Slowly but surely Ryans dream man cave is moving along.  If you remember back at this post, I shared where we’ve come so far.

Since then Ryan has almost completely finished the outside of the building.  It went from this…


to now looking a bit more finished like this…


He got the new roof on, the door in, and the siding done.  Not to mention some christmas lights up:)  Time for those puppies to come down I think.

And here’s the side view…


He also got the deck on the side and the back.  We still have to pressure wash the wood and stain it and add a railing.  We are thinking we are going to add a railing like this..


or this..


He likes that it doesn’t obstruct the view and I like the manly feel of it.

I think this is kinda fun too…


That will have to be a summer project.


There is also going to be a covered porch off of the deck in the back, so that has to happen first.

These are all of the old boards that we took out of the building that ry cleaned as is letting dry so we can use them to plank this wall…


They will also be used to plank the fireplace bump out from floor to ceiling….


as for the rest of the walls ryan has been busy planking those with 1/4″ plywood.




and this is the last wall to go..


then once that is done, we will spray all of the planking in a darker gray color, and then put up the old barn wood and plank the ceiling!  I still swoon over those beams in there.

Although it looks like there is a ways to go yet, for us it feels like the home stretch!  From here on out we get to make everything pretty.  Cover up the old and bring in the new!!

Ryans hoping to get a good amount of time to work on it this weekend, so hopefully we’ll have some more pics to show soon!

As for now, I’ll leave you with the view…although it’s dead, the buds are coming and I can’t wait to enjoy this space when that happens!!!





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13 thoughts on “PROGRESS ON THE MANCAVE”

  1. Hi Allie, I can’t wait to see the wonders I’m sure you’ll do!!!!
    I find your blog by accident @ 1 year ago when I was looking for a tutorial for how to paint curtains, and I been hooked since then, I read all your posts (I think! I don’t know If I missed something!) but I always look forward to learn something new. You are a big inspiration to me!!! I see your STYLE very similar to Jo from the HGTV Show Fixer Upper. Maybe one day you’ll have your own show! ;) We’ll never know what plans GOD have for us!

    Keep the good work!

    P.S. I hope you’ll understand what I’m trying to say because my English it’s not very good since is my second language. Sorry!

  2. Man. I am jealous. Someday we will have a little out building to do this to.. :) This is amazing!! Can’t wait to see it finished!!

  3. As if your homestead isn’t sweet enough…OMG…What a wonderful Man Cave! Fireplace, beams, old siding planks, gorgeous beams. That added addition of the outside deck and that view…can I say AMAZING! Ok, I see two big oversized leather chairs and maybe a animal hide rug by the fireplace?? Shoot, World Market just had one on sale for 25 % off. Ryan will finally get his deer head above that wonderful fireplace?! What a great escape right out your back door. Ok Allie, you have all your beautiful white in your adorable house….now he finally gets his dream?? You two have great vision and awesome renovating skills!! P. S. Just don’t let Ryan post a “No Girls Allowed” sign out there!

    1. haha, well I’m “allowing him” to think it’s his man cave, but I’m hoping to be able to use it too:) He already said he’s excited for me to be able to have my girls over so I think that means he’ll be a good sport and not hang the no girls allowed sign:) And….you are all over that decor! I’m planning on the Ikea cowhide rug for by the fireplace. We are actually doing built in window benches under the windows and already have a large leather sectional for in front of the fireplace;) It’s a sleeper sofa so we are hoping to house more guests as well:) I’m getting super excited to start that process of it!! Thanks for your comment, it made me smile:)

  4. Wow! What an amazing view!! I’ve always though small town/farm living had an endearing pull but I just know I could never pull it off. However a view like that is def. enough to change anyones mind :)

  5. Yay!!! I was waiting to see how you used the beams, I’m glad they worked out. They look great and I can’t wait to see the rest of it!

    1. These beams actually came out of the man cave building we demolished, but don’t you worry, I’ve got plans for your beams…I’ll keep you waiting a bit longer:)

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