My newest house-renovation obsession is putting a tiny gym / sanctuary at the top of the garden. Backyard offices are all the rage now, so why not a gym? There’s no space in the house and after spending some time on my mom’s exercise bike the other day, I realized I definitely need to make home exercise an option – Vermont doesn’t really have gyms anywhere near us, and tacking on extra time to the commute isn’t going to happen. Doesn’t a sunny yoga spot at the top of the garden sound amazing – something open and airy and recharging? And someday, we add a potential dry sauna for a tiny retreat spa. I’m holding out until New Year’s resolution folks drop their nice exercise equipment on Craigslist…between that and using salvage materials, it seems pretty do-able. Sure, there’s a lot of other house-fixing that needs to be done, but there’s something to be said for prioritizing health.
While I’m dreaming and saving my pennies, here’s some inspiration.
The Backyard House
Summerhouse by Ullmayer Sylvester Architects