When it comes to relaxing, everybody is different. Some like to do gardening, others find peace by watching some TV, and others like to sit in their own handmade, personalised man cave. Well, we are here to discuss the latter in this blog post today; we are going to walk you through the steps that you must take in order to turn your log cabin into the ultimate man cave.
What Is A Man Cave?
A man cave is described as ‘A room or other part of a home used by a man as a place to relax and pursue hobbies away from the rest of the family.’ To put it simply, a man cave is used to get away from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life and relax, indulge in some hobbies, or hang out with their friends.
So, here are the steps to take to build your very own man cave:
1. Purchase A Garden Building
This will be the first step for many people, as you probably won’t have a ready-made garden building to transform into your man cave. Summerhouses, garden sheds and log cabins are the ideal buildings to turn into a man cave as they are designed to be lived in and are made with very high-quality materials.
The building that you choose must protect you from harsh weather, and offer all of the amenities that you could possibly need when spending time within your man cave.
2. Size Matters
You should remember that summerhouses, sheds, and cabins come in different shapes and sizes. This means that you need to know the measurements of your garden, and how much space you are going to need to make the necessary changes to the garden building.
Taking the internal measurements of the building, including both the design and potential layout, is a vital part of turning your man cave dreams into a reality. Knowing the measurements will help you in the future, and make some of the next steps a lot easier.
3. Weatherproof and Insulate Your Man Cave
When you have purchased the appropriate summerhouse, shed, or cabin and have taken the measurements, it’s time to make sure it is weatherproof. There are a couple of ways to do this, the most important ones being:
- Pressure Treatment – Primarily relating to a log cabin, pressure-treating works by submerging the logs into tanks of chemical preservatives that absorb into the timber. This is not something that you can do by yourself and must be carried out by a trained professional. You should not handle chemicals without the required training.
- Wood Preservatives – Using wood preservatives will ensure that the wood repels water; moisture is the arch-enemy of wood and can cause serious problems if left unchecked. Mildew and mould can be extremely damaging to your man cave and can cause significant structural damage to the building.
As well as weatherproofing, you should also make sure that your man cave is well-insulated. Nobody wants to be cold when they are trying to relax, and insulation is vital to guaranteeing that your man cave is actually able to be resided in.
4. Decoration and Furniture
When it comes to choosing the best furniture for your man cave, you should consider your own personal tastes and style. Your man cave should be a reflection of you, your personality, and what you like to do in your spare time. In general, man caves tend to have a TV area, a football or pool table, and a bar. However, you can decorate it with anything you want!
You should make sure that the furniture that you choose is very low maintenance and durable, though. Ideally, the furniture for your man cave should be a one-time investment.