflected in their man cave.”

Over the years, Cummings has seen many unique things making up an individual’s man cave.

“I’ve seen everything from a full-on audio-visual movie-theatre-type man cave to a full-on walk-in humidor of Cuban cigars,” she says. “Some people have a little mini home office set up in their man caves. Some people collect old licence plates and hubcaps in them. The spaces can be very old school, and some of them are really high tech.”

The most expensive man cave Cummings has been involved with cost about $50,000 to create. “The sky is truly the limit if that’s what you’re into,” she says.

Yet, no matter the budget, taste or interest, Cummings adds there’s simple ways to personaliz­e a man cave.

“Start with the things you have and then add things from garage sales, estate sales, things you come across in your travels and shopping … all of that stuff works,” she says.

 ?? ANA INTERIORS PHOTOS ?? Grouping a collection, such as clocks, together on a wall adds visual appeal to a room.
ANA INTERIORS PHOTOS Grouping a collection, such as clocks, together on a wall adds visual appeal to a room.
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Estate sales and garage sales can be great sources of furniture and accessorie­s for a guy’s retreat.

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