Do you crave your own man cave, but don't think you have the space? If you think creatively, you'll realize you can have the man cave of your dreams. All you need is a garage. If you don't have one, don't fret. There are some amazing garage packages to choose from to give you inspiration to get back to your natural habitat.
Garage packages for the perfect man cave
To get the private space you want, you can either convert an existing garage, or add a garage to your property. Choosing a garage package lets you customize it to your exact specifications. For most man caves, you don't need a huge amount of space. Get in touch and we will help you decide which garage package will work best for you.
Do it yourself garage packages come in all shapes and sizes, from a one car, 16 x 24 to a two-story, 36 x 50 structure. You don't need a huge room to have a great man cave. In fact, the smallest size does just fine in most cases, and doesn't take up a lot of room on your property. You can choose from a variety of different roofing materials, shingles, and colours to make your garage match your own personal style.
Before you build
Be sure to get all the proper local permits required to build a new garage on your property. You will need to measure and prepare the site you are going to put the garage package once it is assembled. You have to level the site and build a foundation before the garage arrives. If you don't have professional experience, it is usually a good idea to hire a pro to handle this part of the job for you.
Garage package shingling
One of the most important choices you will make for your garage package. You can choose to match your home's exterior, or you can go for something more individual for your man cave. Shingles are not just for aesthetic purposes. You will want to choose garage shingles that provide good insulation and weather protection. Wood, vinyl, and concrete shingles are all popular choices.
The style of roof you choose for your garage does a lot to determine its overall look. Garage packages let you choose either a gable, hip, or gambrel roof. For the covering, asphalt shingles are the most common on a garage roof. These are easy to install and provide great weather protection for your man cave. It's a good idea to match your garage shingles to your roof for a cohesive look.
There are some great garage door styles that can really set your man cave apart. Or, you can forget about a traditional, car-sized garage door and just put in a normal door. Garage packages offer beautifully crafted overhead doors that match the architectural style of your home, such as traditional, carriage house, and contemporary.
Climate control in your garage
Remember, if you're going to be spending time in your garage as a man cave, you are going to have to heat it and cool it. If your home has central heating and air and the garage is attached, you can connect it with the existing system. Detached garages have other options. An air conditioning and heat window unit could be all you need, or you might want to go bigger. Ductless heating and cooling systems, exterior central units, and in-floor radiant heating are all good options.
When your garage package is built with the intention of being a man cave, there is no need to worry about keeping a vehicle in it. Therefore, you can focus on finishing the interior of your man cave just as you would any room in the house. Make sure the walls are well insulated before putting up interior sheetrock.
For flooring, the best choice for a man cave is something durable that is easy to clean. Vinyl laminate planks are an affordable, long-lasting choice that looks like real wood. Poured cement floors can be dyed to give it a lot more style than your standard garage floor. Tile is also a great choice because it is virtually indestructible and comes in any colour you can imagine.
Must have elements for your man cave
There are a few essential things that every man cave absolutely must have, besides refreshments and good company. The biggest things to keep in mind when decorating your man cave are that it should be fun, comfortable, and serve the purpose you want it to serve. These include:
- TV - The whole point of a man cave is to be able to get away and watch the game and your shows in peace. The bigger the better.
- Recliner - You've got to have a comfortable place to relax.
- Seating for friends - Everyone needs a space to hang out in the ultimate man cave.
- Refrigerator - You don't want to have to go back into the house for anything. A fridge keeps the essentials cold and close at hand.
- Bar- The ideal man cave will have some kind of bar for everyone to gather around.
- Games - Have other means of entertainment besides the TV in your man cave, such as pool tables, darts, and card tables.
- Stuff - Be sure to decorate your man cave with things that have personal meaning for you, like your favourite sports team, hunting memorabilia, model car collection, or whatever you're into. Don't be afraid to be a little more daring in your man cave decorating than you are in the rest of the house.
Ready to create the man cave you've always dreamed of? It's a lot easier than you might think. Come into our Home Centre to see all our Garage Packages, where you'll find everything you need to finish your next project. Or, contact us here with any questions you might have about which package is right for you. We will be glad to help you get a garage package for a man cave that will be the envy of your friends!