My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Building a garage from the ground up is preferable for those homeowners who want custom dimensions. Anyone with specific reasons for building a garage besides for using the structure for basic storage will appreciate a custom job designed to maximize usable space. Being very clear with the contractor about the intended reasons for building the garage ensures the end result is a fully-functional for your purposes. The following points focus on a home gym setup.
Avoid Spatial Assumptions
A "generic large-sized garage" should be able to house both traditional shelving and various equipment necessary to turn a garage into decent gym that doesn't detract from the ability to use the garage for storage and other traditional purposes. "Should" is not a very scientific term, though. Assuming the garage can fit certain items of equipment and do so in an organized manner could prove to be disastrous. Rather than assume the garage's dimensions end up being sufficient, make certain decisions in advance and relay related information to the contractor.
Here are a few things the property owner should do:
Decide on the Type of Gym
A traditional, "old school" gym is one that consists mainly of dumbbells, barbells, benches, and racks. Modernized home gym equipment are usually machine-oriented and work with cables and pulleys. Cardio equipment ranges from small exercise bikes to very large treadmills and elliptical systems. The type of gym setup dictates the amount of space needed. Be sure to know what type of gym concept will be used in the garage before having the garage built.
Pre-Select the Exact Fitness Equipment
Determine what exact models of fitness equipment are going to be placed inside the garage long in advance of the garage being built. A specific Smith Machine has equally specific height, width, and volume dimensions. The dimensions on one machine may be quite different from the dimensions on another model. Relaying such information to the contractor could lead to making determinations about the height and width of the garage.
Address Temperature Control Concerns
For comfort and safety, the temperature in a garage gym must be effectively controlled. Simply opening up the garage door in the summer or turning on a space heater in the winter may not be enough. Additionally, improper temperature control could lead to rusted equipment. Make sure the contractor also factors in how to best ventilate the garage and also weaves in a proper heating and cooling system into the garage's design.
Take the Time to Do It Right
Through providing the contractor with clear insights into what is intended for the interior of the garage, a better design plan can be drawn up. A drawback here is that planning out the perfect garage may take time. The garage might not be completed as quickly as hoped, but the end result will be a well-built structure that doesn't disappoint..