I considered various footprints through sketches, full-size brown paper templates and a 1" = 1'-0" study model. Not wanting to reinvent the wheel and with such givens as easy reach-in, ample aisles and maximum point-to-point run, I settled on the trusty around-the-walls-with-a-peninsula design in a single deck format. I would live with the annoying entry gate if final staging plans mandated it.
Building the study model actually helped me brush up on my eye-hand coordination for modeling purposes since it was about 35 years since I was actively involved in the hobby! The door on the back wall is the entry from the main basement area and is immediately adjacent to the stair. The door along the side wall goes to a 4' x 11' walk-in closet referred to as the wine cellar. It holds everything but wine.
It should be noted that when six railroad friends visited to help with potential track arrangements, their undivided attention chaotically turned to the adjacent spaces. They scattered gleefully like pre-schoolers at an Easter egg hunt. Their identities shall remain confidential... for the time being.
The areas that caused such bedlam included a fully finished 8' x 21' laundry room, a semi-finished 8' x 24' utility room, a 4' x 11' walk-in-closet and the 15' x 35' man cave. That large area houses my home office, television lounge and modeling work area. But alas, these six models of decorum were no match for the Senior VP who naively showed little appreciation for either staging or dispatch.
That's it for now. More later this weekend on the Old Main Line's route across Maryland and the 20 mile portion that I'll be modeling. But tomorrow, we'll be bringing you something completely different. Stay tuned.
BONUS: RHETORICAL QUESTION OF THE DAY...
In truth, the author recognizes that the lovely Senior VP's decision is:
A) Very appropriate B) Very wise C) Very fair D) All of the above