Playgrounds are Serious Business for The Swingset Guys

Written by Oseye Boyd
Updated June 15, 2021
The Swingset Guys not only installs swingsets from retail manufacturers, but builds custom sets as well. (Photo courtesy of Gabriel Millan)

The Swingset Guys specializes in swings, playhouses and other backyard playground equipment. The company was recognized with Super Service Awards in 2011 and 2012.

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Almost daily, Gabriel Millan brings a smile to a child’s face. Millan, the owner of The Swingset Guys, based in Cypress, Texas, assembles, installs and custom-builds playgrounds and swings in the backyards of Houston-area homes.

“Whenever we finish, 
we get to see the reaction on the kid’s face,” he says. “It’s like Christmas all over for them. 
We’re building memories for 
these kids. The kids are going 
to have years of enjoyment.”

Thomas Owens, of Spring, Texas, hired The Swingset Guys to build a playset that includes a playhouse and spiral slide for his three children because the commercial sets were too big for his backyard. “They’re on it all the time, even though they’re a bit older,” Owens says. “They like it very much.” It’s not just the children of paying customers who benefit from 
Millan’s expertise. He partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to install swingsets for free. “We’ll help out wherever we can,” Millan says.

2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner: The Swingset Guys Owner Gabriel Millan, Cypress, Texas, founded the company 2009 and earned the Super Service Award in 2011 and 2012.

The swingset installation business isn’t the career Millan dreamed about as a child. “There was really no interest,” he says. 
“It just happened.” Millan’s passion for woodworking led him to work for a high-end, custom cabinet business that eventually folded. From there, he went to work for another playset installation business, and in 2009, Millan decided to branch out on his own, quickly growing from one employee to five.

As the name implies, 
The Swingset Guys do everything swingsets. They install, deliver, move and perform maintenance on the backyard playgrounds, as well as create custom swingsets. Installation ranges from $200 
to $700, while custom builds 
start at $5,000. The hours of fun that swingsets provide children come with about a day’s worth of work for Millan and his crew.

Often parts arrive broken or missing, and Millan and his crew must overcome the obstacle. 
“It’s always different,” he says. “That’s what I like about this 
job. It’s not the same thing over 
and over again. You go out there and you have to problem solve 
and figure out how to make 
things work.”

Millan’s goal in the next year is to create the first playset showroom in the Houston-area featuring playsets built by Millan and other manufacturers. “You wouldn’t believe how many people ask if there’s a showroom,” he says. “There’s literally nowhere in Houston that has a showroom.”Millan enjoys wood’s versatility and the craftsmanship of creating things, he says. He doesn’t just make swingsets but also builds furniture. “You can manipulate it just about any way more than any other thing out there,” Millan says.

The Super Service Award recognizes contractors and health care providers that have maintained a stellar service rating on Angie’s List throughout the past year. Be sure to always check the List before hiring, however, as ratings can and do change.

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