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May 14, 2019 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Charles Goins”

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Charles Goins: It all started in Jan. 2016.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Charles Goins: Western Saloon Theme, My wife and I both love the movie Tombstone and have been to Tombstone, Az. a few time and loved it there.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Charles Goins: I did 85 % of the work myself. I did everything but the AC & Heat and the Electrical but I am lucky enough to have a cousin that is in that business. I am a contractor and a master plumber so between the to of us we got done.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Charles Goins: She loves it. It keeps the Riff Raff out of the house. LOL

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Charles Goins: It would have to be the Poker Table. It gets the most use.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Charles Goins: Poker, YouTube Music, and drinking.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Charles Goins: Crown on the rocks.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Charles Goins: I’m in the process of putting two o gauge trains around the walls of the bar. One is complete and one is almost there. I will post more pics later.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Charles Goins: Go for it. Pick a theme, make a plan, and be flexible Shit happens. Nothing ever fits like it should. Forget what everybody else says. Remember you are building it for you. It is not going to happen over night it has taken me three years to get mine to were it is now and I’m still adding things so be patient.

February 10, 2017 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “John Miiller”

CHUGG: When did it all start?

John Miiller: 1994, needed a place to have a graduation reception. Started cleaning the garage and haven’t working on it since.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

John Miiller: The Blues, baseball, football, and basketball.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

John Miiller: Yes, with a little help from my daughter and wife

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

John Miiller: She loves it, spends quite alot time there in the summer

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

John Miiller: My self made bar that I didn’t know what I was going to end up with till I got done

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

John Miiller: Watching a game of some kind, kicking back with a few brews

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

John Miiller: Miller High Life, Yuengling, or some Woodford

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

John Miiller: I want to start home brewing

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

John Miiller: Just get started. Once you start you’ll have to go where your man cave mind takes you. It’s also never ending!

August 16, 2016 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Joe Rodriguez”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Joe Rodriguez: The collecting started many, many years ago. I had an existing building torn down about 3 years ago and started on this 12×28 from the ground up

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Joe Rodriguez: I’d say there are several themes. Rock N”Roll, the San Antonio Spurs, and of course America’s Team!

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Joe Rodriguez: Luckily I have friends who are electricians, carpenters, etc. I did the flooring, insulation, and lots of painting. The Dark Side of the Moon, Cowboys, and Spurs logos were done by my wife, and I will say she did a kick ass job.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Joe Rodriguez: She thinks it’s great, she knows my likes and keeps an eye open for collectibles.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Joe Rodriguez: Favorite item in the cave? I would have to say my music collection. Some say it’s money, but I say it’s music that makes the world go round’. Cd’s, vinyl, cassettes, and 8 tracks (yes, 8 tracks).

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Joe Rodriguez: Average night would be watching NFL, NBA, anything with competition…or a movie, preferably with a good music.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Joe Rodriguez: Bud Light, Patron, but if your a Cowboys fan I’ll plan ahead and get what you prefer!

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Joe Rodriguez: Planning for another Lombardi in Big D, hopefully soon. Wanted to add sq. footage to the cave, that got shot down real quick.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Joe Rodriguez: Stop thinking about it and get it done. Scientists have proven a Man Cave adds years to your life! Go Cowboys!

January 7, 2016 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Doc Morales”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Doc Morales: I started working on it in early 2012 and it just took off from there.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Doc Morales: Yes, it has a military theme. Mostly Marine Corps and Navy. A few of my buddies talked me into some Army and Air Force or (Chair Force). I’m holding off on the Coast Guard until someone can prove to me that they are really a branch of the military. I am a retired Fleet Marine Force Corpsman. That’s where the “Doc” comes from.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Doc Morales: I got help from a salty old Devil Dog friend of mine with the framing and the dry wall. But for the most part my psychotic interior decorator side took over. ( I mean the voices in my head). Don’t judge we all have em’!

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Doc Morales: She knows that we both need our neutral corners from time to time. I have the cave she has the rest of the house. For the most part, she doesn’t come down unless we are entertaining. But when you ask her she’ll say that she loves it.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Doc Morales: The bar-pool table combo is without question my favorite They just go hand in hand and they bring people together. There’s nothing better than a cavern full of friends and family, the sound of beers being cracked open and the trash talking that follows.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Doc Morales: ESPN or a good action movie. PS4 when I get the time. (Growing up is for quitters!)I spend more time down there during the weekend. A word of advise fellas…**Don’t ignore your wife during the week by spending all of your free time in the “Testosteroom”** and she’ll be less likely to resent your private space.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Doc Morales: If you drink beer. It’s Miller Lite or Corona. If you prefer a “Liver beater”, you can take your pick. I’m more of a Wild Turkey guy. Let’s face it. Wine is fine, but liquor is quicker and it’s the end result we’re all looking for.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Doc Morales: A television above the bar and theater lighting going up the stairs. Actually I have a list of 50 things that I want to do and get but this is the part that you refer to the second part of question #6.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Doc Morales: Find something that you like,ie; beer, sport, movies and run with it. There is no right or wrong. I guarantee you will change it 10 times before you’re happy. Then you’ll change it 10 more. If you are married or have a girlfriend let them get involved with it too. If they decorate it for you…WE WILL FIND OUT!! And you WILL be ridiculed without mercy! We will burn your man card in front of you. Now get out there and let the games begin!! SEMPER FI.

September 7, 2015 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Jeremy Whyte”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Jeremy Whyte: Febuary 2013 (when I bought my house)

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Jeremy Whyte: If so, what inspired your theme? I guess its sports themed, I wanted to have my own Houston Texan bar

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Jeremy Whyte: I did most the work myself, I hired out a friend to do metal siding and tin ceiling.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Jeremy Whyte: Happily Divorced

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Jeremy Whyte: Autographed Andre Johnson football

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Jeremy Whyte: Lots of beer, Loud music, and shuffle board

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Jeremy Whyte: Ice Cold Bud Light

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Jeremy Whyte: A bar backer with built in tv

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Jeremy Whyte: Build on and Cave on. Worth every drop of sweat and every dollar spent.

