Garden gyms have fast become a popular home addition, especially for homes that need additional space. They provide many benefits including the fact that there’s no more gym fees to pay, you can work out in private, and not have to queue for exercise equipment and more.
If you’re considering the addition of a garden gym to your property, there are some things you’ll need to consider.
1). Bespoke Design
A bespoke design means that the garden gym will be completely tailored to meet your exercise needs. The design will take into consideration the type of exercise you intend to do, the equipment needed, and more.
Look for a garden gym specialist who provides bespoke designs, then you’ll be able to enjoy the gym of your dreams right in your own garden.
2). Garden Gym Size
The optimal size for a garden gym is about 5m x 4m, which gives you plenty of room for exercise equipment, along with room to stretch, warm up and cool down. If this seems too large for your garden, then it’s possible to scale the size of the garden room down to about 3m x 3m. However, keep in mind that this will limit the type of exercise equipment you can have, such as a spin bike, weights, and more.
Another point to keep in mind with a garden room is the height. You can have a height of 2.5 m, which means you won’t be required to obtain planning permission, as long as the garden gym is less than 2 m from your main home.
If the garden gym will be 2m or more from a boundary line, then you can go up to 3m in height, which could mean an internal height of 2.5m to 2.7m. With a pitched roof, it would be possible to go up to 4 m in height.
The type of flooring for your garden gym will depend on the type of work out you’ll have. For instance, if you’re into weight training, then it’s best to choose a type of commercial grade interlocking foam rubber gym tiles.
However, if you plan on activities such as spinning, yoga or Pilates, then a sturdy wood floor would be the best choice. Choose a floor that is made of oak, for instance, which is one that is heard-wearing and made to last.
4). Climate Control
A garden room that includes climate control is one that can be used year-round. This means the building will need to include insulation and use double glazed windows and doors to maintain optimal temperatures for exercising in comfort.
You may also want to opt for heating and cooling solutions so you can control the temperature inside the garden gym. It’s also possible to control the climate through the use of bi-focal doors that would make it easy to open the gym up to natural air circulation from outside.
And don’t forget that additional windows that open give you additional options to keep the garden gym ventilated.
5). Garden Gym Equipment
As space will be at a premium, you’ll need to figure out what type of exercise equipment to include in your garden gym. Keep in mind that the space should not be crowded—you need room to do your work out comfortably. For this reason, it can be helpful to develop a home gym floor plan.
Creating a floor plan helps to ensure you get the most out of your home gym’s floor space. With a floor plan, you may even find that it’s possible to fit in more equipment than you thought possible.
Another thing to consider is storage space, which will also take up limited floor space. You’ll want a place to neatly store exercise equipment when not in use, keeping your garden gym free of clutter.
6). Audio & Visual Equipment
The next thing to consider is whether or not you’d like to integrate sound systems or visual equipment. This should be considered during the planning phase of your garden gym project, not left until later.
By planning this in advance, you’ll have systems that are integrated into the building, creating a beautiful space for your work out. This may include recessed speakers, soundproofing the entire garden gym and more so you can enjoy a great work out without bothering the neighbours.
7). Garden Landscaping
Another consideration is whether or not your garden requires additional landscaping with the addition of a garden gym. Will it be necessary to soften any lines of the garden gym’s design? Will landscaping be needed to help the new garden gym blend into your established garden?
Don’t overlook the possibility of additional landscaping. The more incorporated the garden gym is with the surroundings, it will only add more beauty and value to your property.
8). Create a Versatile Space
Will you want to use the garden gym for other purposes? Or what if you’d like to change the garden room’s purpose at some point in the future? For these reasons, it’s a good idea to consider the long-term use of this space.
You may want to use it as a gym for now, but maybe you’d like to turn it into a guest bedroom, extra living space or a space to be used for your favourite hobby. This is why it’s best to create a space that can be used for other purposes in the future. You’ll get more value for the investment and be able to enjoy the space without having to make major changes later.
9). Plan Which Utilities to Use
When it comes to planning the design of your garden gym, remember which utilities you’ll need and where light fixtures and sockets will need to be placed. Some garden gyms are made with sockets built into the floor; this way you won’t trip over wires placed across the floor. When it comes to lighting, LED lights are a popular choice because they can be controlled, and they save on energy.
While it may seem like there’s a lot to consider when designing a garden gym room, it’s well worth the effort. You’ll have a beautiful place to exercise, a space that can also be used in other ways, and an addition to your property that will increase its overall value.