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If you’re ready to create a man cave in your home, or take your existing guy-centric space to the next level, here are a handful of upgrades sure to make your cave feel like a castle:

* Tech heaven - To really be worthy of your man cave, whether plasma, LED or LCD, a flat screen should have all the latest bells and whistles, including Internet access, 3-D, high definition and a full-motion wall mount.

* Thinking outside the cave walls - The very concept of a man cave is about going your own way, but early iterations seemed to follow the same basic, frat-style formula of sports-themed decor, cheap seating and high-priced tech toys. Today, man caves are as individual as the men inhabiting them. Look for ways to personalize the space for your interests and needs. Have a passion for working out but don’t always feel like having an audience or trekking to the gym? Include some fitness equipment in your man cave. Prefer to get some work done late at night and don’t want to keep the family up? Park a desk and PC in a convenient corner.

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Home-Selling Tip

Consider a weeknight

Weekends are the most popular time to hold open houses, so competition to get your house seen is highest on Saturdays and Sundays. Consider holding an open house on a weeknight, when there are fewer other homes open to distract potential buyers.

Did You Know

In the Man Cave

According to a survey from retailer Newegg, the top four must-have items for a man cave are: a flat screen television (84 percent), surround sound system (72 percent), computer (69 percent) and video games (61 percent).

Decorating Tip

Stretch it

When renovating a basement, keep in mind the ceilings are usually lower than those found elsewhere in the house. Include some vertical design elements — a striped paint scheme, for example — to create the illusion of more height and eliminate the feeling of being cramped.

Garden Guide

Time for trees

Plant trees and shrubs once the weather begins to cool. This timing gives their roots a chance to take hold and spread while the soil is still warm but receives more moisture. There is also less chance of shock once the intense heat of summer has passed.