I just purchased my first home and am excited to start improving.
Im currently drafting up plans to build a home gym in the unfinished bonus room above the garage. The only thing I seem to be having trouble researching is the appropriate truss system to support a livable space. The gym equipment and all accessories, tvs, speakers, etc should weigh in less than 1500lbs distributed. And of course plus the building materials for the floors, walls, ceilings, etc. still doesnt seem to me an excess amount of weight, but I just wanted to make sure.
The room measures 29'8"L x 10'0.5"W from exposed stud to stud. It is 7'5"H from the plywood floor to the bottom of the truss cross member. the knee wall is 6'4". The trusses are 2"x6"s 24" apart. It has an egress window at one end of the length and a door to an external stairwell at the other.
The plan is to add a high impact energy absorbing floor, like 1/2" recycled rubber, on top of the necessary layers, like the vapor barrier etc. storage areas will be finished in between studs into the knee wall spaces. standard drywall and mirrors for the walls. for the ceiling i was thinking of a drop ceiling raised 12" above the cross members of the trusses. the trusses would be painted an industrial metallic color. wiring, ducting, etc can be run through the space created between the drop ceiling and the cross members to further the industrial look while maintaing insulation properties. this will also allow room for using the exposed cross members in future additions which may be suspended from those cross members. Which also leads to me another question. Should I reinforce those cross members in the ceiling of the trusses with long screws or other means? A water fountain will be installed recessed into the knee wall, as well as a mini fridge. The attic fan will be wired to pull air from the room to outside. the intake from the room will be centered in the drop ceiling and bolstered with a secondary fan to assist in the exhaust system.
Thanks a lot for any and all response. Im glad to find a resource like this and hope Im able to find the help i need to get this project done!
- Can 2x6" trusses at 24" spacing apart support a living space in a 30'x10' above garage bonus room?
-Will cross members of the trusses need to be reinforced to support 250lb per (ie. me hanging from it) cross member in weight suspension.
-Any other advice or direction?
The bonus room;