The Modern Man Cave

Real Estate Agent with Four Season Sotheby's International Realty

Cave paintings The modern man cave.

Just a little while ago (like 25,000-30,000 years or so) on the northern slopes of the Pyrenees Mountains in France prehistoric man ventured into a hole in the ground and unknowingly started a trend that would evolve into an important part of the modern home in America: cave decorating. Why did early man decorate the caves?

Well, according to an article I read, early man didn't really live in the caves. There is no evidence of ongoing inhabitation and early man was always on the move looking for food. But in these caves many colorful drawings have been found depicting all kinds of symbols, animals, and birds. The theory is that the drawings were either a way of communicating or that they had some religious significance. Some believe that the Cro-Magnon shaman would enter a cave, go into a meditative trance of sorts, and paint magic animal pictures on the wall perhaps to ensure a successful upcoming hunt. It was likely a place of ritual ceremonies. The cave was, and is, a very special place.

Today's cave, or man cave to use the correct term, is a very desirable feature in today's home---at least to the Cro-Magnon man member of the family. The man cave can be anywhere in a house but it feels more natural when it is below ground in the basement. I think that is an instinctive type of thing. Having the man cave in the basement also has a lot of advantages. It was mostly likely full of stuff you didn't use anyway, it's also cooler in the summer, and you may find it easier to get plumbing to your new wet bar. Besides that, if you put that pool table in the second bay of your garage you, not your wife, will be parking outside in the snow. Man cave for sale at 340 Calef Hill Rd, Tilton NH

Every home needs a space for the hunter of the family to relax and enjoy his passions whatever they may be. Seriously, the man cave is a huge craze now and is an important space to have in any home. It is so big that The DIY Channel has a weekly television show where they custom design and construct the ultimate man cave for some lucky cave dweller. The program is co-hosted by NFL great Tony "The Goose" Siragusa which is kind of fitting considering the importance of football to the modern cave man. You can also visit to see what they have been up to.

Today's man cave most likely still has paintings on the walls and its inhabitants also go into self induced trances from time to time. However, the paintings are usually of football, baseball, NASCAR, or golfing heroes. The modern cave dweller probably didn't paint them but still worships them like the shamans did thousands of years ago. Beyond the paintings the similarities usually, but not always, end. The modern man cave can be very simple, but more often than not it will have high end finishes, custom woodwork, comfortable furniture, lots of lighting, the obligatory pool table, wide screen TV with surround sound, stereo systems, and a wet bar. 

Man Cave for sale at 340 Calef Hill Rd, Tilton, NHThe man cave is, after all, a sanctuary to find solace in and a place to worship the sports gods so it might as well be really cool too. My point is (I think) that if you have a knock-your-socks-off kitchen for the Mrs. and a man cave that meets all of the spiritual and aesthetic requirements of the modern shaman, you probably can sell your house a whole lot easier! It is, after all, still a jungle out there.


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Liz Moras
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake - Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford

the man cave eh?  now that explains so many previously unknowns - but suspect.......enjoyed it :-)

Sep 10, 2009 11:53 AM #1
Greg Saffell
Kent, WA
Real Estate Broker, Seattle Area Sellers & Buyers

Roy, I have never liked the term " man cave " but I do like the idea of the space. I do all the cooking in my home so I guess that's why I'm relegated to the kitchen ( no man room ). I do agree that having a well-designed space for a man could be a great selling point though. A nice thorough post my friend.

Sep 10, 2009 12:13 PM #2
Roy Sanborn
Four Season Sotheby's International Realty - Meredith, NH
Lakes Region of New Hampshire

Liz, Greg, thanks for the comments. Busy day today- painting more animals on the basement walls...

Sep 12, 2009 08:31 AM #3
Jonelle Simons
Windermere Real Estate - Park City, UT

Somewhat I agree with you. Look at we now. When you look back everything was change and the pictures you have posted could speak the difference of a man cave of how call you it. Good post Roy.

Oct 01, 2009 06:47 PM #4
John Masoner

Roy, I stumbled upon your article while performing a Google search to see what if any impact a "man cave" has on a homes value.   I do have a man cave, and enjoy it very much.  I have lived in my current home for about 10-years now.  When we bought it we really liked the idea of a formal living room; however over time we realized we just never used the room.  My wife suggested I move my home office in to the room - but I didn't like that idea as it is located near the kitchen, and family room - which can be pretty noisy.  She next suggested I convert it in to a man cave.  What a great idea..  I can move the poker game in from out in the garage..  Central Heating, and AC - OMG!!!  Before she had a chance to change her mind, I moved the furniture out, and ripped up the carpeting.  I now have a tiled floor, faux suede leather paint on the walls, the room has been rewired for TV, sound, and power in each corner near the celing.  I framed in the room extending two walls, and installing a door to the entry way, and a French door to the dining room.  Next I built a wet bar, installed a full bar, and a custom ventilation system to vent out the cigar smoke.  The new furniture was carefully selected for easy clean up (spills) and would not trap smoke odor, i.e. lots of Leather, wood, and chrome.  Finally we built a custom poker table, and installed a Kegorator.  The final step yet to do, is to open the wall between the Man Cave and the 1/2 bath on the other side, to put a door in so that we can use the facilities without breaking the seal to the rest of the house.  The man cave was very tastefully built, and decorated.  Everyone, man and woman alike love the room, it is truly the envy of everyone who has seen it.  My question still remains - is a man cave worth the investment? 

Jan 17, 2010 07:42 PM #5
Roy Sanborn
Four Season Sotheby's International Realty - Meredith, NH
Lakes Region of New Hampshire

Hi John, sounds like you have a pretty cool room. Would love to see some photos of it. While kitchens can sell a woman on a home, things like a nice garage or a man cave can certainly peak the interest of most men. As long as the improvements are done tastefully and without an exorbitant budget is seems like your investment is a pretty good one!

Jan 18, 2010 10:43 AM #6
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