May 22, 2015 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Andrew Rocha Jr”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Andrew Rocha Jr: It started 8 years ago in my half bathroom.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Andrew Rocha Jr: Sports, played various sports so just enjoyed it.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Andrew Rocha Jr: Everything my own except couches. my youngest son amadeus helped me build them from ground up.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Andrew Rocha Jr: She likes the originality of it. plus likes the surround sound is out there and not inside.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Andrew Rocha Jr: My 7 tv’s.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Andrew Rocha Jr: Movie on the 48″ surrounded by various sporting events on the other 6 tv’s.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Andrew Rocha Jr: Cold budweiser from kegerator.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Andrew Rocha Jr: Hook up to house duct work for air conditioning and heating.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Andrew Rocha Jr: Start with nice big screen tv alot of seating for guests then built around those items. plus put kids awards and accomplishments all around.

April 30, 2015 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Paul Darge”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Paul Darge: I started collecting/buying/selling antiques and collectables about 13 years ago or so. I needed a place to put all my treasure, so I built my detached garage about five years ago.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Paul Darge: I really like gas and oil related signs from the 1950’s and 60’s.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Paul Darge: I’ve always appreciated older things from as long back as I can remember.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Paul Darge: My wife likes the fact that I have a place to call my own and that my hobby of collecting keeps me out of trouble.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Paul Darge: I can’t just pick one favorite item, but if I had too it would be my 6 foot Porcelain Mobile gas sign. It’s large and in charge. The colors just pop.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Paul Darge: An average night in my man cave would be a couple of Miller Lite beers with some kind of sports on TV.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Paul Darge: If you walked into my man cave today miller lite would be in your glass with a couple of gulps of moonshine to wash it down with!!

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Paul Darge: I’m gonna continue to buy/sell/collect my signs, even though I’m almost out of room.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Paul Darge: If you’re thinking of building a man cave, surround yourself with what makes you happy and feel relaxed. Even if its not the norm. Cave on Everyone!!

January 30, 2015 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “TERP”

CHUGG: When did it all start?

TERP: October 2010, we had a house fire that leveled our old home. When we started to build the new house , I wanted a separate garage . So after starting the build, my wife suggested I add a room so me and the buddies could ” drink beer” and that was the birth of my man cave.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

TERP: MILLER LITE THERE!! I have always been a Miller drinker and love the logo so after a few sign purchases , I figured nobody else would have a Miller lite cave . Maybe they’d send some free beer!

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

TERP: I’ve done all the work with the exception of the vaulted ceiling. A good buddy came by one day to check on the progress a drink a few too many beers , he asked how I was doing the roof ? I just figured a simple “lean too” style roof would be fine on just the room. He suggested it would be cool and make the room feel bigger if I did a vaulted ceiling, so after we sobered up….. it seemed like the best thing to do.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

TERP: Mrs. TERP loves it!! I know it’s one of the man cave rules, but she has been the biggest help with decorating it ….. ( Please don’t revoke my membership) if your woman feels she had the upper hand, man you can spend hours building and spending money on it. Right honey?

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

TERP: ME!!! When I’m in here I feel so relaxed and drunk! I love the atmosphere it gives off when family and friends come over to play darts, watch the game or fight, play cards and drink Miller lite on Tap!

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

TERP: Oh used that up on the last question ….

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

TERP: Well Duh, MILLER LITE!!! I have liquor too.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

TERP: Yes, adding on another 600 square foot. Again Mrs. TERP said after a party we had that I should have built it bigger. After a sober next day, I confirmed that with her ! So some time next year more concrete will be poured.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

TERP: Only one, put your outlets up high on the wall for neons and make sure the wife is on board with the build and design. OK that’s two but I’m drunk while typing this lol ! This site was also a big help too. People inspire people to do better or different than what they first thought. I was fine with my walls and ceiling unfinished and a simple bar. “You” fine people made me take it further! Thank you!!

January 20, 2015 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Garry Zerr”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Garry Zerr: It goes back 15 years ago when we bought our home the basement was a open area put down some couches and purchased a 50” projection tv and we got a old sears portable bar about four feet long from the wife’s aunt it had a eight track player and lights out front that flashed too the beat of the music added a small fridge and it went from there

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Garry Zerr: Kinda its into the lights and music theme the lights started when we got a good deal on eight neons when we where at a bar in North Dakota the music was there with iTunes and the Mac with purchasing the apple tv was a way too play music non stop or play music videos and then we got our Jukebox which added some character too the space

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Garry Zerr: the basement was there I repainted and built the bar and a installer did laminate and carpet

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Garry Zerr: she is all in, helped purchase a lot of the items

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Garry Zerr: many items first is the Rock ola 1955 Jukebox and the working wall box and the neons the 65” led Samsung,Harmon Kardon AVR surround all its what I enjoy

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Garry Zerr: music and drinks with the wife and or friends

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Garry Zerr: I try to stock my bar as best as I can hopefully something you enjoy from beer too liqueurs

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Garry Zerr: I am thinking of re doing the bar too better quality cabinets also adding front projector for that 120” screen

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Garry Zerr: start with a open mind do what works for you be it sports, music, racing, or all

January 14, 2015 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “John Richard”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

John Richard: It started back in March 2007.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

John Richard: My theme is simply beer, I am a home brewer and have been for about 19 years. Everything revolves around beer and brewing. I have a beer coaster collection featuring beers I served and/or drank and breweries visited.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

John Richard: I built it myself with little outside help. A buddy made two oak doors for closets. The rest was done by myself with only hand tools. Power saw and drill were only electric tools used.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

John Richard: Funny story, we were visited my nephew’s house he bought and the previous owner had a simple bar made with old kitchen cabinets and plywood. Our basement was unfinished and I told the wife that we should do something simple like that. She says … where are you getting the money, from your change jar… Well I had about $250 in change! About a month later she went to visit her aunt in Florida and when she came home I had built the bar for less then$250! She does enjoy the bar and over the years have had a lot of good times!

