We moved into our current house a few years back and previous owners had gone to the trouble of properly converting and floor boarding most of the floor of our sizeable loft. As this is the most expensive part of a loft conversion, it seemed silly to leave it as it is and from day one I had plans to make the loft into a usable space. Of course this takes money and time so here we are 2 years+ down the line and things are finally taking shape.
I have been working on the loft conversion for a few months now (along with my very patient Dad – thanks be to those with knowledge), with the grand plan of turning it into a (retro)games room/office. Now that the boring stuff has been done; finishing the flooring, insulation, roof window put in (not so boring!), first fix electrics etc. we have got to the more interesting part and I have decided to share my experiences of kitting out the man-cave as a games room/office with you all.
Now, don’t go expecting weekly updates, this is going to take some time – I’m a procrastinator with sloth-like tendencies. Plus, I am fitting this in in-between my day job, childcare (my other day job), my night job (Retrogear UK) and several other projects (more important ones according to the Wife) so please bear with me.
And please note: this is NOT a how-to. I don’t know what I’m doing and I’m learning/taking advice every step of the way, so please don’t try this at home.
The build so far…
Next jobs to do
- Vapour barrier installation
- Stud partitioning the loft storage area from games room and fitting a door
- Plasterboarding, skimming
- Final fix electrics (2 way light switches, mains sockets x 4)
- Large wall mounted flat-screen TV (40″+)
- Large CRT TV
- 5.1 Surround Stereo
- Unit below and around TVs to house at least 18 working consoles* with room for respective arcade sticks where possible and hidden wiring
- Enclosed space to house the rest of my collection
- Desk for computers/office space
- Cat. 5/6 Networking
Comfy armchair/la-z-boy/giant beanbagi-eX Gaming chair (thanks @Knightlore1978)
- Heating for those cold winter nights (and the summer ones)
*Consoles for permanent display/use:
Atari VCS 6 Switch
Sega Master System
Sega MegaDrive w/Mega-CD
Commodore Amiga 500
Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2
Sinclair ZX Spectrum +3
- Remote control colour-change mood-lighting
- 6.1 Surround Stereo
- Coffee machine
Feel free to comment with any other suggestions of what might be a good addition to the games room – sensible(ish) ones please, I can’t fit an orgasmatron in there.
I want your ideas so I can call them my own. Mwahahahaaaa.