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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by BigWill, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    cameras_web.jpg A fairly modern expression I suspect but I'm sure the "mancave" has existed in many other guises for centuries. I'd be interested to know how many of my fellow forum members possess such a "retreat"? I have recently re-acquired mine after my youngest daughter vacated what was formerly her room to live permanently in Edinburgh. I must say, much as I miss my wonderful youngest offspring, I'm delighted to have my "mancave" back once again where I can stack my cameras on the shelves, spread my computer equipment all over the place and generally fill it with the "boys toys" so typical of the average "mancave. And just out of intrest, do "ladycaves" actually exist or is this purely a male of the species fixation?

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  2. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    ahhh.... but are you allowed to eat a sandwich without using a plate....??

    I have a 'man-cave' but my permissions don't stretch that far......
  3. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Heck yes........even drink my beer out of the tin without pouring it into a glass first........philistine that I am! ;)

  4. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    We have matching (wo)man caves up the garden. Hers is smart and neat while mine looks like one of those old surplus shops where the spiders have squatter's rights. ;)
  5. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    I have two! One with all my amateur radio stuff and computers. The other is a workshop full of sharp, whizzy, dangerous machinery. ;)
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  6. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    Does my darkroom qualify as a mancave? It's dark, crammed full of esoterica and is of no interest to anyone but me.
  7. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Yes I have one, but about half the size of hers, which is a consulting room. I cram all my books and photo stuff in there. Must have a man cave.
  8. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    I think it used to be called 'the shed'.

    And I think 'ladycave' refers to something totally different... :eek:
  9. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    My flat comprises 3 mancaves, scattered with computers, cameras, audio stuff and model railway bits & pieces plus associated paraphernalia like tools, battery chargers, printer, scanner, plotter cutter and many books associated with the various interests, part of the largest cave also has various appliances necesssary for storing, preparing and consuming necessary sustenance and others for maintaining the local environment in acceptable conditions

    NB tidy is not considered essential for the environmental conditions
  10. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    I currently have a most desirable man-cave. Built from the old stables about ten metres from the house, it has its own loo/shower room and kitchenette, and a fairly spacious main room. Originally it was known as 'the grannie flat', but following the demise of the majority of the grannies, it became my office (which, for legal reasons, required a separate entrance) and quickly became a delightfully messy man-cave.

    Alas - no more! The decision has been made to reinstate its grannie-flatness, ostensible so we can accommodate a Philippina in our dotage to take care of us. In the meantime, apparently, it will be used as a haven for air-b-n-bers thereby generating revenue from an unused asset. Personally, I think 'er indoors is just on a house improvement crusade - last year the bathroom was rebuilt, and then the original rather steep staircase to upstairs was torn down and replaced with a more user-friendly structure - so I can get to my new man-cave in the spare bedroom, thereby suffering considerable territorial loss.

    Further to rub salt into the would, I am told that this enterprise is going to cost me €10-12K on refurbishment (read €15K). Still, not too upset about that as a single week of air-b-n-b will be more profitable than the current interest rate I am getting.

    <DeepSigh> DEEP SIGH </DeepSigh>
  11. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Women also have caves, although my children used to refer to mine as my 'batcave' when I had one. Whoever designed our old house seemed to have a penchant for big rooms that tailed off at one end - the kitchen and the living room both had these odd bits that were about half the width of the rest of the room at the back of the house. We opened up the kitchen by knocking into the dining room to make a large open plan space, but added doors to make the funny bit at one end of the living room into my batcave. I miss it. I had bookshelves aplenty, and storage for camera stuff, desk, computer, small stash of emergency gin. This whole flat is only about the size of a batcave really and there's nowhere to go to escape anyone ever. *Sigh* and *one day*
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  12. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    I have a study room, it’s a room in our house that can be a bit ‘out there’ with no rules on how it is decorated.
  13. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Funny I got precisely the opposite advice from my accountant when we built an office extension. He said that we should not separate the two functions and be prepared to prove I worked everywhere (sitting by fire with computer on knee for example )as well as holding family parties in the not quite an office. This was mainly for capital gain tax reasons and he then allows us a (tax free) use of house as office allowance.
  14. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Here in Cyprus, the law is most specific about not being able to claim house costs as a business expense. By doing it the way I did, I had two bites of the cherry - firstly costs could be offset against business taxes, and, as the building is over a hundred years old in a 'preserved' village, the rent I charged for the use of the office by the business was considered tax free so money would be available for maintenance. Result!
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  15. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Just think how many accountants would be thrown on the streets if countries simplified their tax systems. My goodness - they might turn to piracy!

  16. Bipolar

    Bipolar Well-Known Member

    I have had a few man caves over the years. Here are some pictures of my present man cave. Its a bit cluttered but I know where everything is.


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  17. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    OMG! A place stacked out with tools like this is my idea of paradise! Sadly my dodgy legs and the associated H&S issues of a place like this mean that most of this equipment is now off-limits. (Used to be a skilled machinist.)
  18. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    Show off!!:D

    My man cave is huge - really big with lots and lots of stuff in it - of course it is in my imagination. Bipolar's mancave is bigger than my living room:eek:
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  19. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Bit of a conversation stopper. Who can match a man cave like that?
  20. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Beats my shelf, desk and 1 square foot of table space in the lounge, that's for certain.
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