When you think of a “Man Cave”, what’s the first thought that pops into your head? Is it a damp, dark getaway somewhere in the woods behind the house or someone’s basement that has been masterfully transformed into a place of drinks, sports and games? Not everyone has a basement…that could pose a problem. So where are they to turn when they want to build a room of escape? Open the door to the garage and imagine. This might be a tough sell if you are currently using the garage for storage of vehicles or out of season items. If not though, you just found your blank canvas to create the perfect getaway room!
Prepping the Garage for Transformation
It’s time to clean and relocate the items that are taking up all the extra space in your garage. That’s easy enough and won’t take as long as you think. Heck, it’s not like you used that home gym work bench much anyways. After you’ve gone through everything, you can get the layout down and better visualize the man cave potential in front of you. What are a few of your favorite things, or things that you constantly search for when the game is on? How can you incorporate those into the design to ensure they are always at hand? What materials do you want to use for the floors, walls and ceilings? Can you repurpose any of the old stuff in the garage to add character or functionality to the cave? Is it going to be realistic to your budget? These are all questions that you need to ask yourself and answer before you drive in the first nail.
Keeping the Garage Comfortable
Let’s remember, this is the garage you are working with and most garages are built to somewhat of a minimalistic standard; they aren’t usually heated or need to be. Insulation is going to be vital unless you like to experience freezing temperatures to simulate being at the game. No one likes that, that’s why you built a man cave. Simple insulation can be placed nearly anywhere, even on the door itself as it is a large surface area exposed directly to the elements. This will lower the costs as well as keep the noise in check for your neighbors.
Keeping the Garage Secure
Now that you’ve just thrown a pile of updates, a gigantic TV with a sound system to match and all of your favorite memorabilia, it would be a good idea to make sure that it is secure. This can be accomplished through the simple addition of interior locks to both the doorway (if it has one) and the garage door itself. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to add some sort of security camera system as they are not too expensive anymore and many have the ability to be monitored right from your smartphone.
Start visualizing your great escape and round up a few buddies to help with the build.