Man Cave

December 6th, 2011


Yesterday I had a date with our basement. Our apartment walls are paper thin, and with the impending baby arrival I wanted to make a space in the basement that I would feel comfortable playing music in. The mini-reno took me to Home Depot, to buy 80 boards of cedar and a miter saw to clad up this weird little glassed in room. Cedar was ideal because it holds up against the moist basement, looks good, and it smells fantastic.


Here’s a view of the room under the stairs, I think I might frost the glass so I don’t have to look at the mess in the rest of the basement.


Time to get to work, the hardest part was deciding whether to install the slats vertical or horizontal. I ended up going horizontal to stay away from the traditional wood paneling look.


Here’s my new little Ryobi miter saw, only $99 and works perfectly for these little jobs. The only limitation is you can’t cut very wide boards.


I thought I would tackle the most difficult wall first, and it came out pretty nice.


For the next wall I just butted up the ends of the boards against each other, nothing fancy.



The angle under the stairs will be a nice little keyboard nook.


Here it is with all of the walls finished. I still need to decide on flooring, install the baseboards, and decide whether or not to conquer the ceiling.



Can’t wait to get it all cleaned up and move all my old gear in!


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  1. Nice! That will be great for some man time.


    7 Dec 11 at 11:08 am

  2. Looks like a Sauna!


    7 Dec 11 at 11:18 am

  3. And if it doesn’t pan out, you could turn it into a sauna!!!
    (just kidding)


    7 Dec 11 at 11:49 am

  4. You can get extensions for the electrical boxes in the wall so they aren’t recessed. If it were my room, I wouldn’t panel the ceiling, but paint it a dark color.


    7 Dec 11 at 6:59 pm

  5. ohman. i am NOT showing that synth picture to corey! haha. glad you’re gonna have a room all to yourself…wish we had the luxury here, but maybe one day we’ll have some proper insulation. heh. the cedar looks fantastic, btw…great natural colour, and i can only imagine how yummy it smells.


    7 Dec 11 at 9:49 pm

  6. Looks wicked John! cant wait to jam in the man cave. Shall look really good when you get the amps and keys and everything set up!


    9 Dec 11 at 10:57 am

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