The Man Cave

The project to transform my empty basement into The Ultimate Man Cave took about 8-months. The theme is "Transportation" and all of the artwork and dcor is based on planes, trains, antique cars, motorcycles, etc. We turned approximately 1400 sq. ft. into a large media room/game room/pool room with a dedicated workout area, home office, wine room and storage/AV Room. There is also a full bath and wet bar.

The main area is composed of a Media/TV Area complete with a Samsung 58" Plasma TV, an Onkyo 7-channel surround sound receiver, plus a Sony CD Changer for whole-house music. We use the Sony PS3 for games and playing Blu-ray discs. Underneath the TV, I made cutouts in the drywall for in-wall speakers. A special enclosure was built just for the TV.

Everything is controlled with the RF-enabled Logitech Harmony 890 remote control. It allows all the AV equipment to be stored in a dedicated section of the storage room, along with all the internet wiring, alarm wiring, alarm system, wireless router, etc. There is seating for 10-12 people including a curved leather sectional, two recliners, and four captain's chairs behind the granite bar.

Now that the AV system on the main floor is connected to the new AV system in the basement, I can go anywhere in the house, or out on the patio, and control music with just the Harmony remote. All the basement lighting is also controlled by the remote via z-wave compatible dimmer switches. The system works great and I plan to replace other dimmer switches and the main thermostat in the house with z-wave compatible devices so I can control indoor/outdoor lighting and heating/cooling all from the same remote.

Behind the bar is a pool room with am 8' Pool Table and a wet bar with a built in beverage center and ice maker. There is a great deal of granite and tile work around the room, allowing friends to set down their drinks while playing pool. The sconce lighting can be dimmed, which is programmed into the universal remote controller, during movies or sporting events. In another part of the room, there is a game table that can also be used for dining plus a dedicated wine room, where there is a wine refrigerator and cabinets for additional storage.

The dedicated office has a wireless access point but there is also CAT 5 cabling running throughout the house. The workout room has a 32"HDTV on an articulating mount, allowing it to also be viewed from the main seating area. A special touch is the in-wall iPod dock, which allows anyone in the workout room to play their own music.

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Rick's picture

Very nice, classy theater. I really like the integration of the plasma and how it matches the framing around the windows.

Jay North's picture

Wow!! I didn't know until a few days ago that my pictures were even published....nobody from the magazine had ever confirmed, and I hadn't looked on the website until now. If anyone wants more information on this project, or additional pictures....just let me know. Leave a post on here with your email and I'll get in touch. This really was a learning experience, and I hope to get to share my ideas with other people.

mnatelli's picture


I'm really interested in replicating your granite bar for the home theater area of my basement. Would you give me more details on the where/when/why/how/how much/etc. on this piece of furniture?

-Mike N

Lisa Eiland's picture

Wow...your basement looks awesome! I LOVE the bar furniture! Can you please give me some information on where to find that beautiful bar?

John's picture

Great looking man cave!!!It looks like you had some nice trim work done as well. Any additional pics you could share? And what is the sqft feet of your basement? I have a 900 sqft basement and I'm having a hard time maximizing the space because of the location of the stairs and Hvac system. My email is thanks!!

Chris Henderson's picture

Wow! Really great looking. I was wondering if you could give me some information on the furniture. I have been wanting to do the same thing you have with seating behind the sofa. The table(s) and stools go great behind that almost looks like it was meant to go together. I'd love to know where you got the tables and the couch. Any model numbers or info would be great. Thanks a bunch....Ireally appreciate it. Again....very nice work!

Glasgow Dentist's picture

Good interior to have one in the office. Just feel so comfortable to work at such nice furnished office.

lchic's picture

Having a man cave is one of every man's dreams. I think it is beneficial to have a man cave for your man because that way they are a lot happier. My boyfriend and I just recently built a house. I was thinking about letting him build his own pool and man cave area. The thing about building a pool is you need to hire a pool contractor Phoenix. It can get expensive, but it will definitely be worth it in the end because my man will be very happy!

Louis Nieves's picture

Pls need some info on ur bar love the look if possible pls let me know wr u purchase the bar and stools remolding my mancave and would love to do the same setup thk u.Once again love the

eml1217's picture

Could you send me info on the granite bar? Thanks!

awalk21's picture

Could you send additional info on the bar to

This is a great looking basement.

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