How Much Does a Man Cave Cost to Build?

How Much Does a Man Cave Cost to Build?

It can be hard to find peace and quiet in our homes, let alone a place to read, watch television, play video games or hang out with friends. The cost of creating your own man cave shouldn’t stop you from investing in your own comfort and relaxation.

Whether you want to create a man cave in an existing, spare room in your home, or you’re looking to expand with a man cave as a dedicated structure, it helps to know how much money you’re going to need to make that dream a reality.

On average, a man cave will cost you between £2,400/$3,000, anywhere up to the range of £32,000/$40,000+ if you’re opting for a new build extension instead of renovating an existing room in your home. 

Let’s look into how these costs are broken down and outline where these numbers come from, and what you’ll need to spend on the primary build aspects in particular.


First thing’s first – A man cave can cost as much as you want to invest in it

The cost of your man cave depends on what you want it to be. If you’re simply building a small, in-home office for yourself, the cost will be much less than if you’re planning on turning an entire room into a fully functioning bar and entertainment center. The price also varies based on the materials used, where it’s located and how much space is available.

In general terms, expect to spend between $500 and $1,000 per square foot depending on whether or not there are any structural changes that need to be made before construction can begin.

Building a man cave in your garage or basement can be a less expensive option

There are many factors that determine the ultimate cost to build your man cave. The size of your home, the materials you use and whether or not you hire a contractor will each have an impact on the final number.

The average man cave costs between $3,000 and $10,000. If you have ample space in your basement or garage but want to make it more like a room with walls, this could run anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000 depending on how large or elaborate an addition is made. If you you to get a more detailed breakdown of the costs invloved, why not try our cost calculator tool


A man cave is just like any other space and its functionality is limited only by your imagination and your budget

A man cave is just like any other space and its functionality is limited only by your imagination and your budget. You can build a man cave in your garage or basement, hire a contractor to build a man cave for you, or do the work yourself.

The choice is yours, but keep in mind that it will cost more if you use someone else to do it for you. The average cost of building a new home ranges from $90-$300 per square foot, depending on where in the country you live and what kind of materials are used in construction (brick vs. vinyl siding).

If you want to get started right away building your own dream space but don’t know where to start with the planning process then we’ve got some tips! We’ll show how easy it can be – no matter how big or small – by taking an inside look at one that was built by our very own team member (and his friends).


If you are going to use a contractor, the price of labor and materials can be significant

If you are going to use a contractor, the price of labor and materials can be significant. You can save money by doing some of the work yourself, using materials that are on sale or discounted, or using materials that are recycled.

If you are going to build your man cave yourself and save as much money as possible in the process, there are some steps you should take:


Your cost will depend on what kind of improvements you choose to make to your space

Your cost will depend on what kind of improvements you choose to make to your space. A simple addition may cost $2,000 or less, while a complete basement remodel could easily reach over $10,000.

If you’re building from scratch, expect to spend around $500 per square foot. You can even build your man cave in an existing space—like under the stairs or in an unused closet—as long as it’s not too small (think about how much floor space you’ll need for a couch and some chairs). And if you don’t want to build an entire room devoted solely to manly pursuits, consider adding some masculine touches like exposed brick walls and hardwood floors; these upgrades won’t break the bank but will add personality and interest to any room in the house.


Man caves have a wide range of costs depending on what you want to do with them

While you can’t put a price on a man cave, you can start to narrow down the cost of your new space. The total cost will depend on how big your man cave is and where it’s located. If your man cave is in an unfinished basement, it may be easier to get started with some basic improvements like paint or flooring. You can then slowly add furniture as time goes by. But if you’re building a separate room in the basement or adding an addition onto the house, labor costs will add up quickly!

In addition to location and size considerations, what kind of improvements do you want? Some people focus on pure aesthetics while others prefer functionality over style—it really depends on what works best for the individual person (or couple) building their dream space! After all, that’s why we call them “dream” rooms: they’re only limited by our imagination!



If you are on a budget and want to save money, you may want to consider doing some of the work yourself. However, if you don’t have the time or skill set to take on this project and still want a man cave then there are many ways that you can build one inexpensively. If all else fails there’s always the option of getting your friends together and building it over time as well!

If you found this guide helpful, you’ll also like our guide to building a DIY man cave on a budget.

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