It is said that every man’s home is his castle, but in my opinion castles aren’t that comfortable. I’d prefer to think of my home as a sanctuary from my work life, somewhere I don’t have to wear a tie and polish my shoes. The thing with sanctuaries is that they are supposed to be relaxing, and many homes throughout the UK are missing a few integral elements that make them just that. By using my guide, you should be able to make your own home into something much better than a castle; it’ll be a fortress of relaxation! Read on and find out what you should save for to use in your property…
I don’t think there’s ever been a person who hasn’t said “ooh” or “aah” when they’ve descended into a Jacuzzi. I still wonder how something so simple can be so incredibly amazing, but that’s just the way it is. With hot water gushing around and jets that set to work on the tensest of muscles, a Jacuzzi is just the thing after a hard day in the office. Bring it up another notch by grabbing a bottle of champagne and a glass flute – heaven!
If a Jacuzzi doesn’t sound manly enough for you, put some money aside for a solid ‘man shed’ for your back garden. Having a shed allows you to keep at least one area of the home exactly as you like it; you won’t have to take your feet off the coffee table, and it doesn’t matter if you don’t put a coaster under your ice cold beer. If your wife isn’t keen on funding your shed out of your joint bank account, you could always sell your unwanted belongings online to make a bit of extra cash.
If you’re lucky enough to be given a spare room in the house so you don’t have to traipse into the garden, then make sure you use the space wisely. I’d think along the lines of a pool hall with a luxury table taking centre stage. Hang cues on the wall and adorn the rest of the space with sports memorabilia. A beer fridge wouldn’t go amiss either.
When space is an issue, bring your own means of relaxation into the living room. Exchange your old armchair for a sumptuous leather recliner that has a handy drinks holder built in. It will be your chair, so don’t let the kids use it and banish you to the sofa!
Of course, you can spend quality time together and call it relaxing, as long as the kids don’t bicker too much. One way to keep them relatively quiet is to build a home theatre; some people choose to convert their garage if they keep their cars outdoors but you could just use another reception room. Install a big screen and some plush seats, and maybe even a popcorn maker if you want to go the whole hog!