The Man Cave
He deserves it.
He deserves it.
Don't forget, all our designs are made-to-order, so if you can't quite find what you're looking for, our in-house designers will be happy to work with you to create your design, or you can try your hand at designing your own Garden Room with our easy-to-use configurator.
In the first instance, consider what you would want to use your Man Cave for, which will help determine how much space you need. Then look at an area of space in your garden that you are willing to give up for it. Outbuildings should not exceed 50% of the garden that surrounds the original house footprint.
As an alternative to an outbuilding an extension maybe viable. Please see the Lomax + Wood Orangery Design guide for details on design and planning permission; https://www.lomaxwood.co.uk/garden-room-design-guide/
The Lomax + Wood Lugarde timber garden buildings can be quoted with insulated walls, roofs and floors. In addition, the timber windows and doors are all supplied factory double glazed and fully weather-stripped. The insulation and quality timber wall sections help to insulate the building but help vastly improve sound insulation performance.
As a rule, planning permission for an outbuilding is not required as they are allowed under permitted development. There are, of course, rules that need to be applied, and it is important to note that the planning rules vary depending on the type of property and location. Therefore, the best course of action is to contact your local authority for advice or a local planning guide. This is not a question of applying for planning permission unless you want to create a building that exceeds those allowed within permitted development.
It is possible to suit any realistic budget, it is just that expectations need to match that budget. A nightclub, bowling alley and indoor swimming pool, for example, maybe a little extravagant.
It might just be a great space, away from the house, for some to sit back and relax, read or listen to music. Others might be looking for a bar and pool table to enjoy with their friends. The space can be designed to incorporate as much or as little as one wants; it all comes down to good design and a workable budget.
No, all the Lomax + Wood timber garden rooms are made-to-order.
Services are extra and need to be considered as part of the budget. Electrics, for example, require a main house fuse board with the capacity to supply the additional garden room. Both plumbing and electrics need a service trench to run from the house up to their location, and these days, wifi also needs to be included.
Yes, Lomax + Wood can help you design a completely made-to-order Man Cave to suit you needs.
The Man Cave should have a maximum eves height of 2.5m with a flat roof and 4m for a dual pitched roof.
As a quality, well-designed timber garden room the Man Cave will add value to a property. They enhance the enjoyment of the owners and are an extra eye-catching facility to be used and enjoyed by all.
We all need a place to relax and reset from time to time. That can be increasingly hard to find in the modern home, especially when it doubles as a workspace so often these days. A man cave in the garden provides the perfect retreat away from the stresses of work, the demands of the kids and the hustle and bustle of family life.
Whether you like to hide away with a good book, watch the football on a big screen with your friends or perhaps relive your youth with some video games, there’s no place better to do it than in your custom-built timber man cave.
Your Personal Oasis – Done Your Way
It’s no secret that the male of the species doesn’t always get much say in matters of home design and interior decor. A man cave outside represents your opportunity to have your space your way. There’s no need to sketch out every fine detail upfront, but you need to have a clear vision of the overall theme and features you’ll need in your garden man cave. That way, we can ensure all the necessary infrastructure concerning things like electricity and water supply, lighting and so on.
For example, many man caves feature a bar of some sort, which will have specific requirements in terms of electricity and plumbing. Also, it certainly makes sense for outdoor man caves to have their own washroom. That way, you or your guests avoid having to go trooping into the house every time nature calls! Installing the plumbing, drainage, electrics and potentially the IT infrastructure for WiFi, speakers, and any smart home gadgetry needs to take place when the basic structure goes up.
Some Popular Themes and Ideas
There are no hard and fast rules about how a man cave is laid out and styled or what it features. It’s simply a case of thinking about how you prefer to spend your time in your own space, then designing your man cave accordingly. Some people like to have a focal point that dictates the overall theme of the room – for example, a pool or snooker table for a traditional “billiard room” style, or perhaps a roulette wheel and table. Gaming enthusiasts might go for a retro 80s look with a couple of video games in cabinets and maybe a pinball machine or Subbuteo table.
For others, the focal point is having the biggest and best flat-screen TV that money can buy attached to the wall. If that is the case, you might choose to make your summer house man cave more like a cinema room in the design. Whatever features, theme and focal point you ultimately choose, some comfy seating will be essential. You might have been comfortable standing around in an arcade for hours in the 1980s or 90s, but 30 odd years change the best of us! Sofas and recliners are ideal for relaxation, and if you plan to entertain regularly, two or three stools at that bar we mentioned earlier are a nice touch.
A cabin man cave makes an attractive and value-adding addition to your property. And it can be a multi-purpose one, too. For example, you might want a place to work out using your home gym equipment and relax in a comfy chair with a few friends to watch football or a movie.
Separating your wooden man cave into two distinct zones is no problem at all, and you can even have a summer house man cave with two different rooms if you prefer.
Make Your Own Rules
It’s time to let you in on a secret – men are not the only members of the species who dream of having their own bolt holes in which to escape the pressures of day to day life. Man cave garden buildings can be used by women, too – the only difference is they are usually known as she-sheds, but apart from that, all the same, principles apply!
In fact, it doesn’t matter what you call it as long as it meets the objective of providing a haven of relaxation for those members of the family who need it most. Who knows, you might even decide to let the kids in occasionally for a family movie night in your private garden cinema or to teach them the games that Dad used to play in the long-ago days before the internet!
Get in Touch
Whatever you need, we’ll be happy to help make it into a reality with a man cave designed and built to your specifications. You can contact us at Lomax + Wood Garden Rooms by email or give us a call to have an informal chat about what you have in mind. If you happen to live local to either of our Essex-based display sites, we can always book you a slot to come and view some design ideas. It’s by appointment only to ensure every customer gets our complete attention. We can’t wait to hear from you.