A sofa couch and a plasma TV in the basement are what most people think of when they hear the phrase “man cave.”
But these days, more men are giving up the basement for a man cave in the kitchen, which has usually been the heart of the home.
A study from the University of Michigan in 2012 found that men in their 30s to 50s cook eight meals a week, which is more than the group before them. Also, they watch the same number of food shows on TV as women: four times a month.
For the most part, this change means that cooking is now just as manly as any rough sport. More and more home builders are making kitchens, both indoor and outdoor, with men in mind because more and more men need places to practice their cooking skills.
But if you already have your dream kitchen inside, you might want to think about getting an outdoor man room with all the best cooking gear. Here are some ideas.
Do Not Get Cheap With Appliances
A good grill is the heart of any outdoor space, but if you want to make the best outdoor man cave, you need more than one grill. Ideally, you should have both gas and charcoal grills so you can switch between them based on the food you’re cooking. Make sure your grills have side burners. These are great for controlling the heat while making sauces, appetizers, and smaller meals. Also, you’ll need a big area to work where you can set up your tools and put them away. The ultimate all-in-one showpiece is made up of wood pizza ovens, beverage bars, and setters.
Focus On How It Works
“Are Kitchens the New Man Cave?” asked the Wall Street Journal about architect James Ramsey of New York’s RAAD Studio. He said that men tend to focus on “work flow or machinelike efficiency” when designing their kitchens.
When designing outdoor area, functionality is very important. When planning the setup of your outdoor kitchen, put the grills around the edges. This will keep the smoke away from the main area where you’ll be entertaining. For an outdoor kitchen, you also need an island with a sink. Some customers also add big refrigerators or a custom rack for dishes and tools so that they can get to everything quickly.
Don’t forget about fun things to do.
Without the right entertainment setting, the best outdoor man cave would not be complete. That’s why you need a home theater system with great speakers and music. A great place to have parties should also have outdoor TVs with screens that don’t reflect light and can stand up to wind, rain, humidity, and other natural factors.
Don’t forget the chairs either. Your room will feel cozier with sectionals that have foot rests made of all-weather cloth. For a clearer space, some clients also choose underground living rooms with fire pits.
If you’re moving your man cave outside, these tips will help you make the best kitchen and space for parties. You might never go back inside your man cave after adding big-screen TVs and outdoor kitchens that are just as good as the ones inside.