Undergoing bathroom renovations, CrossFit LoLo located in Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, will have a very distinct “hipster spa” feel after all is said and done.
Kelsey Goodwin, a co-owner and the manager of the gym, has been in charge of designing and orchestrating the renovation. “Financially it’s big, but we are required by the city to add another toilet as well as ventilation to bring things up to code,” she said. “So, we decided to add showers and a staff/utility room as well.”
While coming up to code is key, Goodwin also mentioned they hope to attract more members in the morning classes once the showers have been installed.
During the process, she has learned several things along the way to keep the bathroom renovation cost effective. Goodwin shared some of her tricks and cost-saving tips below:
The above helped save CrossFit LoLo quite a bit of money. “With the savings, we were able to splurge on other things, like pendant lighting above the front desk, reclaimed wood slabs for the vanities, a wall-mounted drinking fountain and wall-mounted beauty lights,” said Goodwin. “The final result will feel like a hipster spa and not cost as much as it looks.”
When first designing the gym and the bathroom renovations, Goodwin using an online app program called Floor Planner that she highly recommends.
“If you’ve ever played The Sims, it will be familiar to you,” she said. “The program even has Rogue and other equipment built in. It was a great tool to learn how much space we had and what to buy for equipment before we were able to take possession of the space eight months ago. I also used the renders to advertise the gym and sell pre-launch tickets.”