custom designed rock climbing wallContemporary Home Gym, Chicago
The owners of this custom/design built home desired an elevator for use in their "golden years". Our design team incorporated the shaft to be used as a rock climbing wall in the interim as the owners are avid mountain climbers. Their elevator shaft is put to good use while they await their full functioning elevator!
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Other ConsiderationsWhen to build one: A climbing wall can be incorporated into new builds or on existing walls. With new projects Wells advises getting professionals involved as early as possible so that you can incorporate the structural needs of the wall into your construction. Indoor climbing walls can be built year-round. If you build one outside, plan to accomplish it during your region’s building season. Who to hire: You’ll first want to have an architect or engineer evaluate the strength of your walls. If your climbing wall is going into an existing home, a carpenter or contractor can frame the climbing wall. For new homes, remodels or additions, the architect can incorporate it into the home’s design. A company that specializes in climbing walls for homes and gyms can be a valuable resource, since this is its primary work. It will be able to direct you to the proper wall for your needs, tell you if your existing wall will support the load and oversee the wall’s construction.During construction of the home shown here, the homeowners at one point said they would like an elevator. “So in our plans we built the shaft as we built the home based on specifications for an elevator car for later in life, says builder Scott Skiermanski. “When I was speaking with the homeowners one day, they let me know of their passion for climbing mountains — Mount Kilimanjaro and such.” Skiermanski suggested that until the homeowners wanted a working elevator in their house, the shaft could be used as a climbing wall. “We mounted ¾-inch plywood sheathing, and the homeowner purchased all the threaded slots and hand mounts that were needed.” The holds can be rearranged to diversify the climb.