Using up the leftovers

It’s not hard to use up leftovers in our house – they get eaten for lunch the next day, or if there is enough for another meal I pop it in the freezer to save me some time another day!

But leftovers of the builders mix variety had us wondering what to do. For our recent concrete wall project Andre got a trailer load of builders mix for cheaper than a few bags from Bunnings. But we didn’t use anywhere near all of it, and it was just wasting trailer space. We discussed listing it on Trade Me (not worth the money we could get for it or the hassle of having to deliver it off our trailer) or just dumping it at Andre’s work (sshhh! The things that end up there must mean they have a pretty giant skip or even their own rubbish dump!) but then Andre thought of one place that could do with a little spruce up to use as a storage area.

There’s a grimy little path that runs down beside our garage, around the back (where there is an entrance to the dungeon under the garage) and around the other side. Apparently previous occupants of our house used to dump food scraps around there and it got a bit rat-infested. We did have a couple of dead rats appear after we shifted in but thankfully we haven’t seen any for a while now.

Here’s the path down one side, with some junk hauled out from the other side (destined for the aforementioned work skip) and a whole lot of weeds that is all that is growing in our back yard for the time being.

Ugh! No wonder I don’t go down there… along the back is even gloomier with the dungeon on one side and a mouldy fence on the other. Even Master W is wary of the man cave:

Anyway, I snuck past to see what happened to the leftover builders mix and was pleasantly surprised at the tidy little patch that I found:

Andre found some weedmat in the garage and laid that down before spreading the builders mix over it. I think he did a great job! Beyond Andre and Master W you can still get a glimpse of how this area was once a glorified dump for all things unwanted and I will admit it has gathered a few branches and stray bits of building supplies since we’ve taken over management. However, the little improvement of “paving” with builders mix has left me hopeful that it won’t forever be a dreary wasteland and might even one day be a useful little spot to store things… like timber that might come in handy for a future project.

I’ve also floated the idea that it could be a spot for a compost bin (we are getting enthused about gardening these days, now that we’re just days away from having one that is not made of weeds, and Andre has even signed up to do a composting course one night this week) but we’ll reserve judgement on that for now.

A further spruce up by way of painting the garage and fence will help immensely too:

And I was glad to see the trailer emptied. Now we can load up some of the rubbish that is lying about (like the previous owners old compost bin and some reinforcing mesh that came out of our newly tidied space).

Anyone else been using up extra building materials in an unexpected way? Or tidying up a space that noone else ever sees?

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