Q: I am renovating my ~625 sf basement (at grade in front, half-below grade in the back) into an apartment and have come upon a design quandary. All the plumbing already exists in the back of the house, so it makes the most sense to put the kitchen and bathroom at the back of the house and have the bedroom by the front. But it's fairly non-standard and possibly not appealing to have the bedroom in the front (it's not visible from the street, but it's a little strange to walk right into/by a bedroom). Also, I understand some people like darker bedrooms, so the bedroom at the back might be more appealing to some (though not to me):
Further complicating things, most of the light comes from the large west-facing windows in the front of the house. There are windows in the back, but they are half-sized. Light has always been the most important thing in my own apartment search, so in order to allow the most light to flow through the apartment, I would like to do the bedroom walls as an industrial blackened steel and glass partition with big doors. Some people suggest making rentals as bland and uniformly appealing as possible, but it makes more sense to me to make it interesting and unique because then you might actually attract renters who appreciate good design and will be more likely to stay and value the space.
So two questions:
1. Where would YOU put the bedroom; and
2. The industrial glass wall appeals to me, but are they not generic enough?
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