When we bought a house jointly with a couple of mates, one of the criteria was an outbuilding that we could turn into a bouldering wall. This old barn was perfect, though it did require a fair amount of structural work before we could really start on the climbing surface – the wall’s design was also limited by structural considerations of some very old timbers!
Once we got the barn fixed up and ready to go, the actual build only took about a week for the climbing wall, using about £1200 of timber plus a few hundred for fixings, paints etc. Most of the holds were re-used from previous builds.
Second phase involved sprucing up the old animal stalls to make a bar area, and installing lighting circuits and electrics. The bar top is a huge piece of Honister green slate, reclaimed from an old fireplace.