With Super Bowl XLVI just days away, it may be time to consider the merits of a Man Cave. New homes are increasingly being built with finished basements and bonus rooms (can someone please come up with a better name for a bonus room?) and older homes are being remodeled to accommodate man caves by finishing off basements and garages and even tapping into unfinished space over the garage.
While a man cave needn’t be a room carved out of rock, it can be any room in the house or in an outbuilding that provides a mantuary or manspace for the male or males who live there.
The sacred man cave is off limits to the female and her influences, and should remain a place where a man’s decorating tastes, or lack there of (sorry fellas!), can reign supreme.
The nice thing about a man cave is that it provides a place for a man to let it all hang out. Whether the man cave offers an escape to play video games, watch sports, pump iron, indulge in a hobby, or hang out with other males, it is always an ESCAPE. Afterall, who couldn't use an escape.
For some historical perspective, check out Mark Twain’s billiards room and Thomas Edison’s library and you’ll understand why great men have always needed a place of their own. To view examples of famous man caves, link to The Art of Manliness.
Although man caves aren’t a new idea, twenty-first century men are able to harness the latest and greatest technology, enjoying frighteningly realistic and interactive video play and high definition media viewing with the ability to stream millions of programming options onto giant screens with surround sound.
Take a look at the four listings below featuring bonus lower level square footage that is finished. The sky is the limit when it comes to how best use these spaces, but I know few men who wouldn't relish the freedom of their own man cave.
29 Evergreen Terrace, Durham
Built in 1986 on 2.62 acres, this well-crafted contemporary combines grace and space in beautiful ways with a bright and open floor-plan and more than 3500 square feet including 4 large bedrooms including the master suite with walk-in closet and whirlpool tub and 2+ baths, family room and dining room. But check out the man cave in the fantastic finished lower level, currently featuring media room with billiard table. Click here for more information.
116 Sumner Wood Road, Durham
Enjoy the quiet & privacy from this 4BR Colonial nestled on a cul-de-sac and backed by 200 acres of state forest land - a rare find indeed. Take in the wooded views from the completely remodeled eat-in kitchen. Enjoy the bright, welcoming main floor with many updates and 4 bedrooms on the second floor. Tap into the great space in the walkout finished lower level adding 600 more square feet, and heating stove. Wooded 1-acre lot offers pockets of adventure with stonewalls, patio, shed, lofty deck and lots of trees for climbing. Enjoy Millers Pond State Park out your door with a 30 acre spring fed pond, and 170 acres of woodlands and trails for mountain biking and hiking. Click here for more information.
517R Haddam Quarter Road, Durham
This cherished 3 BR home puts out good vibrations from the front door. Gracious transitions are the norm with wide staircases, large doorways & well-scaled rooms. More family spaces include a sunken living room and large family room with fireplace and slider to the deck. The property setback is cloaked in wooded solitude; and the sunny backyard and gorgeous stone walls are best enjoyed from the fantastic deck with pergola. You will fall in love with this this well-kept home with 2800 square feet plus an additional 600 in the finished lower level. Man cave options abound with walk-out and half bath. Click here for more information.
140 Old Blue Hills Road, Durham
A striking departure from your classic Colonial, this 3BR beauty set upon 1.22 acres offers sensory surprises in every direction with a vibrant palette, tons of gorgeous windows, custom upgrades, large rooms and 2240 square feet. Expand your options in the fully finished lower level offering 900 additional square feet – It's perfect for kids, studio, office, gym or of course, a MAN CAVE with walk-out access to an elaborate stone patio with fireplace with lush and private backyard beyond. A young and happy home to satisfy your zest for living. Click here for more information.