The home building industry is no stranger to flash-in-the-pan trends, but sometimes an idea will take hold of the public imagination in a way that lasts for a while. One of the latest long-term trends in home remodeling is homeowners adding what is commonly called “a man cave” to their home–a special room designated for cool things like video games, large-screen televisions, and pool tables with adjacent bar. But just because an idea is popular doesn’t mean it’s a good one.

Why We’re Asking:

The idea of having a “man cave” is a cool one, but there are many elements involved that could go very wrong. Large electronics, complicated plumbing, or even risky elements like over-sized fish tanks often turn up in man caves, and each item presents its own unique risks and challenges. Our experts know better than anyone how to ensure that a fun space remains a safe space, and so we are asking their advice on whether or not a man cave is a good idea, and how to ensure that it is done properly.

So tell us, experts:

What’s the deal with “man caves”?

What things should home owners be sure to take into consideration before building one?
What popular man cave elements are riskier than they look?
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen or installed in a man cave?
What would you put in your man cave?

Home owners often come up with cool ideas for their remodels, but they don’t always think through the consequences. Your advice could save customers a great deal of headache when designing and installing their new sanctuary.

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!