Living apart while he is sorting it out
My husband says he needs his "space". He decided to buy a rental property down the street - a two-flat. I suggested he move his stuff into the unrented flat and make it the ultimate man cave - a place he could hang out, have alone time, play his guitar, whatever he wanted. Now I am regretting opening my big mouth. I am just not that enlightened to let him go - I now fear that he will permanently move into this place. He seemed very, very happy at my suggestion. What do you think? Big mistake or creative way to give each other space?
I lean toward the 'creative way to give each other space' option. You could have refused to give him his 'space', which would probably have led to blowups and resentment.
There are times when both men and women (especially around andropause and menopause) need time alone. I know a number of couples who have separated during this time, and then got back together a year or two later. If they could have come up with your kind of creative solution, it may well have been much easier for them.