Dale Thomas finished building his man cave just two weeks ago, and has already started to kit it out.
‘‘I’ve been working on the shed for the past three to five months and finished it a couple of weekends ago for my wife’s 30th,’’ the Shepparton resident said.
The carpenter used his knowledge on the tools to gut the shed, insulate the walls, line it and, with the help of a friend, plumbed a toilet.
‘‘It’s a home away from home,’’ he said.
‘‘Me and my mates get out here on Fridays and Saturdays and watch the footy, but I wanted it to be a bit nicer than just a bar.’’
With help from his wife Jayme, who did most of the painting, Mr Thomas’s man cave is warm in winter and is set to be cool in summer.
‘‘I’m going to install a split-system so we can use it all year round,’’ he said.
‘‘I like it because you can come out here and not be afraid to spill a beer on the floor.’’
In one corner of the shed sits an old car back end, which has been refurbished and altered and turned into a comfy couch to seat two people.
‘‘A mate had it lying around and I cut it up, put a frame in it and was going to paint it, but now I kind of like the rustic look,’’ Mr Thomas said.
The car memorabilia only just begins with the car rear end; Peter Brock posters adorn most of the walls in this new cave, and Mr Thomas is on the lookout for more.
‘‘I like signs and posters and have gathered a few from SummerNats over the years, plus a bit from Cheap as Chips,’’ Mr Thomas said.
‘‘But my pride and joy is my metallic purple 1975 LH Holden Torana.’’
Mr Thomas bought the car off a friend for just $2000 some years ago and has completely rebuilt it from the ground up.
‘‘I reckon I’ve changed every nut and bolt in the car,’’ he said.
‘‘I put a V8 engine in it and clean it after every drive ... it was nothing like it is now.’’
The only thing missing in this shed is a shower.
‘‘I should’ve put one in because then you really could have lived here,’’ Mr Thomas said with laugh.