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

John Richard: Tap system for serving home brew.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

John Richard: During the winter months we have a dart league with 5 two man teams. The league ends in March with an end of the year banquet. We have a lot of Pub Nights were friends come over for good food, good beer, an good conversation. Mostly a lot of informal nights drinking beer and hanging out.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

John Richard: Either the latest home brew (current – a heather ale) or craft beer.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

John Richard: I expanded into another portion of the basement and added an exercise room. Need to finish that and then start some remodeling on the original room, back bar?

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

John Richard: If you have limited skill and simple tools, keep it simple a realize that the finished product is yours and not the work of professionals. I look at some of the bars my friends put in after mine and they are beautiful, but they did little or no work. I couldn’t afford that, but still am happy with MY Man Cave!

December 9, 2014 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Jared Snapp”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Jared Snapp: 1998, the first Man Cave was built in Orlando, FL (Pinar Inn) built another one in 2002 in Newton, MA (Newtonville Tavern) and built my current Stow, MA “Man Cave” (Snapp’s Red Lion Pub) in 2008

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Jared Snapp: English Pub

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Jared Snapp: Did 98% of everything myself – Friends helped along the way with random odds and ends but I don’t work well with others – Nobody does things to my standards

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Jared Snapp: LOVES IT unless there’s more then 5 people present then she defines it “a party” and retreats before things get out of hand – Smart move on her part….

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Jared Snapp: Man Cave of the Year 2012 trophy – Hands Down!

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Jared Snapp: Alcohol Consumption – Sports Viewing – Darts – Foosball – Shenanigans – (No Particular Order)

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Jared Snapp: Yuengling “always on draft” OR whatever I got – Some Scotch’s and Whisky’s are off limits depending on the size of the crowd

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Jared Snapp: British K6 Telephone Booth – It’s gonna happen!

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Jared Snapp: Have a Vision, Establish a Plan and Make it Happen

October 22, 2014 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Phat Tony”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Phat Tony: September 2012

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Phat Tony: Yes, Rock and Roll – I play guitar, have lots of music equipment, go to lots of concerts, and used to be a concert promoter as well. Plus, the man cave I created is functional in that it’s also my guitar playing and singing room.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Phat Tony: I did all of it myself for the most part, I have a sound/guitar tech friend who assisted me with some of the technical wiring setups like for the PA and wall of amps.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Phat Tony: I’m not married, however I have 2 cats and they like to explore the room except when I’m playing guitar in there – then they leave and make me shut the doors – it’s upstairs over my 3 car garage so that helps with the noise factor.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Phat Tony: That’s a tough one, there are so many – if I had to pick just one – it would be my Gretsch Billy Bo electric guitar

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Phat Tony: the attached chart kind of sums most of it up

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Phat Tony: a shot of top shelf tequila and a beer

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Phat Tony: thinking of adding a stripper pole and a drum set

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Phat Tony: it’s gotta be something you’re really interested in and it’s also helpful if your activity(s) are best suited for a separate area. beware catching the dreaded “g.a.s.” however – or spelled out “Gear Acquisition Syndrome” which is very easy to catch – however with the help of sites like ebay.com – if/when you overdo it or get sick of an acquisition, you can put it up for sale or auction – “one man’s meat is another man’s poison”

July 10, 2014 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “David Hernandez”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

David Hernandez: March 2014

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

David Hernandez: Man Cave has a Harley Davidson Theme. I was a motorcycle cop for several years and I own a 2003 HD Electra Glide 100th year anniversay edition.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

David Hernandez: I did all of the work, except air conditioning. Thank God for the DIY channel and creative ideas.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

David Hernandez: She absolutely loves the idea that I have somewhere close that I can unwind and spend quality time with friends.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

David Hernandez: 72″ HD TV / Harley

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

David Hernandez: Tinkering with the bike and enjoying a cold drink while watching sports.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

David Hernandez: I live in the south, so naturally Sweet Tea in a mason jar.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

David Hernandez: Install more recessed lighting, continue to collect old motorcycle memorabilia.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

David Hernandez: You are only limited by your imagination. Find something you love and build on that. Lots of resources / ideas on the internet as well as good motivation from the guys on the Man Cave site!!!

June 8, 2014 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Rick Genslinger”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Rick Genslinger: 2010.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Rick Genslinger: Hockey theme-Flyers.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Rick Genslinger: Yes, I did all the work myself.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Rick Genslinger: My Wife likes the bar and has her friends over for “Sunday Funday”.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Rick Genslinger: Favorite item(s) in my Cave? It would be having two bars in my cave.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Rick Genslinger: Avg. night would be watching the Flyers game or any hockey game.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Rick Genslinger: Bud Light and a shot of “After Shock”.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Rick Genslinger: No plans, my goal is to have someone that plays or played for the Flyers visit my bar.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Rick Genslinger: Just express yourself…Your cave should represent you.

May 12, 2014 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Kevin Mahon”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Kevin Mahon: October 8, 2012

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Kevin Mahon: sports theme, predominately new York yankees.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Kevin Mahon: I did all the work myself reclaiming my basement from all the kids toys laying around.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Kevin Mahon: my wife likes it but doesn’t really get the love I have for it.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Kevin Mahon: hard to say my favorite item, its loaded with signed memorabilia from all over. my 3 boys and I are always out looking for more items to add.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Kevin Mahon: a typical night in the “mahon” cave is either a sick movie in surround sound or people over for a ball game of sorts drinking plenty of beer and eating peanuts.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Kevin Mahon: anyone who visits the “mahon” cave can always grab a cold one of sam adams ,coors or bud.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Kevin Mahon: eventually I am repainting with yankee stadium in the back ground.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Kevin Mahon: my advice for building a man cave would be always leave some room for ideas later down the road and always invite me to come drink in them when they are finished!!!!

