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The Amazing £68 Basement Renovation!

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Have you always wanted a man cave? If so, you've come to the right place as today, we're serving up this do-it-yourself project. For less than 100 pounds, you can transform your dreary old basement into the perfect rustic man cave!

Whether or not it's a proven fact—despite men all over the world protesting that it is—the man cave has become an essential feature of many homes. The term, quite obviously, came from the prehistoric cave men, and denotes the space in which they spent much of their time. Nowadays, it's a generic term used to describe rooms decorated with coveted male appliances, décor and home furnishings, such as sporting memorabilia or, in this case, hunting paraphernalia.

In this example, you'll see a rustic and charmingly decorated space, with lots of wood, hunting motifs and the latest and greatest technological gadgets. This man cave was set up in just six weeks and for just £68!

Take a look in the pictures, below…

Before: The sad looking basement

This dull and dreary basement was a sad, sad place before the transformation. It's really hard to imagine that it would be possible to change this room so drastically in just six weeks!

After: Hunting lodge chic

From the old basement in the previous image, there is not much left. The lonely disco ball was ejected and replaced with all kinds of hunting décor.

Cosy wooden panelling now dons the walls, with a fake fireplace and fake windows added to give the room depth and atmosphere. Wood furniture, tools and other male living accessories complete this image of the perfect hunting lodge..

You will see how the transformation came about in the following pictures…

During: Finding the right materials

Wood panelling is apparently the perfect material to finish off a man cave. 

The interior was completed with old crates and pallets, which are materials that are relatively easy to get hold of as they're sometimes auctioned on bargain websites or, if you're game, can be found on building sites.

You can sand the panels down or apply a lacquer, depending on the age or look you wish to achieve. 

During: Hide and seek

After the wood panelling was installed on the interior walls, the pillars and ventilation shafts needed to be adequately hidden. 

A ceiling space was added so you always have access to the ventilation system, yet don't disturb the wooden, rustic feel of the space. 

During: Wooden beams

To create a basement that really resembles a hunting lodge, massive wooden logs have been suspended from the ceiling. 

Of course, no male hunting cave would be complete without the trophies on the wall, as you can see evidenced with the deer head, antlers and horn decorations. 

During: Secret spots

To protect valuable belongings from prying eyes and hands, you can build a chair with removable secret compartment. Everything just disappears under the seat!

During: The fireplace in progress

Even a fake fireplace provides rustic cosiness in this man cave. A stone construction was put up and created with salvaged bricks. 

After: The finished fireplace

Here we see the final product. 

A faux fireplace that looks amazingly authentic thanks to a clever use of light, natural-looking scorch marks on the floor and the wood-stone combination, creating a cosy, manly ambience! 

After: A room with a view

The fake window in this space was also a really clever deception. If you look really carefully, it's actually a photograph that has been illuminated from behind.

This makes it possible to simulate different times in the day, from sunset to sunrise. The mountainous landscape in the view further enhances the alpine feel to the room, creating a far more authentic experience for those inside.

For a very different kind of basement renovation, check out: A Beyond Brilliant British Basement.

How would you decorate your man cave?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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