The goal of the lower-level renovation was to reconfigure the exercise and storage area. We first started by demolishing and reframing walls, moving return ducts and electrical components, and installing new drywall, baseboards, and casing to match the upstairs new look and feel.
We then separated the new, multi-functional workout space from the rest of the lower-level with contemporary glass walls/doors. This provides a nice noise barrier so the rest of the family can continue living and working undisturbed. It also allows for natural light to still pass through, creating a bright and open atmosphere – a crucial element for a lower-level space.
In the workout area, we added rubber flooring to provide comfort and cushioning for feet and joints during intense cardio or strength training sessions. The flooring was a great option for the space as its slip-resistant, making it safe to use no matter how much you sweat.
Another special feature we added to the space was a sauna. Saunas are beneficial for your physical and mental health as they help relax and soothe muscles, improve circulation, reduce stress levels, boost the immune system, and even aid in weight loss. All these benefits made the sauna a must-add item to the renovation list.
The hockey shooting area required a little more work. We covered the walls with Medium Density Overlay (MDO) boards to protect the insulated walls from flying pucks and added specialized shooting tiles to the floor, which is durable and provides realistic stick handling and shooting. Finally, we finished the area with a shooting tarp – an essential for any serious hockey drills or slap shots!
If you’re looking for a way to breathe new life into your home without the hassle or expense of building an entirely new house, renovations are a great solution. By working with a trusted contractor who specializes in lower-level projects, you can create a stunning, functional space that meets the specific needs of your family. In this case study, we transformed a boring, underutilized basement into an inviting workout space for a hockey-loving family complete with all the bells and whistles. If you’re imagining something similar for your own home but don’t know where to start, contact us today. We would love to help turn your vision into reality.