I love when the public asks for my opinion, and I have no problem giving it.
These are homeowners with a lovely property, a location, and the size they want for now.
They use their living room as a workout room and ask the above question.
Should we put a gym in our house?
I had a few questions in return. How long are you planning to stay in this house? How much use would this room get? Where would this gym be located?
In today's market, a home gym is a real bonus. Many gyms have closed, or people are not returning.
The owners plan to take a screened porch, enclose it, and put it in a split system (heat and AC) to be usable all year.
It is interesting because of the two sellers; one wants to move and find a home on the water. The other is pretty laid back and still enjoys the house. It is also a family home, and they still have kids who are not sure where they will wind up. They like the space for their family and friends to gather, but it is more house than needed.
Now I know they are not "married" to this home. And they would sell if they found the 'right' property.
So how do I give advice?
Since they both would use the gym, my suggestion is to go ahead and create this home exercise room. Enjoy it for as long as you own the house. By adding finished square footage, you are adding value to the home. So yes, build it, and enjoy it for as long as you own the house.
Thinking about buying or selling a home
Call Margaret Rome