Creative Ways to Store Presents Away From Curious Eyes

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

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'Keeping Presents Hidden Until Christmas Day'

Part of the fun of giving Christmas gifts to loved ones is seeing the look of joy and surprise on their faces when they tear off the wrapping paper. However, if your loved ones sneak a peek at their gifts before Christmas day, they may not look quite so surprised when they open them. So, I thought I'd use this week's blog to offer some ideas on where to hide Christmas gifts from the curious eyes of your loved ones.

Hiding Gifts from Young Children

Let's start with the young kids. If you have children who are in elementary school you know how creative they can be when searching the house for their Christmas gifts. This means you have to be extra creative when hiding them! One idea is to keep them in the trunk of your car. You can put items such as games, puzzles, toys, clothing and books into black garbage bags and stash them in one corner of your trunk. Unless your children are helping you unload groceries, they really have no reason to look in your car's trunk. Even if they do open your trunk, the gifts will be hidden by the dark bags. Another effective hiding place is in the cabinet beneath the bathroom sink. You can put a toy or two into a big bag and hide it near the back of the cabinet. Chances are your kids won't have any reason to look beneath the bathroom sink. Of course, I suggest you choose another option if you have a pipe under your sink that is prone to leaks! Other excellent ideas for hiding places include a cabinet out in the garage, a top shelf inside a kitchen pantry or in an old wardrobe or chest of drawers in the basement.

Hiding Gifts from Teenagers

Teenagers are experts at finding their Christmas gifts, so you have to be extremely clever when choosing hiding places. If you get your teen an electronic gadget, you may want to hide it behind the last file in your file cabinet. It will be completely hidden even if your teen opens the file drawer. If you get your teen some clothing items as gifts you can put them in a garbage bag and hide them behind an ironing board in the laundry room. I've noticed that many teenagers steer clear of this particular room in a home. You may also try hiding small gifts at the back of one of your clothing drawers, beneath the kitchen sink or on an upper shelf located somewhere in the garage.

Hiding Gifts from Spouses

It can be tricky hiding a Christmas gift from a spouse because it's likely that he or she is aware of your best hiding places! So, it's helpful to consider places your spouse doesn't like to go. For instance, maybe your spouse doesn't like to go into the basement because there are a few creepy spiders that live there. In that case, you could hide a few gifts in empty cabinets in the basement or inside a discarded box. If your spouse only opens the hall closet door once a day to grab a coat, it may be a good place to stash a few gifts. Or, if you and your spouse drive separate cars, hide Christmas gifts in the trunk of your car.

I hope these suggestions will inspire you to come up with more. Good luck and thanks for reading!-Alan

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Tips for Storing Water For an Emergency

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Dec 5, 2014

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"Storing Water in Case of Emergency"

If a natural disaster or other extreme emergency occurs, do you have access to potable water? Sometimes when a town experiences a tornado or a flood, the tap water becomes unsafe to drink for a long period of time. Or, if a frozen pipe bursts beneath your street, your drinking water may become contaminated and unsafe to consume. That's why it's important to put aside a supply of drinking water for your family. Store enough water so that each family member can drink and use one gallon of water per day. It's best to create a supply that will last at least three days. Consider a few simple tips for storing drinking water to use in case of an emergency.

Tips for Storing Water for an Emergency

Reuse Plastic Bottles

You don't have to buy a bunch of plastic bottles to fill with water and put into storage. You can reuse 2 liter plastic bottles originally filled with soda or juice. Be sure to clean the empty bottles thoroughly with dish soap and hot water to get all traces of soda/juice out of them. Don't forget to wash the cap as well. As a final step, rinse all of the soap out of the bottle and fill it with tap water. Secure the lid and add it to your collection of stored water. Avoid using cardboard juice cartons because they tend to absorb sugar from the juice which can result in bacteria growth. Also, using glass bottles is risky because they can break if they are dropped.

Rotate the Bottles in Your Water Supply

It's best to put a date on each of your water bottles. That way, you can refill them every six months to make sure they are free from bacteria. If you don't want to spend time dating each bottle, fill a group of bottles on the same day and put the date on their carton or box.

Store Water Bottles in a Cool Place

Find a cool, dry place for your stored water. If you store your bottled water in a sunny area of a room, the heat can cause chemical changes to occur in the plastic. You may want to put them on the floor of your pantry or even in a corner of your basement.

