I spent a while twisting the bases around to decide the best orientation for each building so that one did not sit parallel to the other or indeed parallel to the station building. This is important to create a natural appearance.
Whilst deciding the position of buildings, it is advisable to plan roads and pavements at the same time. Different types of model railway often feature roads with a different appearance. Model railway layouts built with a city theme will probably require roads with a constant width and which carry more markings for traffic management.
A model railway built as a scenic branch line could feature very simple country lanes. Roads on rural model railways may be very narrow with few markings if any. Such roads often have passing places at frequent intervals to allow one vehicle to pull in so that another may pass, particularly useful at harvesting times when large agricultural vehicles are used more frequently.
On Crowley micro layout, I made sure that the road meanders on its way down from the bridge to the station car park. This makes a minimum space model railway look larger and enables a more gradual incline by increasing the length of the stretch of road.
The model railway landscape was built around the bases for the buildings and the road, incorporating as many smaller scenic features as possible. The pub car park and the areas next to the houses where the cars can park are each at a slightly different level within the layout scenery.
I have elevated the model railway scenery as much as possible in each area whilst trying at all times to maintain aesthetic balance. The benefits of this work should become apparent when buildings are added and the gardens developed.
Crowley is one of my OO gauge scenic model railway layouts. To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.