*old joke...How many ears does Captain Kirk have? Three, you forgot his final front ear....sigh...
Am_Fet writes: Just lately his Royal Druffness and I have been conversing about layout space and how it equates with our dreams (or at least, thats what I think we've been talking about). Living in a small 3 bedroom box in a back section with no garage, I am well qualified to talk about lack of space....with a wee bit of ingenuity I dont think it needs to be a hurdle however. Looking around, there are numerous spaces in the house that could be used (obviously with domestic approval).
- Under the Bed: Obviously just for storage, I dont think anyone could successfully operate down there...vertical height becomes an issue, and cleanliness as well. Still Doable, however.
- Closet/Alcoves: Some larger closets may be able to be rejigged for a small shelf layout around three sides. Wouldnt work in my closet though, I'd just be dodging business shirts I never wear...
- Book case: For a small shunting layout, just the ticket. Not so great if you want to model the Spiral full size, but maybe you need to re-evaluate your goals? (pic is from http://carendt.com ...best model railway site on the planet)
- Above doors: This one looks promising, and I'm waiting for KiwiBonds to write about his experiences with Moana. By mounting a layout above the door line of a room, you get full length walls and it stays out of the way of domestic activities.
- Spare rooms: Speaks for itself....I think you are exceptionally lucky if you have the chance to build in a nice warm carperted room...lucky blighters.
- Outside Shed: Cold draughty unlined unpowered.....no one else is bound to want it, so its perfect, really....
- Garage: Usually has to share with smelly cars, lawn mowers, gardening stuff, bikes, camping gear....if there is any room left (preferably walled off from the rest of the chaos) its by far the best option.
In our current digs, I'm investigating using an outside shed with is around 3.3 x 1.8. It currently has no power and an absurdly low headroom, but in my minds eye I can see a small shelf running above a workbench at one end and behind the beer fridge a the other. Build it in a modular way and it can be rejigged for a bigger space once we move house (which is possibly on the cards...a curse on school zoning).
Right, your turn....what spaces have you currently got that youve often thought about expanding into? And for extra marks, whenever you plan your "dream layout", what size space do you design it for? (Personally, I dream of a 20' square shed....)