Get a Water Dispenser

Getting a water dispenser for your household serves a couple of purposes. For one, you and your family get to enjoy clean, filtered water each day. Also, having a five gallon water dispenser is a convenient way to add to your supply of stored water! Inexpensive water dispensers are available in big box stores as well as in many department stores.

Buy Bottled Water That's On Sale

If your local grocery store happens to have a great sale on bottles of water, you may want to buy a carton of bottles to stock up. This is another way to ensure that your water is clean and can endure several months in storage.

I hope these tips help you to put aside a supply of water for emergencies. Hopefully, you'll never have to use them, but having them there may give you some peace of mind. Thanks for reading!-Alan

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How To Pet Proof Your Home, Garage and Other Buildings

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Nov 26, 2014

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Most dog and cat owners know that these pets are experts at getting into mischief. They do things like dig around in your trash cans, knock over potted plants, and track dirt across the carpeting. All of this activity results in an ugly mess that a pet owner has to clean up. In addition to creating messes, sometimes, pets eat things they aren't supposed to. They can get really sick or die from eating certain materials found around most homes. So I thought I'd use this week's post to suggest some ways to pet-proof your home, garage, and shed. Hopefully, these tips can help you to avoid a few unfortunate messes while keeping your pets safe.

Inside Your Home

Dumping over a kitchen trash can is no big deal for a medium or large dog that wants to find a morsel of food inside the bag. You can avoid this messy cleanup by storing your garbage can inside a kitchen cabinet. Now, if you have a really resourceful dog, I suggest you put a latch on the cabinet door just to be safe. Or perhaps you want to keep your dog out of a particular room in your home. One solution is to install a baby gate across the doorway. The gate will prevent your dog from tracking dirty paw prints across your dining room carpet! If you're looking for ways to cat-proof your home, try hanging your house plants from the ceiling. This prevents your cats from jumping into your plant pots and kicking the soil out onto the carpeting. This arrangement also stops your cats from ingesting poisonous plant leaves.

Inside the Garage

Many dangerous chemicals are kept in the garage, so it's important for you to pet-proof the structure. For instance, take action to keep anti-freeze away from pets by storing the bottle on a high shelf. Also, be sure to clean up any antifreeze that drips from your car. Ingesting just a small amount of antifreeze can be fatal to a dog or a cat. Turpentine and motor oil should also be stored on an upper shelf in the garage. In addition to keeping chemicals away from your pets, make sure that there is plenty of clean air circulating in the garage. This is especially important if your dog or cat spends a lot of time there. Carbon monoxide flows into the interior of the garage whenever you start your car. Once you back out, a window or door should be left open, allowing the carbon monoxide to escape and the clean air to come in.

Inside the Storage Shed

If you have items in your storage or garden shed that you want to keep safe from your pets, try putting a latch on the door. Sometimes, dogs and cats can push their way into a storage shed if someone has neglected to shut the door securely. Some people like to keep big bags of dog food out in their storage shed. If you do this, try keeping the bag inside a metal garbage can with a lid. This prevents your dog from tearing open the bag and creating a trail of dog food across the floor. Also, put bags of gardening soil into a metal garbage can if you have a cat that likes to claw at and tear into plastic bags. Protect your dogs and cats by hanging your rakes, shovels, and brooms on hooks along the wall. This prevents heavy tools from falling on dogs and cats as they explore the shed.

Remember, taking a few extra precautions can help you and your pets live together in peace. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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A How To For Winter Shed Maintenance

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Nov 20, 2014

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Is Your Shed Ready for the Cold Weather?

Most people conduct a variety of maintenance tasks in order to prepare their homes for the cold winter months; but, did you know that there are things you can do to prepare your shed for winter? Of course, there are! Consider some basic maintenance tasks that can help keep your shed in good condition throughout the snowy months of winter.

A How-To Guide for Winter Shed Maintenance

Check the Weather Stripping

One of the most effective things you can do to get your shed ready for winter is to check the condition of the weather stripping around the doors and windows. If it's cracked or tearing away from the wall, then it's a good idea to replace it. Weather stripping can prevent moisture from gaining access to your shed. A buildup of moisture can lead to mold or even start to rot the wood of your shed. Weather stripping is relatively inexpensive and can be found at any hardware or home improvement store.

