By Luke Guinn
CAVE “What happens in the man cave stays in the man cave.” It’s a common phrase cited about a man’s personal space within his home— typically a room separate from the main living areas, such as in a basement, attic, garage or office. Featuring mascu- line-driven design choices with little or no feminine input, a man cave provides a place to hang out with male buddies to watch sports or movies, play pool, poker or video games, or indulge in jam sessions with fellow rock star wannabes. However, “what happens in the man cave stays in the man cave” doesn’t have to mean the design is limited to an old couch, recliner and mini-fridge in an unfinished attic room framed in wood studs, or a sterile garage or basement space surrounded by cinderblock walls. Nor does it mean the only significant piece of décor in the room is a 65-inch state-of-the-art TV for gaming. Man caves often feature sports memorabilia, trophies, posters and other collectibles, setting them completely apart from the overall décor of the rest of the house. In fact, much time and attention are fre- quently given to the room’s theme―from a sports bar to home theater, hunting lodge or casino cave—and the décor and furnishings to carry out that theme. Many man caves also feature soundproofed walls, smart technology and full kitchens.