One of my favorite episodes of Home Improvement is an episode in the first season when Tim Taylor has to share his garage with his wife Jill. Jill enrolls in a pottery class and needs a place to set up her pottery wheel and create her projects. Tim is not a fan of the idea because he uses the garage as his sanctimonious place to unwind and work on things that he can’t do anywhere else. It’s a place where his children are forbidden to go to and he can escape from the daily stresses of family life. In the end, they agree to share, but the episode does point to the fact that a husband needs a place of his own to call his own.
Call it whatever you will, but a man cave is a perfectly sensible idea for a man who wants to unwind after a long day of work. One of the greatest effects of working to take care of one’s family is the stress that comes with it. Long days staring at a computer screen and handling problems can take a toll on one’s health after a while.
Chronic stress has been linked with a host of illnesses, including heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, and many more. 43% of adults have illnesses brought on by stress and 75 to 90% of all doctors’ visits are stress-related illnesses and ailments. Stress is something that must be extinguished in one form or another, and the man cave is the perfect way for man to relieve himself of it and be a better father and husband to his family. So what should the perfect man cave include?
- A television that fits his viewing pleasure: Now that we’re in the summer months, a high definition television complete with the right sound equipment and internet connectivity ensures that a man has all of the media access he needs to wind down. A baseball game is a much better baseball game with HD viewing. In addition, it could be a time to catch up on last year’s summer blockbusters and Oscar winning films that are now on DVD or Netflix.
- Why not try a little gambling: Atlantic City and Las Vegas have been fictionalized in a wide variety of films and have showcased the fun provided by a little gambling. However, why should you ever leave the home? Construct a poker table or put in arrow wheels, so you can bring the fun of gambling home to your friends. It beats going out to the casino, and you have a much better beer selection. Speaking of that…
- Have your own bar for home brews and craft beers: There’s no question of the growth of the craft beer and home brew industries. Men are no longer dependent on poor macro-brew selections when it comes to their beer choices. A home bar is the perfect way to try out new beers in the local area or those that friends have brewed, and it is a great way to get together with friends.
About the Author
James Cash is a home improvement specialist with over 10 years in the business.