The Art of Blending Two LayoutsInto One Space Part 2:
My column I'm writing for the Shortline Modelers On line Magazine
By Joseph Kreiss
Off and on during a six month period, I worked to get the basement ready for actual layout construction. First things to go were the washer and dryer. Plumbers were called in to move the washer and relocate water pipes. The electrician made several visits during that time to rewire the basement, add larger service to the home (which we planned on doing anyway), install new receptacles, switches and lighting to the layout room and relocate dryer. After these tasks were completed, I patched, sealed and painted walls and the floor, insulated where I could and added a DIY drop ceiling to create a comfortable and enjoyable place for my model railroad hobby.
Because of the taller upper layout, I will likely build some roller platforms for myself to stand on so I and any "height-challenged" visitor/operators can actually see trains! I think a modest-size rectangular plywood box with spring-loaded castors inside (allowing the box to be rolled around easily, but when someone steps on the box, the weight retract the wheels and the box rests on the floor) like those library step stools but only a little bigger, will create a solid vantage point.