April 20, 2014 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Paul Ferrari”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Paul Ferrari: 1999, when we first saw the house we ended up buying. It had a recent addition with a full basement that was separate from the rest of the basement…right then I thought this would be a great hangout space, back then I didn’t even know that the term “mancave” existed, maybe it didn’t. I didn’t start building “The Barage” until 2010, and it wasn’t till then that I decided to not use the basement space, and instead use part of my 3 car garage for a bunch of reasons.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Paul Ferrari: I don’t really have a theme, it’s called “The Barage” half bar, half garage. It’s got a local bar/dinner feel going for it, with a taste of sports and automobile stuff. The main reason the mancave moved from the basement to the garage was space, in the basement I would have been limited to space, it would have been a nice space, but it would have only fit what it fit, and that would have been it. The Barage in the garage allowed me to use one bay for the bar area, one for my jeep workshop, and the one in between for a little bit of everything. Most time it’s used with seating for the bar and big screen area, but when it snows out, my wife can park in it, when I need more workshop space the seats can be pulled out and the space used to work, I can also move the seats and set up the Ping-Pong table. It’s also attached to the house and right off the kitchen, so it’s great when we have a large get together, people can hang in the bar, or the kitchen area and still not feel left out.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Paul Ferrari: I did all the work myself, with some manpower help from my friends.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Paul Ferrari: She was always on board with a Mancave space, but she originally thought using the garage was a stupid idea. And while I don’t think she sees it as the best space in the house, she thinks it’s pretty cool and has been known to hang out there once and a while. I, on the other hand could live out there.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Paul Ferrari: That is a tough question, the commercial kegorator, the 110” big screen TV, the popcorn machine and the booths are all way up there, but the favorite probably is the Bar and concrete bar top, because I built the whole thing and it came out perfect!

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Paul Ferrari: Unfortunately its most likely to have my kids and their friends playing Xbox on the 110” projector screen with surround sound, it’s pretty cool.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Paul Ferrari: I like Bluemoon as a summer beer, so it’s on tap and probably what’s in my glass, but there is in no shortage it beer in cooler.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Paul Ferrari: The floor, its bare concrete and I hate it. I planned on using racedeck tiles, but with the amount of welding and heavy auto work I do in there, I don’t think it’s the best choice. So now I plan to use a heavy duty porcelain tile, I just need to find a good deal on a tile I like and the motivation to tackle the project, it’s not something I’m excited to do.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Paul Ferrari: Look at the way the space works with the rest of the house. Had I used the basement it would have been cool, but so secluded from the rest of the house I don’t think anyone would have been happy with it. And draw it out, I used Google sketchup to lay the whole think out and ended up moving things around quite a few times. But even laying it out on paper would have helped.

February 9, 2014 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Andy”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Andy: Est 2008

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Andy: Sports Bar. Die hard EAGLES fan

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Andy: Almost all of the work was done by myself. Some help from wife and brothers.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Andy: Wife enjoys showing off my cave.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Andy: Autographed Brian Dawkins jersey.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Andy: TV, Drinking, shooting pool and playing Blitz 99 arcade.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Andy: Yuengling from tap.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Andy: Making it bigger.

 

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Andy: Just Do It, nothing like having a place to be yourself. Keep it original but don’t be afraid to ask another man advice.

January 29, 2014 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “John Richard”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

John Richard: It started back in March 2007

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

John Richard: My theme is simply beer, I am a home brewer and have been for about 19 years. Everything revolves around beer and brewing. I have a beer coaster collection featuring beers I served and/or drank and breweries visited.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

John Richard: I built it myself with little outside help. A buddy made two oak doors for closets. The rest was done by myself with only hand tools. Power saw and drill were only electric tools used.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

John Richard: Funny story, we were visited my nephew’s house he bought and the previous owner had a simple bar made with old kitchen cabinets and plywood. Our basement was unfinished and I told the wife that we should do something simple like that. She says … where are you getting the money, from your change jar… Well I had about $250 in change! About a month later she went to visit her aunt in Florida and when she came home I had built the bar for less then$250! She does enjoy the bar and over the years have had a lot of good times!

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

John Richard: Tap system for serving home brew.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

John Richard: During the winter months we have a dart league with 5 two man teams. The league ends in March with an end of the year banquet. We have a lot of Pub Nights were friends come over for good food, good beer, an good conversation. Mostly a lot of informal nights drinking beer and hanging out.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

John Richard: Either the latest home brew (current – a heather ale) or craft beer.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

John Richard: I expanded into another portion of the basement and added an exercise room. Need to finish that and then start some remodeling on the original room, back bar?

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

John Richard: If you have limited skill and simple tools, keep it simple a realize that the finished product is yours and not the work of professionals. I look at some of the bars my friends put in after mine and they are beautiful, but they did little or no work. I couldn’t afford that, but still am happy with MY Man Cave!

December 2, 2013 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Stuart Thompson”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Stuart Thompson: I began collecting over 40 years ago. It was not till 206 that I had the means to put it all together. Getting my wife to give up the gargae for parking was my biggest obstacle.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Stuart Thompson: Oh yes! Miami Dolphins all the way! I have taken great pride in NOT putting anything on my walls (other the the TV of coarse) that is not somehow related to the Miami Dolphins.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Stuart Thompson: Except for a little of the electrical work the was done with my own blood, sweat, and tears. A big part of the pride I take in my Man Cave is that I do the work myself.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Stuart Thompson: My wife is not a sports fan at all, so with that in mind she is not really a fan of my themem either. However, she does like the idea that I have built a place where me and my sons can get away to blast the games, compete on Madden football, or just a place where guys and be guys and she can have her peace.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Stuart Thompson: WOW! Not sure I can pick just one. I can say my top three would be (in no particular order) 1 – Pool Table Light, 2 – Dan Marino Autographed 420 touchdown football, 3 – Dan Maring Autographed Hall of Fame jersey.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Stuart Thompson: Our average night is for me and my sons to play a few games of pool, then put on the pin pong table top and have a ping pong tournament followed by a game of Madden football and ending with the best move we can agree on. Other than that, many “day’s” are spent watching sports from my Miami Dolphins recliner watching sports and enjoying a cold one.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Stuart Thompson: Well, I would have to say a nice cold beer. However, if you are not a berr drinker (yeah, right!) then you have multiple choices from our Coke machine.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Stuart Thompson: I have just started adding items to cover the ceiling. I also plan to stick with Miami’s older logo’s as I am not a fan of the the new logo. No matter what the Dolphins logo or team record will be today, tomorrow, or in 10 years, I shall always stay loyal fan and keep to my theme. Go Dolphins!

