The man cave tends to be a place where your inner teenager comes out to play with your adult income. But there are alternatives to throwing down a couch, mounting some jerseys and filling a mini-fridge with beer on game day. A spare room can be both a place of personal solace and one where you do some of the things that make being a man truly, truly awesome. These nine approaches will make yours the envy of your cave-dwelling friends. —Nicholas Pell
Casino Build an adult version of a game room with a craps table, blackjack table and roulette wheel. And play for, umm… jelly beans. Of course.
Brewery Bring the manly art of brewing to your home. You’ll be the envy of all your friends when you drop by the BBQ bearing a case of booze with your face on it.
Workshop Why reinvent the wheel? Just do what your old man did. Spend your free time tinkering with cool shit or just ogling a wall full of Craftsman tools.
Study The intellectual fellow will want some brown leather couches, shelves of old books and a fleet of ships in bottles for his spare room.
Humidor Nothing quite says luxury like your own walk-in cigar shop. Best of all, they’re easy enough to build on your own. Or so we hear.
Meat-Curing Room You know who might be even cooler than the guy who rolls up with a gallon of homebrewed beer? The guy who rolls up with a pound of home-cured salami.
Old-Fashioned Weight Room No elliptical machines, no jazzercising, no blaring house. Just heavy pieces of metal you can heft and hoist like a Russian Olympian from the 1960s.
Home Theater A flat panel and a comfy couch make for a good time. A projection screen and stadium seating make Jack and Jill feel Oscar-worthy.
Make-It-Rain Suite Looking to party like a rock star in the basement? All it takes is a stage, a pole and a phone call to set up your very own champagne room.