Making a house a home is all about personality. The best luxury properties are those which serve as more than just places to live – acting, too, as spaces which shape and interact with our lifestyle. Installing a basement home gym is a fine example of how your home can be built around your hobbies. It might even help add value to your home. Here's a guide to setting one up, covering practicalities and some smart home-gym ideas.
Good ventilation and clean air are valuable assets throughout the home. In fact, they're a main tenet of interior design. These things are especially important, though, in a gym. Pumping cool, clean air through your workout space will keep you cool as you train, helping you exercise for longer. In many parts of the home, providing adequate ventilation is simple, but in a basement home gym, however, you may have to go to extra lengths to get the clean air you require. Consider fitting an air-conditioning unit or some ceiling fans. If possible, choose a room in your basement that at least has a small window.
Ensure that your layout leaves plenty of space between your equipment, to avoid any damage to it, to your décor or yourself while you're working out. Keeping any exercise machines away from the walls can also prevent scuff marks or knocks.
Cool air is a smart way to keep your core body temperature down, but it's not the only way. Cold drinks will lower your body temperature at the same time as offering vital rehydration – a key component to an effective and healthy workout. If there's plumbing in your basement, be sure to fit a drinks station. If not, a dedicated refrigerator will suffice – you can keep energy snacks in there as well.
Another way to take advantage of plumbing in your basement home gym is to install an area for washing. This will allow you the convenience of being able to slip under the shower, straight off the treadmill. Creating a fully self-contained space in this way helps separate your exercise routine from your everyday activities.
When it comes to creating a pleasant environment to work out in, light is likely to be your main obstacle in a basement home gym. Mirrors can help you make the most of what light you have. They'll also help open the space up, which is handy in smaller basements.
An added benefit to installing mirrors in your gym is that they can actually help with exercise. Keeping a close eye on yourself in the mirror will help you keep good form and posture. Not only will this reduce the likelihood of injury, it'll help you reach maximum efficiency too.
Creating a nice environment isn't just about the visuals. For most people, music is an integral part of their workout routine. One of the more exciting home-gym ideas is to build a sound system into your exercise space. Conceal the speakers in the walls or ceiling to keep the space spartan and clean. Gone are the days of getting tangled up in your headphones as you operate the treadmill. Fit a system with wireless control for the ultimate convenience.
Getting the most from your home-gym ideas is all about making it personal. After all, individuality lies at the heart of great interior design. Visit the Engel & Völkers interior design blog for more inspiration on home design and ways to add value to your property.