Man Cave

December 6th, 2011

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.


    Jen

    7 Dec 11 at 11:08 am

  2. Looks like a Sauna!


    Martin

    7 Dec 11 at 11:18 am

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


    Simone

    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.


    Ryan

    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.


    indreams

    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!


    Frank

    9 Dec 11 at 10:57 am

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