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Stuart Thompson: Plan, plan, plan. The worst thing you can do is just begin randomly. Think about the future and where your items can go. And no matter what, take your time. There is no rush as I always tell people that I am 95% done and will always be 95% done.

October 14, 2013 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Stephen Eshman”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Stephen Eshman: it started about a year ago watching tv and the misses also wanted to watch so the man cave was started. I always wanted to be able to watch tv and play games at the same time

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Stephen Eshman: it is made as a games / theater room i am a big console gamer so it is based mostly on the PS3

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Stephen Eshman: i have done most of the work my self although the misses has had some imput such as the color and the making of the curtains

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Stephen Eshman: not married (yet) but the misses has a love hate relationship with it as i spend all my time in there if she wants to spend time with me she also has to spend time in there

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Stephen Eshman: besides the multi tv set up i have an impressive rum collection that sits in 2 glass case that is by far the most expensive items in there and always get the WOW when someone walks in

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Stephen Eshman: average night is a beer or 2 have the cricket or Aussie rules (AFL) on one tv and play online games on the other

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Stephen Eshman: although the cave has lots of rum it is not for drinking so it would be a coopers pale ale consist of 4.5% alcohol locally owned and brewed here in south Australia and my favorite

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Stephen Eshman: there is a lot more to go i am installing ceiling speakers and the ceiling will be painted the same dark color as the walls with fiber-optic stars. The room will be also be used as a theater room so a good surround sound is next.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Stephen Eshman: my best advice for future cavers is keep the misses happy with it. She will let you spend that bit more on it if your partner is on your side. Also don’t be afraid to ask for help. I had no idea what i was doing and was a bit of trial and error. The build is the best part as it is never finished

September 24, 2013 –  CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Dan Singleton”.

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Dan Singleton: 10 years ago(from frame to decor).

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Dan Singleton: The theme consists of the Hard Rock Cafe, with a majority of Beatles decor and 60’s-70’s artists, as well.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Dan Singleton: I used a contractor for the ceiling finish, crown molding, flooring and electrical work. The rest was me.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Dan Singleton: My wife loves my man club. She has been more than supportive.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Dan Singleton: Rickenbacker 325v64 guitar (Jetglo with a white pick guard).

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Dan Singleton: Absorbing the decor and listening to music or watching a game on TV.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Dan Singleton: A glass of wine, Maker’s or Woodford and Coke,or Heineken Beer.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Dan Singleton: I have a closet behind the “Abbey Road” doors that is 13.5 x 6. I am going to build the back wall to resemble the Beatles “Apple” office. In addition to anything I can think of to put in the “Dan Cave”.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Dan Singleton: In my case, in the process, I made some changes along the way. If you decide to design and build one, do it ASAP. Everything ends up more expensive than you plan for. Stay with a theme. Make it like another part of the rest of your house. Enjoy it!

August 23, 2013 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “RC”.

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

RC: August 2009

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

RC: Cars – Racing – Halloween stuff- Women and family an friends photo’s-comfortable furniture to kick back and shoot the bull and party—So a Theme would be my life of the past 30 years in pictures and items.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

RC: I do everything myself and the cool thing is friends and family bring me stuff to put up or hang from vacations they go on. From wooden paddle from Hawaii to bottle openers from Puerto Rico—Bonneville Salt Flat salt to Race flags from Indy raceway and home made Man Cave signs – metal and wood

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

RC: My Man Cave My decorations My Rules!!!! Wife stays out!

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

RC: My Halloween Vampire life size woman figure

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

RC: Week days kicking back watching some TV / Weekends if I’m not out and about kicking back chilling with a cool drink and may get a visit from some friends to enjoy the comfort as well.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

RC: I have something for everyone- from cold beer to various liquors to enjoy.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

RC: Currently doing a remodel of what I have on display and will be changing out the lighting up a bit. That way when people come over they don’t seem to see the same old set up and once again they are checking out all the new or different stuff that is out.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

RC: Use what you got for the size of your man cave. If money is no object then it should be easy to decorate with what your hobby is. If you are on a budget the simple items place right or put in the right spot will look awesome. A man cave has no bountries—do what makes you happy with it. Basements- carports – spare room—a garage as long it’s a place you and your friends can party – relax- watch movies – shoot pool – etc. It’s endless on what it can be. You are the Master of decoration set up

August 16, 2013 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “John Crenshaw.”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

John Crenshaw: I started the planning of my Man Cave when we purchased our house Feb. 15th 2012

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

John Crenshaw: Bars and Cars! I have always been into cars and who doesn’t like a good Bar!

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

John Crenshaw: So far the huge majority of the work ha been done myself although I did have my dad help for a half day when I was applying he brick paneling and I am also planning on his construction and building knowledge for the upcoming Bar.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

John Crenshaw: I am married and for the most part she is on board because it keeps all of my stuff out of the house and in the cave! I do catch a little heat if my projects take to much time away from the family but other than that all is good.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

John Crenshaw: At this time it is my well stocked Liquor Cabinet!

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

John Crenshaw: Normally just Grilling and Chilling with family and friends with everyone having their favorite ice cold beverage.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

John Crenshaw: Just about anything you want! The more time that passes the bigger my Alcohol selection becomes.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

John Crenshaw: So many plans for the future that it would be near impossible to name them all! All I need now are the winning Power Ball numbers so that I can get everything done!

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

John Crenshaw: DO IT!!! No matter how big or small having a Man Cave is Amazing! Having your space to kick back and relax is Priceless!!!

July 26, 2013 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Sam Marchese.”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Sam Marchese: I started the project in 2004

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Sam Marchese: Rustic, We love the outdoors Hunting & Fishing.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Sam Marchese: I did most of the work myself, I had a friend help with the drywall.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Sam Marchese: It was my wife’s idea to build the bar as large as it is.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Sam Marchese: The Bar.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Sam Marchese: We entertain often we love to have our friends over drinking, laughing, & just having a good time.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Sam Marchese: Jager Bomb.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Sam Marchese: There are no major plans, but we tweak all the time.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Sam Marchese: If you have an interest, build around it.

