Barbara Meadows lives off the beaten path in rural McGayesville, VA. She knows the value of protecting your equipment from the weather. But she also knows the value of outbuildings that enhance the beauty of the backyard.She got the best of protection and beauty by designing her own 14×32 log workshop.The 2-car workshop cart out of the weather. The log siding matches her log home. But there was at least one more thing she was after:
14×36 Man-Cave — A retreat for a “hair-ied” former sheriff
Former Sheriff Paul Hensley has retired off the beat and off the grid. After 31 years of working as a sheriff in rural Virginia, Sheriff Hensley has made his home in a man-cave. And he’s even sprouted his beard celebrating his move away from “normal” to “natural.”
Paul’s daughter is living in his log house not too far away. But Paul likes to call this 14×36 man-cave from Byler Barns & Backyards his home. He designed and had it built in the fall of 2015, and is now one year into living there. It’s made of pine board and batten, with insulated windows and doors.
The walls aren’t insulated yet — that’s still coming. He plans to insulate the building, and then line it with native wood from trees off his home place. He’ll be using a variety–oak, hickory, pine, and maple–to give the interior an artistic touch.
He heats his man-cave with a wood stove. Even with uninsulated walls, he can still get his home cooking to 80 degrees in the winter with his little stove. And speaking of cooking — he does that as well on his stove.
In the video below, you can see the interior of Paul’s man-cave, and listen to Paul talk about it.