Clear Away Debris from Around Your Shed

Take a walk around your shed to see if there are any weeds, branches or sticks piled up against the walls. The presence of this type of debris can encourage mice to take up residence in and around your shed during the winter. Mice can chew through wood and damage items in your shed. Put all of the debris in a wheelbarrow and roll it a good distance away from your shed. In addition, look for hives and wasp nests attached to the outside of your shed. Be sure that the hive or nest is not active before knocking it down with a broom and removing it from the area. Never attempt to move a hive or wasp nest that is still occupied.

Clean the Interior of the Shed

Sweeping out dirt, removing used rags and taking trash away helps to discourage mice, moles and other rodents from creating a winter home in your shed. Try storing your garden gloves or work gloves in a covered plastic bin to keep them safe from mice. Also, if you store dry food for dogs or cats in your shed, be sure to put the bags into a metal garbage can with a secure lid. This keeps mice, rats and other rodents from tearing into the bag and trailing food across the floor of your shed. A little forethought allows you to safely store items in your shed throughout the winter months.

Check the Condition of Your Walls and Roof Shingles

Along with checking the area around the shed, look at the walls and roof. Are the shingles in good condition or do they need a repair or two? The walls should be free of holes and loose nails. Making small repairs to your shed before the cold weather sets in can help you to avoid a larger issue after the winter months are over.

If you notice the snow piling up on the roof of your shed, take a few minutes to clear it off with a broom or rake. Snow and ice can weigh down the roof of a shed causing problems over time. Remember, do some winter maintenance to avoid unpleasant surprises in the spring. Thanks for reading!-Alan

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The Pros and Cons of a Metal Shed vs. a Wood Shed

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Nov 7, 2014

alans-factory-outlet-store-wood-and-metal-shedsIf you're thinking about getting a new shed, there are a lot of questions to consider. For instance, do you want a metal or wood shed? I think that the answer to that question has a lot to do with personal preference. In my long experience with sheds, I can tell you that both types have their good points. There are also some perceived disadvantages of each type that we can examine more closely in this week's post. So let's discuss one of my favorite subjects: sheds!

Metal Sheds

Durability is one of the biggest pros of owning a metal shed. They are designed to shelter your lawn equipment, garden supplies, tools, etc., from the rain, snow, and wind. Another pro is that metal sheds are available in a variety of sizes to accommodate whatever you have to store. In addition, it's easy to pair a lean-to with a metal shed to create even more storage space! Metal sheds are affordable, and you can opt for one with a garage door for easy access to larger items.

Now, when some people think of metal sheds, they imagine a gray, dreary structure sitting on a piece of property. Consequently, they may put a dull appearance down in the con column. However, metal sheds are now available in different colors! As an owner, you can choose a color that fits with the look of your property. Or you can simply choose a metal shed in your favorite color.

Wood Sheds

One quality on the pro side of owning a wood shed is its appearance. Many people enjoy decorating a colorful wood shed with flower boxes, potted plants, and an American flag hung over the door. Wood sheds are available with shutters and windows that can make the structure look like an extension of the main house on the property. Another pro of choosing a wood shed is that you can select a two-story model if you want more storage space. Wood storage sheds are durable enough to protect your belongings in all sorts of weather. Furthermore, sheds are now available with a variety of roof styles. Some examples include the A-frame and barn roof. You can choose a wood shed with a roof style that coordinates with the roof on your home.

When it comes to the cons of owning a wood shed, some people think that the wood will attract termites, carpenter ants, and other wood-eating pests. While these pests are attracted to wood, there are some precautions you can take to protect your shed. For instance, staining a wood shed can help to deter these destructive insects. It can also help to protect the walls of your shed from water damage. Clearing branches, weeds, and piles of sticks away from a shed is another way to prevent these pests from trying to invade the structure.

I hope this information helps you to make a decision when it comes time for a new shed. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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What Happened To All of the Fall Out Shelters?

