The Morris Loft

Jamie and Richard Morris altered the plans to their house at the last minute to add a second floor. Since the loft wasn’t in the initial plans, they initially had no direction for it.

“The second floor was an afterthought,” Jamie said. “We crunched the numbers and said ‘man, that’d be an awesome man cave.”

Richard retired from 27 years in law enforcement, several of which were spent on mounted patrol. Jamie grew up on her family ranch, right next door to their house.

It was quickly filled with ranch flair cut straight from the country. Richard built most of the furniture and fixtures, using the Western style of an American rancher.

Rough cuts, spurs, hardwoods and Stetson hats lead the decor of the Morris’ family man cave.

“Sometimes it’s a man cave and sometimes it’s a kid cave,” Richard said.

Their retreat features darts and air hockey, a homemade bar with brass railing and tree stump bar stools, video games for the youth, a 73-inch television for football and a sauna for relaxation.

Family history is woven into the fabric of their man cave with mementos and stories scattered around the space.

The handcrafted, homegrown attitude to the loft dwelling extended to the attached bedroom, where Richard Morris cut and finished a log bed frame. In the bathroom, he built a sink from an old whiskey barrel with copper sink and a Jagermeister soap dispenser.

When construction was finished, the man cave totaled 1,500 square feet. In there, the couple welcomes family for the holidays and plays host to weddings, receptions and parties and entertains guests “whenever it hits us,” Jamie said.

“It’s really just a nice place to sit down and unwind,” Richard said.

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