Every man needs a hideout — a fortress of solitude where we can hang out to relax. It gives us the freedom to express ourselves and the personal space for some alone time. In fact, it can also be our friend’s hangout area so it would be best to make it as great as possible. Converting a garage into a man cave has endless benefits. However, it’s easier said than done, especially if you’re on a budget. Before deciding to replace your old garage doors in Orem, Utah, let’s take a look at some of the things you need to work on.
Man Caves: Every Man’s Paradise
- Plan and Layout
Every home improvement job needs a master plan. Have a clear vision of what you want to do with your space. Based on that vision, you can identify how extensive the project will be and get an estimate of how much it will cost you. Look at the present condition of your garage, both good and bad. Take note of the qualities that you can highlight, like a certain spot or feature. List down some things that need to be fixed. Identify which ones are the top priority and which ones can go to the bottom of the list. For example, if you have a busted pipeline that needs fixing, be sure to have it repaired or replaced first before laying down some new flooring or refinishing your walls.
- Clearing and Cleaning
Your man cave is a masterpiece and every work of art requires a blank canvas. If you’re like the average man who uses a portion of the garage for storing junk, you need to get organized. Go through your stuff and get rid of everything you don’t need. Depending on the item’s condition, you can sell it online, donate it to charity, or dispose of it. This process of cleaning and clearing is necessary so you can easily visualize and plan your project.
- Insulation and Acoustics
This is one important aspect of Operation: Mancave. Insulation usually costs around $1,289 for the entire house. It is an essential part of the project since it will keep your man cave cool during summer and warm in the winter. It will save you on cooling and heating bills in the long run as well. Having just your garage insulated won’t cost as much. You can even offer to get rid of other people’s leftover insulation. In most cases, they will be willing to give them to you for free.
- Furniture, Equipment, and Lighting
Now we’re getting somewhere! One of the best parts of setting up a man cave is picking out the right furniture, equipment, and lighting that best represents you. Whether you have a theme or you’re keeping everything to the bare minimum, this is definitely one of the fun parts of creating your personal space.
- Memorabilia and Display
Another good part of the project is decorating your spot to your heart’s delight. That’s right. This is your kingdom. You can put whatever you want (as long as the wife doesn’t kill you), wherever you want. Sports memorabilia, movie posters, comic books, pool table, action figures, whatever. As long as you enjoy your space and find relaxation in it (and as long as it is within your means), have at it.
Enjoy the process, but stay within your means. Good luck with your project and may it be the best place ever for you to live in.