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If you happen to be somebody that enjoys working out and you can’t live without your daily fix at the gym, you are probably suffering as a result of the pandemic. Many people have been shut in and the closures of gyms has left people wondering what to do. It seems as if one couple in England, Jodie Foulgar and Andy Fernandez, have it all figured out.

They wanted to have a shed that was already in their backyard built up with the equipment to make their own home gym. They received a quote of £12,000, which is a little over $15,000 when you do the math. That was too much for them, so they decided to take on the project.

The entire build was documented by Jodie on her Instagram page. In order to get inspired for the project, she looked up some premade designs and then went to the local wood yard to buy screws and wood.

She spoke to about where she made her purchases, saying:

“We purchased all of the wood and screws from our local wood yard called Maplin. The UPVC windows and doors were only £80 from our local scrapyard.

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They were originally brown and white, but I painted them grey with Rustoleum universal slate grey paint. The external paint used was Cuprinol Dusky Gem and was from B&Q. The gym mats were £10 a pack from B&Q also. The huge mirrors were from IKEA for £100. I then added all of the added finishing touches outside too.

The 4×2 wood cost around £300, the shiplap wood cost about £350 and the paint cost £60. The roof felt was £60 and the facias were free from a roofer friend.”

I have to admit, I love a good bargain and this is right up my alley.

I’ll be the first one to say that building a gym at home from scratch is not going to be to everyone’s liking. You might even feel as if it is out of your reach, especially if you aren’t sure what you are doing when you start.

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I’ve had so many messages and questions about our 💙LOCKDOWN SUMMER HOUSE / GYM 💙 so here’s the details 🥰 ***MULTIPLE PICTURES*** This entire project done in lockdown by Andy & I 🥰 We just need to add the spot lights in the front & paint the handles in hammerite paint! He is an avid gym goer and was missing the gym (a lot 🤣) So we built one 👊🏽 [WE DID NOT BUY THIS] We designed and built the whole lot with no help at all. We cut and measured every plank of wood, it is a custom size and shape to fit into our garden. We are really pleased with it 😊 —————————————————————————— ▪️Wood for entire structure / frame was 4X2 from our local wood yard. ▪️Wooden ship lap cladding also from our local wood yard. ▪️Second Hand UPVC windows and French doors £80 from our local scrap yard. ▪️ Paint for outside for the summer house is Cuprinol Dusky Gem ▪️ UPVC windows and doors painted in Rustoleum universal paint slate grey. ▪️Damaged windows covered with D- C Fix vinyl window covering. ▪️ large mirrors inside the gym ikea online ▪️ Garden lights screwfix ▪️light grey garden rug lidl & Dark grey garden rug Aldi. ▪️garden furniture, trellis, buxus ball trees Aldi ▪️Garden Mirror B&Q —————————————————————————— #stayhome #newbuild #garden #landscaping #artificialturf #artificialgrass #rustoleum #summervibes #summerhouse #naturalstone #lawn #lantern #newbuild #love #essex #greyandwhite #gardening #newbuildjourney #followourjourney #newgarden #gardenrug #BBQ #exteriordesign #exteriordetailing #cuprinol #slategrey #gardengoals #cuprinolshades #buxusballs #modernliving #rattansofa

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Foulgar was questioned as to why a home gym was necessary and she admitted that her partner, Andy is a “gym fanatic.” They were unhappy when the gyms were closed during lockdown so she suggested that they build one.

The couple did some research by looking up pre-built gyms when they were in the planning phases. They tried to stick with options that were close to the size that they wanted. Most of the designs that they built up were anywhere from $6000 up to $15,000.

They already had the gym equipment available, all they really needed was the gym to house it. Fogler talked about the end result, saying that she is in love with home interior and garden design. She even calls her Instagram account her hobby.

Building the gym for just over $1000 was amazing. They did a fantastic job and even she admits that the end result was beautiful, although she does talk about the learning curve involved.

It looks like our excuse for not going to the gym has just been removed.

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