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…
Preparing for some purchases for our home, I've been on the Choice website. We've had an ongoing subscription to Choice since commencing our recent major renovation.
I was interested to see that Choice have just reviewed online book suppliers, as well as comparing to the local chain store, Dymocks. The review was conducted after the changes affecting Angus and Robertson and Borders.
The Book Depository won on price, including delivery to Australia (it is free) for the selected books. However delivery took the longest - 21 days for the full order to arrive.
Amazon was $16 more expensive, but the books were delivered within 14 days.
Booktopia was $26 more expensive, and took 17 days.
Dymocks (in store) was $38 more expensive, and one book that had to be ordered took three days.
Gleebooks (in store) was also $38 more expensive, and the one book that had to be ordered took six days.
Purchasing books is a balance between price, convenience and experience. I'm rapidly shifting…