Every member of the family would like to have a space to call their own, somewhere they can kick back and relax. When it comes to remodeling with the man of the house in mind, a finished basement is a great place to start. But when you think of the basement, if you only think “man cave,” you should know that a “cave” isn’t what every guy wants and it certainly doesn’t have to be the only direction for remodeling with a more masculine style. Any room in the house that’s meant to be a comfortable retreat just needs to be a space that is clean, simple, and efficient, with fussiness left behind.
The Finished Basement
Starting with the obvious, you probably will want to make room for a large flat screen TV with surround sound (and maybe a gaming system). The basement is also the perfect place for heavy exercise equipment, but after that, there are so many other interests and hobbies that deserve a special place. How about a wine cellar, a large computer desk with room for 3 monitors, or cabinets made to display a trophy or sports memorabilia collection?
The Bathroom. Who wouldn’t love a roomy shower with multiple shower heads, steam, digital temperature controls, and a built-in bench after a tough workout or just a long day at the office? Keep surfaces clutter-free with lots of storage room (and charging outlets) for a shaver, beard trimmer and electric toothbrush. A built-in laundry bin helps keep dirty clothes and towels off the floor. (And a flat screen TV wouldn’t be a bad idea either.)
The Closet. Customizing a closet means more than just plenty of room to hang suits and shirts. This would be the perfect spot for a closet specially fitted for storing golf clubs, photography equipment or fishing gear. Drawers, hooks, shelves, and cubbies will also help keep gym clothes, shoes, sweats, and t-shirts in order.
Game Time. Have you ever hosted poker night or a Super Bowl party? If you’ve never had a good place in your home to welcome friends for a night out, a finished basement is perfect. We can set you up with a wet bar complete with sink, refrigerator, icemaker, dishwasher, comfortable barstools and lots of storage for snacks and beverages of all kinds.
The Color. Gray and other neutrals are the perfect backdrop for a masculine-style space and they also happen to be the year’s favored color scheme. Pair the neutrals with a pop of color like navy, orange, or red.
Whether a guy’s style preference is “rustic cabin” relaxed or “Mad Men” mid-century modern, the bottom line is to ramp up the storage, tamp down the fussiness, and keep it fun! We’d be happy to help you with any kind of finished basement ideas!