New Uses For Old Sheds

Sheds are extremely useful for creating extra secure storage space outside your home. When you had your storage house built, you were in need of a sturdy structure in which to keep your extra tools and such. Perhaps you needed to be able to get a second car in the garage. Maybe you did not have a secure location to store your riding lawn mower. Whatever the reason, you had one built, and it has served you well for years.

However, you no longer need the extra space. It could be that the driver of the second car has gone off to college. Perhaps you’ve decided to start hiring a landscaping company and no longer need that riding mower. Regardless of your reasons, you have come to a point where you have to find an alternate use for your shed or tear it down. Destroying it, however, is a waste because sheds can be put to so many alternate uses.

Designed to hold large farm equipment and some automobiles, many sheds can actually be converted into a surprisingly comfortable retreat. A power wire can be easily run underground to power a few small lamps or running lights, as well as enough electricity and cable for a quality television. Take a few measurements, and invest in either a couch or a few comfortable recliners. Ordinarily, one would simply purchase the biggest television they could and simply mount it on the wall. However, this space will provide a perfect opportunity to implement projection screen technology. Paint one of the walls a solid white, and then hang a projector from the ceiling on the opposite side of the room. Run a cable wire up to the projector, and you will be able to watch live sports on a screen literally as big as the wall.

There are many other ways to convert sheds into new entertainment centers as well. A weatherproof outdoor room could be the perfect space for a pool or Ping-Pong table. Be sure to measure the dimensions beforehand-if your space is too small, you could go from fun afternoon to injured children very quickly. If you have a smaller surface area to work with, look for something that would not require much movement. Air hockey, pinball, and other arcade machines are prime examples.

Finally, consider creating an ultimate poker lounge. Again, give the space plenty of light and power for a television. Add a few extra outlets for a small refrigerator for drinks and a microwave for snacks. Finally, the key to any truly impressive poker room is the table. Round tables make it difficult to properly stack chips in bigger games-each person should have their own straight surface (usually a six or eight man table will suffice). The table should also be topped with green felt to allow cards and chips to slide easier. If you want to be really impressive, consider a table that also has built in cup holders or a place to store chips.

With some creativity and a little investment, you can turn an unused shed into a brand new hang out space. Take some time to figure out what you could do to reinvigorate your old storage space today!


The Newbie’s Guide to Red River, New Mexico

The first thing a newcomer to Red River, New Mexico will realize is that this mountainous getaway has one of the most popular ski resorts in the country. They will also learn rather quickly how there’s more to Red River than lacing up the skis and hitting a resort that offers six chair lifts and one surface lift, and the trails are equally divided for beginners, intermediates and experts.

Lodging Tips

Lodging can be obtained in cabins, chalets, inns, or private condominiums, all scattered throughout the area. Many lodging packages (as well as ski packages) are available, and Red River offers snow pass rates allowing children to ski for free and teens to ski at reduced rates. It’s a great way to save money on a family vacation.

There Can Be Fun Without Skis

Even if you don’t ski, there is plenty of fun to be had. Scenic chairlift rides, hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, snow-mobiling, and hunting are all there. You can even take one of the jeep tours go to see the abandoned gold mines in the area.

The Greatest Three-Day Vacation
Watch the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, enjoy a Snow coach dinner tour of the Red River Ski Area, go sledding at Mallette Park or the hill near St. Edwin’s Church, Roller Skate, play indoor putt-putt golf, billiards, ping pong, darts or arcade games at the Playhouse.

Won’t Ever Forget The Candy Crate

This is a nostalgic candy store known for fresh candy mountain fudge in over 40 varieties. The Candy Crate also carries fine chocolates, ice cream, glazed nuts, snacks and beverages, T-shirts, wacky hats and sunglasses, and a wide variety of gift items are also on shelves. A trip to Red River without a pit stop to the Candy Crate is unheard of.

Red River Gallery of Fine Art

Home of Kenneth Wyatt family art, which according to the cowboys who know their trade, is said to be the best painter of the horse in Western art. The Red River Gallery of Fine Art carries originals, art reproductions, sculptures, books, and Christian art. But the main focus is art from the Wyatt clan. Jake Marshall is the newest artist (3rd generation) in the Wyatt family of artists. He is the grandson of Kenneth and son of artist Jill Wyatt-Marshall.

Winter Carnival & Parade of Ice

Events include snowmobile races, massive ice sculptures carved right before your eyes, snowman building, kid-friendly games and events, live music, shopping strolls, torchlight parades, and fireworks. You can race to the top of the Face of the Red River Ski Area. Contestants are timed and compete for cash prizes and bragging rights.