July 18, 2013 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Art Svornik.”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Art Svornik: The walls started going up in April 2005, 8 years ago.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Art Svornik: I’m a Lifelong Chicago BEARS fan as the walls show, HAIL DITKA!

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Art Svornik: My brother was the skilled craftsman, I was the apprentice, but everyone in the family from my wife to my dad played a part. Free dinners and free beer go a long way.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Art Svornik: Totally supportive, the TV, Surround Sound, and Pool Table were all presents from her. She even abides by the Golden Rule, “If you talk about anything except football, during football YOUR EJECTED!” I only had to throw her out 3 times! Now she can talk football with the best of them.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Art Svornik: My 92″ Mitsubishi DLP TV and Bose Surround Sound System! Makes me feel like I’m on the sideline.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Art Svornik: Football, Hockey, good Action or Sci-Fi Movie (No Girly movies allowed) and a tall cold glass of what’s on tap.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Art Svornik: Right now, Fat Tire is on tap. I try to circulate through the regional micro brews, the only limitation is availability.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Art Svornik: The Cave is a project that is ongoing, more of an evolutionary process. Next I’m thinking about the floor, paint a football field or astro-turf, still haven’t decided. I also wanted to finish the workout room in an adjacent room. Close enough to be accessible if I get the urge but not too close to make me feel guilty if I’m reclining with a cold one.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Art Svornik: Plan, Research (mancavesite.org is giving me more ideas every time I sign in), and Plan some more. Make a list of MUST HAVES, REALLY WANTS, and THAT WOULD BE COOL. Modifications are ok but don’t let your dreams go. Your Cave will be your sanctuary for years to come, make sure it gives as much pleasure back as it did creating it. Cave On!

July 1, 2013 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Alan Cervoni.”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Alan Cervoni: At birth I think. When I was a kid, I raced go-karts and we had a shop off of the garage. I would keep it organized and clean to maintain my standards. We would spend hours in the shop preparing for races, so that led to making the space more comfortable.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Alan Cervoni: Autocentric. I wanted to have a space that blended the lines between function and aesthetics. Inspiration came from NASCAR haulers. They use every square inch of space and have designed clever storage solutions. Since my garage is only 10.5 ft. wide, I need to utilize every bit of it.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Alan Cervoni: I designed the space. I have a few craftsmen that have helped me with the components of the build that require specific skills to ensure a safe and robust outcome. (Norm – overall ideas and closure devices, Gino – framing/drywall/electrical, Tim – painting, Door Design Burlington and Oxford Carriage Doors – door installation, Direct Lifts – hoist, Art & Décor Concrete – driveway and concrete, B&D Steel – aluminum checker-plate and shearing)

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Alan Cervoni: My darling wife Patti, fully supports my passions, with the garage being one of them. I think family and friends alike support activities that are healthy to one’s self.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Alan Cervoni: The marque installation is the 2-post hoist. It surprises and delights all that visit the garage.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Alan Cervoni: Weekends during NASCAR season include watching the events and following race telemetry on the LCD monitors. Patti might join me for a few beverages along with friends. A good session of auto detailing is always on the agenda.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Alan Cervoni: I stock the fridge with Lite Beer for myself, and potentially a variety of styles for other tastes. If you prefer wine, Patti will take care of that for you.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Alan Cervoni: Always! I have just replaced the sectional overhead door with real carriage doors. I plan to procure a built-in HVAC system for better climate control.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Alan Cervoni: Start yesterday. Don’t wait for the perceived perfect time to begin. Start with a basic functional purpose for the space and design around it. Form will follow function.

June 18, 2013 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “357.”

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

357: In 2009 when we were having our home built. I wanted (needed) a man cave, but it was not in our original plans or in our budget. However, the Good Lord blessed me with an unfinished man cave due to the builder needed additional earnest money to obtain the loan to build the house, so that’s how my man cave derived. Every day I would surf the web for UGA memorabilia or items that reflected my character. I saved items to my favorites each day on my laptop. I drew out my plans like an architect, where I wanted each item and the size of the items all way down to the electrical outlets, phone jacks and cable lines.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

357: Yes, it has a main theme: The University of Georgia Bulldogs and two mini themes: The Hero’s in my life and my passion of pro stock drag bike racing. Growing up in rural Georgia, on a dirt road my family always had a party room or a shade tree that my father and his friends would gather under. In 1982 my father had a true back in the day Juke Joint Man Cave. My family and I have always been University of Georgia (UGA) fans, we even have UGA tattoos of some sort. While growing up, I thought everybody was a University of Georgia fan. So that’s where I got my University of Georgia theme. I love the idea of friends and family gathering around, just having a good ole time, while watching their favorite teams play. Yes indeed no other place to party like at BJ’s Juke Joint.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

357: I did most of it, with the exception of the HVAC, electricity, and hanging the drywall. I learned mostly from my grandfather who allowed me to work for him during the summer as a teenager.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

357: She loves it. She says after all those years of hard work that I deserve a man cave. However, she will sneak into the cave and watch Dr. Phil or Lifetime that she has set to record. She thinks I don’t know she’s doing it, but she leaves the TV on a chick flick channel as I always leave it on ESPN. I have got to get her a DVR for her Delta Room (aka women cave). lol

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

357: There are several, as each one has a story behind them. But if I had to choose it would be the four black & white pictures of my hero’s that sit above the stair well on the mantle. They are pictures of my two grandfathers, grandmother and my mother all whom are deceased. They are legendary people that have inspired and motivated me as well as others to achieve. So, this is one way that I show homage to them by displaying their pictures on the mantle. Pictures of true warriors, which are a conversation piece, all on its own. People normally don’t notice them as they go up the stairs but when going down they always, always ask who are these folks and with much pride I explain their legacy.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

357: Watching the big game while sipping on some coronas and cognac and eating some good food and chips. Most times if there is a big fight or a game people from all around invite themselves over to have some fun and excitement. If no game is on I may pop some fresh popcorn and watch a family movie with my wife and kids. My daughter gets a kick out of watching a movie in BJ’s and especially if she is having a sleep over movie night with her friends. So it brings a smile to my face as I turn into a chef and a baker as a couple of 7 year old girls just use me for my food and refreshments and then they leave me to clean up.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

357: Hennessy room temperature and a cold beer (Corona)

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

357: Yes. I plan on building me a gun case mounted in the wall like Ben Cartwright on the show Ponderosa.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

357: Personalize your man cave to you and your personality. Let it tell the story, your story. As no man cave is the same, but they give the man in the cave the same feeling. A stress free environment where you do not have to worry about any mood swings or sensibilities. A piece of mind and a place of rest and relax or party without any interruptions or any dang honey do lists. I love the saying “No place like home” and there’s another saying “No place like your Man Cave.”

