Adding HVAC & Brick Walls

Painted Black Brick wall JENRON DESIGNS

Adding HVAC & Brick Walls

Hello my friends, welcome to week 4 of the Spring ORC: Adding HVAC & Brick Walls. This week we will adding HVAC & brick walls in the basement for our home gym.

Welcome to week 4 of the spring season of the ORC: Adding HVAC & Brick Walls. This season we will be designing our Home Gym located in our basement, that we have been finishing out over the past year. So, this will be a fun room for the next 8 weeks as we build walls, and see this room take shape literally from the start to the finish line.


WEEK 1     WEEK 2     WEEK 3   WEEK 4    WEEK 5

WEEK 6    WEEK 7


Just in case you maybe wondering exactly what The One Room Challenge is, here is the link, and the scoop. This event was originally started by Linda Weinstein @ Calling It Home. It is currently hosted twice a year, in May and October for the past 17 seasons. The ORC has hosted over 600 interior designers & home decor bloggers, that have joined together in this challenge to makeover one room in their own homes.  The participants have a total of six weeks, from start to finish, to complete a full room transformation. Over 5,000 rooms have been transformed through the One Room Challenge to date, and many spaces have been recognized and featured by several prestigious sites, like Better Homes and Gardens the hosting media site this season.

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Inspiration Board: The Home Gym


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Adding HVAC

This week we are adding in HVAC duct work for our home gym in the basement. I will say that you will want to get a licensed electrician/HVAC installer to do most of this work for you. However, I am a lucky lady, as my husband grew up installing HVAC units as his summer job with his dad for a large HVAC company, which is still located here in Georgia to this very day. So he knows the complete in’s and out’s of how to put in a brand new HVAC unit, so no worries here. Yes he truly is a Jack of all trades, right?Add the Ductwork JENRON DESIGNSRunning the duct work is fairly easy, and as long as you get proper flow to your room, pretty much anyone can run the vents and ductwork, which can save some money. In this space we will be adding one supply vent located directly in front of the window, which is standard for this size room, and one return towards the back of the room opposite the supply.Adding a Supply Vent By Window JENRON DESIGNSWhy in front of the window you may ask? Well that is where all of the heat or cold load for any room would be occurring, so that is where you would want the supply vents to be located.Adding a Return Vent JENRON DESIGNSOnce the ductwork and supply caps were installed and run out of this space then it really boils down to adding the actual HVAC unit and charging it with Freon, which requires a licensed professional to charge the unit. Which will be done later on, but the structure is all in place ready to go.

Adding Faux Brick Walls:

Also this week we installed the faux brick panel walls which is a little out of order, but it really moves us ahead for the schedule since the sheetrock is probably going to take a hot minute to install next week. We mudded the seams to hide the fact that these are indeed panels and faux, so that once they are painted you will not be able to see the lines anymore.Mud the seams JENRON DESIGNSYou may have also noticed that I made a big designer change up to my original vision board above. Which is instead of going with the white or lime washed style of brick, I decided to paint this faux brick, Tricorn Black from Sherwin Williams.Tricorn Black JENRON DESIGNSI ultimately just wanted to go in a different direction for this space, especially since I know the other sheetrock walls and ceiling are going to be lighter in color. I feel like it can carry a darker color, plus I already have the German Schmear Brick Technique in my Workshop space from a previous One Room Challenge, so I wanted to do a different technique for this space.Painted Black Brick wall JENRON DESIGNSAlso, painting this wall black gave me a chance to get back to my true design roots, once again. This is not by far my first black wall, or room. Fun story I had a beautiful moody black bathroom in my first home, it was so dark and modern, scared my husband to death when I picked the color 2o years ago, and then adorned the ceiling with gold leaf. However, prior to that decor choice, at 16 years old I painted my childhood bedroom solid black as well, after catching it on fire, true story. It was part of the reason I decided to become an Interior Designer, so let’s just say I play the song ” Paint It Black” on a regular basis and follow the instructions religiously.

Join us next week as we hang sheetrock, a task my husband has never done before, however I have been hanging sheetrock since I was 12 years old, more to that story coming soon!


WEEK 1: Introduction & Inspirations

WEEK 2: Insulate Walls & Paint/Seal Concrete Walls

WEEK 3: Build Out Walls for Bathroom & Sauna

WEEK 4: Run Electrical, Set Light Boxes, & HVAC ducts

WEEK 5: Add Brick Walls ( Painting )  & Installing Sheetrock

WEEK 6: Vintage Locker Build Out Project

WEEK 7: Set Faux Wood Padded Floor Squares for Workout Space



  1. I would love to add a brick wall to our home. It adds so much character!

  2. Marie

    This is amazing! Also I’m obsessed with the Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black

  3. Monica Simpson

    You’re getting close! I love the brick wall.

  4. I love the look of brick walls this is so beautiful, can’t wait to see the finished gym

  5. Wow! Things are really coming along. It looks great.

  6. The project is coming along so well. I’m excited to see the final product!

  7. tisha

    This is looking amazing! Love that color you painted the brick!

  8. Karletta

    Loving the faux brick wall. I’ve never been bold enough to go black but it is looking FAB … and I love that you scared your husband with your bold moves on your bathroom a while back! Great story.

  9. Digitaldaybook

    Oh such a cute style! I love the character of exposed brick!

  10. Oh, I love this industrial-style brick wall! Grey is so in, love it.

  11. This looks amazing! I love the gray brick! We added faux brick in our old condo, but we used the “brick thins” – thin slices or real brick that go up like tile. It looked good, but this is SUCH a smarter way to get the same look!

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