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Nov 7, 2014

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In the 1950s, during the Cold War with the Soviet Union, many people in our country believed that it was just a matter of time before we experienced a nuclear attack. This led to the creation of fallout shelters. If you were a kid during the 1950s and '60s, you'll remember that fallout shelters were designed to protect the people inside them from radioactive debris, or fallout, from a nuclear attack. These shelters had thick concrete walls and were stocked with supplies such as canned foods, drinking water, cooking items, medical supplies, etc. A family or group of people could live in a fallout shelter for a couple of weeks while waiting for the atmosphere to clear up. Since the 1950s and '60s, the political landscape has changed and the Cold War is over. So the question arises, what happened to all of those fallout shelters? Take a look into a couple of those fallout shelters today.

A Fallout Shelter Turned Historical Exhibit

One family inherited a fallout shelter from the 1950s when they bought their home in a Wisconsin estate sale. After opening the doors of this backyard fallout shelter in Neenah, Wisconsin, they discovered an enormous stockpile of supplies. Medicines, food, clothing, and even a folding toilet were hidden in this well-equipped fallout shelter. After spending decades underground in airtight containers, many of the supplies were still in excellent condition. A replica of this backyard fallout shelter complete with its original supplies is on display in Neenah. It serves as a teaching tool to help 21st-century kids better understand the Cold War and its effect on our citizens.

A Glimpse into an Abandoned Fallout Shelter

Another notable fallout shelter stands locked and empty beneath Interstate 5 in Seattle, Washington. It was a community bomb shelter built to accommodate 200 people. It's a large circular room with restrooms for both men and women. The concrete walls are several feet thick, but you can still hear the traffic going overhead. There is a storage area for canned foods and other supplies for the people inside. Thankfully, this building was never used as a fallout shelter. However, it served as a driver's license office in the 1960s and '70s. After that, it was used to store important documents. Today, the electricity and the water have been disconnected, making it just a cavernous place under a highway.

Relics from the 1950s

There are 1950s fallout shelters that still exist in the basements of city apartment buildings, in the backyards of older homes, and elsewhere across this country. Over the past few decades, the canned goods, clothing, and other supplies have been removed from inside of these shelters. In many cases, a faded yellow and black sign made of aluminum is the only thing left to indicate the presence of a shelter. Do you think that most young people could tell you what those signs mean? I think seeing one of those signs would be a great opportunity to give a young person a short history lesson! Thank you for reading! - Alan

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Fun D.I.Y. Projects to Spookify Your Home and Yard

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Oct 30, 2014

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Fun DIY Projects to Spookify Your Home and Yard

Do you like to decorate your home and yard for Halloween? If you do, there are plenty of creative ideas out there that can help you to spruce up your yard or home just in time for the 31st. I think that the most imaginative decorations are the ones that are made using a few items found around the house. Take a look at some ideas that can help make your home look creepy on Halloween.

A Troupe of Glowing Ghosts

Decorating your front door for Halloween is easy with the help of some glowing ghosts. Get the kids involved in this DIY project by letting them draw the faces on the white balloons using black marker. Glow sticks are fairly inexpensive and can be found in packs with assorted colors. Use tape to display these scary ghosts around your doorway and you'll have the creepiest house on the block!

Pumpkins Crawling With Spiders

Chances are good that you already have a pumpkin or two on the front porch. Instead of carving them, create a spider theme by making a spider web with black yarn and draping it over your pumpkins. (It's best to use black yarn instead of white because it shows up better at a distance.) Make some spiders using tiny black pom-poms for their bodies and black pipe cleaners for their legs. Be sure to give each of them a couple of wiggly eyes so they can see all of the neighborhood kids! If you want to make extra-creepy spiders, I recommend you give each of them eight wiggly eyes. To add some bigger spiders to the collection, attach black pipe cleaners and wiggly eyes to a few large balls of black yarn. Pose the spiders in various places on and around your pumpkins.

Give Your Home or Yard a Creepy Glow

Mason jar pumpkins and mummies are fun additions to your home's Halloween decor. Enlist the help of the kids to find the mason jars, black construction paper, gauze, and other materials. You can get really creative with the faces of the pumpkins! Place a jar in each window of your home or put them on a table as part of your Halloween party décor. These crafts are easy to make and give your home spooky lighting that's perfect for the occasion. I recommend this one for anyone who wants to put a twist on the traditional Halloween pumpkin with a candle inside of it.

