A house extension for a home gym

Home gyms are a great idea – especially if you’re not happy sharing an enclosed space with others at the moment with coronavirus still an issue.

But how easy is it to create a home gym? If you have a basement (as many people do in Newcastle and Gateshead’s large terraces) then it is the ideal place to locate a home gym.

If that isn’t suitable, then why not consider an extension to your home? We’ve looked at how extensions can add value to your home in a blog earlier this year. Having a purpose-built space for your gym won’t just make you the envy of your friends, it’s a wise financial decision too.

According to a report by the Nationwide Building Society, you can increase the value of your home by more than 20% if you build an extension. And if you decide to sell-up, the new owners can use the extension for whatever they wish: whether that’s another home gym or something else.

So what do you need to know about putting together your own home gym?

A home gym is an investment

First of all, you won’t have the right frame mind if you decide to find a small room and put a few dumbbells, a worn out exercise bike and a tired treadmill in the corners. That isn’t a home gym!

You need to create a space that has the aesthetics and functionality of your favourite gym. Remember, you are going to be saving money on gym memberships. The average monthly cost of a gym membership is £40, that’s £480 a year! If you are planning on spending the next decade as a gym member, you’ll cough up £4,800 – and that doesn’t include the cost of travel to and from it!

So with the money you save, why not splash out on a bit of luxury? The money you spend on a home gym is an investment because whether you convert a basement or add an extension, the work will add value to your home. The cost of a gym membership will only ever be an expense.

Where can I locate my home gym?

If you don’t have a basement or are struggling for space to locate your home gym, then there are alternatives. You could:

  • Build a garden room or garden studio. Make sure it is connected to the mains power and add some heating or air-conditioning.
  • Convert a garage. Many garages don’t provide enough space for today’s SUVs. Even small cars have put on weight, so if your garage is empty, it could be converted into a home gym. Again, adding heating and appropriate lighting would be necessary. A garage floor can also take the extra weight required for gym equipment.
  • Renovate an existing room. This seems the most sensible option, but it’s best to ensure the room is on the ground floor. The floorboards in first-floor rooms are not designed for very heavy exercise equipment, so make sure you take this into consideration.

Garden rooms as gyms

An outside garden room is perfect for a home gym. Being further from the house means you can put on some music that won’t disturb the rest of the household. Consider your neighbours, of course! If necessary, request soundproofing when the garden room is built.

We’ve already looked at planning permission for garden rooms [LINK TO BLOG] but we would advise a taller building to accommodate equipment.

Consider whether you want lots of glazing or more privacy. Remember, that you will need to power some equipment, so include the cost of getting power to your garden room. Don’t forget to add the cost of heating or air-conditioning because during deepest winter or the height of summer, you may struggle if you haven’t added temperature to your equation.

Ask us for more information about garden rooms, as we have experience of building them across the North East.

Walls and ceilings

It is essential to add the right kit into your gym, so make allowances. If you want to suspend kit from your gym’s wall or ceilings (for storage or a punchbag, for example) you will have to reinforce the walls and secure heavy items to the studs. Speaking of equipment, check out what you’ll need here!

You may also want to add soundproofing as rooms that are transformed into gyms can be noisy.

Climate control

When you’re working out you will be getting how and sweaty. You also need to keep your muscles warm as you cool down, so consider what heating you need. Radiators are actually the best for controlling temperatures as underfloor heating takes longer to react. And air conditioning unit is essential for keeping you cool during your workout.

Once you have a home gym, you will look forward to working out whatever the weather. And without having to bother with the commute to the gym and a guarantee of getting plenty of time on the equipment, you’ll feel better inside and out!

If you would like to discuss your ideas for adding a gym to your home, please give us a call.