For reasons we’ve talked about before, my layout will live in a shared public space within the main house. Instead of returning to those threads, this post should note the way this venue has changed my relationship with the layout and what it is.
Great design is perhaps a measure of how we respond to those things we can not change.
If it is to be placed in a room in our house than it is, essentially, in public display mode all the time. Unlike the typical train show, most of the people who will look at it just aren’t interested in model trains and any sense of validating this work should be in line with the way we display the other work that is around our house from painting, sculpture, or Krista’s latest amazing knitted work. In short, this is an opportunity to introduce what the hobby means to me to those who might be curious.
Small house and small furniture. Small layout?
The layout should work with the house and be in scale or proportion to the other furniture of our life. Wandering around the house with my tape measure in hand it’s so very easy to find walls ranging from ten to fourteen feet in length on which I could hang a shelf. We think of the layout only in terms of its footprint but when completed with a backdrop and some sort of overhead lighting rig the definition of space is not so two dimensional and we need to account for that vertical element too. I just can’t make myself comfortable with how this looks so the footprint might need to be smaller than the space I can find.
Back to the closet for you?
Over the course of successive renovations our house gained closets and lots of them. That said, they’re full of the sorts of things most people keep in closets. One option for the layout is to create something that can be put away between operating or work sessions but that “away” space just doesn’t exist or boils down to a question of whether or not I’d rather see a model railway in my living room or a stack of Christmas decoration bins. I think I’d rather the former so it’s “back to the closet” for the decorations and “welcome to the house” for the layout.