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Old 08-24-2010, 08:36 PM
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Hey guys, long time lurker first time poster.

Love the website, a big thanks to many of you for giving me the ideas and inspiration to complete my first renovation!

A little back story before I post the pics. My mancave has been the home of many poker games over the past five years. I run a weekly cash game and monthly league. The poker room was quite fine the way it was, and served it's purpose well. It was a bit too cluttered and pub like for my wife to enjoy it like I did. The reno was more for her in mind. I wanted a space that she would feel comfortable bringing her girlfriends into to drink wine and enjoy the atmosphere, while still looking classy while the guys use it to play cards and gamble like the degenerates we are

Along with the major reno in the basement I added a second bathroom in the lower level. Living with two almost teenage girls meant that I needed that second bathroom, and fast!

This was my first reno of any kind so it was a learn as you go experience. I had some great help from a buddy of mine, and I think with the budget we had, it turned out pretty good

Here are the before pics

















Old bar area, which was just a hole in the wall to the laundry room



Bar from the other side



Bathroom to be added in this area beside laundry room



'Demo'ing begins! Tearing out the old "porno" paneling









Load bearing wall at the old pass thru bar has been removed and a beam installed to open up area for new wet bar.



Lumber arrives



Back wall built for bar, media closet to be built next



Area under stairs, the plan is to build storage for my poker table and chairs



Looking from new bath area to poker room



Media closet and bar back



Plumbing for wetbar and framing for bathroom begins



Corner shower framing



Vanity plumbing



Shower and wetbar plumbing



Setting up the sani-flo toilet location



Wall separating new bathroom and laundry room



Wiring begins for the Video/Audio



HD cables ran through ceiling to tv mounted on fireplace. I also added an outlet in the ceiling so cables would be hidden



Media closet wiring for TV's, home threatre, computer, PS3 etc



Storage built under stairs for poker table





Drywall begins and new bar fridge arrives!



Wetbar and bathroom vanities arrive



Bar sink and taps I picked up for $50 at a Habitat for humanity store

More to come !
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Dryfit corner shower



plumbing for Sani-flo



Dryfit TV 1



Dryfit TV 2 on opposite wall. Any seat you get at my table, you can see what's on the TV's



Doors added to storage area



Drywall still coming along

Finished pics coming up next !
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New wetbar finished with Red Oak



Best part of the bar, the kegerator!













Ceiling speakers installed



Media closet



Pub table and floating shelves in the background



I milled all the of woodwork with my router including the 8" baseboard.
This is where the poker table rolls into when not in use.



Door flips up



Bathroom door looking from laundry room







Trim work



Shelf to the right covers the 3" pipe going to my septic



Again, thanks all for the inspiration to complete this!

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Awesome redo
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In the words of the great Peter Griffin.... "HOLY CRAP!!!"

That is an awesome renovation. I really like the poker table storage idea you came up with. Very nice work all around, and much thanks for posting! I'm sure this will inspire others and be a great idea generator.

Again, awesome work all around.
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Very nice play by play with the pics and great redo.
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Thanks guys. This webpage and you fellow posters were a HUGE help. Gave me confidence to try something I hadn't done before.

Great thing is, I still have my "mancave" but I get brownie points from my wife for making it something she can enjoy too. It's the least I can do because she gives me no grief whatsoever for all the poker games that go on there.

I still have minor things I want to complete. I finished putting a few framed pics on the main wall tonight. A few tweaks with the bar.
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Hey Quads, the poker storage idea was a late night brainstorming session after a few beers with a buddy.

The initial plan was to have the table slide in upright but the table is just a shade over 4' wide and wouldn't fit. The bloody table is so friggen heavy I wasn't looking forward to sliding it in and out that way...

A few beers later I came up with the idea of using wheels under the table (visible in the pic). I built a 3 ply 2x8 header to take the load from the landing and that's it. Threw a 4x8 sheet of plywood down. It's a one man operation now to put the table away...so friggen slick. My buddy suggested using the space on top for more storage for chairs etc.

In a perfect world I would have nice pedestal legs under the table but my house is only 1100 sq feet so space is a premium. Using the folding table legs gives us extra space in the room when needed.
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Nicely done, Beatts. A huge improvement and the wife is happier on top of it all!

Love the under-stair storage. Wished I had done that.
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Hey Quads, the poker storage idea was a late night brainstorming session after a few beers with a buddy.

The initial plan was to have the table slide in upright but the table is just a shade over 4' wide and wouldn't fit. The bloody table is so friggen heavy I wasn't looking forward to sliding it in and out that way...

A few beers later I came up with the idea of using wheels under the table (visible in the pic). I built a 3 ply 2x8 header to take the load from the landing and that's it. Threw a 4x8 sheet of plywood down. It's a one man operation now to put the table away...so friggen slick. My buddy suggested using the space on top for more storage for chairs etc.

In a perfect world I would have nice pedestal legs under the table but my house is only 1100 sq feet so space is a premium. Using the folding table legs gives us extra space in the room when needed.
Brilliant!

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