Ladders are for losers: This house has a rock climbing wall on it

For most people, their home is a place where they can truly relax. Void of any external hubbub or worries tied to the daily grind, a person’s home is supposed to ease the soul. While many would see this translating into kicking back on the couch or unwinding on their patio, a Jackson, Wyoming, architecture firm called Carney Logan Burke decided the best way for a homeowner to blow off steam would be to practice some rock climbing. Because of this, the studio recently completed a 2,300-square-foot home outfitted with an exterior climbing wall that leads to the home’s rooftop. Relaxing? Maybe not so much, but you can’t deny its novelty.

As is the case with many innovative homes being constructed today, Carney Logan Burke’s climbing wall abode — dubbed the Cache Creek Residence — is not only modern in design but also boasts an extremely minimal impact on its surrounding environment in the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming. Even at 2,300 square feet, the firm was able to design the home to save big on building costs without sacrificing comfort or aesthetic appeal. The home’s exterior — excluding the climbing wall — is easy on the eyes as Carney Logan Burke designed with gorgeously manufactured corrugated metal siding in mind.

Perhaps most impressive — excluding the climbing wall, again — is the Cache Creek Residence’s perfectly thought-out interior. With its master bedroom, living room, open kitchen, and dining area all on the second floor, the architects reserved the bottom floor for guest beds, utility access, and storage. Additionally, large windows allow for ample light to pour into the home, giving the owners an incredible view of the neighboring Snow King ski area. Even the placement and kind of furniture featured inside the house was heavily deliberated over.

“Economical finish selections let materials speak for themselves: concrete floors, quartz stone countertops, and Ikea cabinetry complete the interior expression,” said the architecture firm. “The addition of galvanized steel-clad projections enrich the simple form by adding depth and shadow to the elevation.”

So what about that climbing wall? As advertised, the wall — which was built on the home’s northern side — is roughly five or six feet wide and features several dozen climbing holds for the homeowners to hoist themselves across. With a spot to attach a climbing rope situated at the top of the wall, it also appears to be (relatively) safe. Moreover, whoever successfully climbs to the top gets access to the home’s roof, which would undoubtedly offer an even more picturesque view of Cache Creek Residence’s immediate surroundings.


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