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If your answer is no then you are either lonely and live life as a bachelor at which point any space you inhabit is essentially your manspace (mom & dad's basement withstanding) or you need to look down and you will recognize that you are not wearing any pants. Hmm, then who is wearing the pants in your domicile?

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Hey chief, you need to get your satchel in order and decide how to make your next move. Too often I go out with buddies only to watch them wither down to weenie-less nothings when the phone rings or the next text comes in. "I gotta go, man. She sounds mad." What, why? Because you went out for once in a great while with friends instead of staying home and painting her toenails? And that's if my buddies make it out of the house at all. More often I hear, "Sorry, dude she's in a bad mood tonight/this week/this year/since I married her."

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So what other moves do you have? Well, you can always stay at home in your Man Cave. My friends love coming to my man cave and I really enjoy hanging out in my friends caves. I often use the excuse, "Hey, at least I'm not at the bar" and that seems to float me along just fine. Nothing against bars as long as you're single. Bars can be good places to meet women - but I'm married so there's no need. Rather, to me a bar simply acts as a convenient surrogate man cave when another isn't available. Say, after work far away from home or while on vacation with friends. Otherwise to me it's just a noisy, expensive, impersonal, and unappealing place to gather. 


You really need your own manspace. You need a place to reflect your interests and gain much needed solitude or 
camaraderie depending on your mood. A place to get away from screaming kids, nagging wives, to-do lists, and bills. A place to kick back, crack a beer and say to yourself, "Me..... I am the one wearing the pants 'round here!"

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Looking to get your own space? Give us a call today.
- just remember we're a design/build firm not a marriage counseling clinic.
 
 
So, I met with my insurance rep yesterday and apparently..........

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In order to be a 'practicing preacher' of mancavology, I had inadvertently went against my homeowners insurance by installing a cast iron wood stove in my man cave. Unfortunately [according to my insurance man] the combination of an attached "garage" and the fiery goodness of burning oak logs is a NO-NO in Insuranceland. So much to my regret I now be un-installing my lovely keeper of the flame.


But, the good news is you shouldn't be deterred from putting a fireplace or woodstove in your own man cave just so long as you adhere to any of a few basic rules:

1. Your mancave + fire box combination isn't a "garage"
Your mancave should be a "living space" that doesn't incorporate automotive sized  doors, piles of sawdust, piles of oily rags, or lingering fumes from various volatile chemicals 
2.  Your mancave is "detached"
Your home is your greatest investment - it is also where your wife and family sleep. If you want fire in your cave, try spacing it away from your home a good distance... say 100 feet.
3. Your mancave has a full-blown fire suppression system
Water is the mortal enemy of fire. Having a 1000 gallon passive action sprinkler system hanging above assures you that your fire won't get too cocky if it decides to jump out of it's cage.
4. Your mancave is a bunker
Build your mancave out of solid reinforced concrete complete with automatic closing fire rated doors. As a bonus; You also have a bomb shelter incase of a coming invasion.

Of course these are just a few generic 'rules of thumb' for creating a wood heated mancave and you should first check with your local code officials and your trusty insurance advisor before setting up shop and lighting any matches.


In other news...
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Recently, Dreamcatcher was contacted by Blaklader Workwear to test and review a pair of their uber-cool knickers designed specifically for trade professionals. While there is no doubt that Blaklader makes some of the toughest pants around we at Dreamcatcher Design+Build have very specific demands regarding our personal appearance on and off the job site. Insomuch, you will never see a Dreamcatcher associate show up at your home sporting cut-off jean shorts or a do-it-yerself sleeveless t-shirt. Rather, for awhile now I have been prone to wearing Carhartt B-151 work khakis and am quite pleased with their durability and good looks. 

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So, stay tuned for a head to head comparative review that pits my defending work pants (the Carhartts) against the new work dungaree contender from across the pond (Blaklader Workwear) in an all out death match to see who will reign as the next World Champ of the Work Trousers. 

Let's get ready to ruuuuuuuumble!