For this project we were not designing the #gym
in the basement. The space for renovation was originally a #bedroom
and the client had only one request she wanted to keep some of existing hardwood intact. A major consideration right out of the gate: would the weight of the exercise machines and the free weights being that the space was on the second level of this #historichome
, could the floor handle the weight? The floor joists were examined carefully, once we got the green light the design creativity kicked in.
There is a tug a war when designing a gym, the tug is between form and function. A gym is not considered a leisure space so it can really challenge a designer. My first objective was to ensure the design would have no indication that the original space was a bedroom. The closet had to go and we removed all of the vibe of residential crown molding and baseboard. Custom baseboard was created to align with an historical home. I knew effective gyms will place their equipment into zones, I had 2 zones to design, #cardio
. I chose a warm colour palate with #BenjaminMoore
Smoke for the walls and Kendall Charcoal for the trim and baseboards. For a little motivation and a dash of humor I found a motivational quote that resonated with my client. We also mirrored one wall, gawd I held my breath the day that was installed. It took 3 men, tons of scaffolding and some prayers to the almighty and a big old glass of #sauvignonblanc
blanc to calm #mynerves
In the weight zone commercial #rubberflooring
was installed for durability and impact of the weights. Since we are designers.. we installed a rubber accent border, Hello. We created custom mounts to hold the #exerciseballs #yoga
matts, towels and water. My client loves art so we did a little something that others would find nontraditional, we placed a large scale piece of art in the gym. Many might find this unusual in a gym but here is the thing ....
“A great #designer
should always design for #theclient
, it is the #client
not the designer’s castle🧡