There are several great "Man Caves" featured here on Puff. I was inspired by Scott (phalynx) about a year ago when I first saw his build. See his great, step by step thread and photos here:
Man Cave - Smoking Room
Now, when I first saw Scott's thread...I thought to myself that I too, one day would have something a little like that. We were renting a home at the time and I knew that I'd have to wait until the day that we bought our first home...and with buying a home, I wanted some sort of space or building that I too could create a "Man Cave". Now, I won't be copying Scott...at all, as thats not what this is about...but more about the inspiration that I have gained from Scott...to someday build my dream "Man Cave".
I will start off with the fact that my "Man Cave" will be my "Boars Nest" (see my avatar/logo). "Boars Nest" is a term that has been used in my family for years, by some of the great men that I look up to, including my dad and a great-grandfather. My dad has a "Boars Nest" and it is where he can go to relax and get away from things when needed...or pay the bills as it doubles as his office and hunting shows viewing room. We are all hunters and I grew up hunting wild boar, javelina, and deer...as most folks down here in Texas do...thus where the name came from.
Well, my wife and I were fortunate enough to purchase a home towards the end of this past June. The Good Lord gave us a home that had everything we were looking for in our "dream home/place". The wife and kids (I'm old school, so in my book...the home belongs to the wife and the outside belongs to the man!) got their 5 bed/3 bath home. I got me some acreage with a small pole barn and a huge metal shop building (the most important piece of the property, IMHO!).
To the metal shop building. It is a 30'x40' insulated metal building with an additional 30'x8' covered porch, two loft areas with stairs, two 10'x10' OVH doors, a regular 3' entry door, a few windows, roof vents, an old metal wood stove, it's own breaker with 110v ran everywhere as well as 220v and a "mens" restroom.
I have not begun the "build" yet, but I will be building w/in the shop a space for my Boars Nest/Smoking Room, additional loft space for storage, a wood shop area and a place for lawn equipment and kids "toys". I wanted to go ahead and start this thread as to try and push myself to get started on the "renovation". I am in the initial planning stages (I'm an architect...so I love this part!) and will be doing all of the construction myself (grew up building and renovating homes), with the help of a few friends on occasion (they just don't know about yet...and yes, TJ...I am talking about you too!)...free beer & cigars!
I will update everything as things progress, just like Scott does.
Here, I will begin with the photos I have of the metal building. All of these shots were taken during the home inspection, so all of the junk you see here...has been moved out and then I filled it up with my own junk! But, we like p0rn...so here's a little to give you an idea of what I will be working with...
Exterior of building, 06/11
View of porch and building, 06/11