Turning a basement, extra den, or a bedroom into a man cave is the dream of many. The trick is to do it without lowering your property value or hurting yourself when it comes time to sell. Fortunately, you can enjoy your man-cave now while still planning for the future of your property and other home renovations by using the following tips.

Tip #1: Color Matters

One of the first changes made to a room is usually the paint. Dark colored walls are the norm for many man caves, if one is to rely upon the design programs for inspiration. Before you pull out a can of black or charcoal paint, consider the room.

Dark walls can make a windowless basement seem dark and cramped. A better option is to go for light colored or even white walls, and use the darker colors on the furniture or to paint the trim. Paneling is another common choice for basement walls, but opt for the light wood paneling.

Upstairs, dark walls can be a concern to potential future buyers, especially in spare bedrooms which are often earmarked as children's rooms. If you go with the dark color upstairs, be prepared to paint over it if you ever put the home on the market. You will need both a good primer and a quality paint to cover a dark wall.

Tip #2: Keep the Flooring in Mind

When deciding on the best flooring, keep these three things in mind:

  1. The location of the room.

  2. Your main use of the room.

  3. The future uses of the house and room.

Generally, carpet is used in basements to add a layer of insulation. If you do want a hard floor, floating laminate or wood can be installed over a base of insulation.

Upstairs, you can use just about any flooring material desired, as long as it fits your main use. For example, you may want to skip wood or glass tile floors if you are going to use the room mainly for pool – wayward balls can damage these materials. In bedrooms, you can generally get away with carpet and hardwood without offending a future buyer, but you may want to skip odd colors or carpet styles. Most people aren't interested in a house with bright purple shag.

Tip #3: Consider Built-Ins Carefully

The well-designed built-in can take your room to the next level, but consider it and the room carefully before proceeding. A wet bar or built-in entertainment center can raise the value of your basement. In a bedroom, though, this can actually lower the value since most people don't want a sink in their kid's bedroom.

For bedroom man caves, you can still have your bar. Opt for a bar cart or build in a small dry bar that can double as a vanity when the time comes to move. Instead of built-in entertainment centers, install a high-mount electrical outlet so you can mount your flat screen directly to the wall with no dangling cords.

Tip #4: Know Your Focal Point

Finally, know the focal point of your man cave. Is it a pool table, a huge TV, a poker table, or a video game system? Or, is more a place to kick back and relax with the paper and maybe a drink? By knowing your focal point you can design the room properly around it. There's no point adding bars and entertainment systems if it's going to make the space too crowded to play pool or ping-pong. Work from the focal point outward so you can avoid costly mistakes.

A few creative workarounds can ensure you achieve the man cave of your dreams without compromising the value of your house.