Basement: Is it a Man Cave or a Family Hangout?

You built your dream house. It is everything you ever wanted. But now you have to figure out what to do with that basement. Are you going to turn it in to a man cave? What about installing those new quartz kitchen countertops you’ve had your eye on down there? Or does it get to be the family’s hangout and Movie Theater? Do your kiddos get to inherit it for their friends’ hangouts? Here are some helpful ideas for each of the aforementioned ideas.  Let’s presume you are a household consisting of a mother, father, and at least two kids.

The Man Cave

man cave constructionEveryman’s home owning dream is to have their own space to sprawl out and just be men and relax – but always have in mind that if something goes really bad then you’re probably will have to find a drug possession defense lawyer. I am talking big, plush recliners to kick up his feet in and relax with a cold one in his hand. He needs that big 60” TV to accompany him as he yells at the refs running the game, no matter who is playing. The man needs a wet bar to keep fully stocked for his friendly hangouts and sports enjoyment. Throw in some cabinets with it and supply his snacks for the game without him having to see the light of day for the weekend! Just make sure to sound proof it so you can enjoy your other endeavors above ground while he screams at his team for passing on 4th and Goal from the one-yard line.


Family Movie Theater

man cave theatreSo you want the theater experience without the price of seeing a movie every other day? Here’s what you need. First, surround sound and sound proofing. Enjoy the movie quality sound at home in style by adding plush, comfy couches and chairs with stadium seating platforms. And for a true theater experience, install a projector and projector screen or just have a large white wall. Top it all off with a Blu Ray player and you will be all set to escape on wild adventure and comical exploits with your whole family.  And by the way, don’t forget the old-fashioned popcorn maker and snow cone maker on the outside of the theater for that extra touch!

Let your kiddos rule the basement

man cave gamingRemember how I said you had at least two kids? Will, with this basement, it is going to seem like you have at least five. What you are going to do is this. First, give them games to play. I’m talking a cabinet with board games, a Nintendo Wii for active games, and a real gaming console of their choosing (PS4 or XBOX1). Then, give them at least two TV’s so that when they don’t want to play together, they do not have to. Then, add a Ping Pong table and possibly a pool table for their entertainment. Give them a refrigerator and freezer and a mini bar to entertain at (Soda and Lemonade anyone?).…

Love Where You Eat…and Cook!

kitchen renovation ideasWith the new push to eat healthy and not grab fast food on the way home, there is a desire to cook. But, as Americans, we have to have something catchy that will keep out attention as we do anything. That is where kitchen remodeling and renovating has come into play. If you look at the newest advances in kitchen appliances, three things will draw your attention.


  1. Good lord, that refrigerator can help me check my email

Technology has taken over the vast majority of life within a home. Whether it is playing a digital version of the beloved board games from previous generations, watching TV instead of having real family time, or shopping from the comfort of your couch; technology is all over the place and has changed our lives. Now, as a time saver, Samsung has released a refrigerator that can display TV shows or DVD movies along with checking your email. Me personally, I don’t stare at my fridge long enough to need to watch TV on it, however, I could see practicality in having it display a recipe you are working on. One other technological advance is the home barista equipment that we all want (and don’t know how to use) in our homes. It’s cheaper than buying coffee at a coffee shop right?


  1. Colors that Pop

The next big thing in kitchen advances is that appliances need their own identity. This is achieved through bold, popping colors; think orange, red, yellow, or the occasional pastel to set off the white or black overtone in your kitchen. At any rate, gone are the days of the subtle appliance; it is far more likely that your guests will notice your bright appliances before noticing the cabinetry that you added.


  1. Speaking of Cabinets, let’s modernize!

Those that are modernizing their kitchen are also going minimal.  They want cabinets and drawers to accent their pretty counters. They also want maximum space without all of the bulk. And with modern looking cabinet storage comes modern ways to open the cabinets as well. But while cool and nice to look at, they don’t hold a candle to the awesome technology in these kitchens…

Making Your Living Room Represent You

living room ideasApart from those that think their home should be painted white or a natural color, there are those that wish to paint their rooms to suit their personality. What this does is it instantly add that quality to the room as a whole, making it seem more in tune with you or your family’s personality. If you are considering painting your walls in a colorful hue or tone, here is what the different colors mean and will ultimately say about you.


