Home Gym Build, Work is Underway! Pictures!!

leeince

Distinguished Member
Some of you may remember a thread I started a little while ago asking for advice on a home gym build.

I wanted info on the types of buildings and also equipment and Ive now got a decent Idea of what I am going to do.

We moved into this house in November last year and the Garden looked like this on moving in.

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You will see at the back of the garden there is a half built block work "shed" and also a rotten old wooden green shed.

I decided to knock these both down to make way for where the new log cabin will go.

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I also decided that the paved area at the front of my garden wasn't quite deep enough, the retaining wall wasn't up to the job anyway and was leaning over so I decided to knock the walls down and dig back a meter to gain some more hard standing at the front of my garden.

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I then got a brick layer in to build the new walls at the front of the garden and also the wall at the back of the garden that will be the front of the new base for the gym.

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Within a couple of days the brick layer was done, the walls are complete and the new base is poured ready for the gym.

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Once the gym is finished I will be decking over the crazing paving at the front of the garden and also decking around the log cabin itself.

I will also put a small 7"x 5" shed on the far right of the base next to the cabin to house the lawn mower.

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That's where I am for now, I ordered the Cabin today and it is being delivered on the 26th of May. Myself and a carpenter friend of mine will be building it over the weekend of the 27th/28th of May.

This is the one I've gone for:

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The is the 5m x 3m Beelonga and Ive gone for the double glazing, 44mm walls, premium plus windows and doors and the roof shingle instead of felt.

The cabin comes in at £3251.48 and should be perfect for a home gym, I might need to mess around with the purlins to accommodate a power rack but I will worry about that once the buildings up and I know what I've got.

I will update the thread once the build has begun.
 

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leeince

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Is there an easier way to add pictures so that they show in the thread without having to click links?

Edit: never mind, cracked it!
 
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shodan

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Looking good mate, subscribed!
 

leeince

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Just a quick update.

I've run the armoured cable run in this morning ready to power the cabin once installed.

I've gone for a 16mm cable, over kill but at least I'm well covered.
 
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richard2626130

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I'm also eager to see the results. I've been searching for a suitable outbuilding to house my gym equipment following a recent home move. I haven't pulled the trigger yet as I have a power cage which is 2.1m tall and I can't find anything out there that will accommodate without the roof exceeding local planning restrictions of 2.5m.
 

leeince

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I'm also eager to see the results. I've been searching for a suitable outbuilding to house my gym equipment following a recent home move. I haven't pulled the trigger yet as I have a power cage which is 2.1m tall and I can't find anything out there that will accommodate without the roof exceeding local planning restrictions of 2.5m.
I've been looking at loads of racks and have the same issue.

This why I have gone for a cabin with the Ridge at each end running front left to right rather than in the middle running from front to back.

My rack will go on the left hand wall and with some alterations to the purlings should just fit.................I hope!
 

leeince

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Can you dig a pit downwards to give you the extra height?

No mate, the maximum ridge height for an outbuilding is 2.5m for there not to be a need of planning permission.

Shame really because I would only need another 100mm max to be more than comfortable.
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Yes, but what he is suggesting is that you place the floor say 6" below ground level so although the shed is 2.5m tall you will step down into it and have 2.5m + 6" headroom inside it.

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leeince

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Yes, but what he is suggesting is that you place the floor say 6" below ground level so although the shed is 2.5m tall you will step down into it and have 2.5m + 6" headroom inside it.

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I hadn't considered that and I don't think it would be worth the extra work, it would probably throw up a few challenges doing it that way plus the extra labour digging the pit and getting the muck away wont be cheap.

It really is a case of building the largest cabin I could based on planning and budget and then seeing what kit I can get inside. I've got plans to make some alterations to the purling's to get the power rack in but we will see.

I have just purchased 4 of these:
100% RUBBER Gym Mat COMMERCIAL Flooring 10mm EXTRA THICK garage workshop mats !!

One of these:
Terratek 650W Electric Paint Sprayer Spray Gun System, Ideal for Gloss, Satin, Varnish, Fence Paint & More: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools

And some of these:
5 X 100% Cotton Twill Dust Sheets 12ft x 9ft / 3.07m x 2.90m approx - JMS Bridge: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools

I'm not sure what colour I'm going to go with just yet, I'm thinking maybe a light oak. Either way I will be going with an oil based.

