Man Caves: Dude, It IS ALL About You

Man Caves are a great thing to have, but first let’s talk about all the other rooms in you have:

DUDE! Does your Girlfriend hold her nose and give you THAT look when she comes to your place?

Are you a Dad, who is divorced, or separated and needs to make a nice pad for YOU – and/or your kids (if you have any) – when they visit?

Why should you have nothing but a sparsely decorated apartment, townhouse, condo…or maybe YOU lucked out and got the house?!

Men often adopt that “I don’t care” attitude  Yes You DO, or have no idea what to do with their man caves.

Okay, maybe you do have a lot of stuff you’ve collected for a “one-day” scenario – that might be why you’re single. Oh the stories I could tell about that!

Let’s put that smile back on your face and give you some love, via better design for your place.

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Nate Berkus’ Personal Kitchen /living room

Are you the Bar, Buddies, Sports, Darts and Pool Guy?

Are you the Art, Modern, Foodie, City Guy?

Maybe you are the Metal, Wood, Rustic Guy?

I know some of this overlaps, so let’s try this mind exercise – yeah I know you think logically, so this is what I propose:

You are a Dude. You KNOW in your heart what rocks your soul. Think about the music you listen to the most. Now envision the spaces that music would make. What does your mind see? That should guide you pretty well.

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The perfect room reflects YOU.  Photo by Marotte

Now if you’re a dude going through a separation or divorce, it’s all kinds of messy, with hurt feelings, guilt, resentment. You know the drill here. What you may NOT know is that you also need/deserve a calming place to come home to, that rests easy on your eyes, where you can let your guard down and just be, or jam, whatever floats your boat.

IF you also have kids, they need a room to call their own when they spend time with you. This should not mean a sleeping bag on the floor or blow-up mattress…that’s only cool and fun for a very brief time. You care about your kids enough to understand their need to have better than that.

This will go a very LONG way to keeping your relationship on track with them, also making your kids happier to visit with you. Remember they are self-absorbed for quite awhile, and kids really do suffer more than you.

So does this pique your interest? Do you believe you need your home to better reflect who YOU are…As you can see, this is about your HOME not all about a Man Cave.

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Brian Watford Design, Via Atlanta Homes Magazine

While still being appealing to those who may wish to visit with you ~ Good Design is not just for women!

Now, I realize that the majority of you don’t have a clue when it comes to pulling everything together. In fact you may not even know where to start.

My Absolute Tip for you is: DO NOT PAINT THE WALLS FIRST!!! I cannot tell you that enough.

The wall color comes from what else you put in a room.

As an interior designer, I never ever suggest wall colors before the entire design is figured out.

If you paint first, after the space is all put together, even you might recognize that something is OFF

That is, unless you are fated as one of the many dudes who are color blind…Yeah that sucks.

Then you REALLY need my help ?

Certainly, the majority of you do. I can turn those rooms , not just your man cave – into a HOME for you.

 

LET”S DO THIS!  Fill out the Contact form, and we’ll roll up our sleeves and get to work.

What You Need to Know About Countertops

Countertops for Kitchens and baths can be a real mystery for the most of us. Yeah that’s right!

Granite has been the mainstay for quite some time. First used by the wealthy in their homes, it gained in popularity across the spectrum of homeowners during the early 1990’s.

What’s the deal with Granite countertops anyway?

  1. Granite is a natural stone and comes in many colors and variations.
  2. It comes in gloss or honed (matte) finishes. Gloss is the most popular.
  3. Can be scratch and heat resistant, and used as counters in kitchen, baths and bars.
  4. Pots and pans chip an edge near the sink? That can be repaired.
  5. Choose an edge, such as the Bullnose or Double Ogee which won’t chip as easily.

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Blue Pearl Royal Granite – great for a Beach House kitchen

Problems with Granite:

  1. Those pesky chips.
  2. Don’t slap a hot casserole dish on the countertop if the design is very large with big quartz crystals. Called “High Movement,” The larger the design, the less heat resistant.
  3. High maintenance! You can use a granite spray to clean your countertops, but to maintain the glossy finish you should polish them every 6 months to a year, to seal the stone. High Movement granite needs polishing at 6 months as it has more porosity.
  4. You must chose from one lot. As the miners get closer to the end of the run, the color darkens.
  5. It can be quite costly, depending on what you choose. Prices can vary on demand and stock available. See #4

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Granite with High Movement

 

Quartz Countertops, the not so new kid on the block:

  1. Cambria and Silestone are the top manufacturers
  2. Made of 95% quartz 5% resin, making them just about impermeable – even to food acids!
  3. Resistant to heat, impact and scratches, and doesn’t need sealing. Comes in smooth, suede and volcano (low pebble) finishes.
  4. Available in many colors, and available as shower trays, built-in sink bowls, kitchen, bath and bar countertops.
  5. Greenguard certified and many are hygienic (Bacteriostatic). Clean up is with soap and water.

 

Problems with Quartz Countertops?

  1. Strong sunlight can possibly discolor them.
  2. Though high heat resistant, still be safe and use a trivet or potholder underneath a hot pot.

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Newest entry to the countertop category? DEKTON

  1. What is this? A mixture of raw materials including glass, the latest generation of porcelain tiles, and quartz surfaces.
  2. These Miraculous counters of the future came out about three years ago. Max heat resistance to Fire and Heat, High UV resistance makes it suitable for outdoor use. Max resistance to scratching and stains! What more can I say? Still, you’ll want to use a cutting board to keep the knife blades safe.
  3. Can be used for counters, flooring (yep!) facades and walls.
  4. Made in a few hours, what naturally would take nature thousands of years to do, using a process called PST..learn about this by watching the video. Covers the build of Cosentino’s new facility in Spain, as well as the Particle Sintering Technology (PST) process. Fascinating to watch!

 

 

Problems with DEKTON?

  1. For some reason, the residential market has yet to warm up to Dekton.
  2. Consumer reports tested it, and came to the conclusion that it can crack when you drop a pot from on high….yeah, like that happens! Response:Cosentino conducted extensive test on the materials in its facilities and when subjected to impacts from regular kitchen items and utensils, such as a knife, can of food and a pot, the material did not crack- validating its high performance to withstand normal levels of wear and tear. Dekton was designed to durably withstand everyday wear & tear- whether it’s scratching, staining, heat or cutting.  It scored well in all of those categories in the Consumer Report Testing. As Consumer Reports’ testing conditions didn’t comply with our own installation guidelines, we can’t validate their results.Now if you take a 2-4lb weight and drop it on any surface that is not installed and just clamped between two vices, I am sure just about anything will dent/ or crack.

So that was a walk in the park. My hope is you are now better informed on the use and performance of different types of countertops. Concrete is not that great, Zinc is pricey, reacts to all sorts of food, so won’t stay shiny, and can warp. I didn’t cover butcher block, as you can get very large Boos Boards now, that takes the place of inserting butcher block into your countertops – though they do make nice islands – if you’re not into stone.

We like to see what differences our clients prefer when choosing stone for their projects.