Over the centuries, the layout of the home has evolved. In the past, homes often had a drawing room or a conservatory. Some had formal living rooms, music rooms, libraries, and parlors. Today, few new houses have these spaces and older homes that did have been updated to turn them into bedrooms or make them part of the living room. Even spaces such as formal dining rooms are being removed in favor of open-concept living/dining spaces.
As some of these rooms disappear, others are becoming more and more popular in new builds. Many new homes have a home office or a room designated for hobbies. Others have home theaters or spaces dedicated to playing games. Most of these spaces were designed for the entire family, though some hobby rooms were mainly aimed at crafts or sewing. Men who wanted their own space often found themselves out in the garage. While garages can make for an amazing space, they’re also typically uninsulated, unheated/cooled, and overall not very comfortable.
Enter the man cave: a space just for the man in your life. These “man caves” can be anything from a converted garage or basement to a spare room or finished-out attic space. Some are even stand-alone structures placed in the backyard. A man cave can be a bar, a place for playing cards, a hang-out area with a large television, or anything else the owner wants it to be.
If you’re thinking about creating your own man cave, you first have to clean out the space and update it. Here are some tips for doing just that, including how the local junk removal services offered by Junk King Minneapolis can help you create your dream space.
Finding the Right Space for Your Man Cave
The first step to creating your perfect man cave is finding its space. There are several options for you depending on how your home is set up and your needs.
One of the easiest options is to use a spare bedroom for your man cave. If you have a bedroom that isn’t really being used for anything, that’s a great option. If one of your children has just moved out for college, you could take over their room, though do remember they may be back during the winter and summer breaks.
If you’re going to use your garage, basement, or attic, however, you may have to do some structural work before the space can be usable. Your garage may need to be insulated, and you may need to replace the overhead door with a wall. In your basement, you may need to put in drywall and add in something other than a cement floor. The attic may need insulation or additional lighting installed. Remember to bring in professionals to handle any electrical work or replumbing you need to have done. These are not tasks you can safely DIY. You may also need permits or city inspections to ensure the space is up to code.
Adding on to your home to create a man cave is the most work-intensive option. It’s also likely going to be the most expensive. You have to pour a foundation, frame the walls, extend your roof, run HVAC, wiring, plumbing, and more. Yes, you’ll get to create your ideal man cave down to the size, shape, and placement of windows, but it’s not a cheap option.
Bringing in a portable building or converting a shed shares some of these expenses, but it’s typically not as costly as expanding your home. Do keep in mind, though, that you will need to have enough space in your backyard to accommodate this new build.
Make a Plan
What do you want your man cave to look like? What will you mainly use it for? A man cave that’s more of a home theater for you to watch movies and TV shows in will have different needs than one built around playing cards. Before you really start changing up the space, you need to put together a plan based around what you want to do in the space.
This plan should include everything from the wall color and light fixtures to the furniture you’ll need in the space. Make notes of any appliances you may need to purchase and what items you currently have that will move into the space. You may decide you want to have a fully functional bar in the space, which could mean running some new plumbing. You may want to add more outlets so you can put your large television in the space you want, or you might need new lighting for your poker table.
Call Local Junk Removal Experts Junk King to Clean Out the Space
The next step is to prepare the space, which usually means cleaning it out. This is where you’ll want to call a local junk removal team. Junk King Minneapolis can haul away anything in the space that you no longer want. If you’re converting the garage, basement, attic, or current shed, a lot of junk may have accumulated in the space. You’ll need to decide what you want to keep, where those items will go once the man cave is done,
Junk King will haul away anything that isn’t classified as hazardous waste. We can get rid of that old refrigerator in the garage so you can replace it with a fully stocked mini-bar with a new fridge that has all the bells and whistles. We’ll haul your old washer and dryer out of the basement to make room for your pool table or large sofa. Whatever’s in your way, we’ll get rid of it.
If any of these items are still usable, we’ll make sure they get donated to those who can use them. Just because the old refrigerator isn’t what you envision for your man cave doesn’t mean someone who can’t afford a new refrigerator won’t appreciate it. Your old sofa may find a home in a shelter along with your child’s old bed. Anything that can be reused or recycled will be redirected away from the landfill.
Finalize Your Plans
Now that your new man cave’s space is empty, you can get a good look at it. You can measure it out and finalize the blueprint for what you want to bring into the space. This is the time to make any major changes to the room itself because it can be more difficult to do that after you have furniture in the room. Again, be sure to bring in professionals if you’re going to be doing anything with the electrical or plumbing.
Now is also the right time to change the flooring or paint the walls. You may have already put down the new flooring during the conversion if you’re finishing a basement, attic, or garage. If you’re repurposing a bedroom, though, you may want to take out the carpeting and change up the walls. You might also want to put in a new light fixture. Whatever you need done, doing it now will make cleanup much easier. Junk King can haul off old flooring, light fixtures, and other junk, so don’t worry about the trash.
Do Some Shopping!
No man cave would be complete without some new furnishings. While you may not need to buy everything you put in the space, you may want to get a new sofa or comfortable recliners. Again, it’s your space, so take your time and find the perfect items for your man cave.
That includes the décor. You may have a specific theme you’re going with, such as your favorite sports team or hobby. You likely already have a lot of things you can use in your decorating, but you may also need to hang some new shelving or bring in a few bookshelves to complete your space. Again, don’t be afraid to spend a little money to make your fantasy man cave a reality, especially if you’ve waited years to have a space dedicated to your hobbies.
Let Junk King Minneapolis Help Build Your Man Cave
Whether you just need to clear out a few old pieces of furniture or have an entire basement full of junk that needs to go, Junk King Minneapolis is here to help. When we’re done, your future man cave will be cleared out and ready for you to transform it.
We provide a free, no-obligation quote for every job, and that estimate will include every possible fee and charge. You won’t be surprised by any extra costs when we’re finished. We also make it very easy to get a quote. You can give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK and describe the project to us. If you have a lot of stuff or some unusual items, we may need to come do an in-person estimate. If we do, we’ll bring a truck and can go to work if you accept the bid.
We also do estimates via text. Just send us a few pictures of the stuff you need us to haul away so we have an idea of what we’re working with. Our online price estimator can give you a good idea of the cost for basic items such as sofas, recliners, and appliances. You can then book online.