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Father’s Day Retreat: Stonescaping the Perfect Backyard Man Cave

Father’s Day Retreat: Stonescaping the Perfect Backyard Man Cave

in Jason the Mason, Remodeling, Stonework/Construction | 4 comments

Time for a stonescaping man-cave makeover! We had a client—a Dad—who loved to hang out in this lower-level recreation area. With a pool table, a bar, and a scenic view, it was a great place to relax. But he also likes to cook outdoors. With the old set-up, he had no space for that except under the deck (smokey) or on the concrete slab next to the patio (ugly and exposed to the elements). We wanted to create a cozy functional space, perfect for Father’s Day retreat. Here’s what it looked like before:

before renovation


He had been thinking about this man cave project for a long time, and he had many suggestions. Our challenge was to create an outdoor space that included all the features he wanted, but would not block any part of his beautiful panoramic view of the lake.


Lake Sunset

We extended the existing space 10 feet into the grass area. Two stone benches maximize seating for parties. Notice how the benches add visual interest, but are low-profile so they don’t block the view.


The Ultimate Man Cave

The cooking area is tucked into the left corner where the drab slab used to be. We added a roof to provide some protection from the elements and keep with the cozy “man cave” feel. We also included plenty of durable stone countertop space. The Big Green Egg smoker is a personal favorite of ours. Bonus: now the chef can watch the game as he cooks!

Outdoor Kitchen with Big Green Egg

Big green egg and outdoor patio tv

Every backyard man cave needs a fire pit . . . with a gas ignition.

Firepit gas-ignition

A Stone Fire Pit with Gas Ignition

rain chain copper gutter

Copper rain chain and copper gutters

Stonescaping elements like the rain chains and natural stone pavers tie everything together.

The column bases, fire pit, and benches create a unified, natural look in this ultimate backyard man cave. A great Father’s Day retreat.

Outdoor Stone Benches Fire Pit

Outdoor Stone Benches Fire Pit

For more inspiration, check out HGTV’s feature, “Outdoor Man Cave Makeover.” When you’re ready to transform your own space with stonescaping, call the experts at Art of Stone. We provide full outdoor living space building and construction services to Georgia homeowners.

Completed: Sautee Nacoochee, GA


  1. Jason, you’ve done it again!! Such an “artful” transformation of the space. I’m sure the client is as pleased with their new space as we have been with ours. Even the cat (Big Boy) loves the walls to stretch out on. We only regret that we didn’t do it a long time ago. Thank you for making such a difference in our view and enjoyment of our yard (and the solution to our drainage problem). Please tell Suzanne she is welcome to come anytime now that the winter scruffy look is gone. We enjoy the emails!

    • Hello Linda and Jim,

      Thank you for the kind words. We are glad to know that Big Boy is also loving the walls!

      Suzanne and Jason

    • Thank you Lynn!

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Landscaping and masonry contractors. Art of Stone Gardening is a full service design, masonry, hardscape and landscaping company. We plan, design, and install residential gardens and landscapes in North Georgia. Our local service area: Clermont, Cleveland, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Gainesville,
Helen, Murrayville, Sautee Nacoochee, Oakwood, Suches GA.

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