The Ultimate Man Cave

Transforming a vacant warehouse into a dream retreat for a classic car and motorcycle collector was a major challenge. “We transformed an unimproved space without utilities into a dream retreat for my client,” said designer Eloise Kubli. She and General Contractor Arthur Kubli created a showstopping Man Cave.


Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID NCIDQ General Contractor: Arthur Kubli Photographer: Horton Photography Inc.

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The Main Cave - All new LED highhats, industrial pendants, and a Creston™ sound-and-light automation system were added throughout the entire space to highlight the owner’s vintage muscle car and motorcycle collection.



Creating a perfect mancave that included a place to display a treasured collection of classic cars and motorcycles, as well as stylish space for entertaining and a safe, comfortable refuge from hurricanes, all within a dingy, vacant warehouse without utilities, required a hefty amount of design magic.

Design Brief: The Client’s Dream

Sharing with friends his lifelong passion for collecting vehicles that bring history to life was my client’s dream, and it was my job to make it come true. Working together with the client, an architect and a builder, I designed a space to show off his current collection, along with room for it to grow. There’s also an attractive bar and lounge for entertaining friends. And keeping in mind the potential purpose of a hurricane shelter, I created comfortable living spaces that include a private bedroom for the client and his wife, a bath and kitchen, and a sleeping area for their four-year-old daughter.

On the contracting side, Arthur Kubli and his team cut the concrete slab to install plumbing and electrical for the entire space - including footers for a newly added mezzanine. Everything in the extensive renovation needed to meet South Florida’s strict building codes designed to withstand dangerous storms, and because the vintage vehicles can put out a mist of oil, fabrics throughout had to be durable.

Main Floor

A dramatic, open and colorful space greets the eye at the entrance, belying the fact that it was once a grimy, empty warehouse. In the main area, the original industrial concrete floor is polished to a sheen. A strong color palette of red, white, black and grey creates an immediate masculine ambience. All new LED hanging fixtures and a large lighted, crimson Big Ass™ ceiling fan tipped with black, industrial-style pendants provide just the right ambient illumination for the vast space. Meanwhile, a sophisticated Creston™ lighting and sound system dramatically highlights the owner’s vintage muscle car and motorcycle collection. Additional history is also incorporated: The client’s grandfather once owned a hardware store in New York, and in a tribute to his years of hard work, the older gentleman’s collection of nuts and bolts is proudly displayed.

The Designer’s View

“Making a dream come true for my client by creating a mancave that is distinctive and attractive, a place for him to indulge his lifelong passion for classic cars and motorcycles, as well as entertain friends, was a satisfying achievement,” states designer Eloise Kubli ASID. “The fact that it also provides a safe haven from storms is an added bonus.”

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID NCIDQ General Contractor: Arthur Kubli Photographer: Horton Photography Inc.

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Lounge - The comfortable lounge area is designed for relaxing while watching a game on the big-screen TV. A custom grey performance fabric upholstered sectional offers ample space to lounge. The red leather chairs and iron side tables complement the orange, red, white, black and grey automotive-industrial look. A stainless steel drum table reflects the ceiling while the durable nylon area rug on the polished concrete floor anchors the area.

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The Lounge

The comfortable lounge area is designed for relaxing, watching a game on the large flat screen, or enjoying cocktails before or after dinner. Red leather chairs provide stunning contrast to an ample sectional upholstered in gray performance fabric. A stainless steel drum table adds shine and reflects the ceiling, while the durable grey nylon area rug anchors and defines the space.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID NCIDQ General Contractor: Arthur Kubli Photographer: Horton Photography Inc.

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Bar Area - This overview shot shows the bar adjacent to the lounge area. Barn doors in the vehicle bay lead to a work area. The Kublis also installed a large, well-appointed living area in the new mezzanine above the vehicle collection.

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The Cars

Perhaps the piece de resistance of the automobile collection is a two-toned, 1958 Corvette with the original Panama yellow and white paint. It holds a place of honor next to the bar.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID NCIDQ General Contractor: Arthur Kubli Photographer: Horton Photography Inc.

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Bar detail - The bar is adjacent to the lounge area. The back bar introduces a banana creme 3D Plexi to contrast with the rare original two-tone Panama paint on the 1958 Corvette. Leather bar stools from Italy reinforce the orange theme. Led lighting below the raw concrete Ceaserstone™ bar top turn various colors to add to the entertainment excitement.

