A non-profit volunteer organization that I do some admin work for is in the process of planning a major renovation to their building, which is more or less a converted house (no basement, uninsulated attic, pretty much every other inch of space in use). We currently have the network hardware and servers - 1x 2U switch, 1x 1U router, patch panel, 5U UPS, 12U of servers of different heights, all Proliant - in a mechanical room, split between the network gear on a 12U wall-mounted rack and the servers on a big beefy wall-mounted shelf.
Since we're doing a major renovation to the building, I'd like to plan for a new TC / server closet from the beginning. The problem is that, as the building is a converted house and even relatively small at that, space is at a premium. I don't think it will be possible to expand the structure enough to allow for any "real" sized TC.
Does anyone have any ideas for setting up a short rack with both network equipment and servers in the minimum space possible? I assume the most we'll be able to come up with is something the size of a normal home closet (say, 3-4 feet wide, maybe 6 feet deep at best). The best theory I can come up with is to put a half-height rack all the way forward against the door (something with air movement like a screen door or metal mesh) and leave just enough space for a small-ish person to get around to the back of the rack, leaving about 2 feet behind the back of the rack and the wall.
If this were just network equipment, I'd do a wall mount rack, but the need to keep the servers in the same space complicates things a bit...