June 4, 2013 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Mike McPhee”.

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Mike McPhee: 2004 I owned a townhouse. I finished the basement and had my first small Man Cave. We moved ot another house but it had a large unfinished basement and our intent was not to stay in that house so for 2 years I didn’t have one. In 2008 when I moved into this house a vision became clear right away based on the layout of the basement. I missed having a Man Cave so I was not going to let this opportunity slip through my fingers.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Mike McPhee: There is no specific theme to my Man Cave. It is filled with things of interest to me. If there is a theme it is comfort. I want to be comfortable in there regardless of what I or my friends are doing. Surrounded by items of interest, a great place to sit, a bar and fun things like a big screen TV and pool table to keep us entertained.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Mike McPhee: The basement was finished when we moved in but all of the additions to the Man Cave were all done by myself or added by the generosity of my wife and good friends.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Mike McPhee: My wife is a big supporter of it. It is our daily place in the evening to come & watch TV. I am a very lucky man to have this tremendous woman as my wife. She has been supportive with everything I have wanted to do. It keeps all my stuff out of the rest of the house 😉

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Mike McPhee: There are so many items that have a very personal appeal to me. But in terms of the Man Cave as a whole the bar is really what I am proud of. It is the centrepiece of the place, a spot for all to gather and has been home to some incredible fun.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Mike McPhee: An average night consists of friends getting together to shoot some pool, play some Poker or watch some sports. We just enjoy the entertainment, have some drinks, snacks and spend most of the time ripping on each other. Any guy with good friends understands that very well.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Mike McPhee: There is always a variety of beer on hand but the bar is very loaded and I can make almost any drink you want. First thing I do is always offer up a shot of your choice. If you are open to adventure I’ll mix something up but no doubt it will go down smooth. We can then crack open a cold craft brew.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Mike McPhee: For the future I have thought of taking everything down & starting over again. it is a tremendous undertaking so I would need some time to do it. I have a 2nd bar I am wiling to sell to free up some room. I would love to add a arcade machine or maybe an air hockey or a Foosball table. A beer tap is at the top of the list too. Space is an issue as I have the place loaded up but I’ll squeeze it in somewhere.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Mike McPhee: The advice I always give people when they want to build a Man Cave is make it for yourself. If you build it to satisfy everyone else you won’t be happy there. You are the one spending the most time there and putting it together. If you are not happy with every single part of it you will not enjoy it to the fullest. It is your Man Cave first, remember that.

May 29, 2013 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member ” Dwight Chorney”.

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Dwight Chorney: Affectionately known as Heavy D’s Bar and Grill to those who frequent it, my Man Cave, in its current state started to take shape back in 2009! The roots though go back to my childhood. Growing up from as far back as I can recall, my Dad ALWAYS had a bar/man cave in our basement. From vinyl covered bar rails to huge built in glass cabinets full of liquor our place was always a hit with family and friends. If there was a need for a party, My Dad was quick to volunteer his basement! My own Man Cave adventures started about twelve years ago when we could finally afford to finish the tiny basement in our 800 square foot home. My wife, Donna, gave me “carte blanche” to do whatever I wanted with this space. Within a few months my first Cave was born. In 2007 we purchased a larger home with a nice sized Rec Room. My imagination was running wild. Unfortunately my plans took a back seat to new windows, doors and kitchen. Finally in 2009 I started. A year later things were finally starting to come together.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Dwight Chorney: I am not sure that my Cave has a specific theme as there is a wide range of collectibles and memorabilia lining the walls and shelves. Everything from my Grandfather’s hunting knife from the 40’s, vintage signs and license plates, Antique cans and bottles, Autographed Sports items and equipment and items picked up from local pubs and bars as well as flea markets and yard sales can be found here. Many of the items have special meaning to me…just ask and I will talk your ear off with some family history or great story! My inspiration….Family History, and a love for all things old.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Dwight Chorney: My Man Cave is mainly my own design and imagination but I have three AMAZING helpers that are always looking out for things that will fit into the room. They are also my sounding board and are not shy to let me know when something looks tacky or just doesn’t fit in. The Man Cave is a Family affair and wouldn’t be possible with Donna and our boys, Thomas and Ben!

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Dwight Chorney: I AM married, and Donna has been mentioned several times already  I am blessed to have a VERY supportive wife who is not shy too let me know when things are getting out of hand or looking a little less than classy. So far  she LOVES the Cave and spends a lot of time in it with me!

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Dwight Chorney: My favorite item in my Man Cave? WOW! This is a tough question! There are so many things that mean so much to me. I have items from both of my Grandfathers, a Special Uncle as well as items picked up from some of our travels. I think a few things that stand out in my mind are a picture of my Dad and I, a picture of my late Father-In-Law as a boy with his Atom hockey team, and some autographed items from Stompin Tom Connors who recently passed away. Oh Yeah…I LOVE my 1979 BOSE 901 speakers blasting out the tunes!

