Man Caves: The Garage

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The garage is the quintessential man cave. Before boys got too cool for school to hang out in the garage tinkering with their fathers or grandfathers, it was the place many of us learned to use tools and make simple household repairs. It’s where we built our first go-cart, worked on Boy Scout projects and fixed our bicycles. Still today, the garage remains a mythical fortress of solitude where men get away to think and create.

Jack Olsen built this immaculate 20’ x 22’ LA garage we see above. He wanted a reminder of the time he spent working in the shop with his father. He calls his man cave the 12-Gauge Garage, where he does some welding, woodworking and the occasional home or auto repair. It’s equipped with great lighting and multiple workbenches. And with all the tools and equipment, he needed excellent storage. Olsen opted for heavy-duty steel cabinets he dug up on eBay. If you want your garage to be tidy, organized and looking good, you can’t go wrong with steel cabinets. And check out the garage floor. When he noticed Home Depot had a great deal on ceramic tile, he says he jumped on the opportunity to teach himself how to set tile and give his garage a more polished look. We think it’s a pretty sweet job.

If you’re looking for more ideas to help you turn your garage into a better organized space, where you can work and perhaps pass on the love of making and fixing stuff, you should check out the rest of these garages.

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“We all know boys are messy, but men keep their stuff nice and organized,” quipped The Auto Insider in a post for Jalopnik on creating the perfect man cave. And, if organization is what separates men from boys, Craig Crutchfield’s workshop garage is a MAN cave in the truest sense. With wall-to-wall pegboard to give every tool and instrument in your garage a home, you’ll be able to man-up, too.

 

 

MacGyvering solutions out of improbable materials is perhaps one of the main reasons the garage became the first man cave. It’s the perfect place to hone your skills at hacking old filing cabinets and PVC pipe for tool storage units and fashioning tape dispensers out of wood scraps and a saw blade. (Didn’t we say something about storage and organization just now?)

 

 

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Nothing says grown man like an impeccable hangout where you can park all your toys and handle your business. Modular garage cabinet systems provide storage capacity and functionality without having to compromise on style.

 

 

Image of a Green Roof Garage Workshop

Image via Harrison Architects

 

The perfect man cave is not always about resources, but resourcefulness. Although a lot obviously went into building this garage designed by Harrison Architects, most of the storage cabinets, workbenches and seating were reclaimed from schools, bowling alleys and other demo sites.

Image via Harrison Architects

 

The real takeaway here to help you build a better man cave in your garage is the time and patience put into planning, sourcing and reusing materials in a responsible, cost-effective way.

Man Caves is an exploration of cool spaces guys have created for themselves: Everything from living rooms and bedrooms, offices and workshops, and media and game rooms, to garages, outdoor grilling areas, gardens and more. We dispense tips on décor, equipment, storage and organization, as well as share ideas, know-how and product info to help you hook up your own manspace.

 

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  1. Jack Olsen says:

    Hey, that’s my shop in the first picture! Thanks for showing it, Home Depot — and thanks again for having the tile on sale.

  2. Sam Reeds says:

    Love the idea of using half the garage to make a man cave. Our garage at home is big enough for two cars, which means we could still park my wife’s car in there and use the other half as a work area for me…now I just have to convince her that it is a good idea!

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