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Exclusive! The Property Brothers Describe the Ultimate Man Cave

Drew and Jonathan Scott, hosts of HGTV’s uber-popular Property Brothers and Brother vs. Brother, don’t have a lot of time to relax. In addition to being TV personalities, they’re co-founders of Scott Brothers Global, have written several best-selling books and are expanding their collection of home goods.

However, they took time out of their busy schedules to tell Freshome what they consider the ultimate man cave and offer tips on how to create it.

Do Your Own Thing

Man cave - no rules

There are no rules for the perfect man cave. Image: MCCAIG/Getty Images

“I believe all men – and women – need a place to hang out,” Drew says.  He believes the perfect man cave has to be tailored to whatever you most enjoy. “If it’s sports, then you need the big screen TV, foosball, darts, pool table and game day food like nachos, hotdogs and beer.”  He also recommends the latest and greatest technology. “And don’t forget a full wet bar – make it a place you never want to leave,” Drew says.

Keep food and beverages handy.

Keep food and beverages handy. Image: alexander zveiger/Getty Images

Location, Location, Location

Man caves can get pretty rowdy. Image: Richman21/Shutterstock

Most people would put a man cave in the basement – although garages are also gaining popularity. “A man cave doesn’t always have to be in the basement or a garage, but it’s a good idea to put a little distance between your house filled with family and your space for fun and friends,” Jonathan explains.

But suppose you don’t even have a basement or garage. What if you’re renting and live in an apartment? How can you still create the ultimate man cave?

Man cave in apartment

You can even have a man cave in an apartment. Image: archideaphoto/Getty Images

“Take a spare room and make it yours – of course, getting permission from your better half first,” Jonathan recommends.  He says everyone needs a space to call their own. “Let your spouse have the whole apartment, but at least ask for that spare room to be yours,” Jonathan says. “If you include a pull-out sofa or Murphy bed, it can double as a guest room.”  Jonathan says the room could be considered flex space to meet the family’s needs, but also meet your man cave needs.

Built to Last

Man cave durability

Expect food and drinks to be dropped and spilled. Image: peshkov/Getty Images

Jonathan recommends choosing a durable floor that is also easy to clean. “There will be lots of food and drink stains, guaranteed everyone wears their shoes, and the last thing you want is to have all of that trapped in the carpet,” he warns.

Light it Up

Man cave zones

You can create zones in the man cave. Image: zhudifeng/Getty Images

Drew explains that a good man cave has several zones, such as a bar, gaming area, possibly a pool table, etc.  “Make sure every defined space has its own feature light,” he says. “And to add a little extra even lighting throughout, you can look at recessed lights, too,” Drew advises. “Make sure everything is on a dimmer so you can set the right mood for game day or movie night.”

Can You Hear Me Now?

Man can fun

The man cave should be a fun place. Image: Siriwat’hn Tho Su Wrrn/EyeEm/Getty Images

“You can completely soundproof the room like a music studio if you want. However, I think that might be a little overboard,” Jonathan says. “Just upgrade your insulation and maybe add a couple of sound panels on the walls since man caves are known to get loud.”

The Ultimate Man Cave

Lighting effects can change the mood

Lighting effects can change the mood. Image: Santiago Cornego/Shutterstock

As you can imagine, the brothers have completely different (and bigger-than-life) visions for the ultimate man cave. “I like everything to do with sports and board games,” Drew says. “So my man cave would have carnival midway-style activities, a great gaming table and an indoor putting green – game on!”

Man cave imagination

Your imagination is the only limit when creating a man cave. Image: Hoxton/Tom Merton/Getty Images

On the other hand, Jonathan takes a more subdued approach. “Being an illusionist, my man cave would be a mystery to everyone,” he says. “It would be like the Magic Castle in LA where only those I invite can come and see the secrets of Jonathan Silver!”

Want More of the Property Brothers?

“Builder Brothers: Big Plans” includes an original do-it-yourself project that parents and kids can tackle together. Image: Harper Collins

One thing the brothers agree on: it’s never too early to embrace your inner builder/designer. Drew and Jonathan recently wrote a picture book, Builder Brothers: Big Plans. The book follows the adventures of two young brothers who have plans for building something big. Sometimes, their plans go awry, but the youngsters learn the value of dreaming big and daring to try. The book will be available in the U.S. on Octer 2.


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