If you are looking for a way to create a space to indulge in man stuff, and already have a space to park your car, then you can consider converting the garage into a man cave. Compared to making a new extension to your house, transforming the garage is far less expensive and won’t take as much time.
The first thing that you need to decide is how big you want the conversion to be. If you are going to be using this space all day and night and reside in a region that experiences huge variations in weather conditions or temperatures, then there is a lot of stuff to do in order to get an ideal man cave such as insulation, heating and air conditioning. However, if you intend to use the space for simpler things like socialising with your friends, then you can achieve this by doing less work.
This is a decision that’s going to depend on your needs, which means it will be very personalised. If you just want a simple man cave, you won’t have to put in a lot of effort, time and money, but if you want it to be like a man paradise, then you will just have to put in a lot more work. If you plan to have any electronics or a pool table, then it is advisable to have HVAC and insulation in order to protect your valued items from extreme humidity and temperatures.
Most garages sit on a concrete slab and this makes the man cave conversion much easier. However, concrete can get pretty cold and so you may want to consider insulation by installing floorboards. If you already have floorboards, then it does not hurt to consider carpeting. However, if you are fine with a concrete floor, then you can simply lay down big rugs or carpet remnant pieces if you’re on a budget. You might not have a problem with the man cave having a concrete floor, but if you are going to spend the entire day playing pool and shooting darts with your pals, then it’s always advisable to put some kind of insulation on the floor to make things more comfortable and fun.
If your garage doesn’t have wall insulation, it’s usually advisable to install it when turning the space into a man cave. If your garage is detached from your house, then it will require more work as it doesn’t get heat or air conditioning from the home. If the garage is unfinished, consulting an architectural designer or by using floor plan software for estate agents, one can consider installing the insulation between the walls and closing it up with drywall. Then paint the drywall with a colour of your choice, to make it look appealing. If your garage already has drywall installed, then that makes it one less task to do.
When installing drywall, however, it is important to take note of the location of studs, as you are going to need them when installing things like flatscreen wall mounts, basketball hoops or even neon beer signs.
The ceiling is usually not a major concern when turning a garage into a man cave, but if you don’t like the sight of rafters, then you can finish it with drywall and paint. Regardless, you will want to have some lighting fixtures and a ceiling fan, particularly if the space does not have air conditioning.
You can either put furniture pieces from your home or buy new ones. Regardless, it is essential to have at least a couch and a table for the guys to relax when in your man cave. Not to mention that you need food and beverages and so you may want to consider a medium or a bar sized fridge.
A room can’t be called a man cave if it doesn’t have the right features. Ensure you make it comfy enough so that people can relax between games. Ideally, get a wine rack and a beer fridge to make it even more of a man cave.