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In the first couple of months of 2017, we decided to try to convert the damp, dirty, dark concrete shed behind our rental house into a space where we could practice (and maybe teach) rope. It was a lot of work, but the results were worth it.

Here’s how it started:

Gross, right? So, here’s what we did:

  • Scrubbed the walls, ceiling, and floors with soap and water
  • Repaired the floor by filling in gaps and extending the concrete
  • Painted everything white with Kilz primer
  • Built two wooden suspension frames (low because of the low ceilings, but useable)
  • Added decorative lights on the ceiling and hung a few curtains
  • Lined the floor with puzzle-piece foam mats

It took us about a month, working mostly on weekends, to complete the work. The total cost was about $800 or so, which we paid for out of pocket and then recovered using the payments from our next round of classes.

And here’s the final result:

It has become a helpful, useable rope space for practices, hang-outs, and our Rope Study classes and workshops.

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