Suggestions for Location of Third Bedroom in Small Apartment?

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Q: My family is going to be moving to a two bedroom apartment, and we're going to be renovating the kitchen and building a third bedroom in the lounge room for my 12-year old brother. I've attached an approximate floor plan (I'm guessing the length) with a 3D rendering to make things a bit clearer. We've thought of two options for the 3rd bedroom: 1) Build it with the balcony door/window as one wall. This will give the bedroom maximum natural light, as it faces north. The problem with this is, this will block off most of the door to the balcony, leaving a fairly narrow space to travel through.

Option 2 — see the diagram — fits more nicely. But the bedroom won't have its own window. Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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