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7 Ways to Make Space for Your Hobbies at Home

Taking part in hobbies enhances our quality of life. It’s essential to create a space at home that makes it easy to dive into activities and hobbies we love. Living through the pandemic caused us to prioritize leisure, and taking up various hobbies proved necessary for our mental health. In many ways, the pandemic required us to use our homes differently. The seasons keep us inside with rainy weather on the way, so we must get creative.

Here are seven ways our clients have tailored their homes for their favorite activities.

Home Gyms

Our clients stay cool during a workout thanks to adding a glass garage door to their home gym as part of their 2002 Camas whole house remodel.

home gym in garage


This impressive West Linn custom home features a home gym in the basement with rubber floor mats, mirrors, and two garage doors open to the backyard outdoor living area.

home gym with garage doors


Remodeling their basement golf room allowed us to create an elevated ceiling for the homeowners to take practice swings on the golf simulator. Fore!

golf simulation room in basement


Construction is wrapping up at this custom home in Camas, Washington. Our clients had a ballet barre installed in the recital room. There’s a creative space to express themselves through dance or playing the piano.

ballet recital room

ballet recital room

Wine Bars

The wine room in this West Linn custom home build is impressive! There’s ample room to enjoy the homeowner’s wine collection with custom shelves, a beverage fridge, and a bistro table.

wine room in custom home


A wine bar niche adds something special to this contemporary Portland custom home. Wine bottle racks, beverage fridge, Walnut open shelving, quartz backsplash, and countertop make this the gathering spot in the great room.

wine bar with beverage fridge
wine rack with walnut shelving


Our clients chose to remodel the existing bar in the basement of this Camas, Washington home to reflect their evolved style. A mirrored tile backsplash, open shelves, and island create the ultimate gathering spot on game days and movie nights.

home bar in basement


During the pandemic shutdown, our clients came up with the idea to transform the unused dining room in their 1997 Tigard home. They modified the space into a bar where they could enjoy a glass of wine and entertain their tight-knit neighbors for their monthly gatherings.

home bar before
pnw home bar

Craft Rooms & Art Studios

A guest bedroom upstairs was converted into an office/craft room as part of the whole house remodel to our client’s 1995 Portland home. 

guest room remodeled to an office/craft room
custom sewing room


Our client wanted to create a dedicated craft room for her quilting and crafting hobbies. We built a home addition to their 1955 Tigard home with customized storage cabinets, rolling work tables, and lots of natural light.

craft room with custom storage cabinets


Our client built a 375 square-foot art studio addition onto the back of her 1962 Northwest Portland home to provide creative space devoted to painting.

home addition for an art studio

Home Theaters/Media Rooms

Our clients craved a sophisticated look and invested in a major renovation to transform their 1999 builder-grade home in Northwest Portland to better reflect their current style. Upgrading the upstairs bonus room with a custom TV media wall creates the perfect spot for family movie nights.

custom media room in the bonus room


We’re back at our Forest Grove custom home to finish their bonus room. When we built their home in 2018, the homeowners intentionally left the space unfinished but are ready to complete it now. We are working on this remodeling project with our trade partner Lewis Audio Video.

home theater under construction
home theater in progress
home theater sound system


At this Lake Oswego custom home, the family room features corner pocket doors to close off when their son has friends over playing video games.

family room with pocket doors
family room with pocket doors

Music Rooms

After living in their home for years, our clients wanted their 1995 Portland builder-grade home to reflect how they live today. The project scope included creating dedicated areas for projects and hobbies – like playing the piano in the den off the front of the house.

piano room near front entry of house


Mountainwood enclosed a covered patio on this Hillsboro 2003 home to create a piano room with lots of natural light and a cozy fireplace.

home addition built for a piano room

Outdoor Kitchen/BBQ

Our clients elevated their outdoor living space at their home overlooking Lacamas Lake with an extended covered patio featuring skylights, heaters, and a built-in BBQ outside the kitchen; this whole house remodel in Camas, Washington, truly has it all.

outdoor kitchen before
outdoor kitchen with covered patio


Many of our kitchen remodel clients want to renovate their kitchen because they love to bake, cook, and entertain. The kitchen is the ultimate hobby room, and everyone has one! A new kitchen layout, upgraded appliances, and customized storage make working in this space easier.

Our client wanted to expand and remodel their 1993 Tigard kitchen to entertain better and have a place to store her collection of slow cookers.

custom cabinets for slow cooker


Who needs to go out for pizza when you can make your own pie at home? This custom-built home features a pizza oven in the gourmet kitchen.

pizza oven in kitchen

Personalize Your Home for Your Hobbies

If you’re looking to customize a corner of your home for exercise, entertaining, cooking, grilling, or crafting, there are various ways to dedicate an area of your home to your hobbies. Reach out to the Mountainwood Homes team to discuss what you’d like to do, and we’ll see how you can remodel your home to create the space you want.



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