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Where's Your Man Cave?

Posted by: Chris Palmeri on December 13, 2006

December is when publications like to forecast upcoming trends for the new year. Mark Nash, author of a number of books on real estate, has come up with some good ones, based on a survey of more than 900 industry professionals. Here’s some of the features homeowners should be looking to put in their dwellings in 2007:

Upscale garages. “It’s no longer the out-of-sight-out-of-mind dumping
ground. Today’s garage owners want them decked out with cabinet and
storage systems, mini-refrigerators, insulation, heating and air conditioning and durable but residential-looking flooring.”

Man caves and Mom caves. “Personal
dedicated space for one person in a household where they can go and work on projects or chill without being disturbed.”

Two home offices. “Rising gas prices and commuting times have created more two-work-at-home families. Size matters, make sure each is at least ten-by- ten feet.”

Rejuvenation rooms. “A one-stop space for exercising, meditation, yoga, sauna and fancy steam showers. Showers are going upscale too. Waterfall fixtures, programmable temperature.”

Heated patios, walkways and driveways. “Northern baby-boomers are tired of shoveling and are looking for ways to decrease winter maintenance, plus many have discovered how also heating the patio can add an extra couple of weeks enjoyment in spring and fall.”

Snoring rooms. “Adjacent, second bedrooms to the master, offer relief from the buzz saw and an alternative to the couch. A godsend for millions of relationships nationwide.”

Modular Housing. “Many think of the out-dated double wide as the typical modular, but modular options and quality have exploded from the top end 11,000 square foot home, with every whistle and bell, complex finishing details.”

Sustainable Design. “Energy conservation, indoor air quality, and resource conservation. Natural forms of energy, such as wind, solar, and geo-thermal if available on-site, are maximized.”

Structured wiring. “Right up there with all the buzz about green homes is structured wiring, now entering the main stream must-have for technology based home buyers. Coaxial TV cable (RG-6), Category 5E voice and data lines, distributed radio, remote camera security are wired through out a home into multi-outlet boxes called in the trade, home network centers.”

Mixing finishes on kitchen base and wall cabinets. “Matchy-matchy is out in kitchen design. The new look is to have stained-wood bases and painted wood upper cabinets. The old-Europe-look rules, but with today’s appliances.”

Reader Comments


December 13, 2006 8:13 AM

Green is the next big industry and home building will be one obvious way it will jump.


December 14, 2006 10:47 AM

Love it! I like the idea of "caves" this day and age, personal space is always a great thing to have.

Karen B

December 14, 2006 10:28 PM

My husband has a "man cave" in the basement after 18 years of sharing all personal space with me. He loves his own room and it has really given him a place to go and a place where I never move any of his "stuff."


April 14, 2008 5:01 PM

Man cave is it, we sell home theater rooms to people all day long and the guys call up ready to outfit their man caves with us. is a good example.

Mike Y

April 28, 2008 9:21 PM

Looking for a centralized Man Cave resources? Check out "The Official Man Cave Site" at



January 25, 2009 9:16 AM

My man's cave is my own bedroom where I can do anything from playing games to reading books


January 26, 2009 9:02 PM

The Official Man Cave Site is a good one. So is Rec Room Guide!

man cave interiors

February 2, 2010 8:20 PM

Sue Hunter, owner of Home for a Change interior design is the official designer for the man cave at the first ever, Guy Expo. I understand the need for large TVs,a bar, a game room, sports themes and a "place of your own". Visit my website or facebook for updates. I am now building, mancaveinteriors .com hope to hear from you!

man cave interiors

February 2, 2010 8:28 PM

Sue Hunter of Home for a Change is now designing Man Caves. As the official inteior designer of the first "guy Expo" in St. Paul, MN, I know first had how to create a space that is comfortable and classy..visit me on my facebook, home for a change interior design for updates and photos.

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BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.

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