A Witch's Wardrobe

If you want to add a little humor to your Halloween décor, try putting up a clothes line between two trees in the front yard. Use clothes pins to hang up two or three black dresses with flowing sleeves, a few pairs of black and white striped tights, a black cape, and even a witch's hat or two. Put a laundry basket full of black scarves on the ground near the clothes line. Prop a broom up against one of the trees as a finishing touch.

You Are Being Watched!

This Halloween put some creatures with glowing eyes into the bushes and in various places around your yard. Once again, the kids can get involved by collecting old cardboard tubes from paper towel or toilet paper rolls. They can also draw eyes of different shapes and sizes on the tubes. Add in a few glow sticks as well as a bit of duct tape and your creatures are complete!

Enjoy the rest of your October, and thanks for reading. - Alan

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Protecting Your Belongings from Pests

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Oct 18, 2014

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It's amazing how quickly a few pests can destroy a favorite piece of clothing, a collection of beloved books, or a piece of wooden furniture. Whether you store these belongings in the home, in the garage, or in your shed, there are some steps you can take to protect them from pests. Take a look at a few tips for keeping moths, roaches, silverfish, and other pests away from your belongings.

Keep Your Clothing Safe from Moths

Have you ever taken your favorite wool sweater out of the closet only to find several small holes in its fabric? This is likely the work of a brown clothes moth. Brown moths look for dark closets where they can find plenty of food and blend into the environment. If you think you may have a moth problem in your closet, take all of the clothing out and wipe down the walls as well as the clothing bar with an all-purpose cleaner. Also, thoroughly vacuum the floor of your closet to remove any moth larvae. Wash or dry-clean your clothing, and try storing it in garment bags that close in a secure way. Another way to keep the moths away is to hang small cedar blocks in the closet. The fragrance of cedar prevents a moth from detecting the smell of wool or cashmere fabric. Another option is to store sweaters and shirts in airtight plastic containers and put them on a shelf in the closet.

Protecting Your Books from Pests

If you store books in cardboard boxes in a garage or shed, there's a chance that the books can be damaged by pests. Roaches, silverfish, and beetles are three types of insects that can damage books in various ways. Roaches crawling on a book can leave fecal matter in the form of brown stains that can't be cleaned off. Silverfish chew on the cloth covers of books as well as the edges of pages. Beetles are able to drill holes in books, damaging a book's edges or spine. Books need to be stored in a clean, dry, and cool environment. Instead of putting your books in cardboard boxes, try storing them in airtight plastic bins with lids. If you store all of your books on a bookshelf inside your home, be sure to take the books down and vacuum them thoroughly. Also, flip through the pages to look for little intruders. A dusty bookshelf is an inviting place where pests can hide and damage your books. I recommend that you vacuum the books as well as the shelf every week if you want to keep your beloved classics in good condition. There are also ways to get rid of silverfish and other pests with the help of traps and chemical solutions.

Keep Carpenter Ants Away from Your Furniture

The legs as well as the wooden frame of a sofa and other pieces of furniture are vulnerable to carpenter ants. These pests bore holes into wooden furniture to make nests. This can weaken the frame of a sofa or chair, resulting in permanent damage. One way to protect your furniture is to mix two teaspoons of peppermint oil with one cup of water. Spray this solution around the border of your sofa, easy chair, table, etc. The scent of peppermint oil repels ants. Regularly vacuuming beneath the cushions on the sofa is an effective way of removing crumbs and other stray pieces of food that attract carpenter ants.

I hope these tips are helpful in keeping the pests away. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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5 Famous Movie and TV Homes

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Oct 18, 2014

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If you're a fan of television shows and movies, there are certain houses that are immediately recognizable. For example, if you were a loyal viewer of the TV show The Waltons, you're familiar with the family home featured in every episode. Have you ever wondered about the story behind the houses pictured in your favorite TV shows and movies? I thought I'd use this week's blog entry to check out the backstory on five houses that may bring up a few pleasant memories for you. Enjoy!

