Well specified garden gyms are growing in popularity. Over the last couple of weeks since the lockdown, they have become the most popular type of garden room searched for on this site!
Here are some of the extra steps the Garden Spaces team can take to ensure their garden gyms work for their customers:
Taller garden gyms
Typically, garden rooms tend to be 2.5m high as this makes them Permitted Development friendly. The thing is, these buildings don't provide the headroom you need if you are using exercise equipment like cross-trainers. Garden Spaces can design taller buildings; they often go as tall as 3m to offer the extra ceiling height. They will work with you to obtain the necessary planning approval for the extra height.
Strengthening the gym floor and roof
Garden Spaces use structural insulated panels (SIP's) as the core structure of their buildings. This creates a continuous envelope of insulation which ensures the gym will be a comfortable space to be all year round.
While SIP's are very strong, Garden Spaces can strengthen the structure further to take the weight of gym equipment.
Gym equipment such as cross trainers, bikes and treadmills are very heavy, even before you start using them, so the design of the floor structure is very important. The Garden Spaces team have experience in designing the foundation system and the floor structure of their gyms to ensure these weights are fully supported.
They take similar methods to strengthen their roof structures. This is particularly important if you plan to use ceiling mounted gym equipment.
Heavy impact flooring options
The flooring in a garden gym is very important. Luckily Garden Spaces offer several options. Options include 12mm laminate flooring and bulletproof 3mm round stud rubber tiles - the same product that is used in high traffic area such as airports.
Garden Spaces have recently added a new gym flooring option that customers are loving. It's a rubber roll flooring which is ideal for free weight training and cross fit applications. It is suitable for high impact workouts and offers protection against injuries where free-weights, dumbbells and kettlebells are in operation. It also looks great, coming in a range of colours, and offers sound improvement properties of about 21db and shock absorption of about 15%.
Climate control systems
The Garden Spaces team will work closely with you to design your ideal layout of doors and windows in your garden gym. Having a good mix of doors and windows to open as you workout is sensible. However, many buyers also choose to add a climate control system, allowing them to set the perfect temperature for working out.
Garden Spaces offer full climate control systems which offer heating and cooling while controlling humidity and air circulation.
Add a shower room to your garden gym
Garden Spaces can incorporate a shower room into your garden gym, meaning you don't have to go back to the house to refresh. Unlike many garden room companies, they offer their shower room packages on a full installation basis. They will not only install the sanitaryware in the shower room itself but also handle the groundworks and connections to the mains supplies. While ensuring all connections are signed off by Building Control.
Television and internet connections
As part of their electrical specifications, Garden Spaces can design your garden gym so that it has television cabling and points, so you can watch your favourite shows as you exercise. They also offer a variety of ways to bring reliable internet connections into your gym, ideal if you are taking a virtual class.