Q: My husband and I are remodeling a 700 square-foot apartment in Oakland and are stuck. The problem with the current layout is that the bedroom & closet are small, and there is a hallway outside the bedroom that leads to a laundry closet and the bathroom. We feel that this hallway is wasting a lot of valuable space.
Our first idea was to add the hallway space to the bedroom and create a new walk-in closet that includes the stacked washer and dryer through a pocket door at the back of the closet. The bathroom door would also be moved and changed to a pocket door. This makes the bedroom bigger and gives a great walk-in closet/laundry access, but it essentially makes the only bathroom a master suite. Most people we have asked haven't expressed too much concern, but a few have about having to go through the bedroom in order to use the bathroom as a guest.
Another alternative my husband thought of was to make the bathroom accessible through the closet, rather than the bedroom to make it less awkward for guests, but that makes a sort of hallway/closet which is also a bit weird.
We are remodeling the apartment to our tastes since we plan on living there for a few years, but will convert it to a rental once we want to start a family, so we also have to keep potential renters in mind.
Please let me know your thoughts either as a possible renter, or guest, which layout do you think maximizes the space/amenities without being too awkward?
Please note the layout drawings may not be correctly to scale.
Bathroom Entry through the closet:
Master bedroom suite:
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