Five Famous Homes in Television and Movies

  1. The House in Leave It to Beaver: If you love to watch reruns of Leave It to Beaver, you recognize the Cleaver family's home the moment it appears on screen. The television show ran from 1957 to 1963. The house was located on the Universal City lot where the show was filmed. Before it was home to the Cleaver family, this house was featured in a 1955 film called The Desperate Hours starring Humphrey Bogart. Its design was changed and the house was later used in the TV show Marcus Welby, M.D. Today, the façade of the Cleaver house is all that remains on a backlot at Universal Studios.
  2. Downton Abbey: If the names Lady Mary, Mr. Carson, and the Earl of Grantham ring a bell, then you're probably a fan of the TV show Downton Abbey. Many exterior and interior scenes of this popular show are filmed in a real castle. Highclere Castle has 300-plus rooms and sits on a thousand acres in Berkshire, England. Interestingly, this castle was built by Charles Barry, who also built the Houses of Parliament. I wonder how long it takes to vacuum and dust more than 300 rooms?
  3. The Glass House in Ferris Bueller's Day Off: If you were around in the 1980s, you probably remember the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Remember when the red Ferrari belonging to Cameron's father crashed through a wall of his glass garage? The garage and the actual residence are made of steel and glass. The house was recently sold for well more than a million dollars. As a note, the glass wall that was smashed in the movie was specially made for the scene. And thankfully, the red Ferrari that crashed through the wall was a replica.
  4. The Brady Bunch House: Episodes of the popular show The Brady Bunch were filmed at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California. The exterior of the house that appears on the show is in North Hollywood. The show's creator, Sherwood Schwartz, chose the house because it looked like a house that an architect (like Mr. Brady) would want to live in. In order to give the impression that the house has two levels, a false window was added to the A-frame portion of the structure. Some changes have been made to the house over the years, but it still stands on Dilling Street in North Hollywood.
  5. The House on The Waltons: Viewers who watched The Waltons saw a two-story wooden house with an inviting front porch in every episode. However, it was not an actual house but a façade built on a lot belonging to Warner Brothers Studios. After the series ended in 1981, the façade of the Waltons' home was destroyed. However, it was rebuilt for reunion shows and even appeared in a different form in the TV series The Gilmore Girls.

I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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5 of the Strangest Garage Conversions

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Oct 10, 2014

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What image comes to mind when you picture a garage? Most people think of a garage as a place to store items both large and small. Consider some of the items found in a typical garage: You may think of things like a car, a lawn mower, a collection of tools, garbage cans, and bicycles, along with a couple of bottles of motor oil. Those are all reasonable answers. While most people think of their garage as a convenient storage place, others look at their garage in a whole different way. They may see their garage as a place to enjoy a favorite hobby or as extra living space. For my blog this week, I thought I'd take a look inside a few non-typical garages. Enjoy!

Five Strange Garage Conversions

  1. Garage Turned Bowling Alley: Imagine getting a perfect strike in your own garage. This owner converted his garage into a one-lane bowling alley while leaving some extra space to store some necessary items. With overhead lighting, he can enjoy ten frames at any time of the night or day.
  2. A Mini-Home: What started out as a simple structure has become a small dream home for this garage owner. She added onto a small garage, creating a kitchen, a loft bedroom, a bathroom, and a sitting room. This converted garage even has an inviting fireplace. By the way, if you own a great fireplace like this one, I recommend that you always have hot chocolate available for unexpected visitors. Unique artwork, stylish furnishings, and an airy atmosphere all serve to make this former garage a comfortable space to live.
  3. A Garage for a Skateboarding Enthusiast: There's no room for cars here! This converted garage features a wooden skateboard ramp that extends across the floor. It's perfect for practicing skateboarding moves at any time of the day, rain or shine. There is space left over for storing skateboards and safety equipment.
  4. A Garage Becomes a Gymnasium: Take a look at a garage that is a paradise for someone who loves to work up a sweat. This owner can do some tumbling on the mats, swing on the rings, or even climb on the monkey bars. Plus, the hardwood floor makes it the perfect place for a game of basketball. The large windows make it a pleasant environment for a round of exercise.
  5. A Garage Featuring an Indoor Ice Rink: This owner is only steps away from a private ice rink set up in the garage. A sheet of ice makes it easy to lace up a pair of skates and take advantage of some daily ice hockey or figure-skating practice. Kids and adults can enjoy ice-skating during any season of the year.

Today, an owner has lots of options when it comes to the purpose of their garage. These five owners have proven that there's no limit to the creative and practical uses for a garage. I hope this inspires you to think about your garage in a whole new way. Thanks for reading. - Alan

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