After much consideration, I've decided I don't want my trains in our cold, dark basement. It's not a fun place and I have to bend in half every time I want to go down the stairs because of the low clearence. I don't think the atmosphere would be good for trains either. Kinda damp and as I already mentioned, cold. Until I can convert my garage into a usable space, this leaves me restricted to a 4x8 layout in either the living room or our bedroom. It will most likely be the living room since I don't think my wife really wants trains taking over our love nest. So this is what I've come up with until the day comes when I can build that truly massive layout I've been dreaming of.