Since we were no longer parking the vehicles in the garage, I began to start looking at using part of the garage as a layout room. This room would also have to serve as my model / DCC & Electronics work space and have space to set up a module or two for working on them.
First layout drawing
My first design drawn with Microsoft Visio is shown here had an overall size of 21 x 13 ft. The layout went all the way around the room with a peninsula that included the double ended staging yard. Near the entry door there would be a lift gate.
In this configuration I was able to include most of the scenes that I had made the drawings of. The open area at the end of the peninsula could be used for working on a module. The work areas would be under the layout on the left hand side in this drawing.
This would be only the first of several layout plans I would draw but it was good to actually now have an idea where I could build a new layout and to get started with actual layout drawings.