This is definitely a "someday" project that won't happen soon, but I wondered what you guys thought of it.
We have a kitchen where everything (cabinets, island, fridge, etc) is under a normal ceiling. Then there's a breakfast area where the ceiling opens up so you can see into the top floor/loft.
We don't use the area of the kitchen that is open to the second floor. We already have an island big enough for three stools, and the dining room is adjacent with a table for eight, so adding a breakfast table seems redundant. We're talking about eventually putting a play kitchen and a kid table there, but there will still be space unused.
We're thinking about installing a slide from the loft down into the kitchen. The only difficult part would be removing the wood spokes to make room for the.slide mount without damaging the wood spokes in case we take out the slide later (the wood is stained so I'm afraid it'd be hard to get an exact match if we tried to replicate them). The slide is about $500, so not cheap, but not unthinkable. It supports up to 250 lbs, so it'll be used a long time. We live in an area where it's super hot and buggy during the summer, so this would give our kids more options for indoor play.
If you had the budget and logistics to allow it, would you do it? Is there anything I'm overlooking? Aside from the fact that it's kind of gaudy. I’d love to have an aluminum spiral slide like the picture below, but I haven’t been able to find one below $1k.
I'm attaching a picture of the slide attached to a deck to give an idea of how it would work.