Pier 1 Imports (the Harbor Freight of home decorating) just released a series of new commercials which tend to prove two things:

1.)  Converting your garage into a Man Cave is waaaaaay cooler than hanging some lights on a tree in the back yard and calling it "Wonderland".

and 

2.) Women are freaking nuts! 

While I didn't previously know that women look to inanimate objects like talking yard ornaments and latino pepper shakers for their self confidence boosts, after watching theses commercials I think it explains a lot. While some may argue that men receive messages from objects like cars and tools, at least those messages are predictable depending on the object. A car says "fix me, wash me, and drive me fast" and a chainsaw says "lets chop some trees up". But who knows what a talking frog statue could say next? And putting your life decisions in the hands of a pair of Mexican salt & pepper shakers is just plain scary.

So, the next time your lady friend comes at you with a new plan it may just pay off to ask her who (or what) gave her such an idea.

Hint: Never trust the knife block.
 
 
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My darling wife finally read one of my blog posts here (thanks dear) only to comment over at the Dreamcatcher Facebook page that I forgot to include a coffee maker in the Man Cave bathroom blog post. Ah, she knows me so well.
 
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For the longest time it has been my dream to have fresh brewed coffee ready for me in the bathroom when I wake up. Why should I have to travel all the way to the kitchen to begin my morning only to have to go through the process of grinding beans, separating filters, and filling the coffee reservoir then waiting for what seems like an hour before I am finally able to stagger back to the bathroom to conduct my daily business meeting. 
 

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If only I had a Miele CVA-4066 Automatic Coffee Machine ($3000) that is built right into the bathroom wall and plumbed with fresh flowing tap water so you never have to hassle with filling up a water reservoir again. It also has a coffee bean bin and a built in bean grinder that automatically grinds a digitally measured portion of beans each day to ensure you get that robust fresh ground coffee taste. For those wussies out there who feel the need to taint the purity of that black morning potion with cow juice, it even has a refillable milk tank and a frothed milk dispenser. Additionally, it even has a hot water dispenser in case you'd rather have tea than coffee...but really who would?

 
 
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Ironically, I decided this while using the bathroom this morning. But it's true. While you can surely have a man space with a bathroom in it you cannot take over the family bathroom and call it your Man Cave.  For one, the  there's no beer or whiskey in there - or at least there really shouldn't be. Secondly, it would make for a horrible space to hang out with your manly buddies; especially if one of those buddies decides he's "got to go".  So, while the bathroom is indeed an important sanctuary for a man to get some reading in,  perform manly grooming rituals, soak his sore muscles, and of course 'do some business on the throne', it simply cannot be considered a Man Cave.

However, while we are on the subject of the bathroom, let's look at what can be done to make the bathroom a little more appropriate for manly seclusion. 

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I think it's more than obvious that every bathroom - manly or not - must have a toilet. But the question I ponder is "must thou throne be thy common white porcelain?" The answer is of course no. Take for instance the Herbeau Dagobert solid ash throne. Constructed of solid ash with any of twelve hand painted designs on the porcelain basin, the Dagobert sports such manly features as built in arm rests, a wrought iron candle holder, and even an integrated ash tray. Pulling the chain not only flushes the toilet but also rings a bell to alert others that you just KO'd another one. Even more interesting is that when the lid is raised  the toilet plays the tune "Le Bon Roi Dagobert" (The Good King Dagobert) which is a song about a French king who arrived at the minsters council with his trousers on back to front. The plaque adorning the backrest keeps the lyrics at the ready so you can sing along. MSRP $14,000.


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Let's not be coy here... sitting on the toilet is a great time to fit in some quality reading time. I personally think that National Geographic Magazine owes its long sustained existence to toilet reading. Whichever publication you dedicate to be 'red flagged' doesn't only act to enhance your everyday bathroom activity but also says a lot about you to your guests as they peruse your stacks during their stay. While the old standbys included the daily newspaper, Field and Stream,  Popular Mechanics, or Playboy the new standard is sure to be the Apple iPad2 ($500). 
Yes, gone is the day of thumbing through the yellowed pages of moisture decayed novella and enter the future of bathroom tech where we can access the internet to read online subscriptions to an endless number of ebooks and online periodicals. As if that isn't enough, the ipad can be loaded with games and apps or even used to jot down notes.... such as what to write your next blog post.

 

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Personally I am a rather strict shower guy but sometimes, after a long hard day of humping lumber and pounding nails, I might just treat my aching bones to a soak in the tub. As dainty of a task as this may seem, it could be greatly enhanced in a manly way were my recognitive soak was taking place in the carved innards of a 2-1/2 ton granite boulder. Enter the Stone Forest "Natural" Bathtub ($14,500). Each solid stone tub is hand carved using hammer, chisel, and brute force. This gives it the raw natural character of the earthy depths  from which it was spewed and leaves the imprint of the stonecutter's soul on it's worthy patron soakers.

 

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No matter how manly you think you are - how rustic and burly - every man needs his own grooming kit. No more borrowing tweezers and clippers from you wife; it's just not worth attempting to rummage through her menagerie of clipping devices and plucking implements. Go and get your own. A good quality, all stainless steel grooming kit is a good start and most contain the basics such as;  1) A pair of small scissors that can be surgically inserted in the ear or nose to strategically dispatch that pesky tickling nose hair. 2)  A pair of finely tipped needle-nose tweezers for digging into the skin to pull that festering splinter or metal shard. 3) Large, high strength nail clippers for clipping back those pointy talons before they are hewn down in some more grisly and tortuous fashion on the job site (been there, done that... ouch!).  4) A razor sharp v-tip cuticle trimmer to carve those dry, chapped cuticles back before they split and bleed all over your freshly planed oak slab. Not that that isn't a great way to color wood but it might not be the look you were after.  5) Finally, you need some sort of secure containment vessel that will keep "her" from borrowing your manly grooming instruments. A well stashed leather pouch or secret shaving can safe are usually good bets for that. 
 

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By now you're probably saying to yourself, "Okay, you're right I need to get my own set of grooming tools but there's no way my wife is going to let me put that throne in the family bathroom!" Well, maybe you just need your own bathroom. That's what this blog is about; getting your own man space. If your significant other isn't keen on the idea of having a boulder for a bathtub but you know it's for you then maybe it's time to give Dreamcatcher Design+Build a call. Fortunately for you, we don't just specialize in Man Spaces but also bathroom remodeling and home additions. With just one call to us, you will begin to understand the feasibility of adding or adapting a bathroom to your abode so that you may finally have a real Master Bathroom fit for a king.