Replace the Stairs in Your Home with a Climbing Wall

(Photo: Inhabitat)

It takes up less space and gives you a workout. And it's fun, too!

Vince Sorgentoni and Sam Adams lived in a tiny house called the Z Huis. At only 204 square feet, it was very compact. But it still had a kitchen, a bathroom, and two sleeping lofts. Adams Sorgentoni love rock climbing, so they decided to build a climbing wall into one side to provide access to one of the sleeping lofts.

Wishbone Tiny Homes of Asheville, North Carolina designed the Z Huis. Each one would cost about $65,00-75,000 to build. Sorgentoni and Adams eventually left their Z Huis because they relocated to Philadelphia and couldn't find a place to park it, so you might be able to buy the original. You can see more photos at Tiny House.

-via Inhabitat

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A loft bed would commonly just have a ladder, anyhow, so this doesn't seem to actually be saving any space.

"Tiny Homes" seems like a very expensive fad. Travel trailers already have lots of design effort going into making the most use of minimal space. They just don't look very stylish.
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We briefly toyed with the idea of a spiral staircase to save room when we remodeled the attic. I thought about getting furniture up there, then I thought about getting older, and we opted to build an entirely new room for a conventional staircase. Since this is just a loft bed, it might work, but if someone had a sprained ankle, they have to arrange sleeping downstairs no matter what kind of hassle it meant.
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I've seen a lot of cool ideas for replacing regular stairs in houses, but then wonder what happens to the unfortunate random people who get injured. A bad sprain can make normal stairs difficult enough.
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