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The Bar

The bar is wrapped in dark grey Oneskin laminate for durability. Brushed stainless front panels are accented with black rivets. Beneath the bar’s raw-concrete-colored Caesarstone top, lights rotate through different color cycles to create dramatic ambience. Orange lighting that shines through the Plexiglass back bar adds further drama, and contrasts with and complements the star-of-the-show yellow Corvette. Italian bar stools feature orange leather seats and stainless bases.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID NCIDQ General Contractor: Arthur Kubli Photographer: Horton Photography Inc.

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Roll-up Entrance - A custom mural was commissioned and painted on the new hurricane impact roll-up door. The art is a whimsical nod to the owner’s auto collection. A traffic light from from the client’s NY home and the classic gas pump further enhance the past history.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID NCIDQ General Contractor: Arthur Kubli Photographer: Horton Photography Inc.

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Downstairs Bath - Going towards the back right the downstairs bath has a floating vanity lit from below and holding a concrete sink. The black textured tile contrasts with the copper/grey porcelain tile on the adjacent wall. And what would a man cave be without a urinal?!



Downstairs Bath

In the first-floor bath, the floating vanity covered in grey Oneskin features a charcoal recessed metal reveal and a Caesarstone charcoal slab countertop. A concrete sink continues the industrial theme. Underneath the vanity, lighting casts a warm glow. Black textural tiles cladding one wall and copper and gray porcelain tiles on another add visual interest to the small space, and contrast with the light, concrete-colored porcelain floor tile. A black urinal visible in the corner announces in no uncertain terms that this is indeed a mancave.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID NCIDQ General Contractor: Arthur Kubli Photographer: Horton Photography Inc.

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Custom Stairway - Outside the downstairs bath a new stairway leads to the loft/mezzanine area above. Concrete stair treads and black metal with wire railings add a strong architectural detail. Below the stairs the client’s daughter has started her car collection, and has a special place to park.



Loft and Mezzanine

Outside the bath, a special “parking space” is reserved or the daughter’s miniature Mercedes. A new stairway with concrete treads and black wire-and-metal railings leads to the loft/mezzanine, where varied, eight-inch-wide and twelve-inch-wide porcelain wood-look floor tiles run throughout the main areas.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID NCIDQ General Contractor: Arthur Kubli Photographer: Horton Photography Inc.

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Kitchen - At the loft/mezzanine area is a fully appointed kitchen providing another entertaining area. Charcoal grey tones on the cabinetry and Cesarstone slabs combine with stainless steel, grey leather bar stools, and performance fabric on the sleeper offering durable finishes.

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Kitchen

The full kitchen, which offers additional entertaining space, features charcoal grey cabinetry and stainless appliances. A large island has a charcoal base topped with complementary charcoal Caesarstone. Stools from Italy have stainless frames and grey leather seats. A sleeper sofa is covered in grey performance fabric.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID NCIDQ General Contractor: Arthur Kubli Photographer: Horton Photography Inc.

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Bedroom - Simple Italian furniture provides a restful bedroom. The room overlooks the lounge and bar area below. Varied 8” and 12” porcelain plank wood look tile runs throughout the main loft area.

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Bedroom

Simple, clean-lined Italian furniture provides a sophisticated, restful look in the bedroom, where a window overlooking the downstairs bar area adds interest. The dark brown bed is raised on legs that reveal the space underneath to create an open look. A grey and white nylon rug with blue accents provides softness for bare feet, and on the wall above the bed, a car bumper becomes appropriate artwork.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID NCIDQ General Contractor: Arthur Kubli Photographer: Horton Photography Inc.

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Upstairs Bath - The upstairs bath is a simple organic space in tones of grey. The floor is a simple grey concrete grey porcelain with the shower walls clad in a wood look porcelain.

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Second-floor Bath

The loft bath features grey porcelain tile flooring, and grey wood-look porcelain tile lines the shower walls.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID NCIDQ General Contractor: Arthur Kubli Photographer: Horton Photography Inc.

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Corvette - 1958 Chevrolet Corvette from the client’s private collection.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID NCIDQ General Contractor: Arthur Kubli Photographer: Horton Photography Inc.

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Charger - 1970 Dodge Challenger from the client’s private collection.

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Eloise Kubli is a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Arthur Kubli is a General Contractor licensed in Florida and numerous other states. Both Kublis have received numerous industry awards for their work. Established in 1983, Collective Construction & Design, Inc. is proud to be certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council as a Women's Business Enterprise.

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