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Creating a Basement Gym

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Updated 12:57 PM CST, Fri, February 08,2019

Warrenton, VA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/08/2019 -- The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise a week to maintain health, but many working adults have a hard time squeezing in trips to the gym. Converting the basement to a home gym can make it easier to stay in shape.

The professionals at Basement Solutions, a Warrenton basement finishing company, say that it's important to make sure the area is waterproofed prior to starting construction and that the area remains well-ventilated. Therefore, the first step to turning an unused basement into a workout area is eliminating any water leaks. If not solved, water damage can ruin flooring and equipment in the future.

Next, the framing and insulation go up to help facilitate comfort control and support the drywall. Homeowners should become familiar enough with the construction process to know the basic requirements for permits and inspections in their area. For example, some cities require several inspections at specific points in the process. Insulation and sheetrock are pivotal steps and should be completed by professionals.

Homeowners who wish to qualify for green housing or Energy Star ratings can research the HUD and Energy Department requirements and review them with the builder.

Flooring is an important consideration and should take into account the heavy equipment and wear and tear produced by normal gym activity. Wood floors are gorgeous but may scratch during normal gym activity. Tile is easy to clean, durable and cheaper than wood flooring but could crack if heavy weights are dropped on it. For these reasons, carpeting, rubber flooring and padding are great options that are also more conducive to physical activities. They also can keep the noise from traveling through the rest of the home.

Ventilation and lighting are key elements to creating a vital space that occupants want to use, since that's the whole point of creating a workout space at home. Before adding vents or windows that impact the foundation your home, work with your contractor to understand the local codes and to establish what your options might be, such as vents and HVAC units dedicated to the space.

The CDC notes the importance of maintaining indoor air quality, and this is particularly true in enclosed spaces prone to dampness and moisture. If this is a concern, consider installing a separate HVAC system in the basement. This will provide you with a more comfortable environment to exercise in.

Call Basement Home Solutions at 571-208-4048 with any questions you have on creating a home gym, bedroom or additional living space in your basement.

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