Now we've been in our renovated home for a week, we've picked up on some minor issues that anyone considering a walk-in pantry or butlers pantry may want to consider. I think we got ours right, and the minor issues are ones we'll correct ourselves, shortly, at low cost.
Our pantry is exactly that on most days - a pantry. There's no sink, no oven or hot plates, and no exhaust fan. It does have a microwave and a milkshake maker, storage for irregularly used appliances, and a bench top that can be worked on. We could fit plumbing for a sink later, but can't see a need right now.
Big cost savings can be made with a walk-in pantry. By having a separate room and door, there's absolutely no need for cupboards and cabinet doors within the pantry. Think of the pantry as a cupboard! Bench tops can be practical and not showy - you don't need Corian or Caeserstone surfaces. A walk-in pantry is a separate room, so soft-close drawers to keep noise down aren't …
A few months back we picked up a discounted set of monkey bars (aka horizontal ladders) from Bunnings. They were reduced from $299 to $80 because the packaging was damaged and the bolts for attaching the bars to wooden posts were missing. There were about four sets of bars on sale.
Last weekend I started assembling them myself, using about an extra $175 worth of materials (bolts, washers, nuts, four cypress pine posts, quick set concrete). When it came to erecting them I needed a helping hand, which I received yesterday.
In the process of working out how and where to assemble them I found that the recommended height is 1.8 - 2.0 metres, and preferably 1.8m. Soft fall is also important, to a depth of 250-300mm for up to 2.5m around the bars (Playground Equipment Safety Bulletin, February 2011). The Bulletin provides advice about selecting soft fall materials.
We've generally followed this advice, although without soft fall for a little while. The Bulletin identifies the following…
About a month ago, at the Better Homes and Gardens show in Melbourne, we impulsively splashed out on not one, but three, bean bags. And not just any - three super large ones from Bag2Bed. As our daughter noted, we now have six bean bags, with three being small children sized ones and three large ones, for a family of four.
At the show, we took two conventional large outdoor beanbags immediately and placed an order for the third - the Queen Size Bag2Bed. Within two weeks we received a call and made arrangements to collect the bag from their factory, which is conveniently close to us in Cheltenham, Melbourne.
The Bag2Bed concept is that instead of a bean bag filled with polystyrene balls, the Bag2Bed is filled with a foam mattress rolled into a ball. The bean bag cover can be easily slipped off, and the filling unfurls into a mattress. In our case it is a queen size mattress.
It is easily the most comfortable bean bag we've used, with a firm foam filling. We 'fight' for …