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QUOTE (Kimbo @ 21 Feb 2008, 17:19) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have a question - I have been given the opportunity to use some rooms in annexes to my parent's farmhouse. These rooms are pretty bare, they have basic electrical work done to them, but the floors are still cement (unleveled) and aside from the fact that the buildings now have windows, that's pretty much all they have.

I wanted to know what sort of things does a layout room need? Are there components which I would need to spend money on to get installed before I even begin about putting down baseboards?

Thanks for your advice guys!

Hi Kimbo,

If I know anything about farmhouse annexes they are little better than 4 walls and a roof which will only keep out the worst of the elements. I would suggest that the main thing to consider is how to control the environment in terms of temperature and humidity which, if they vary a great deal, can play havoc with both the baseboard joinery and the electrics. Baseboards will warp and track will rust with the resultant loss of electrical contact, not to mention the effect it will have on your locos.

If the rooms are actually attached to the house is it possible to extend the central heating system and perhaps install thermostaticaly controlled radiators on a timer ? Is there any finish to the walls which would provide some insulation and are the window(s) double glazed ?

As regards the electrics, you say they are basic but what actually has been installed ? Separate circuits for light and power ? Are they ring mains taken directly from the main distribution board or just a simple spur taken from the house. A model railway does not usually have a high electrical load but it depends what else you plan to have in there and what other load is on that particular circuit.

The floor may not be a major problem as any unevenness, provided it is not too uneven, can be taken out with adjustable feet on the base-board supports. It might be a bit cold on the feet though !!

Sorry to seem a bit negative but you may be embarking on a major renovation project which will not be cheap.

Regards,

Expat.
 

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Hi Kimbo,

I've been watching the various suggestions with interest and, for what it's worth, would personally go for the wood floor on top of an insulation layer with underfloor heating. I had it in my previous home in the UK (designed & built myself) and can thoroughly recommend it for providing a very even heat in a room. If you want to know more just drop me a line "off Forum".

This is, however, quite an expensive solution. A cheaper option would be to lay 'cushioned' PVC sheet flooring once the sub-floor is levelled. Heating could be by skirting radiators. Make sure the room is well insulated though, particularly the ceiling, or the power bills are likely to cause parental friction !!!

Regards,

Expat.
 
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