Planning a Man Cave

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Planning to add a Man Cave to your home can present unique challenges along with exciting rewards.  In addition to considering the size of the room, interests, hobbies, and functionality must be considered.

“We’ve created a variety of Man Caves over the years,” comments Suzan Decker Ross, owner of Decker Ross Interiors in Clearwater.  “We identify the interests of our clients, and offer design options that will suit their individual tastes and lifestyle.”

“One of our clients wanted to feature a vintage pool table, so we planned the room around this interesting focal point,” noted Suzan.  In the featured photograph above, you can see the finished room, which includes a coffered, hammered copper ceiling, wood floors and a leather “bomber jacket” sofa with nailhead trim accents.

The bar area is beautiful and functional, featuring a built in beer tap, gorgeous granite countertops, and comfortable swivel barstools. Specialized under mount lighting and glass shelving-provide a well- lit backdrop to the counters and stemware.

“This client even requested a urinal in the bathroom, which we included in the design,” Suzan says..

Florida has numerous golf courses, which offers another great theme for a Man Cave.  If space permits, an actual putting green can be a fun feature to include, or even interactive Wii Golf is always a nice option for all ages.  Framed photos from Augusta National, and window treatments fashioned from golf clubs or even golf ball finials, can add designer touches to a Man Cave featuring this popular sport.

Being surrounded by water in this gorgeous coastal location makes a nautical design a natural fit for another Man Cave theme.

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“We’ve had clients who were avid fishermen and wanted to mount their ‘prize catches’ on the wall,” Suzan recalls.  “Building around a fishing and boating theme is always a lot of fun, and our designers have unleashed their creativity in unique and unusual ways- including creating draperies out of sails and utilizing antique fishing poles for the rods.”

For the Sports fan, a Man Cave can reflect one particular team which can dictate the color scheme being used in the design. It can also provide a backdrop of a variety of popular sports, from football and basketball, to baseball and hockey.

“When we created a room for a baseball fan a few years ago, we utilized bats as the chair rail for the entire room,” Suzan explains.  “Framed jerseys adorned the walls and the book cases were filled with trophies and sports memorabilia. Team pennants and autographed, framed photos of famous players added interest to the walls.”

“Of course, a lot of our clients desire a large screen TV (or TV’s) or even an actual movie screen and projector complete with theatre type seating in their Man Caves,” Suzan said. “They frequently request a bar. Some ask for a beer tap and even a wine “fridge” to complete their room.  Fireplaces are also popular and, if the space offers indoor/outdoor living, a firepit, and even an outdoor putting green or basketball hoop, are great additions for any Man Cave.

“Our designers have expertise in asking a few key questions that will help determine the design direction, and create fun and functionality in your Man Cave,” Suzan says.

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