My Home Gym Reveal


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.


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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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 (Painted) & Sheetrock

WEEK 6: Vintage Locker Build Out Project

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



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!

Before Home Gym JENRON DESIGNSYou may remember we were starting from nothing bare studs and and concrete walls for a full transformation into our our Home Gym.
Before Gym Walls JENRON DesignsThe Home Gym REVEAL:

Home Gym Reveal JENRON DESIGNSAs 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.

Specific Spaces:

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. Punching Bag JENRON DESIGNSThe 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. I got this set on Amazon Cap Barbell Dumbell set with the rack, for a deal.
Home Gym Weights JENRON DESIGNSSince 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.  Elliptical JENRON DESIGNSWe 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! Spinning JENRON DESIGNS

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.Sweat out the Crazy JENRON DESIGNSI 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. Spinning Gears JENRON DESIGNSThis 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. Custom PIeces of Art JENRON DESIGNSDesigner Tip: When designing a space adding in personal pieces helps to make the space seem  more cozy and personal, while cutting back on the rigid, sterile feeling that can sometimes happen with overly staged design. 

Home Gym Perks JENRON DESIGNSWe also added in a 3.2 Cu 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. Home Gym Drinks JENRON DESIGNSOf 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. Home Gym Lockers JENRON DESIGNSAll 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 our sauna!


  1. Girllll OMG this looks so good, I’m so jealous!

  2. Whoa! This is impressive. I would love a home gym.

  3. Wow! That’s very creative, love the art on the walls. One day I will have something like this.:)

  4. The transformation is awesome and I love the choice of colours. Lovely! Really lovely.

  5. I love the finished product! I’ve taken notes and can’t waif to finish building ours.

  6. This gym is incredible. Not only does it have everything you need but it looks fantastic.

  7. My husband and I have been thinking to make a home gym. I am definitely going to save this for later when we actually start in that direction.

  8. Jasmine Martin

    I absolutely love your home gym! It’s wonderful. I want to do this in a section of my basement eventually. I’m definitely bookmarking this post.

  9. Omg, I almost forgot how invested I was in this! This turned out so amazing! I love how it has the standard gym feel with being too industrial!

  10. Wow! excellent space to Sweat the Crazy out! This looks better than being at a gym.. Great job

  11. Libbie

    What a GREAT space! Love the sign and all the details. You nailed it!!

  12. This is such a great makeover. I would love for my basement to look this good and have a purpose. Can’t wait to see what you work on next. Congratulations on the new space and putting it to good use.

  13. Beverly

    I really like your new gym Jen, it has all the important things to get in a good workout at home.

  14. Honor

    I love your design of the gym, and the reveal. It is such a great thing to have your own these days, no germs to worry about or gross sweat left behind on the machines.

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