Man Cave - Ideas? Testamonials?

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Submitted by Bubblesitter on March 24, 2012 - 12:52pm

I was curious if some of you had full fledged Man cave (or Woman cave)

if you have a tandem 3 car garage, or some garage nook or shed it the back, what have you done? What would you like to do? Anything unusual?

I have a bunch of sports memorablia, (not valuable, just a few old jerseys, pennants, etc..along some hobby stuff an work bench in corner

I wouldn't mind a sofabed, flatscreen a portable fridge.

Just some ideas, came across will persuing the web, check this out

http://mancavesite.org/Man_Cave_of_the_Y...

Bubblesitter

Submitted by Bubblesitter on March 24, 2012 - 12:57pm.

http://mancavesite.org/Gallery_MCOTY_201...

This guy converted a firetruck into a fully stocked bar

Submitted by Bubblesitter on March 24, 2012 - 1:03pm.

Here's better link.....amazing

http://mancavesite.org/JackKowalskiCave/

Submitted by svelte on March 24, 2012 - 6:30pm.

We have what we call a Play Room...
- Sectional 10 ft x 7 ft with huge ottoman
- 4ftx2ft ribbon speakers mounted on the walls in the corners
- Mid-to-high end audio system
- Big screen TV
- Internet wired and wireless
- Guitars on the walls
- Blue colored ambient lighting running around the base of the sectional and around select baseboards (where it can't be seen)
- Stripper pole securely mounted to ceiling and floor
- Shelving in the closet stocked with water, towels, games, various accessories

We spend quite a bit of time in there actually...

This is what we did with one of our bigger bedrooms once the kids moved out. :-)

Submitted by scaredyclassic on March 24, 2012 - 9:42pm.

I am constructing an outdoor man-patch with music, squat rack, pull up dip bar, weights, shade. Like a prison yard weight set up.

Also looking to put some rope up in tree for some man climbing and for varyinied size stones say 75, 100, 125, 150 and 200 to start stones for stone lifting. Line em up. And maybe a 12 pound stone for tossing around on the man patch.

Submitted by Blogstar on March 25, 2012 - 8:56am.

I guess I am just way more prone to asceticism. I feel like the world is my man cave too. Not missing anything like that.

Submitted by Bubblesitter on March 25, 2012 - 9:03am.

Svelte, niccceeee

Walterwhite,
weeeiirrddd, but different strokes for different folks.

I'm wondering if mancave enhances the value of a house. As women are the predominant decision makers in home purchases, may not so much. I guess it depends on the degree of customization. i suppose a litely decorated man cave that is easily converted to other use may stir the thoughts of propective buyers into their own man cave ideas.

Im liking the idea of a wine cave, humidor. But of course all that work may go to nought when I downsize and put on the market.

Submitted by Blogstar on March 25, 2012 - 9:16am.

Bubblesitter wrote:

Walterwhite,
weeeiirrddd, but different strokes for different folks.

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That's what I was going to post about the site for man caves linked in the original post but it didn't seem very nice to do so. Different strokes for different folks is right.

Walter's would be more interesting to me than what's been mentioned so far.It actually seems manly in a more traditional sense and if you are going to use the word "cave" to describe a hangout it shouldn't describe some kind of boutique filled with electronics and wannabe faux memorabilia. I doubt I would use the stripper pole much.

Submitted by svelte on March 25, 2012 - 10:49am.

I had my doubts about the pole too. I must have checked five times to ensure she wanted it.

But it's been there a few yrs now and most of the women who have visited have tried it...it is almost a universal curiosity among women, it seems. And at home it is a safe environment where they can feel comfortable. Even last night we were talking about it at a club and a woman within earshot said she'd like to come over to give it a try. Universal!

As for the electronics, I really love music and get frustrated by the sound quality of most sound systems in public places...seems everybody skimps on the speakers which is where they should be putting a bigger percentage of their dough. The big screen probably gets used the least as it is basically backup, in case we both want to watch different shows (rare) - it is the second TV in the house.

The guitars aren't so much faux memorabilia (have no desire to have signed guitars) as much as art. I don't play, but love the shape of guitars. They are quite sensuous, really. And they relate to one of the main focuses of the room - a music listening environment.

And should we ever decide to sell (not likely), I can turn it back into a regular bedroom in about a half day.

