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  1. #1
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    Mancave Flooring

    So the wife and i are working on closing a 4bd/4ba here on the island. Since the driveway is large enough to accommodate my truck and her SUV, she has given me the blessing of converting the garage into a man cave.

    I have ruled out laminate/pergo style flooring, as i do plan on using the garage for boards repairs and home maintenance projects. But I don't want to leave it plain concrete.

    Has anyone on here made a garge man-cave? Any ideas on durable, easy to clean flooring that looks nice? I plan on installing a bar down there with TVs couches, pool table etc. But in the end, I see it looking more like a refinished basement when I am done with it than a garage.

    Any advice from successful man cave converters would be appreciated. I have seen tons of cool man cave pictures online that have some different options, but there really aren't explanations with the photos.

    P.S. Waves coming this weekend? Looking like it.

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    Nice! I have a friend who did his the floor of this garage in black and white tiles- checker style. it looks sweet! He uses the garage as a work/wood shop, to store his motorcycle and hang out. The floor seems to hold up well, but I don't really know anything about cleaning up resin drips ect... but it is durable!

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    Sand.

    You'll never have to sweep... rake maybe. Keep the cats out too.

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    The best long-term choice would be porcelain floor tile. Find one of the those surplus/outlet-type building supply yards and you'll find loads of tile for about $1 per sq-ft. Worst case, Lowes and HD have floor tile for $2-$3 per sq-ft. You should seal the concrete first to keep moisture out. Tile over a concrete base is insanely durable and it's always chemical / stain resistant if you seal the grout well.

    A really nice short term solution would be a two-part epoxy floor paint. Deep-clean the concrete first with diluted muriatic acid, then paint a couple coats. Lastly, cover it with a good clear coat. It will look nice and be very durable.

    If you plan to have a home theater, studio, etc. in there keep acoustics in mind. Unless you have a drop-ceiling a hard floor, like concrete or tile, will make for crazy loud echoes and reverb. Also, there are some easy things you can do to soundproof between the garage and the adjacent living spaces. If you're considering any of this, do it now instead of going back to it later on...way easier to do it now.

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    Your whole house should be your "man cave."

    If you, and all y'all, need a private escape chamber then maybe you shouldn't forge relationships with others. It works for me. The ocean and television is all you really need........and pizza.

    See, I don't play the who gender game BS. I'm such an equalist(is that a friggin word, Erock?) that I don't play the whole Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus thang. People are people and most are morons. Though, of course, I don't really care for Puerto Ricans or Russians. But other than that.........

    I don't play that PMS/period excuse bullsh!t either, and I don't think men are superior beings.

    It's so funny: Women act like they are sisters united against prejudice on one level, and then they get all b!tchy and catty with each other on another level. Nooooo, it's not your "cycle" or hormones.......you're a b!tch. That's all.

    Men are just el burro mas macho f-tards who think they always got to prove something. Men always got to be macho and act tough, except when they speak soft and romatically to their pick-up trucks. I HATE men who base their identities on their jobs and/or cars. What dorks. How can someone think they are cool because of a car?? How? Who f'ing cares?

    Jeez, I swear we'll see a Ford or Chevy truck commercial where the dude actually humps his truck after taking it on a romantic dinner and walk.

    I don't know what men are supposed to do in a man cave........scratch themselves, say "uggggg" and sh!t?

    I'd make my "man cave" a "drug cave," but that's just me.........a place where all the neighborhood losers could come together and smoke, snort and drink in peace...... Real men get high.

    You'll have a dog for this man cave, right? You need a good one. Might I suggest a Newfioundland? I'm totally Gold-for-life, but I've been digging Newfies lately. Now that's a man cave mascot.

    Hey, could I come over some day? Well, actually, me and Seldom Seen, he'd have to drive..........We'll bring the hookers.......yankee hookers.

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    My man cave is outside - the "Bud Light Party Deck." I don't drink Bud Light, but I did install a really sweet indoor/outdoor turf as my flooring. It's not that cheap green stuff either. I'm talking 1" blades, which feels great between the toes. It's rain/beer resistant and can be easily vacuumed if needed. Not sure how it would look inside, but it might be worth a consideration.

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    Having been a GC in a "previous life," I would recommend you use something that moisture will not affect. Garages generally ARE NOT POURED OVER A VAPOR BARRIER, so you will constantly have moisture leaching from the ground up.

    -Epoxy Floor--like the stuff Rustoleum makes. Probably your cheapest option.
    -Old School Linoleum that comes in 2' x 4' sheets (you can do sick designs).
    -Tile (use a very high quality crack isolating mortar so you can drive your car in there if need be and not worry about cracking tiles)
    -Cork floated over a good vapor barrier.... I love cork floors!

    Don't use: Vinyl, laminate, pre-finished wood.

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    I plan to build a work space in my basement in the near future and the "Epoxy Floor--like the stuff Rustoleum makes" is a candidate for that space, because of its durability and low cost. If I need to deaden sound I may throw down an area rug, and use some strategically placed foam, etc.

    I have used the vinyl planks (i.e, "Traffic Master" ) in an entry way that is subjected to moisture being "dragged in" as well as my dog's water bowl (love'r, but she is real sloppy) and it has held up well, looks decent, relatively cheap, and easy to install. So they are a good possibility. They have lots of patterns/colors, and may even have a "diamond plate", if you wanted a truck/jeep theme .
    Last edited by capecodcdog; Sep 24, 2013 at 04:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddington Jetty Bear View Post
    Hey, could I come over some day? Well, actually, me and Seldom Seen, he'd have to drive..........We'll bring the hookers.......yankee hookers.
    Hookers? I'm in.