Conservatory Gym


One of my favourite entertainment room conversions is one that I completed a few years ago now. The room itself was not an entertainment room within the same vein as a video game room or a cinema, but rather a home gym. The home gym was created in the conversion of a green house in the garden of the home itself, and ever since I have completed the conversion I have dreamt of having the same design within my own home. While it is not an original conversion, it has become one of my favourite conversions that I have ever completed within my career. There are some conversions that we complete that we personally consider to be either unnecessary or highly irregular, and this is one where everyone on the worksite agreed that they would love to have a conversion such as this within their own home.

The green house mainly housed flora and fauna that was from around the United Kingdom and certain items for around the world, but the home owners had already converted their loft and no longer had space to extend the home itself. They were also unable to maintain the amount of plants that they had within the greenhouse themselves. A lot of the flowers required certain temperatures and watering requirements, and many of them had large differences in requirements that eventually the plants couldn’t live together. A lot of the plants and flowers had died by the time the home owners had considered the conversion to begin with, so they had decided it would be best to go through the conversion rather than starting the collection from scratch.

The conservatory was made with fine glass, and it was constructed with great timber for support. The construction of the room itself was high quality, and the glass itself has been regularly cleaned, making it a great surrounding for a gym if you enjoy working out with nature. The main issues with the conversion itself was to ensure there were enough power supplies and space for the equipment itself, and a safer flooring rather than concrete for both the users of the gym and for the equipment itself. Dropping a metal or plastic dumbbell onto concrete will hurt the equipment itself, and it wouldn’t be worth the potential damage for the small amount of work to replace the concrete.

We decided to smash and rip out the concrete from the conservatory floor and replace it with a strong and thick padding that you could not only drop weights onto but could work out on without having to worry about back troubles or any equipment damages. Once this had been completed, we decided to pull out some of the floor boards and walls just above the flooring to add electrical wiring and install plugs into so the machines the home owner wanted to use could plug in. The home owner had 7 different machines and there was enough floor space to house them, but we had to add two sockets to ensure that all could turn on together.

I hope you enjoyed todays blog post. The conservatory was a lot of fun to convert, and I would love to have on in my own home. I hope you get a chance to read the last few days blog posts, and some of the posts we will make in the future too!

Home cinema loft conversion!

A very common trend that is happening around the United Kingdom currently is the construction of home entertainment rooms within loft conversions. Specifically, the increasing trend of home entertainment systems in loft conversions are home cinemas. Home cinemas are an increasingly popular option within loft conversions because they can be relatively secluded away from the home, while also providing an easy access to sound and light proof rooms. Within a home, the home cinema needs to be as insulated as possible, since depending on the specifications of the room itself, it can get very loud and vibrate around the rest of the home. It also is imperative for the usability of the room itself to ensure that as little light leaks into the room as possible, and both can be achieved through the insulation section of the current process itself.

I have recently completed a loft conversion for a home owner to build a home cinema for them. The actual project itself was easy, since I have completed many of these before. For those who are unaware however, I wanted to go through the process of creating a home cinema. The actual construction and installation of a home cinema itself is simple, unless the loft itself was originally lopsided in construction. Even if the loft itself was built incorrectly, there are still workarounds in the form of a dormer loft conversion or even a mansard conversion that can correct the shape of the loft itself, making the original construction irrelevant.

The most important part of a home cinema loft conversion is to ensure that the room is correctly insulated both with sound and light. When you are first boarding the loft and constructing the hip to gable conversion, it is simple to insulate the loft to ensure that the room itself is soundproofed and light proofed. Making sure that the insulation is completed while constructing the hip to gable and making the room insulated in terms of heat really smooths the process altogether. Once the natural light is blocked out and the room is sound proofed within itself, it is time to install the features and additions into the home cinema.

The first thing to do once the room has been insulated in all levels is to install lighting fixtures within the room for the installation process. It will be difficult to install the projector, screen and the seats within the room. Installing the lighting fixtures within the floors (if requested) and the walls is easy if it is the first fixture you are installing, and it makes the rest of the conversion process simpler. Once you have the lighting fixtures installed, the light within the room will insure the installations and fixtures for the rest of the room will not be completed incorrectly.

After the fixtures and installations are complete, installing and placing the furniture that will be for the room will become much easier as you won’t be doing it in the dark! This is the easiest part of the process, as the construction itself is already completed. There isn’t much to say regarding the placement of the furniture, but once it is completed and the fixtures are installed, the loft conversion has been completed.

Thank you for reading today, and please check out some of the previous posts I have made. If you get the chance, make sure to read some more in the future too!

Basement Table Top Game Room!

There are so many different designs of home conversions for entertainment rooms that it is difficult to have a “default” or standard design. Since most lofts, basements and other rooms are so differently shaped and designed uniquely, it is much better to customise each conversion. Since home entertainment systems are also accessible for most rooms within a home except for a bathroom space, there isn’t a specific requirement for them to be placed in. There are also so many different types of home entertainment rooms that can differ from video game entertainment rooms to home cinemas with surround sound. Some even prefer a classic arcade style room or a room that is filled with table top games such as snooker or table football. That is why I think it would be cool to go into detail about some of the rooms I have had the opportunity to work on.

One of the first home entertainment rooms that I have ever created was a simple table top entertainment room. This room came with a basement conversion, and the sole design was for one of the home owners to have somewhere to play games such as snooker and ping pong with his friends. The actual job itself was relatively easy since the basement itself had already been constructed, so the conversion itself was mainly the redecoration of the basement itself. The entire process lacked construction within the basement itself, so the conversion became about creating the best design possible for the home entertainment room itself.

The most important aspect for me was to ensure the lighting within the basement matched the design that we had created. Lighting is very important inside of a room like a basement that has very little to no natural light, and this basement lacked any lighting or windows. So, we wanted to ensure that the lighting rig had been set up properly. The home owner wanted more of an underground bar theme for the design, so on top of the somewhat relaxing dimmed lighting, we thought that adding some lighting fixtures on the wall would be a great idea. One of the ways we did this was to purchase a customised neon light, which had the name of the home owner itself. We also added a few wall lamps that were powered electronically to give the room itself a bit more of a bar feel too.

I also personally thought that a few wall decorations like posters and a black and white chalk board would be a cool feature. The wall decorations were simple beer advertisements that you would see in the 1970’s and 1980’s, that were usually designed with a somewhat vintage colour and writing style. We also added a mock 1950’s cigarette poster that looked antique because it matched the vibe of the design within the room. I also added the chalk board so the home owner or any visitors could write any messages that they wanted on the wall to give it a more welcoming presence. With this, we made sure to add hardwood flooring rather than carpeting so that if the home owner or friends ever have a drink and spill it, it could easily be cleaned up rather than stained.

Thank you for reading today’s blog post, and if you haven’t yet please make sure to check some of my older posts. If not, we will be posting many more in the future!