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June 18, 2012

Dad’s Den: Designing for the 21st-Century “Cave Man”


Zillow

Syndicated — Whether escaping from a saber-toothed tiger or a bad day at the office, men have sought safety in their caves. It's been one constant through the ages.

In honor of Father's Day, we've gone in search of examples of the way modern men continue to be touch with their Paleolithic origins. And while not every man can be found embracing his inner Neanderthal, there's no doubt a widespread primal desire to hide out in a room of his own helps drive garage and basement design.

The Adventure Dad

Dapperly dressed at the office, his professionalism is beyond compare. Yet on the weekend, the adventure-seeking dad can slip into something a little more denim and channel his inner Eastwood.

5 Green Ln, Austin, TX (above)

For sale: $1,499,900

This 4-bedroom Austin home combines Texas grandeur with New Orleans flare. Large French doors open to a courtyard enclosed by ivy-covered walls. The detailed ceilings and cabinets are evidence of high quality craftsmanship. At 4,797 square feet, the home boasts an expansive man cave. Despite the dark wood and color palette, natural light from the tall windows allow the cave to be airy and light when desired.

The All-Star Dad

Whether on the court or on the couch, this dad loves all aspects of the sporting world. This dream man cave includes homage to his favorite athletes and serves as a great place to watch the big game.

2700 Bentley Rd, Highland Park, IL (above)

For sale: $1,325,000

Sitting on almost 2.5 acres, this 4-bedroom Highland Park home aims to impress. Vaulted ceilings, columns, skylights, and marble are just a few of the many dramatic elements of this modern art deco style home. The basement man cave is every sports fan's dream, featuring a gaming area, a full bar with cocktail tables, and a TV area.

Dad the Entertainer

From game days to movie nights, this dad is the ultimate host. His requirement for a man cave: Plenty of space for guests and a spectacular pool table.

1 End Of Cul De Sac, Fairfax, CA (above)

For sale: $1,450,000

The spaciously designed rooms and stunning views of Mt. Tam make this 5-bedroom Fairfax home irresistible. Rebuilt in 2005, the home's large windows and scenic setting opens out to an inviting yard. Perfect for entertaining, the home's eclectic man cave has plenty of room for both a home theater and gaming area.

The Do-It-Yourself Dad

This man cave isn't one put together by someone else. This is DIY Dad's claim to mannish self-hood, having cobbled the materials with which to transform the garage.

1609 Lakecliff Hills Ln, Austin, TX (above)

For sale: $889,000

With sweeping views, a spiral staircase, and an infinity pool, this 5-bedroom and 4,797 square foot Austin home is classically elegant. Custom built in 2006, this Texas gem is perfect for anyone looking to throw a good party. Additionally, the 2686-square-foot unfinished basement gives a DIY-Dad enough room for all his tools and toys.

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