QUOTE (Ecurie Ecosse @ 1 Sep 2004, 23:10)Study hard, get a job, work hard, earn loads of money, buy a house and do what you like. Easy really.
Exactly what Im doing now - however I have had to come to an agreement with the misses....
I can do what the hell I like with the loft but with it must come....
1) Leather sofa and chairs
3) a spa with decking
All Im looking to spend on my lay out is about £1000 ( yeah a grand) and she want approx £30,000.....
a trade off I guess....
Loft first... if we have enough cash - she gets what she wants...
Here's one approach worth considering, if you just want a small layout.
Unfortunately I no longer have the track, but the issues I had with my missus were:-
1) The space must be able to be used for other purposes as well
2) It must remain dust free
3) It must look nice
So I had a special table made, with the table top easily removable, and housed the track inside. She was able to use the work surface for her quilting, so was absolutely delighted. I also made sure it had cupboards to accommodate the cars, controllers, etc., one of which also housed the power supply:-
(Apologies for the poor quality pre-digital photo's)
I built the track during the time when I raced open class Eurosport cars, so didn't care too much about scenery. I'm presently converting our dining room table to do the same thing but using Scalextric track and with scenery. The reason it hasn't been finished yet is because I'm waitng for Scalextric to release their digital system.....
When she moved in I already had a 8'x4' routed track in a spare bedroom. We also had a large, overgrown, untidy garden so my logical argument was accepted that a 24' x 12' shed would give us the spare room back and tidy up a big chunk of garden.
I now have a 16' x 8' 55' routed track. There are some old photos on www.slotcenter.net/roche.htm
The reason they all want one is cause of frickin Ground Force , old
titchmarsh and little Miss No-bra have got alot to answer for !
From a blokes point of view all decking does is increase maintenance each
year & conservatories is just more glass to clean.
To women it equals being able to say to friends "oh I read a book sitting
outside on the decking" - and apparantly thats worth it.
I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. When shopping for a new house, all my wife asked for was that it be a bungalow and that she could have a room in the basement for a sewing/craft/painting room. The house we found has a massive garage, which I get a large chunk of as my general workshop, and a reasonable sized basement, in which she gets a 10' x 16' room, my son gets a 9' x 16' room of his own, and I get a 17' x 24' track room with an extra alcove area for a computer and workbench. Oh, and she insists that the garage be insulated and heated for me!
I agree the gnomes do set off a good decking area!!
If you want decking, I have just watched one of my neighbours do his entire back garden. Started with lots of old wooden pallets laid out, to which he nailed lots of painted orange tongue and groove...............each to their own I guess!!
I used to use to conservatory for my small layout, but only when the parents were away!!!
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