The building is being delivered on Thursday the 26th and I've booked off Friday the 27th, my plan is to lay everything out and get a coat on everything before we build it, weather permitting!
 

IronGiant

Moderator
I have had a horrible thought...
You've already put in "footings" that are 2' high, can you put a 2.5m building on top of that ? ie what is the official ground level at that part of the site?
 

leeince

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I had thought of that and wasn't sure. I look on a few sites and it only mentions 2.5m Ridge height of the building being the max. My neighbour to the right of me have an out building that is 2.5m heigh but it will be higher than mine due them making the ground higher that thr building sits on. Then there are the buildings behind mine in the gardens opposite, I don't think it's a problem.

edit: I've just checked my neighbours ground level where their building is and it's actually a little lower than my base so my building will sit higher.

I can't find anything on the net that tells me if what I'm doing is OK? All I can see is that the building itself can't be over 2.5m and it won't be but I am a little concerned!

Either way I'm going to build it now, everything is paid for and being delivered, fingers crossed I'm not doing anything wrong.
 
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leeince

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I've just found this:
Where do I measure a building's height on uneven ground (for UK Planning restrictions)?

This is similar to mine in some ways, the wall across the front of my base is 400mm high but the garden is on an incline and the base at the back is only approx 50mm above the original ground level of neighbours on the left. The base level now actually matches the ground.levels.of the neighbours gardens to the back of me. I think I will be fine.
 

leeince

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Guys, I'm in two minds about doing the laminate floor. I've got 19mm T&G going down and I will have the 10mm rubber matt on top of that. Do you think this enough?

I'm going to purchase some extra bearers so that I can add extra where the rack and treadmill will go, or I could increases them across the whole floor, what do you think?
 

IronGiant

Moderator
I've just found this:
Where do I measure a building's height on uneven ground (for UK Planning restrictions)?

This is similar to mine in some ways, the wall across the front of my base is 400mm high but the garden is on an incline and the base at the back is only approx 50mm above the original ground level of neighbours on the left. The base level now actually matches the ground.levels.of the neighbours gardens to the back of me. I think I will be fine.
Sounds good :thumbsup:
 

DJT75

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Guys, I'm in two minds about doing the laminate floor. I've got 19mm T&G going down and I will have the 10mm rubber matt on top of that. Do you think this enough?

I'm going to purchase some extra bearers so that I can add extra where the rack and treadmill will go, or I could increases them across the whole floor, what do you think?

I would strengthen everywhere. You never know what you might want to change or move around in the future
 

KyleS1

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This looks cracking! I'm just about to embark on a shed build so looking forward to see how you get on.
 

Minty

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Looking very good so far. [emoji5][emoji5]

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leeince

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Cabins been delivered ready for the build to start on Saturday.

Decking is being delivered tomorrow, I'm running out of room!
 

leeince

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OK so it's been a busy weekend.

First we had to lay out the bearers, they don't supply enough with the cabin so I went to Wickes and bought some 3 x 2 to add more. We also added extra between each bearer like a ladder to give the floor the extra strength needed for a gym.

We also set up a temp canopy, the weather was bad Saturday morning.

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We stacked the logs up to 4 high and then made sure the building was square. Once square we kept on stacking until we was high enough to slot the windows and door frame in.

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Once we had all the logs in we then had to slot in the apex pieces at either end and then we could slot in the purlings.

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Once the purlings were in we could then lay the roof boards and then cover with the shingle.

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to be cont......
 
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leeince

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I've just noticed some pictures are the wrong way up, I'm not sure why?

Anyway, once the roof was on and covered we put the facia boards up and then laid the floor. I treated the underside of the floor, this won't be accessible once laid so I thought it wouldn't hurt. This is the 19mm floor that comes with the building, I'm going to lay a 4mm hard board on top of this and then a 10mm rubber mat on top of that.

We then hung the doors and glazed those and the windows, I went for the double glazed option.

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It was then all about getting the inside fully coated up ready for the electrician a couple of coats on the outside.

I then got my sparks in to put in all the electrics and hang the TV and panel. heater.

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I've now got to lay the rubber floor and give the outside one last coat once the weather picks up.

I ordered all the gym equipment today and that comes on Friday, by Friday everything should be finished, I will update the thread over the weekend. Sorry again about the orientation of the pics, if a mod can turn them I would really appreciate it.

Lee
 
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KyleS1

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Looks great. Shame the photos are upside down.
 

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