Struggling Housing Market Brings Unforeseen Consequences To "Man Caves"

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As you may have heard, a result of the slump in the housing market, many families are staying in their homes when they would have otherwise moved. There, they are choosing to make the best of things, by upgrading their current spread. One room that is benefiting from the trend is the "man cave." The domain of the man of the house, which may previously have simply been a corner in the basement or garage, low on frills, is getting some pretty sweet redesigns that include big ass TVs, pinball machines, kegerators, golf simulators, bacon-scented candles, beer pages "to locate lost brew" and more. This seemingly good news however, obscures a darker phenomenon taking place, according to the Journal.

The man cave has a secret: Women use them, too. Their new interest comes as these spaces have morphed from cold garage outposts into tricked-out comfy spreads, complete with flat screens TVs, fully stocked bars, arcade games and plush (clean!) furniture.

As you can imagine, some people are not happy about this.

"A chick cave?" sniffs Dan Cunningham, owner of the Monroe, Mich.-based mancavemarket.com, "That's what the rest of the house is."

Still, many are meeting half-way.

In the loft living area the Flatens constructed inside their garage, Mrs. Flaten typically quilts while her husband tinkers with his race cars below. Recently she held a quilting party. Despite the domestic influence, Mr. Flaten has stood his ground on certain points. The racing flames on the toilet seat, those get to stay. The flowers she wanted for an end table, those got moved outside.

While traditionalists are standing their ground.

...certainly purists remain, such as Tommy "Buck Buck" Sattler of Islip, N.Y., who rigged his 325-square-foot getaway with New York Giants football paraphernalia, seven TVs, a red-oak bar top, and urinal in the bathroom. Mr. Sattler flips on an outdoor blue light to let the neighbors know when his "underground lounge" is open, but jokes that women, including his wife, typically stop by only if "they are dropping off food or bringing cleaning products."

The Man-Cave Gets A Makeover [WSJ]

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