Most men would love to have their own private place where they get away from their busy world for a moment and do the things they want to do. Creating their own personal space at home, or a “man cave”, will give them the freedom to be in their own space and do their thing. However, building your own man cave requires proper planning, otherwise you’ll end up making the following mistakes:
- Starting Without a Plan
When it comes to any project, you need to start with a plan. This allows you to keep track of your progress, and gives you enough motivation to finish the project on time without any hassles. During the planning stage, you need to ask these questions:
- How will you use your man cave?
- What’s its purpose?
- What will you need?
- What will your theme be?
- Are you hosting big groups of friends?
- What is the contractor’s scope of work, and what can you build yourself?
- How much is your budget?
It would be best to follow your plans to prevent any trouble with your budget and time.
- Working Without a Budget
You should decide on your budget before you even start your man cave project. However tempting it is to install additional items to your man cave, you need to stick with your set budget. You may add games and other interesting activities in your place once the project is done if you still have enough resources to spare.
- Buying Unnecessary Things
You have to set yourself some rules in buying items for your man cave project. It is best that you assess what you want to buy and whether it will be beneficial or useful to you or it’s just a waste of money.
- Skipping Repairs
Depending on what part of your home you wish to convert into your man cave, you may have to perform some repairs. Check if there’s any electrical damage, infestations, mold build-up, carpentry repairs, painting works, and plumbing works. Utilities such as HVAC systems need thorough inspection, as well. You may even check if you need to consider a gas boiler replacement. This is an important step in your man cave project, since this will help you prevent serious problems later on.
- Insufficient Storage
One of the most common mistakes that a person commits is having insufficient storage. It is important that you determine everything that you will put inside your man cave, and always keep your surroundings neat and tidy. You may also consider installing a few more cabinets if you have more space to accommodate them.
- Uncomfortable Seats
Remember that your man cave is your place to rest and unwind from your busy schedule. It would be best to invest in a very comfortable seat so you would be able use your time for yourself and recharge fully.
- Buying a Small TV
Every man loves a big screen to watch their favorite shows or live sports. You may want to purchase a 4K TV set if you have enough budget for it. But before anything else, make sure that you determine the location on where you should install your TV in your sanctuary. It is important that your TV has proper distance from your couch and the perfect height, so you can watch comfortably.
Preventing these common mistakes can help you finish your man cave project successfully. You will feel accomplished and satisfied to call this place you own. If you are having a hard time designing your place, you may seek help from professionals.