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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.

Bathroom Remodeling - Artisan Remodeling & Design - Fort Collins

Sometimes it seems that you lose so many of the finer things in life when you lose your mobility. Whether it’s the difficulty in making all the arrangements to go on that dream vacation, or the embarrassment that comes with wheeling yourself into a luxury spa and having to get assistance maneuvering yourself from chair to table to pool for all the treatments, at some point you begin to let go of those things that you used to enjoy, and just say “it’s not worth it anymore.”

It doesn’t have to be that way. For example, you can still enjoy spa-level relaxation in the comfort and safety of your own home, by engaging bathroom remodeling contractors in Fort Collins to make some changes to your existing bathroom.

A professional renovation team can make sure that the bathroom is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair or walker, and install grab bars in appropriate places to help you maneuver around the room. But most importantly, they can install one of the great new walk-in tubs now available on the market. Hydrotherapy is one of the best ways to help relax tense muscles, and gently flex and massage limbs that can move more freely with the buoyancy of water. Available water and air jets add to the soothing atmosphere and hand-held shower extensions help you get water everywhere you want it.

You can also choose between a traditional, full sized bather tub and a taller tub designed for use while seated. If you find that lying down in a tub as you once did, surrounded by candles and immersed in gently scented bubbles, is now a frightening thought because you might not be able to get up again, the taller tubs will still allow you to immerse yourself in bubbles while you remain securely seated on the built-in bench. Grab bars can be installed to make it easier for you to stand and walk out of your walk-in luxury spa, and there’s still plenty of room on the sides of the tub to safely place a votive candle or two, along with your favorite mp3 player to provide the soothing music you are accustomed to.

So don’t give up on pampering yourself just because you’re losing your mobility. For the cost of a few months’ treatments at the spa you used to patronize, you can bring that luxury, convenience, and enjoyment into your own bathroom. Contact us today to learn more.

General Contractor - Basement Remodeling Services

Have you decided it’s the perfect time to complete that kitchen or bath remodel? Are you looking for reliable Fort Collins General Contractor? If so, narrowing down your search can prove to be a bit challenging. Trusting the wrong contractor can end in disaster. The person may not complete the job to satisfaction, or the project might cost much more than estimated. Fortunately, there are ways to avert these types of situations.

Here are three tips to help you find your Fort Collins General Contractor

1. Get references. Even if a contractor appears trustworthy and professional, ask for a couple of references. Were these customers satisfied with the job? Did they have any complaints? Use this information to help you make a sound decision. We have a long list of happy customers who are always happy to speak to potential clients like yourself.

2. Contact the BBB. If there are unresolved complaints about the contractor, your local Better Business Bureau may have a record. Research the company to make sure you’re working with a reputable contractor. Click here to see our BBB profile: We’re “A” Rated!

3. Verify the contractor’s license. Only work with a licensed Fort Collins contractor. This ensures that he has the skills and credentials to complete your job. Contact your state’s Department of Consumer Affairs to conduct a license search. We happy to say we’re licensed in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, Johnstown, and Larimer County.

The definition of the word “remodel” is fairly simple. It means to improve an existing structure or space. Generally, we associate it with changing the look of a home or office building, also known as residential remodeling and commercial remodeling, respectively. Though the definition is straightforward, the actual practice is quite complicated, and requires multiple steps in order for it to be successful. Working with Fort Collins general contractor, or with a firm devoted to remodeling in Fort Collins and Loveland, is highly recommended if you plan to embark on a Fort Collins remodeling job.

The majority of remodeling jobs, no matter their size, require the following steps.

1. Planning

This includes discussion of the scope of the renovation, and the drafts of the various steps throughout the process.

2. Engineering

It is during this phase that the actual “how” of the remodeling job must be answered. What tools, supplies, and personnel will make the remodeling possible?

3. Repair of the Structure

The actual work begins here, and requires skilled labor. Be careful here. I know of many people who have chosen the lowest priced bid and the results have been HORRENDOUS. I’m talking nightmare city. Always always ALWAYS choose a contractor with a valid, up-to-date license and a good, solid reputation. Please. I cannot stress how important this is. Granted, the cost of labor will likely be a bit more, but believe me, it’s worth every penny. You’d be amazed how much it costs to repair a job-gone-wrong. So in actuality, you’re probably saving yourself a good chunk of change by simply choosing the right contractor from the get-go.

4. Rebuilding

Anything that was torn down, moved, or altered in any way, during the Fort Collins remodeling process, is brought back into working order during this phase.

5. Finishing the Work

Creating coherence between the old and new portions of the space is important for making the remodeling job look polished. This can include everything from the molding, to the paint job, to the type of lacquer used on the wood in a home or office.

So are you one of those people who spends the winter skiing in their shorts, or heads outside in January without remembering the hat and gloves? Do you dread the heat of summer more than a visit from your maiden aunt, with her tinny voice and huge opinions?

Well, we have a cool answer for you: escape the heat of summer with a Fort Collins basement remodeling ! You might be amazed to know that the basic temperature of the earth, just a few feet below the surface, is a cool 55 degrees. That’s why your basement is usually the coolest room in your house in summer, and we think that being able to spend as much of a hot summer as possible in that cool spot is a grand idea.

Here are some other reasons why you might want to renovate your dark, windowless basement for cool summer living.

  • Are you a photographer? Build a darkroom into your basement and have the perfect excuse to take pictures all winter and spend the summer developing and printing them in cool comfort.
  • Do you exist for the next Start Trek movie? You can create an awesome movie screening room without worrying about the need to cover up all the windows.
  • Set up a subterranean bar, and no one can see what’s really going on when your friends come over for a drink at any time of the day or night.
  • You can pretend not to hear the doorbell when your maiden aunt comes visiting, and she won’t be able to find you by looking through all the windows.

So contact us today and let’s discuss all the cool things you want to do in your renovated basement this summer. Don’t worry, we won’t mind coming down to the basement—no matter what its condition is like right now—for the discussion.