Although we may think of homes as personal spaces, much of their square footage must appeal to several people: partners, children, extended family members, friends, and more. Can’t any area be designated as one person’s domain? As it turns out, yes—men can establish their indoor retreat with the help of residential home remodeling contractors. The ideal man cave includes a “wow” design feature, well-chosen materials, an expansive feel, and more. Monarch Design & Remodeling can help you design a space that hits all these marks.
A basement, bathroom, and indoor renovation company, Monarch serves homeowners in Arlington, VA, and the surrounding region. We have created a project process to encourage client feedback, which allows our team to deliver on expectations. Doing so ensures we provide a beautiful yet functional space for homeowners. To learn more about our home renovation services, call (703) 789-3288 or visit our website today.
Below, we offer some guidance for designing a perfect man cave:
Pick a “Wow” Design Feature
Many people like to start an indoor design project by choosing a central, unifying feature that makes guests say, “Wow.” This element does not necessarily entail a specific price point or complex criteria but rather individual taste. Reflect on your interests and hobbies, then try incorporating one of them:
- Film buffs can invest in a deluxe television or projector screen and theater-style seats
- Audiophiles and musicians can foreground a stereo system or their instruments
- Sports fans can display trophies and assorted memorabilia of their favorite teams
- Wine enthusiasts can show off their best bottles and vintages
Although some homeowners find it unnecessary, a central “wow” feature is a natural starting point for home renovation contractors. You can then use that pivotal feature to determine all other design elements.
Choose Materials & Design Lighting Carefully
Construction materials and lighting determine how an interior space will look and, by extension, make occupants feel. For instance, a movie buff designing a home theater would benefit from incorporating dark surfaces that absorb sound, which enhances the movie-watching experience. On the other hand, a fitness fanatic creating a home gym will get much more use from a space with bright colors and spare decorations.
Yet colors and textures only have an impact with enough illumination. Therefore, your man cave needs sufficient lighting. What qualifies as “sufficient” depends on how you use your space—again, the film buff and the fitness enthusiast will have different needs. We suggest incorporating natural and artificial sources to achieve ambient, task, and accent lighting.
Make the Space Feel Expansive
Given all the needs and functions your home’s interior must fulfill, it only has so much space for your man cave. Yet you can make every foot of your space count (and even give a room’s dimensions a “larger than life” effect) by using simple design techniques. For instance, choosing soft, light-hued paints and features imbue spaces with an open and airy feel and appearance.
Likewise, let in a lot of natural light and dispense with heavy drapery. If your designated space lacks windows, add recessed and track lighting to supply the illumination. Some practical features—like a Murphy bar—can provide temporary surfaces to enjoy your hobbies without eating up precious indoor space.
Less is Always More
Finally, remember that an uncluttered, well-kept space will appear more open and inviting than any messy one. Similarly, too many decorative features and belongings can make a small room feel like a storage space. Use your “wow” feature to determine a theme, then consider all the belongings you’d like to add in light of that feature. Do they work together? Sacrificing a few details can help the details that remain all the more impactful.
Professional Home Remodeling Contractors Available in Arlington, VA
Whether you have a man cave layout in mind or need help creating one from scratch, contact Monarch’s home remodeling contractors. Our team has decades of experience working with Arlington, VA, homeowners on bathroom, basement, and kitchen renovation projects. Now, it’s your turn: call (703) 789-3288 to discuss your next remodeling transformation and a free project quote.