For as long as I can remember I have wanted to build a fantastic cubby house for my kids. You can buy some pretty big cubbies, but the ones I’ve looked at are a bit flimsy for the amount they charge (easily over $3000 when delivered and installed). If they were cheaper and sturdier I would’ve considered buying one in the interests of time, but instead I ended up building one myself, and I’m really glad.
An essential element for me in any house is a nice big pantry to keep all the food, preferably a walk-in if possible. The first house we bought only had a tiny little cupboard, so I decided to build a big pantry.
At one of our previous houses we decided to get chickens, so I built a chicken hutch out of old materials I had lying around. My main design goals were:
- It had to be roomy enough to house 4-6 hens
- It had to be easy to maintain: specifically the chook manure shouldn’t be difficult to clear out so that I could compost it easily.
- The laying boxes had to be easily accessible so that toddlers could check for eggs and easily reach in and grab them.
In our home in Perth we added a feature wall with some lit recesses for displaying some artwork. This is one of my favourite projects – I was very happy with the result.