Entertaining friends and viewing sports with your friends is challenging in playrooms and family rooms, so creating a space for your own personal needs is smart. Man caves are becoming desirable options, since they offer a designated space, away from the other areas of the home, to view sports, play games, and enjoy other favorite hobbies. Of course, creating a man cave inside the house may become an expensive remodeling project. In addition, your home may lack the square footage necessary to create a comfortable man cave. Fortunately, pre-engineered buildings are great man cave options, since they are easy to install right in your backyard. Using this guide, you can create a sports-themed man cave out of a pre-engineered metal building in your backyard.

Plumbing, Electrical, Heating & Cooling

Pre-engineered metal buildings may seem complete, but you will still need to trim out the plumbing, electrical, and heating and air conditioning systems. Before getting started, decide if these systems are all necessary in your man cave.

Your spouse will most likely prefer that you and your friends use the bathroom out in the man cave and not in the house, so plumbing is essential. A simple half bath design, which includes a toilet and sink will be sufficient for you and your friends. Unless you plan on using the space to cook and clean, you should not need any other plumbing system installed.

Proper electrical wiring will be imperative for your space. Your man cave will need to be wired for lighting, cable, and internet, so make sure to hire professionals to ensure your electrical system is up to code. Make sure to wire your building for light fixtures and a ceiling fan to cool and circulate air through the space.

Lastly, you will need to control the temperature of your man cave, especially during the colder months of winter and heated temperatures of summer. To heat and cool your man cave, consider a ductless mini-split system. Since the mini-split system does not require ductwork to move conditioned air into the space, it is a smart option for your pre-engineered building. The smaller size of the system allows you to mount the indoor unit on any wall inside your man cave, without the worry of running ductwork through the ceiling and walls.

Sports-Viewing Necessities

Shopping for the various man cave items needed to view games and tournaments will be a fun adventure. Unfortunately, you may not know where to begin, but the television should be a priority. Once you decide on the type and size, your TV will become the focal point of your man cave.

Your building will hopefully offer adequate space, so you do not need to sit terribly close to your television. For the best view, measure the distance between your main seating area and television location. A minimum space of 6.25 feet between your seat and a 50-inch television is ideal.

Choosing furniture is also important while designing your sports-viewing area. Here are a few must-haves for your man cave furniture:

  • Recliners – You and your friends will want to relax in comfort while watching favorite teams play. Incorporate a few recliners into your seating area for comfort and versatility.
  • Sofa or Sectional – If space is available, consider adding a sofa to the viewing area, as well. This allows more seating space, which will enable you to entertain more people comfortably.
  • Table and Chairs – A simple bar-height table with stools is an economical option for your man cave furnishings. These sets offer a bit of space for you and your friends to dine, but it can also be used as a bar for serving favorite beverages during the game.

Creating a man cave inside the home is an expensive, overwhelming renovation project. However, installing one in your backyard using a pre-built metal building is an easier alternative. Using these tips, you can create a man cave suited to your passion for sports.

Contact a heating and air conditioning repair and installation service to get started.