Quoted from Gornkleschnitzer:
Soon to be my game room space. Pinbot head under the window for scale.
This was my grandparents' house, grandpa moved into a home recently and agreed to sell off the house at the insistence of at least one of his children. This broke my mom's heart, because not only was she tasked with contacting a realtor, he built the house himself in the 1950s for not just his family but his decades-long photography studio business. It's also far nicer, in many different ways, than the house I've been living in for the past year and a half. Also, the amount of money he wanted for it just happens to be about the same as the current market value of mine, somehow.
The same day my mother sent the preliminary email to our local realtor, I made a huge decision, and I called her up and derailed the plan. The realtor is now working on selling MY current house - deal is basically closed at this point - and my girlfriend and I have been spending evenings packing things up. She was hesitant about the idea of moving at first, but between seeing everything in person and being told the personal history of the house, had a pretty quick change of mind.
Now that the back story is out of the way, here's the more relevant info. The room pictured here was the actual photography stage, full of individually controllable lights and a whole row of switched outlets. For the last 25-30 years, though, it has been a computer room, with a wraparound countertop on the two opposite walls. Some of the computer space will stay as it is, but I will leave a large spread-out section of desktop free to do assembly and board work.
The windows can be covered up for UV safety, the bookshelves are headed for the other half of the basement where Matti gets her library room, and the file cabinets (personal documents plus game manuals) will go where the green cabinet is currently placed on the left. That empty space will comfortably fit five games, with our Night Moves
cocktail table fitting between the desktop and the door. Once the glass-top desk is relocated, there will be enough floor space not only to play the games, but to set out a playfield rotisserie if needed. Technically, I could leave out the file cabinets and fit six standard games on that main wall, but one of those games is the homebrew-in-progress Volcano Blast, and I need plenty of space to fit around it and work on it.
I will definitely post another photo once everything is in place!