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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.