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5 Steps for Creating the Ultimate Man Cave

Updated: Sep 6, 2023

 

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Are you in need of a space to call your own where you can kick back and relax without interruptions? Then it's time to create the ultimate man cave!


With Father's Day coming up, it could even make the perfect gift (hint, hint).


We all need a bit of respite from time to time, and having a man cave could provide the extra space you need to throw your boots off and watch the footy or read the paper. You deserve a place to relax and have some 'me time'.

This blog provides tips for creating a man cave that works best for your existing space. Let's get into it!


1) Purpose

Before you start buying furniture or painting walls, you need to begin with the purpose of the man cave. Do you want a room to play video games or hang out with your mates? Knowing the purpose of your man cave will help you make decisions about layout and design.


2) Place


Once you’ve decided on the purpose of your man cave, it’s time to find the perfect location. It could be your attic, garage, shed or basement. Consider the size of the space, privacy, and accessibility.

If you're planning to convert your garage or shed into a man cave, there are a few things you should keep in mind. For example, you may need to upgrade the wifi connection, add more power outlets, or invest in insulation (which can increase the total cost). Additionally, you'll need to think about whether you're willing to sacrifice working or parking space.


If you're considering the attic, there are a few other factors to consider. For example, you'll need to ensure that you have a good wifi connection and figure out how you'll get furniture up there. With some careful planning, however, you can create the perfect man cave no matter where you decide to put it.



3) Prep


Orkney Group recommends that you take the time to plan out what needs to be done to prep the space before you begin so that you can work out your budget accordingly (and plan your work so that there are no major delays). Don’t forget to include furniture and “must-have” items in your budget!


Some things to consider before you begin knocking down walls – do you need to build a partition, clean, build shelving, or re-carpet? If DIY isn't your thing, don't worry, Wellington Builders Orkney Group are pros when it comes to man caves and can help you out.

Please be aware that if you’re doing any physical removal of walls or adding plumbing in the space, you’ll need to get Building Consent from your local council. (Check out: https://www.building.govt.nz/projects-and-consents/planning-a-successful-build/scope-and-design/check-if-you-need-consents/#jumpto-work-requiring-consent to find out whether your project needs a consent.


Obtaining building consent may require some patience as the processing time can take up to 20 working days and may be extended if additional information is requested. Orkney suggests factoring in extra time for this before commencing your project.


One way to save money on your man cave project is to consider repurposing old furniture. With a little creativity, an old bed can become a comfortable seating option, and tables and chairs can be given a new life with reupholstering or refinishing. Even pallets can be transformed into functional shelving or a small table.


4) Progress


Once you’ve completed all the prior steps, now is the time to do some work and see progress on this man cave! If you need help with building, roofing, waterproofing or painting, Orkney Group are here for you!


When it comes to choosing a paint colour, sticking with neutral shades like greys, browns, tans, or navy can enhance the cozy and inviting vibe of the space. And don't forget to add subtle strip lighting below your shelves and a floor lamp for a relaxing and warm atmosphere to unwind after a long day.


5) Present


Once the hard work is all done, it’s time to move all your furnishings into the space and make it yours. Remember that this space should represent you, so there are no hard and fast rules as to what it should look like. You do you, bro.



Creating a man cave can be a great way to escape without leaving your home – at a fraction of the cost of a holiday! Yes, it’s true that you don’t get to explore somewhere new but on the plus side, there’s no need to pack a suitcase, find a dog-sitter, or deal with jetlag (or traffic congestion).


If you’re feeling inspired to create your man cave but don’t have sufficient know-how or time to do it, Wellington Builders Orkney Group would be happy to take the stress off you so you can just put your feet up and move in once it’s done! Give us a call at 0800 368 470 or contact us here.

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