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This indoor playground will have kids jumping off the walls

Big Island Builders creates a jungle gym with a rock climbing wall and monkey bars for two young boys in Naples.

BY January 1, 2023
Indoor Climbing wall
Oak shiplap serves as a sturdy backing for a Naples in-home climbing wall, and galvanized steel monkey bars were precisely placed for a seamless swing.(Courtesy Big Island Builders)

Homeowner Jessica James and contractor Jay Bowerman of Big Island Builders put their heads together to transform the room above the garage into a space for her 4- and 6-year-old boys to play. Jay worked with the Naples mom to create the ultimate indoor playground, with a climbing wall, monkey bars and a swinging rope—all without sacrificing style. The climbing wall was initially posed as a joke, but Jessica loved the idea.

Installed with solid wood backing and oak shiplap that runs up the wall and ceiling, the climbing wall is sturdy enough to support the weight of the growing boys while delivering a chic aesthetic that doesn’t make the space look too kiddie. Hand holds, made of high-density molded plastic, have mounting anchors, so that they can be adjusted, and the galvanized steel monkey bars were precisely placed for a seamless swing. “All this hard work paid great dividends when we watched the boys use the climbing wall for the first time,” Jay says. The room inspired other projects for the company, and Big Island snagged a Collier Building Industry Association Sand Dollar Award for the best home in its class.   

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