Walter, I started making a home gym a few years ago then sold it all. Found it much easier to use the wide variety of machines at the gym and, besides, at home I get distracted with phone, TV, kids, computer, etc. If I'm at the gym, I have to focus on exercising the whole time. Your man patch does sound interesting though!

Submitted by scaredyclassic on March 25, 2012 - 10:50am.

I also have large sandbags for sandbag lifting

Submitted by scaredyclassic on March 25, 2012 - 10:55am.

Still not sure on final man patch location.

Want to take a few days off to construct a nice outdoor toilet. Maybe I'll put the manpatch near that.

Submitted by svelte on March 25, 2012 - 11:04am.

Here is a guy building a 90,000 sf house, and guess what he has a room devoted to? See page 4...

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/201...

That room is much too gawdy for us (that statue! that carpet! that furniture!) but the rest of the room is not far off what we were thinking with ours...

Submitted by Navydoc on March 26, 2012 - 10:23am.

Built the ultimate man-cave basement- now I have to sell it to someone elseMan cave photosMan cave photosman cave 2man cave 2man cave 3man cave 3.

Did all this myself with material from Lowes. The bar has a fridge and a freezer under the counter. Really going to miss this place.

Submitted by UCGal on March 26, 2012 - 11:07am.

svelte wrote:
Here is a guy building a 90,000 sf house, and guess what he has a room devoted to? See page 4...

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/201...

That room is much too gawdy for us (that statue! that carpet! that furniture!) but the rest of the room is not far off what we were thinking with ours...


Can't really call that a man-cave since it's her closet, per the caption.

Submitted by ocrenter on March 26, 2012 - 11:15am.

Navydoc wrote:

Did all this myself with material from Lowes. The bar has a fridge and a freezer under the counter. Really going to miss this place.

that's nice. I see there's some element of softer touch to appease the wife as well.

so the truth is out, we now know the real reason why you need the "extra sqft" stonebridge offers. =)

and just for all future man-cave projects, Lowes will be opening a brand new store in Poway.

http://poway.patch.com/articles/lowe-s-t...

Submitted by sdduuuude on March 26, 2012 - 1:14pm.

You got me thinking about this man-cave thing. I don't really have one - just my shop in the new garage with power tools, workbench, electronix station, small TV to watch games while I build, etc.

I'm really missing the other kind - the sit/relax/drink/play/TV room. So, I think I really need 2 man-caves. One where I can build stuff and other where I can play stuff because I would get sawdust all over the pool table if they were 1 cave. My ultimate cave would really be a game room for the family.

To have it all, I would include, in order or priority: big TV with gaming console, computer station, small bar, resizable poker/game/puzzle table for 4 to 10 players, pool table or bumper pool table/foosball/shuffleboard/air hockey, drum-kit. Might include a small project table for crafts and smaller shop projects.

Navydoc's room scores points for the big TV and dark wood but is disqualified as a man-cave due to the pillows on the couch, flowery art on the walls and the effeminate lamp. Don't get me wrong - it's very nice, but it's like wearing designer jeans to a rodeo.

Submitted by Ren on March 26, 2012 - 2:06pm.

When I think of a man cave, it's a place where a woman wouldn't even want to go, so less a gaming/TV room (which I also want) and more a car/workshop/weight room. I only have one bay available now, where I have a squat rack and fridge, with enough room left over for my car when I need to work on it. My plans for a 3-car garage include one bay for storage, tools, workbench, fridge, sink, and small bar, another for a lift (the weekend car stored above the daily driver), and the middle bay for a couch, end tables, lamps, squat rack, and folding treadmill. A moderately-sized (42"?) flat screen would hang somewhere, maybe a neon beer sign or two, and it's almost a requirement to have at least one barely dressed girl poster or calendar. Wifey thinks that's incredibly tacky, which only pushes me to do it :-)

Ideally it would be fully finished, insulated, and vented for HVAC. If money wasn't an object, I might build in a tiny half-bath, too.

My advice is to not skimp by getting a mini-fridge, as I did. Go nearly full size - it's hugely useful for parties.

Submitted by Navydoc on March 26, 2012 - 2:07pm.

No, you missed what I did. There is the "man" half of the basement, and then the "woman and daughter" half. The dividing line is the back of the theater recliners. I'll have to post more pictures, right behind me in the picture of the bar is the gym, which was a storage room I drywalled myself.

