With Father’s Day just behind us and warm weather ahead, summer is an ideal time for re-examining how our homess serve our dads. Far evolved from the "man cave," today’s favored parts of the home include the home gym, outdoor kitchen and dining areas, and game rooms that go beyond merely watching sports to honing one's own skills. Read on for ideas on how to optimize the areas where dads and men spend their time!
Staying fit doesn’t have to be a chore. Gone are the days when a home gym meant a bench press and an exercise bike set up in front of the tv. Have fun with your fitness with additions to your workouts like a punching bag, parkour boxes, a balance board, or cross fit battle ropes. Or set yourself up for further adventure with your own rock climbing wall! Rock climbing boards and pegs can be added to any high-ceilinged room in your home or even along your staircase or the exterior wall of your house.
Not just a barbecue anymore, your outdoor kitchen should feel like an extension of your home. Whether you are creating a temporary space or remodeling, consider how and when your family likes to barbecue. Designing your cooking and eating areas around the focal points of your activities allows your favorite chef to be a part of the action. Amenities dads love in their outdoor kitchen include: a mini or beverage refrigerator, a kegerator for the craft beer lover, a television so he never misses the score, speakers for rocking out to his favorite tunes, and an eat-in bar near the grill so he can chat while he cooks. The key to the perfect outdoor kitchen is allowing your chef to be part of the fun!
Once upon a time, the game room meant a large screen tv, pool table, minibar and shelves for all your sports memorabilia. Now dads aren’t just watching the action on the big screen, they’re living it! With technologies like indoor golf simulators available for private use, home designers are finding ways for sports lovers to go beyond Wii sports and step into their favorite games in HD from the comfort of their own homes without compromising the overall aesthetics. Sports simulator screens that help analyze speed and angles are offered for over 30 sports including baseball, hockey, soccer and basketball. Of course, we still think it’s a good idea to have somewhere to display all the signed balls, trophies, jerseys, and baseball caps...
As you rethink your surroundings, you may discover that your home just doesn’t fit your current or future needs. If this is the case, we’re happy to discuss your buying and selling options. Feel free to reach out to me at any time!