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The world won’t soon forget the pandemic of 2020, and there’s no telling when the need for social distancing will end. While we all want things to go back to normal, many of us are still feeling a bit weary and prefer to stay at home, where we can remain safe and healthy. In this strange new reality it’s fair to say that at-home exercise and fitness solutions are no longer a luxury for health-minded homeowners. Fort Collins Home gyms have become a necessity.

Fortunately, designing and developing your own home gym is easier than you might think. Here’s how to get started!

1. Choose your Equipment

While you could design the space first and fill it later, working the other way around has its advantages. Different types of equipment may have different structural or electrical requirements, and laying out your equipment ahead of time will give you a good idea of how much space you’ll need.

A few examples of home exercise equipment to choose from include punching bags, stationary bicycles, rowing machines, elliptical trainers, treadmills, weight machines, and free weights/a weight bench, just to name a few.

Make sure to include both strength and endurance-focused equipment that you’ll enjoy using, along with floor space for stretching, in order to balance your workouts.

2. Find Your Space

Depending on your equipment and the amount of space it takes up you may be able to use a spare bedroom or a portion of your basement as-is. Or, you may find that you need to make some changes.

Finishing or remodeling a portion of the basement is probably the most common solution we see. Basements offer a cool, private, and out of the way space with plenty of room. With some drywall, good flooring, lighting, ventilation, and electrical access, basement gyms can be a winning choice. However, some homeowners find that the lack of natural light negatively impacts their motivation.

Spare bedrooms, on the other hand, already have light, power, and ventilation, but often lack the same wide-open open space and lack of distraction that you get in the basement. And when using an upper-level space you need to make sure that the weight of any heavy equipment is safely spread across your floor joists, not placed between them.

homegymfortcollins3. Make It Your Own

A home gym can be a simple as a floor mat and some headphones in the living room, or as complex as a brand new walk-out home addition with professional equipment. It’s up to you to do what you need to do to make your space a space that you’ll enjoy using in the long term, allowing you to cultivate healthy habits without heading out into public.

Some other elements and features you should consider including are:

  • Oversize mirrors for you to watch your form and track your progress
  • Audio/visual solutions so you can follow along with online classes or listen to music
  • Tough, non-slip, easy-to-clean hard flooring
  • Easy-clean rubber or foam floor pads and mats
  • Wall racks, hangers, and other accessible storage options
  • Ventilation, heating, or cooling to keep the air comfortable and remove stale odors
  • Lighting (preferably plenty of natural lighting as well)
  • Personal touches and décor to make you feel comfortable and at-home
Professional Basement and Home Remodeling

Remember, most home gyms pay for themselves surprisingly fast compared to a monthly gym membership. They’re an investment—an investment in your own health and convenience. 

If you’re interested designing and building your own home exercise center, contact Artisan Remodeling & Design at 970-691-6995 today. We’re an expert, local Fort Collins home remodeling company, and we would love to do what we can to help you get healthy and stay healthy right where you are.

Why do businesses spend so much money making offices comfortable and attractive for their employees? Because the spaces we inhabit change the way we work. That’s the value and power of a well-designed, fully furnished home office.

Designing, decorating, and remodeling your home to include a home office is a real option that can give you a purpose-built, high productivity, social-distancing approved hub with everything you need to bring your profession home and get work done.

Check out some remodeling important key points for our Fort Collins Remodeling Services. Here’s how to start:

homeofficeinfortcollinsco1. Choose Your Location

Contrary to popular opinion your home office doesn’t need to be a standalone room or share space with your guest bedroom. That’s an option, and a good one for many people, but everyone is wired differently and your space should reflect that.

  • Do you work better in perfect quiet with no distractions? Or do you enjoy hearing conversations and having a feeling of activity nearby?
  • Do you need to be able to close a door in order to take calls with privacy, or are you ok operating while you spouse or children cook, snack, and play just around the corner?

Depending on your home’s layout you may be quite well-off establishing your home office in your porch, off your kitchen, or in a corner of your living room. Of, if you need more privacy, you can convert a portion of your bedroom or a spare bedroom, you can finish a portion of your basement, or even build out your attic.

It all depends on what is available, what is possible, and what will work best for you!

 

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2. Take Care of the Basics

Your average home office requires need a few specific amenities, all of which need to be considered:

  • Electrical access
  • Internet access (Ethernet or strong WIFI signal)
  • A desk or work surface
  • Lighting (natural light is always preferred)
  • Ventilation
  • Storage

covidhomeofficce3. Consider Ergonomics

If there’s one productivity item you should never skimp on, it’s a comfortable chair. But home office ergonomics goes well beyond seating, encompassing the entire physical layout of your work area and how it contributes to your productivity and health.

Elements to consider include:

  • “Happy” sunlight therapy lighting, especially if natural light isn’t available
  • Mouse selection (adjustable DPI, form factor, hand size, grip style)
  • Additional external monitors to expand your screen area
  • Laptop/monitor risers to help keep your head and chin up for good posture
  • External keyboard to keep your wrists low and avoid carpal tunnel
  • An ergonomic and comfortable chair set to the correct height

 

homeofficebohofortcollins4. Furnish and Finish

Now it’s time to bring it all together. Your home office should be a comfortable and attractive space, one that makes you feel at-home and in control. If you’re working in a stark white room you might not have distractions, but you probably aren’t going to feel fully in your element either.

Work to make your space a fitting part of your overall home design and décor, and consider artwork and indoor plants if you have the space and sunlight.

You may also want to go the extra mile to remove clutter. Wireless computer peripherals are a good option, along with storage solutions and cable tamers to keep your wires and cords safely gathered, covered, and out of the way.

And let’s not forget what’s behind you either. With video conferencing now a critical part of the work from home experience, having an attractive, well-furnished, professional-looking space behind your head and shoulders can really pay off.

Develop Your Perfect Space

If you really need to crack down and get work done on your own terms, in your own space, Artisan Remodeling & Design can help with Fort Collins remodeling services. Contact us or call us directly at (970) 691-6995 and we’ll provide custom home office renovations designed with you in mind, as well as comprehensive home bathroom, kitchen, and basement remodeling services.

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