ORC: The Home Gym


ORC: The Home Gym

Hello my friends, welcome Spring 2021 ORC: The Home Gym, located in our basement that we are finishing out.

Welcome to the 2021 spring season of the ORC: The Home Gym. This season we will be designing our Home Gym located in our basement, that we have 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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This is a section of our unfinished basement that was already stubbed out for our homes sixth bedroom/ bathroom combo. Since we hardly need a sixth bedroom at this point, we have decide this space will make a perfect home gym with an on-suite bathroom and sauna.

*Designer Tip- Thinking down the road for future resale this will make a great inlaw suite and the sauna can easily be converted into a cedar closet. 

Before Home Gym JENRON DESIGNSWhile I am 100% positive that the sauna and bathroom projects will be stretched into next seasons projects, and not be a part of this seasons One Room Challenge. We are planning to do all the the framing now for those intended spaces. So you will just have to stay tuned for those upcoming projects going forward. Before Pictures Home Gym Space JENRON DESIGNSHowever I will be addressing the concrete walls which I plan to leave sealed raw concrete for a modern industrial look. Along with many other great home gym ideas like padded faux wood floor tiles for a cushioned work out, and vintage repurposed lockers that we found from a old school to create cabinet space. Before Gym Walls JENRON DesignsCheck out the inspiration board below to get a feel for, and see, the direction of our home gym.

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Inspiration Board: The Home Gym



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 & Sheetrock

WEEK 6: Vintage Locker Build Out Project

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



  1. OMG I’d love to have a home gym, right now. I workout in the living room hahaha

  2. How exciting! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

  3. Ellen

    Oh wow, this is an exciting project! My “gym” is currently in our garage. I’ll definitely be following along to see what ideas I can incorporate into my own space!

  4. Would love to have a home gym. Since last year I’m working out at home only. I normally do my exercises in the garden but woukd like to have a proper space.

  5. Great project. I’m in the early stages of looking for a new home and I’m thinking about getting “an empty shell” so I can design it exactly how I want it.

  6. Sally you can never wrong with line of thinking, blank slates are in fact the easiest to visualize and convert to the home of your dreams.

  7. This past year I could have really used a space like this. You are lucky to have the room to make it happen. excited to see it come together.

  8. Tisha

    This is gonna be great! Can’t wait to see it!

  9. This is great. Love the idea! Can’t wait to see the finished project!

  10. I can’t wait to see this space come together! We had a mini home gym in the corner of our guestroom a few years ago, which was a great addition, but I’m super jealous that you’ll have a dedicated space! The design plans look fantastic!

  11. Oh wow! This is such a great idea and love the raw concrete walls idea!

  12. I love your plan for your home gym! Looking forward to seeing the room come together!

  13. So excited about your gym! Love the details especially the brick wall.

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