From sports to golfing to hunting and everything in-between, we guys need our own place to relax and explore our passions. Don’t have your personal space set up yet? Start eyeing up that garage, spare bedroom, media room, den, basement, shed, or anywhere else you can carve out a place for you and your buds!

Getting started is easy and fun; here are some quick tips to consider when designing your very own man cave:

  • Tip #1: Find the right space for your man cave.

Your space can be set up in the garage, a bonus room, spare bedroom, den, basement, etc. In some cases, this space may not currently be finished, so be sure to consider that when planning your timetable and budget.

  • Tip #2: Draw the Floor Plan.

Once you determine where your man cave will be set up, make a draft of the layout. Determine what type of floor plan will make the most of the space for you and when you are entertaining guests.

  • Tip #3: Determine the focal point for your man cave.

Determining your focal point will help you to decide on the overall theme of your man cave and help you to design your floor plan. The focal point can be your beloved TV, a workbench, trophy case, audio system, putting green, pool table, vintage seats from your favorite team’s old stadium, or just about anything you are passionate about.

  • Tip #4: Placement, placement, placement.

Once you have your focal point, figure out where you want to place it in the room. This allows you to plan around your focal point to complete your floor plan. In addition, it will ensure your focal point isn’t lost or in an impractical place.

  • Tip #5: Accessorize!

Make a list of accessories and design elements that will support or enhance the theme/focal point of your man cave. Prioritize that list so you can budget properly. Things such as a kegorator or mini-fridge will complement a bar and maximize the entertainment value of the room. Be creative, but mindful of your budget as well.

  • Tip #6: Decorate.

Choose the wall colors, lighting, and furniture that you will need to make your room comfortable for you and all your guests. Your theme and focal point will help you to decide on many of these elements, but for the more complicated items like lighting or plumbing, it’s best to consult your contractor for advice due to zoning laws.

  • Tip #7: Furnish your man cave.

Determine what your furniture needs will be for the new space, being sure to note in your plan what furnishings you already have and what will need to be added. Remember, certain things like an entertainment center or bar can be custom built into the space – but may drive up your budget more than prefab furnishing.

  • Tip #8: Set your Budget.

Once you have your plan, prepare a budget for your man cave. Prioritize the most important elements from which you can start and go down from there. To stay within your budget, realize that some lower-priority items may need to be added later.

  • Tip #9: Research contractors.

Research contractors in your area that specialize in this type of work. MDV Remodeling specializes in finishing basements, garages, and custom remodeling. With over 50 years of experience in the industry, our expert contractors can help you make the most of out of your space and your budget, especially if you take advantage of our TruYouDesign™ process!

  • Tip 10: Get started!

Once you have your plan, budget, and contractor, decide what elements you want to add first and get started. Remember, you don’t have to finish it all at once if you don’t have the budget to do so. Getting the most important pieces in place within your budget is a great start. From there, you can add to and accessorize your man cave as you have the extra funds available. Sometimes taking your time makes for a better, more thought-out room. So be patient and don’t rush your man cave! After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

If you’re interested in creating a space for yourself and your friends to hang out in your home, contact the professional contractors at MDV Remodeling for a free estimate!

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