Soft, Warm Colors

These are going to be your yellows and oranges, those colors that resemble a fire burning in the night. They are meant to show your exuberance and outgoing personality. These colors stimulate others into being more open and talkative, so if you are one to have parties and get-togethers, maybe having a room this shade would be a good idea. Furniture accents could be a nice brown or a cooling hue, if these are going to require painting or moving around it’s probaby best to hire a reliable local renovation company to head up the heavy lifting.

Maybe You Are a Soft, Cool Person

Maybe you are more introverted and love coming home to a peaceful home. Your home is your sanctuary, your resting place, and it sooths you. Go with a nice cooling blue or nonaggressive green in your home to bolster that feeling of peace. Maybe add hints of orange and yellow vibrancy to keep the mood up, but stay relaxed in your living room with these colors.


Glitz and Glamour

Are you one to follow the ins and outs of everything Hollywood? Do you find yourself drawn to the colors and jewels worn by the biggest celebrities at events? Then maybe you need to stick to this category and choose vibrant colors like ruby and sapphire. These colors can make small spaces feel bigger and drab spaces feel first class.  You may want to test this out in a less travelled area of your house, maybe a closet or a hallway. Or, if you are comfortable with the color, just dive right in and paint away!

Why Paint Your Walls Neutral Colors? It’s Boring… Well Maybe Not

neutral interior paintingEveryone has heard it. White rooms look like hospitals! Why paint your house like a hospital room and make it look so sterile and clinical? And yet, despite hearing this all the time from people, contractors and interior painting winnipeg alike are still pushing for this strategy in certain rooms of your house. The question is…why?


Maybe it is your personality

Some people have a constant, vibrant personality that is meant to brighten a room. These people probably have very bright, colorful walls. But the person with white or natural colors on their walls is probably a very balanced person, showing off flares of their personality every now and again. So, they keep their walls neutral and accent the room with characteristics of their personality in the form of accenting furniture or accessories. And they won’t be painting their walls all the time!

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They want to show off their taste

Sure, it is fairly easy to find furniture that goes with your vibrant walls. Most furniture is designed to blend with all types of paints in rooms, otherwise there would have to be specialized furniture sections for each color of paint. But what takes talent is taking the clinical looking, white painted room and turning it into a warm home. That is where their ability to choose vibrant accents that flow together comes into play.


Regardless of their motivation, it is a trend in the painting world currently by many painters. Maybe it looks ritzy; all the rich people in movies have natural toned walls in their penthouses or mansions, except the old timey mansions (looking at you Bruce Wayne).Or maybe, they just thought it would brighten the room without the worry of whether or not the orange paint would be too bright or not look the way they wanted it to.…

Making Your Kitchen a Hangout

kid friendly kitchen designHello Moms and Dads! You spend a lot of time in the kitchen when your kids are home, whether being the doting mom with snacks for the kids or prepping meals for dinner that night. Your kids, however, spend very little time in the kitchen, preferring the grab and go snack method. Here are some ways to get your kids to love being in the kitchen and make cooking a family affair.


Buy Cool Appliances Your Kids Will Want to Play With

Especially when your kids are younger, having cool appliances that are easy to use allow kids to survive and thrive in the kitchen. Buying that cool, blue blender and telling your kid to make some whipped cream for your desert is an easy way to get them involved. And your kid will love “sampling” the finished product. So replace that old blender you have had since your first apartment and start creating memories.


Sleek and User Friendly

Again, presuming you have kids, they will want the appliances to be user friendly so that they can help you create the Thanksgiving Dinner you make every year. Pick easy tasks and let your kids use the appliances. Teach your kid how to cook bacon and teach them safe cooking practices. If you make it easy when they are young, they will be crazy confident cooks when they move away for college. If not, Ramen is a good option!


Add an Everything Closet to Hide Clutter

You don’t need jackets thrown about your kitchen. Give your family a place to hide everything away from prying eyes and add a closet where all of this clutter can find a home. Whether it is a spot for jackets, keys, or the random things your kids play with, put it away in the cabinet before grabbing an apron and enjoying time cooking.


Finally, Add a Sleek Dishwasher

I know, you want your kids to wash dishes. But here’s the thing: you already spend a large chunk of your time in the kitchen, why spend more of it tediously washing dishes by hand? Buy a dishwasher and use it, then grab your kids and vacate the kitchen for a while to enjoy some well-earned family time. Then, when the dishwasher is finished, cut up some fruit and enjoy it as desert while putting dishes away.…