Call it a man room…
Or Trophy Room, it’s the most important room in the house.
Well, ours anyway.
Here’s some tips for making it great!
Every hard-working man deserves a space of his own at home that he can escape to after a long day; a sanctuary where he can relax, compose his thoughts and pursue his hobbies in peace. In the past, these hideaways went by names such as the study, the den, the game room, or the trophy room. Now they now fall under a new moniker: man caves.
A lot of the most admired cigar men in history enjoyed time in their own man cave. Ernest Hemingway wrote in a small studio in his home in Key West, Florida that he had converted from a hay loft. Mark Twain penned The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in an isolated hut that his sister-in-law built for him. And the great Sir Winston Churchill would often retreat to an art studio he built in his estate garden so he could relax, paint and puff.
Whereas these great men primarily used their spaces to work, today’s man cave is often multifunctional, doubling as an area suitable for both business and pleasure. One day you could be using the space to catch up on paperwork or work emails, and the next you’re pouring yourself a drink and watching the game with some friends.
Regardless of how you plan to use your man cave, building your own can be an exciting and rewarding endeavor. And for the cigar lover, a man cave can also be the one space in your home where you are free to light up without risking bothering non-smoking members of the household.
Ensuring that the smoke from your premium cigar doesn’t escape into other areas of the home, however, can be a bit of a challenge. It’s this hurdle that inspired us at Cigar Aficionado to create this guide and offer some tips to the cigar enthusiast looking to create a cigar-friendly man cave.
1) Plan It Out
Before you start constructing your cigar man cave, it’s a good idea to first develop a plan so as to lessen the chance of encountering any major problems while it’s being built.
Start with deciding the location, as this will influence some of your future decisions. Will you be building a brand new room that’s attached to your house, or opting to erect a detached man cave somewhere on your property? The major pro of building a detached structure is that there is no chance cigar smoke will leech into unwanted areas of the house, but the downside is they can be more expensive if you wish to install utilities such as heat, plumbing and electricity.
Or do you want to convert an underused space such as a garage or basement, the most popular man cave spot? Basements make good man caves for a couple practical reasons: utilities are typically nearby, and heating and cooling the space is usually easier since it’s mostly below ground level. However, some basements are prone to being damp, wet and musty, which is not ideal for cigars. Additionally, since smoke rises it can be difficult (and costly) to ensure that none of it escapes to floors above the basement level (but not impossible, as you’ll read below).
For a cigar man cave, it might be wise to think a little outside of the box, or more accurately, at the top of it. An attic can be ideal for a cigar man cave simply because it’s easier to ventilate the rising smoke. For this same reason, a space above a garage can also be a good candidate for a man cave.
Wherever you decide to build your cigar-friendly man cave, it would be wise to consult a professional who can assess your house and figure out what you will need to do to make it structurally sound enough to support another room. Additionally, a good structural engineer will know the local building codes. A website such as HomeAdvisor.com allows you to search for accredited companies that can spot problems before your begin your cigar man cave project.