Sometimes you just need some time and space to yourself. You want to pursue your own interests and decompress.
A man cave offers you a place that is all your own. In this post, we are going to share some exciting metal man cave building projects with you. But first, let’s talk a little more about what man caves are and how this trend is evolving.
What is a Man Cave?
A man cave is any retreat that a man can call his private sanctuary. Traditionally, the man cave might be a basement, garage, or spare room. For dedicated hobbyists, man caves may have specific purposes, like man cave pool table rooms or man cave workshops. Sometimes, man caves are also called “hobby caves.”
Over recent years, a trend has grown for man cave buildings—standalone backyard sheds dedicated to the same purpose as a traditional man cave.
You can compare backyard man caves to the corresponding trend of “she sheds” for women. They are both the exact same thing, just with different gender coding.
To give you some ideas for your own man cave project, we are going to share a few outstanding examples of metal man cave buildings with you below. As you will see, these projects are very different from each other, allowing you to visualize the wide range of possibilities a man cave can offer.
Check Out These Amazing Metal Man Cave Builds
Greiner Buildings Man Cave
First on our list of impressive man caves is this project Greiner Buildings constructed for a client named Jeff.
This company has offices in Iowa and Illinois, and specializes in pole barn construction. Rugged materials, comprehensive building services, and a dedicated in-house team are what set them apart from competing builders.
Greiner Buildings does not provide much information on Jeff’s Garage Man Cave, but does offer a lot of spectacular photos.
From the outside, it is a simple structure with a pitched roof and a tan and brown color scheme.
The rustic interior features shiplap walls, wood ceilings, and beautiful hard floors (the material is not clear from the photos, though at a glance it looks like stone). A kitchenette and a bar offer a spot to prepare drinks and snacks, while cozy seating in one corner makes for the perfect gathering place with friends. There is a bathroom built right into the structure as well as a garage.
Morton Buildings Man Cave Garage
Next on our list of garage man cave ideas we have Troy’s Garage. This man cave was constructed by Morton Buildings, a company that has been in business since the early part of the 20th century. It is completely owned by its employees.
Troy’s Garage is located in Spicer, MN, and is constructed out of Morton’s Hi-Rib Steel. The style is similar to what you would expect to see on a typical suburban house with a gabled roof and a pair of garage doors. The angle of the roof pitch helps the structure easily shed snow during the harsh MN winters. Stone wainscoting adds textural interest around the base of the building.
At 1,200 square feet, this is a pretty big retreat for its lucky owner!
As you probably guessed from the exterior shots, the interior bottom floor of this man cave is dominated by garage space (also implied by the name “Troy’s Garage,” naturally). There is plenty of room for multiple vehicles.
Moving upstairs, you will find living space. Situated right under the gabled roof, this area has the feel of a cozy attic that is filled with natural light. A large, U-shaped bar surrounded by seats is in the center of the space. A kitchen counter is situated under one of the windows, while under another there is a large, comfy sofa.
As with Jeff’s Garage Man Cave, the design of Troy’s Garage seems dedicated not just to getting private time, but also spending time with buddies.
The Surrey Man Cave Shed
Finally, we want to share a man cave located in Surrey by Bakers. This company has been operating for more than 30 years, and is family-owned and operated.
The Surrey man cave has a very modern look and feel, and was built to not only be functional and beautiful but also easy to maintain.
Describing the project goals, Bakers writes, “This client was looking for a multipurpose room, as he was not only semi-retiring early from a full time job, but also starting a small enterprise. His man cave needed to include an office, lounge and gym, where he could have peace and quiet, privacy to work and enjoy with the family in his down time.”
The company worked hard to help save the client money and also fit the structure within the existing site. Bakers says, “we came in to install out steel and timber frame base; this base was the perfect solution for working close to trees with limited access to the rear of the garden and the base was extended to also have a decking area. As the rear and right side of the building was not seen this had the ‘cement wall’ cladding and neatly accommodated the external part of the Climate Control unit.”
The large windows that dominate the front wall of the structure bring in a ton of natural light, and also make for nice views of the surrounding grounds from inside. The wide deck around the man cave extend the usable space, further connecting the indoors with the outdoors.
The office features a corner desk, while the rest of the space is given over to the lounge and gym. The open floor plan combines all of these into one room, keeping the feel inside the man cave as open and airy as possible.
The office features hard-wired internet together with a WiFi bubble. The company built extra sockets as well to ensure that the space can support all the technology the client needs.
The TV in the lounge/gym part of the man cave has an internet connection and is ready for streaming.
The entire man cave features climate control so that it is comfortable for working, working out, or relaxing during any season.
While this building does not offer nearly the square footage of Troy’s Garage, it is also proof that you do not need a huge space for a functional, stylish man cave. This client had no need to fit vehicles into his man cave, and has more than enough room to enjoy his work and hobbies to their fullest.
Build Your Own Metal Man Cave Building
Excited to build your own man cave to retreat to when you need some time to yourself?
Now that you have had a chance to check out these man cave ideas, you have some inspiration for your own design.