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So I just wanted to ask for some opinions on ranch layout. Almost all of the ranches I see are horizontal 24x4, while my natural inclination was to go vertical. I find it more aesthetically pleasing and efficient, giving me plenty of headroom for things like sweepers and better airflow profile. And naturally created the limited space people use a 3 high to keep critters close to the grooming station. In this 4x24 design each sweeper can do their room and all but one square of the next so not quite perfect. Travel time seems not to be an issue apart from they have to climb up to the door, the 4x24 placement allows them to reach the ladder over the top of the grooming station. Excess slicksters overflow into the pit and they either drown themselves in the mixed fluid, not sure why but they sit on the oil and drown in the petroleum layer often, which self solved the fact that the petroleum layer ruined my critter drowning machine, or I come along and mass attack them every so often. Due to poor planning and the late idea to ranch slicksters where I was dumping my refinery heat my main power station is lower than the ranch but next time I would be planning better to drop the co2 right onto them. The 7x14 design gives plenty of floor space and seems to be turning into my conveyor sorting and redirecting area. The biggest problem I have encountered is dupes dropping their wrangled critter where ever they are to go have smoko, so they get a bit mixed up at times. So is it purely floor space efficiency that makes the 24x4 popular? I dont see floor space as particularly valuable other than travel distance, as the map is enormous.