My Home Gym Reveal
Welcome to Spring ORC: My Home Gym Reveal! This week we will showing how we finished the basement out for our home gym.
Welcome to the Spring ORC: My Home Gym Reveal. This season we designed our new Home Gym located in our basement, that we have been finishing out over the past year. Over the past 8 weeks we have built walls, and transformed and empty space in the a fully finished room which can be used as our Home Gym.
WEEKS AT A GLANCE:
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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THE PROPOSED SCHEDULE:
WEEK 1: Introduction & Inspirations WEEK 2: Insulate Walls & Paint/Seal Concrete Walls WEEK 3: Build Out Walls for Bathroom & Sauna
Run Electrical, Set Light Boxes, & HVAC ducts
Add Brick Walls (Painted) & Sheetrock WEEK 6: Vintage Locker Build Out Project
Set Faux Wood Padded Floor Squares for Workout Space WEEK 8: REVEAL
THE BASEMENT BEFORE PICTURES:
I want to take a quick look down memory lane and review the proposed schedule above, along with our vision board of inspirations, and the before pictures below. This will give you a good feel for where this entire 8 week project started and how we got it all wrapped up!
You may remember we were starting from nothing bare studs and and concrete walls for a full transformation into our our Home Gym.
The Home Gym REVEAL:
As you can see we now, we have a complete space for all of our home gym equipment. We also completed all of the scheduled design elements within the set 8 week time frame as well! Which is a great accomplishment for us, since all of the work was completed by us, not hired contractors, and was done in our free time in addition to our regular jobs.
When laying out the room we wanted to make sure we had enough space for all the equipment to be utilized properly for a workout. Especially the new punching bag, we needed to make sure there was ample space around this fun new addition and it would not hit anything or cause any damage to the walls. The free weights were also placed into an open floor area where they could be used during yoga stretches or lunges. We also chose to go with a set of smaller free weights versus a weight machine or bench larger machine since I really just wanted to focus on reps, and not bulk.
Since we already owned both the bike and the elliptical, we really wanted to have a nice room to place them into, and not just have them shoved into and extra guest room or sitting somewhere random in our home. This room had always been on the docket since we purchased our home, it has just taken a few years to actually construct this portion of the basement. We also added in a television, so now when I spin, or run I have a better sound system than the small one on the machine, which was okay but I like my music loud when I workout, LOL!
The Designer Details:
Lets take a closer look at some of the more custom design details like this full metal wall art “Sweat Out The Crazy“. I love this piece to go on the wall next to the future sauna. It has a fun tongue and cheek vibe for this space and it looks great on the black brick wall while adding to the industrial feel of the space.I also repurposed these vintage industrial style gears as well, which were found while on a treasure hunt at 7th Street Salvage. Sending a big shouts out to my friends down there, hope you all are well, and these babies turned out great! I love the idea of gears in a workout space with wheels, and cycles, and spinning, to me it all works. This art is a bit more sentimental, as it belonged to me from my youth. Not a lot of people know that I used to throw both the discus and shot put in highschool, and actually placed for both in the state competitions. This is my personal discus I used to throw, along with my very well worn softball glove, which I decided to mount as a fun athletic memento for the space. Designer Tip: When designing a space adding in personal pieces helps to make the space seem more cozy and personal, while cutting back on the ridgid, sterile feeling that can sometimes happen with overly staged design.
We also added in a mini fridge that houses chilled water, Vitamin Water and chilled towels. While the towels will be nice during a workout, they will also be super nice when the sauna gets installed. This is a little luxury tip I picked up from some of our favorite resort spas, to keep herb infused cool towels near the saunas. Of course we are still very excited about how the vintage locker project turned out for additional storage of towels and workout equipment. They really pull the entire home gym vibe together in my humble opinion, and will probably always be one of my favorite projects to date. All in all this has been a very successful One Room Challenge for the Spring 2021 season. I am so glad that you have all followed along this season and I hope you have enjoyed this transformation as much as we have. Be sure to tune in this Fall to see the continuation of the basement finish out and sauna!