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Hopen worked with Maben and Robert to choose materials and a design that would mimic his home and other structures around his Northern California property. Exterior redwood siding, grown and harvested sustainably, pays tribute to the surrounding forest. The interior of the structure was based on pure function. "[Hopen] gave us a napkin sketch of what he was thinking of, and out of that I went to work on the layout," says Robert.
One of the project's biggest challenges came before the first nail had been struck: The team had to wait quite some time for the ground to be dry enough to start construction.
Although the workshop is mainly about function, Maben and Robert didn't want to skimp on style. Angled roof overhangs for the main doors and large barn doors for the woodshop add a distinctive element to the barnlike frame. The traditional X pattern on the woodshop doors carries to the garage doors on the other side of the building. Copper fixtures, window flashing, gutters and downspouts add a warm Arts and Crafts vibe.
Practicality was Hopen's main priority, so the central portion of the shop was kept clear from wall to wall. To add some architectural detail, three massive trusses were built onsite to support the 28-foot span of the roof. Eight skylights work with the studio's lighting system to illuminate the workspace.
Hopen uses this room to add hand-rubbed finishes and other final touches to his carefully composed pieces. A compressed air system throughout the entire structure powers pneumatic tools and a system that clears the air of sawdust.
A large wood storage room keeps supplies handy and protected from the outdoor elements.
About eight years ago, Hopen decided that he wanted to pursue woodworking full time, and started as an apprentice with a nearby artisan. Once he decided to set out on his own, creating a functional workshop quickly changed from a dream to a necessity.
"The layout and outfitting of the shop offers me a streamlined and effective workspace," says Hopen. "If my company is to succeed, then I must have a really good and functional workspace in order to facilitate my creativity."
Of course, no man cave is complete without a place to store current and fantasy vehicles. Three garage doors lead into three parking spots with plenty of wiggle room.
Hopen designed and painted the logos in his garage himself, with one slot for his Harley and two slots for dream vehicles that he hopes to fill in soon.
The music room and office have yet to be finished, but Hopen still uses this space to play his guitars on his own and with friends. "I designed my ultimate man cave based on what my passions are," he says.
Hopen has loved woodworking since he was five. His grandfather taught him how to use basic tools on simple pieces of wood. "I've been doing it one way or another my whole life," he says.
Exterior photos: The California Redwood Association
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