The initial plan had been to build a darkroom in the garage but I was worried about the effects of a less than bone dry environment on the enlargers and lenses. The space I'm now working on is in an upstairs bedroom, smaller than the garage darkroom would have been but much better and with the possibility of plumbing in a sink.
There are four double sockets and a ceiling light within the darkroom space but no sink yet. An en-suite bathroom adjoins the end of the darkroom and I thought it made more sense to have the sink installed when we had a plumber in to fit a new bathroom suite. The wall that you can see in the third pic (below) has to be plastered and painted on the bedroom side. I'm just going to paint the darkroom side.
I have a few kitchen-type units for storage space that I've built up but not yet fixed in place as I'm still trying to work out the best layout. With one or two enlargers it would be straightforward but adding a third in such a small space is not easy. I think the Durst L1200 might have to be sacrificed leaving the Leitz 1C and Philips/Paterson PCS150 to handle 35mm and 6x6 respectively.
The biggest issue just now is finding a suitable sink for the darkroom. Typical kitchen sinks aren't really big enough for print washing. A Belfast-type sink might do the job but most proper darkroom sinks I've seen are just too long for the space I have available. There's no obvious solution apart from building one myself but that's a tall order. Does anyone have any ideas for a sink?
Making a return to printing isn't too far off then but, annoyingly, there always seems to be more to be done than I'd anticipated and it always takes longer than I'd thought as well.