You want a little privacy and space to do the things that interest you. The garage isn’t serving much of a function right now, so there is no reason that it can’t be turned into a man cave. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to do, and it is a pretty quick transformation. Therefore, this could be the right option for you.
First, think about exactly what you want to do to the garage. How much time are you going to spend in there? Do you need to prevent the garage from getting too cold or too hot to be able to enjoy it? If the answer to the last question is yes, your renovations will be a little more comprehensive. However, if you are keeping things simple, you shouldn’t have to worry as much about undertaking a large project. What you ultimately decide is up to you. If you think you will just spend a few hours in there every few days, there is no reason to spend a lot of time and money on it. However, if you practically want to live in your man cave, you can really get rolling with some involved projects. If you rent your house out and have tenants, you may need to consider the recent HMO rules.
You can put insulation in the walls if the walls are not already insulated. One thing to consider is whether or not the garage is detached from the home. Garages that are attached get some benefit from the heat and air conditioning coming off of the home. Your garage may have drywall already put up, which makes things easier. If it doesn’t, it still isn’t a big deal to put in insulation and then add the drywall. However, make sure you pay attention to the studs as you are putting the drywall up. If you hang anything in your garage, you want to have an awareness of where the studs are.
Typically, the flooring in a garage is concrete. Concrete usually does not stay very warm. If you are thinking about insulated floors, be aware that the insulation goes down first and then floor boards go on top of it. Once the floorboards are down, you can then add carpeting. However, if you choose to keep the concrete floors, you can put down rugs to make the flooring a little warmer. Think about how you are going to use the garage when determining what type of flooring you want. For example, if you plan to stand and shoot a lot of pool, you may want something nice and plush on the ground.
You do not have to finish the ceiling if you don’t want to. However, if the unfinished look interferes with your enjoyment of the space, you just need some drywall and paint to fix it up. Regardless of what you do, you will still need to put up lighting. It is also a good idea to add a ceiling fan as well.
It is important to have seating in the man cave. The seating does not have to be fancy or new; it is up to you how you outfit the space. Of course, food and drinks are important. Think about investing in a refrigerator for the garage; the size of it depends on how much entertaining you plan to do.
If you are going to have a man cave, you need to do it right. Create the space of your dreams with the tips included here. Keep in mind that no matter what, you want your space to be a place where you can go to clear your mind, hang out, or just relax. All of the little details are ultimately up to you, and you can spend as much (or as little) on the renovations as you deem appropriate. So what are you waiting for? Put a plan together and create a man cave that you will love today!