Had to make it look presentable to the wife so she would come down sometimes. It is truly amazing how much time I spend down there. Some weekends I never leave the basement. You don't really need to.

Submitted by sdduuuude on March 26, 2012 - 5:31pm.

Ren wrote:
Ideally it would be fully finished, insulated, and vented for HVAC.

Wouldn't that make it more likely for females to possibly enter?

Save the money on HVAC - make it hot in the Summer and freezing in the Winter and even more man-friendly.

Submitted by sdduuuude on March 26, 2012 - 5:32pm.

I bet temeculaguy has a man-cave, too.

'cept he calls it a "house"

Submitted by Ren on March 26, 2012 - 8:10pm.

sdduuuude wrote:
Ren wrote:
Ideally it would be fully finished, insulated, and vented for HVAC.

Wouldn't that make it more likely for females to possibly enter?

I was blessed with a spouse who surrendered the garage completely early on, although you may be right about the HVAC. The higher utility bill might give her a reason to complain, when I'd rather be under the radar. I'm counting on the framed St Pauli Girl poster and black leather couch to help keep her out.

Submitted by sdrealtor on March 26, 2012 - 9:15pm.

svelte
Temecula happens to be the swinger capital of the world. At least so I have been told.

Submitted by CA renter on March 27, 2012 - 1:23am.

That's a very cool basement, Navydoc!

Submitted by Bubblesitter on March 27, 2012 - 3:51am.

NavyDoc,
Very nice.....Im green with envy.

ah....to have a basement. I had one in my last house back east. I think man caves are more prevalent out east. You certainly have more sq footage, I've seen huge finished basements before. I have an amigo with must be 2000 sq ft of basement. Most of it finished

Submitted by Bubblesitter on March 27, 2012 - 3:51am.

NavyDoc,
Very nice.....Im green with envy.

ah....to have a basement. I had one in my last house back east. I think man caves are more prevalent out east. You certainly have more sq footage, I've seen huge finished basements before. I have an amigo with must be 2000 sq ft of basement. Most of it finished

Submitted by LAAFTERHOURS on March 27, 2012 - 11:34am.

My home came with a 1 car and 2 car garage separate from one another. When we moved in, I dropped that spongy flooring in the 1 car garage, had cable wired in, mounted a 42 on the wall with a small ikea floating cabinet for the media stuff and put all the gym equipment in there. It was nice but super hot in the summer since it gets afternoon sun. Relocated all the gym equipment to the house and moved the 42 to the wall facing the street. Brought in a kegerator, dartboard and have the bikes, scooters, skateboards, baggo hanging from the ceiling and sports stuff in a bin. During football season, open the garage, turn up the stereo and watch the game from the street while keeping an eye on the young ones. Man cave? kind of but not really. More like a family cave with all the toys.

St pats day it came in handy. Dual beer pong tables and ncaa tourney going. It smelled and looked like a frat house sunday morning but nothing 2 hours of a mop and broom couldnt clean up.

Submitted by Essbee on March 27, 2012 - 1:28pm.

I probably shouldn't post on this thread since I'm a woman, but someone recently said, "Oh, a mancave," when I described this room. (To which I think I probably glared and replied, "No, this room will be used by both of us.")

I am really excited about this aspect of our new house. We just closed last week, get keys today, and we are moving in next week!

Anyway, our new house has one of those garages with 2 bays, and then a separate garage with 1 bay only. The 1 bay garage is going to be our workout area. It will house an elliptical, weights, and an exercise mat/ball. And of course a flat screen on the wall. i hope the heating/cooling issues aren't too severe, but we have had a similar setup (in a 2 bay garage, displacing the cars) for over a year and so far it hasn't been TOO bad.

Submitted by svelte on March 27, 2012 - 8:43pm.

You're more than welcome to post here, original poster even said man OR woman cave.

Tell you the truth, a cave without women is a cave I wouldn't like anyway...that's just me.

Love the basement, Navydoc! Especially the bar! That's awesome and the next thing I'm gonna build.

Also love those of you who have decked out your garage...I did that with my last home and loved it. Haven't gotten around to doing my new one yet. On the list, but prolly a couple years out still...

Submitted by CA renter on March 29, 2012 - 12:17am.

Congratulations on your new home, Essbee! :)

Submitted by svelte on March 29, 2012 - 12:17pm.

Geez, I breezed right over the new house part.

Yes, congrats essbee! Tell us about your new abode if you feel so inclined...

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