My photo/video journey of taking half of a 1960s, 2 door, double garage and making my own private 1-on-1 training studio. Applying skills learned from my own home renos over the years and some new skills like window installation and wall footer plate replacement. These images and videos showcase just under 6 months of my life.
NOTE: This NEVER would have happened at all without my good friends A.L.N.F and my uber-supportive spouse and kidlets. They all helped me SO MUCH with this project.
The entire process took from late March 2021 to early October 2021 to complete.
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This is how “my half” of the garage looked after the removal of 5 mini-van loads that were taken to the eco-station. This garage had primarily been used for storage for….years.
There was still a lot of “structure” to be removed before I could get to removing drywall, insulation, and old wiring….along with whatever else I found along the way.
The space I am converting is roughly 11′ wide and 24′ in length. Into this space I need to fit my desk/office area, power rack, weight plates, bar storage, mirrors, treadmill, assault bike, dumbells, kettlebells and various bit and bobs. It’s gonna be a blast.
Lucky us! We discovered – after I got the walls hollowed out – WATER DAMAGE! This old garage pad has NO knee walls so the footer plate was completely rotted out…along the entire window wall!
I installed a solar light motion sensor thing over the back driveway. This alley has NO streetlights and it gets PITCH black back there. I kept literally running into my car. My knees were bruised.
All the cardboard is loaded up in my vehicle and heading to a drop-off recycle station.
The bathroom venting hole has FINALLY been drilled. This had me so nervous but it went well overall. You can also see the blue paint of the bathroom/change room. This blue will extend across the inside of the door as well.
That is a multi-bladed low-rpm cooling fan. It is very quiet and on a timer. I custom etched it into a 3″ to 2″ diminisher and then attached a pipe through the wall. This is the liquids jug. There will be a receptacle behind it for solids.
Toilet / Bench combo is assembled, painted, and ready for doodie! …uh, I mean duty. 😉 Next is to hang the curtain and place some mirrors on the facing wall.
Lighting is FINALLY wired into the proper plugs. YAY! A huge step to use actual light switches. I also built and painted this shelf for over-the-door storage. A little bit of blue painting on some edges got done as well.
Shared wall attic space is all sealed up! Took me over 6 hours of ladder work. My calves were feeling it!
Started bringing DB, KB, and other gear to the gym from my house. Feeling homey!Clients are encouraged to leave their workout shoes at the studio. You can even see inside some of my handmade sneaker deodorizer.Finally managed to finish the ducting. Now the warmth spreads evenly around the entire space. Heck, it only took me…an entire weekend. I learned new stuff!Re-organized the mirror wall. Purely for aesthetics buuuuuuut it makes a massive difference to the visual flow when you walk in the door. I’m pleased. 🙂Cable system DIY that can handle 350lbs per carabiner and 550lbs per pulley. I’m pretty confident in the robustness of this system.This is a hitch pin. If you have a squat/power rack and want to work on bands with clients….buy some hitch pins. I have four. Darn handy.
Build Vlog #01
Build Vlog #02
Build Vlog #03
Build Vlog #04
Build Vlog #05
When Panther Gym gives you a truckload of FREE rubber floor mats…you still have to scrub them. Both sides.