Any man who’s given thought to have their own man cave may have a particular theme in mind. If you’re big into sports, then decorating your man cave with your favorite sports teams and jerseys and other items makes a lot of sense. Maybe you’re a hunter or fisherman and want to showcase your trophies to all your buddies. Whatever your interests may be, having your own man cave means owning a space that speaks to your true passions in life. Implementing those passions into a properly built man cave, however, means a lot of work on your end to have it built properly. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Time to clean
Before any serious planning can be put into place, it’s time to empty out the old shed that you’ve been keeping different supplies and other random items. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the amount of storage in the shed, consider getting rid of or selling any items you haven’t used in over a year. Unless you know for a fact that you’re using particular items, it’s time to declutter and move on.
Step 2: Measure the space
Now that the shed is empty and ready for transformation, you need to know the dimensions of the space so you’re aware of how to utilize the space effectively. Once you’ve measured to determine the square footage of the space, you’ll have a much better idea on how to make your man cave dreams a reality.
Step 3: Weatherproof your man cave
Creating a man cave is no inexpensive task. It’s even more expensive if you don’t weatherproof your man cave to protect against water damage, hail, mold, and the like. The first thing you’ll want to do is ensure your shed is built high enough above the ground to protect against water damage from the aftermath of a heavy storm. Any remaining water in the ground can build up against the wood and eventually ruin your foundation.
Second, make sure your roof is built to withstand strong winds and leaks into your man cave. Third, protect your walls from molding by using anti-mold paint. The last thing you want is to cause health problems for you and your friends by not properly protecting your space.
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Step 4: Incorporate electricity and utilities
Let’s face it: a man cave isn’t really a man cave without a TV or some form of entertainment powered by electricity. Hire an electrician to see this is done correctly. You’ll likely have to connect to an outside source of electricity – likely your home – to get this done. You’ll also want to make sure you have plumbing installed if you plan on having room for a small bathroom or kitchen.
Step 5: Provide for cooling and heating
More than likely, you want to feel comfortable in your man cave. That’s why having some form of heating and cooling installed in your man cave is crucial. Whether it’s installing a window AC unit or a portable heater, you want to ensure it feels pleasant when you’re in your own space.
Step 6: Decorate
Once all the above has been done, it’s time to decorate your space to your heart’s desire. Whether you want to put in a bar or TV or your favorite furniture, you get to choose exactly how you want it to look. Remember to keep the dimensions of the interior space in mind so you don’t accidentally try to fit something into your man cave that is unable to fit.
When you’re ready to get some help turning your shed into a man cave, give us a call. We work all over the Portland metro area and would love to offer you an estimate on your next remodeling project. Contact Three Rivers Design and Remodeling today!
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