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Dwight Chorney: During the week…Xbox, Movies, or spending time watching some of our favorite shows such as American and Canadian Pickers, Storage Wars and Duck Dynasty. On the weekend there are usually anywhere from one or two up to as many as 30 people gracing Heavy D’s with their presence. There may be hockey or football on the TV, Tunes shaking things off the shelves or just friends and family sharing a few drinks and chatting! Special Events are another story altogether!!! There is always lots to drink and usually some themed or specialty drinks or shots. You will never go hungry either…This is where my partner in crime, Donna shines. She ALWAYS comes up with some new, creative and always delicious dish! These evenings usually end with a steady flow of taxis taking home our guests that do not spend the night with us!

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Dwight Chorney: If you were to pop in today you would have your choice of 4-6 different beers and just about anything you may be thirsting for. If I don’t have it you can rest assured that it will be there next time you come over!

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Dwight Chorney: Future plans include new tiles behind the bar area, a bar sink, ice maker and some new shelving. As far as décor…I am always on the look out for new and exciting pieces to add to my Cave! I still have room for more “stuff” and as long as I do it will always be a work in progress.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Dwight Chorney: My advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave? I think Take Your Time! Don’t rush into things. Make sure to take the time to plan for things like plumbing for a sink, electrical outlets for signs, TV’s and fridges. Think Storage…lots of storage! Make your room functional. You will be more comfortable if your Cave is set up to host a variety of people and events! When it comes to decorating…keep it clean and classy! Whether you have a theme or not make people WANT to look at your stuff. Ask for plenty of advice or get ideas from people who have already embarked on their Man Cave adventure! And my #1 piece of advice HAVE FUN! That is what this is all about!

May 1, 2013 – CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Jeff Parsons”.

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Jeff Parsons: I started accumulating man cave stuff 6 years ago, Just completed it in July 2012.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Jeff Parsons: It actually has 3 themes, I have my Sports theme section, The pub style section, and the the ice house section. built it with what I like to do in mind.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Jeff Parsons: I did all the construction and painting myself, my future man caver helped me build the pool table and mini bar.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Jeff Parsons: Well it has inspired her to make a girl cave with all the pretty crap she can handle.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Jeff Parsons: My favorite item in my man cave would be My pool table, 60″ smart tv or kegerator, it’s a toss up.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Jeff Parsons: An average night would be about 9 good friends, what ever sport is in season, shooting pool, Monti Cristo cigars, and a choice of beer or E&J Brandy.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Jeff Parsons: Well it’s actually a choice, I have Crown, Jack, Jim Beam, Patron, Sky Vodka, Gin, Scotch, 4 different bottle beers in frig and bud light keg beer. Pick your poison.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Jeff Parsons: I am currently working on a small kitchen and a bathroom inside the cave in a 10 x 16 area, for bar heat foods.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Jeff Parsons: Yeah take your time especially on the front end, anticipate where you plan on sitting things so that you can wire it properly. nothing looks worse that spider web wiring.

CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Greg Bartley”.

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Greg Bartley: My wife and I bought a new construction town house 3 years ago. One of my must haves was a man cave space.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Greg Bartley: not one in particular. I am a music junkie, wanted a movie theater and bar. My dad had a bar in the basement back in the day.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Greg Bartley: It was a finished basement with nothing in it. I painted, did the screen, ran av cables, basically designed everything and put it all in place.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Greg Bartley: My wife rarely goes in the cave but every time she does she says “wow, this is awesome, I need to come down here more often.”

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Greg Bartley: honestly, the audio part of my av system. I love listening to music on a good system. The bar is a close second.

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Greg Bartley: watching a movie or sports, listening to music, throwing a few back.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Greg Bartley: Bumble berry beer from a local brewery with a shot of chilled Tennessee Honey in it. it’s dangerous!

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Greg Bartley: nothing in particular, I’m pretty much out of space. I could probably squeeze in another neon somewhere.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Greg Bartley: nothing in particular, I’m pretty much out of space. I could probably squeeze in another neon somewhere.

CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Ryan Doherty”.

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Ryan Doherty: When I was just a young boy helping my father build his Cave, a full working Irish Pub.

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Ryan Doherty: One side is Irish Pub with working tap inspired by my father. I’ve been going to Irish Pubs since I was born. Other side is sports. Jets, Yankees, Mets, O’s & Ravens. I grew up in NJ and my wife is from MD.

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Ryan Doherty: As long as you have beer on hand there is always a friend willing to help. Bar was built from left over decking, using a golf ball for a level and my stomach for the height. The beer was a factor in that build.

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Ryan Doherty: She loves it. She’s a huge football fan and can hold her own in any debate. She doesn’t want to go over the top with the Irish side but I’ll break her in time.

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Ryan Doherty: Tap, pool table, football mirror, menu from Ryan Pub in Ireland and MAN CAVE membership!

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Ryan Doherty: Sports on both tv’s, music on surround sound, pool, darts and friends.

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Ryan Doherty: Currently I have a local brew on tap. Box Car Brewing from West Chester PA.

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Ryan Doherty: New rug, finish the ceiling and some ideas I’ve stolen from other Man Cave members.

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Ryan Doherty: I’m 31 years old in a new house, new job and family plans. My father taught me that the Cave is never finished. You’re always going to be adding, removing and up grading. As long as you can have a good time with what you currently have then just Keep Calm and CAVE ON! CHEERS EVERY ONE!

CHUGG interviews ManCaveSite.org Member “Taco Man”.

 

CHUGG: When did it all start?

Taco Man: A couple of years or so to collect the stuff and clean out the garage

CHUGG: Does your Man Cave have a Theme? If so, what inspired your theme?

Taco Man: Tropical, Beer, Vegas

CHUGG: Did you do all the work yourself or did you have help?

Taco Man: Yes … will a little help saying what could be finally thrown away

CHUGG: If married, what does your wife think of the Man Cave?

Taco Man: Well … she does like the pool table

CHUGG: What’s your favorite item in your Man Cave?

Taco Man: 3 Old pictures

CHUGG: What’s an average night in your Man Cave consist of?

Taco Man: Playing pool

CHUGG: If I walked into your Man Cave today, what’s in my glass?

Taco Man: Corona

CHUGG: Any plans for the future?

Taco Man:Yes … removing more junk and a flat screen for this Football season

CHUGG: Any advice for anyone thinking of building a Man Cave?

Taco Man: Just do it