Have you dreamed of working out in your own home gym? That’s a particularly nice dream unless you don’t have the space for a home gym. While that’s true, you don’t have to give up on having a home gym. With a little creative thinking, you could design and build a home gym right in your garden!
Home gyms are becoming more popular every day. For those who lack space inside their homes, one option has been to build a garden house and turn this into a home gym!
Benefits of Adding a Home Garden Gym
There are many benefits to adding a garden gym to your home! These benefits include:
- Workout in privacy: you can work out in a private gym without worrying about others watching you. And you won’t be tempted to compare yourself with others at the gym.
- No gym fees: a gym membership can be quite pricey. With your own garden gym, you’ll be free of these monthly or annual fees. So, you’ll save money.
- Add space to your home: all of your exercise equipment can be stored and used in the garden gym. No more tripping over dumbbells in your bedroom or keeping your exercise bike in the living room.
- Workout when you want: with a garden gym, you can work out whenever you like, and there are no more excuses when there’s a beautiful gym waiting for you at home!
If you’d like to add a home gym to your garden, there are some things to consider before you begin.
Considerations for Your Garden Gym Project
1). Building Size
The first consideration is the size of your garden gym. The average size of a garden gym is about 5m x 4m of space. This gives you plenty of room for different types of exercise equipment, along with space to move around. If you do exercise warmups or yoga, for example, there’s still plenty of space for these activities.
If you’re short on space, then a 3m x 3m garden room can also work. However, keep in mind that you’ll not have as much room for exercise equipment. For this sized space, there should be room for an exercise bike and weights.
Along with space, you’ll also need to consider how tall your garden gym will be. Building height is allowed to be 2.5m; at this height, you’re not required to obtain planning permission as long as the garden gym is less than 2m from the main house. If the garden room can be placed 2m or more from a boundary line, then the allowed height is 3m. This would give you an internal height of 2.5m to 2.7m. It may even be possible to go up to 4m if you choose a pitched roof.
If your garden gym does require planning permission, that’s OK. It’s nothing to panic over. Just be sure to work with a professional garden room builder who will help you with these parts of the project.
2). Climate Control
A garden gym can quickly become uncomfortable if it becomes too hot or cold. For this reason, you’ll need to consider heating and cooling the space.
Look for a garden room builder who uses residential double-glazed windows and doors. These are made to help control the temperature inside the structure. Another possibility is to use bi-fold doors, which make it easy to completely open one entire side of your gym to fresh, cool air. It’s also possible to add windows for additional ventilation.
If you’d like to use your garden gym all year round, then be sure to find a garden room builder who includes climate control options. These can be different types of heating and cooling to make your garden gym useable and comfortable no matter what time of the year.
Because a garden gym is flexible, it’s possible to design it as a multi-purpose space. For instance, it can be used as a garden gym for workouts and as a garden office for working remotely. Your garden gym can also double as extra space where company can stay, as a playroom for the kids, a hobby room, and more.
So, be sure to consider whether or not the space will also have other purposes. This will help you determine the type of flooring to use. You may want to consider a wood floor, which can easily work for a gym, as well as for an office, and more.
If you’re more into heavy exercise equipment, you may want to opt for a different type of flooring. Be sure to look for a garden room builder who offers different flooring options to fit your needs.
4). Which Utilities Will You Need?
This is another consideration you’ll need to figure out. What type of utilities will you need for your garden gym? You’ll probably need lights and light sockets. Will the sockets be best built into the wall or recessed into the floor? Both would probably be optimal for a garden gym, so you don’t have wires and cords strewn across the floor.
What type of lights would be best? LED lights are a popular choice. For one thing, you can control the level and even colour of the light. For another, LED lights are very energy efficient.
Would you like a shower room and/or toilet in the garden gym? If so, that will mean being connected to the main water and waste lines. However, if that’s not possible, there are other options available.
When speaking with the garden room builder, be sure to discuss the utilities you want in the space. A garden room builder with experience and knowledge will be able to provide advice, guidance and help you find solutions that work for your situation.
5). Garden Gym Equipment
Next, you’ll need to consider what type of exercise equipment you’d like in the garden gym. Remember the size of space your garden will allow, and then choose equipment that will fit inside comfortably.
If you find the space will be too cramped for all the equipment, you’d like to keep, then consider adding a storage room to your garden gym. This way, you can store equipment when it’s not being used and easily take it out and set it up when you do want to use it.
Remember, the walls and ceiling can also be used for exercise equipment. Hooks, straps, hanging equipment is all possible with a garden gym!
Summing It Up
A garden gym is entirely possible if you have a small garden! A professional garden room builder will have the advice and solutions you need to create a beautiful workout space in your own garden!