'Man spaces' a cut above the cave

  • Greg Geide, a retired San Rafael fireman, built his 1000 square foot man space with the help of fellow firefighters. The space houses a 1956 Chevrolet Nomad, 1964 Chevelle Super Sport, and a 1958 18-foot Airstream Traveler.

    (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Sometimes a guy just has to get away and be a guy. He may crave a retreat where there are no rules about furniture, color schemes or matching accessories. Leather and vinyl can rule in a "man space;" they forgive all spills.

Function frequently follows form in a guy's lair. While some women might dream about a room dripping with shelter-magazine charm, a guy doesn't necessarily give a rat's patootie about fine decor. He may just want to look at things he likes. His space is a place to get away, play and display his treasures.

In honor of Father's Day, we invited guys to show off their sacred "man spaces."

<b>A grand garage</b>

It wasn't until his two kids left the nest that retired San Rafael firefighter Greg Geide realized his long-held vision of building his own shop.

One thing after another kept forcing him to put the project on hold. But after a day of crawling around on his Graton driveway restoring a 1958 Airstream trailer and then complaining to his wife about how sick he was of working outside, she urged him to indulge his dream.

He did 90 percent of the work himself on a 1,000-square-foot shop and garage, occasionally recruiting his fire department buddies to help out with heavy stuff.

Completed three years ago, it is a place not only to work on his classic vehicles, like the Airstream, a 1956 Chevy Nomad and a 1964 Chevelle, but to display his vintage collectibles. He has the sign from Petaluma's old Foster's Freeze and other neon beer signs and clocks, old coin-operated machines and "just about anything that puts a smile on my face."

"I created a space for myself where it's just as enjoyable to go out there and sit down in a chair and have a cool drink on a warm afternoon as it is to go out and work on something," he said. "I feel like I've hit all the right spots."

<b>World-class tiki bar</b>

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