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FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 4:20 a.m. PST

Saw this article today and thought that in the US we tend to use the basement for much the same thing.

Will Americans start building sheds as well to keep our ever growing collections in?

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 4:38 a.m. PST

Start ?!? Wha' choo mean, 'start' ? The loft in the
larger of my two sheds is half-full of old mini's,
terrain, etc.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 4:43 a.m. PST

There is a house in my neighborhood that has a small building in the back that looks like it could be what some call a "mother-in-law" house. I have thought it would be nice to turn that into a Soldier Room house. That way I would get some natural light when I am in my soldier room, which currently is in the basement.

Von Trinkenessen09 Jun 2017 4:46 a.m. PST

I do like that idea.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 4:56 a.m. PST

I do keep my overly large collection in the basement. I probably do need a shed. Then, maybe I will be Peter "Two Sheds".

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 5:28 a.m. PST

I think a well built shed would be the best. Basements are not bad, but can be prone to damaging incidents. Flooding, pipes breaking etc.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 5:30 a.m. PST

Two good sites where you can explore the shed…..

warwell09 Jun 2017 5:51 a.m. PST

Nos basements in FL, and with a zero-lot line home I have no room for a shed.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 5:58 a.m. PST

who need a shed or basement . When you have a two car Garage. American Man cave Heaven and besty used for gaming not protecting silly automobiles.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 6:19 a.m. PST

Given our winters here in Canada the basement is a much preferred option to our unheated shed

Early morning writer Inactive Member09 Jun 2017 6:25 a.m. PST

Here in California basements are a rarity due to our tectonic instability. Therefore sheds are useful – added one about two years ago and even managed to preserve almost a third of the space for some of my miniatures. Over half of the space is taken up by the wife's Xmas decoration madness!

One side of garage is also used for miniatures storage.

The great gambit was getting a permanent table on the lanai (fancy word for a covered patio – which I've mostly enclosed now). Even hope to work towards adding some finishing touches to it this weekend. I now have a 4' x 12' gaming table. Started wider but narrowed it to allow more people room around it.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 6:45 a.m. PST

I have a detached garage built way before I was born.
I now use it to store old appliances and a tombstone engraved with "RAYMOND".

I use my basement.

Old Wolfman09 Jun 2017 7:03 a.m. PST

Our basement connects to individual garage bays. Since I don't drive,it comes in handy for storage,but can be a pain ,being subject to occasional flooding from outside,and the storm drain gets overwhelmed.

Heisler09 Jun 2017 7:18 a.m. PST

In Colorado basements are relatively common and stay pretty dry. I have gamed for years in basements out here. Sheds without air conditioning or swamp coolers installed are just to uncomfortable to use in the summer or to cold in the winter. In which case the "Mother-in-Law" house is would be the option over a shed.

Roderick Robertson Fezian09 Jun 2017 9:00 a.m. PST

We have five sheds on the property; none of which I can use, since my idiot brother would certainly muck about with my stuff (besides being a survivalist against the planet Nibiru and the Catholic Church, it seems), he has no sense of other people's property. Unfortunately, the land is in a family trust, so I can't just tell him "you're not welcome here anymore".

Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 9:08 a.m. PST

No basements in Texas so Wackmole9 is on the correct course. Turned my garage into mancave a year or so ago and absolutely no regrets.


Doug MSC Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 9:14 a.m. PST

My game room is my living room and dining room with a 15 foot by 5 foot gaming table and figure shelving space. My 3 car heated/ air conditioned garage is where I keep most of my painted collections and where I paint and also keep my Trident 40mm stock. My car must stay out in the California weather and enjoy it.

Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 9:42 a.m. PST

My basement is the same size as my upper floor, which is 2,500 square feet. It is dedicated to my office, library and gaming table. The table is 6 X 26 Ft and the room is carpeted. I also have a large unfinished section with a boat door where I work on and store terrain and paint. I've no need for a shed.


Chris Wimbrow09 Jun 2017 10:29 a.m. PST

I have a basement and an attic. Both have doors and somewhat standard stairwells. The former is a dank, dark mess. The latter is an oven or a freezer, depending on the season. But it stays dry. There is a shed out back but it's falling apart and only serves to secure lawn tools.

I know it may be better than for some, but I need to win the lottery.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 10:58 a.m. PST

You seldom hear something called a shed in US wargaming circles, but I can think of some wargaming "barns" as well as basements and garages. I'd say the ideal arrangement is a dedicated room with entrance and half-bath so as to keep the wargamers out of contact with the rest of the house and household--but an "attached" garage gets very near that while being somewhat less likely to be annexed as a bedroom. Like the British shed, the detached garage or shed is safe from being confiscated, but it's a less satisfactory playing area in rain and drifting snow.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 11:49 a.m. PST

I have the exceedingly rare Texas basement, and now I know why. It is too depressing to even paint and organize in, much less play.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 11:55 a.m. PST

Can't afford a shed, garage or basement to play games in. This is probably typical of most gamers in UK. Lounge table has to do.

Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 12:39 p.m. PST

If I had the land I'd get one of those metal buildings that are like small garages (ads on TV). Right now basement is it.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 3:49 p.m. PST

I have a few sheds and plenty of land to build more (and bigger!), but I use portable tables in the second story of my dome house anyway. It's just nicer.

What I really need is a shed to *store* all the gaming stuff. Too. Much. Stuff….!

- Ix

14Bore09 Jun 2017 6:15 p.m. PST

I built what I just call my outbuilding, originally it was a 1/3 my space with a worktable, loft area for storage and a big room 16 x 20 for wife. She doesn't use it so I spanned the two tables with my gameboard 6 feet 7 inch x 12 feet.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 8:18 p.m. PST

Yep, got an outbuilding – was going to be another small house for extended family but stuff happens. Now it's my lair, sanctum sanctorum and general hidey hole filled with gaming goodness.

My wife has no objections as she always knows where I am, makes sure I'm fed and watered and left undisturbed by the world.

Hmmm… maybe it's my prison cell and I'm suffering Stockholm Syndrome?

RudyNelson09 Jun 2017 9:16 p.m. PST

Basements, sheds, I have had both. Now, I even have a building downtown with seven rooms. LOL.

cherrypicker10 Jun 2017 1:43 a.m. PST

I converted a double garage for my gaming area, we are moving later this year and I hope to double the size of that :-)


GatorDave Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2017 3:49 a.m. PST

Walk out basement with plenty of natural lighting. Big screen, bar, and separate game room. Need to build a bigger game table….

saltflats192910 Jun 2017 8:49 p.m. PST

Yes. In the colder climates of the US.

Personal logo edmuel2000 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2017 6:06 a.m. PST

I have a fiend who had a shed put up for gaming--this in the US. He is the exception. Everyone else is in the basement or a "man cave"/what they call "bonus rooms."

nazrat Inactive Member11 Jun 2017 6:57 a.m. PST

No basements in NC at all as far as I know, unless a house is built on a big hill or some thing. As others have said, garages are the US shed.

raylev311 Jun 2017 8:23 a.m. PST

I would say, that depending on what part of the country you're in, the garage = shed. Areas with basements would, of course, be like a shed.

I have seen people use "out buildings" for their hobbies, but generally sheds in the US are smaller than the UK, and are used primarily to store stuff that is weather resistant, or the lawn mower and other out door stuff.

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