August, 2000 - Buyers/Renters


(REF: HOUSES by Henry S. Harrison)

#3 Bedrooms: A good way to think about the interior of a house OR an apartment is to divide it into "zones": A private or sleeping zone consists of bedrooms, bathrooms and perhaps "dressing rooms': Bedrooms or private/sleeping zones should be located so that it is insulated from noises: it should also be possible to move from the bedrooms to the bathroom without being seen: (you should not have to pass or walk-thro one bedroom to get to another bedroom or another bedroom etc. Bedrooms & bathrooms should NOT be visible from living-room/foyer/kitchen, etc. the relationship of the bedrooms to other areas of the house OR apartment and to each other varies with the style of the house.

Ideally, bedrooms should be reached directly from a hall and be directly accessible to the bathroom without observation in ordinary circumstances. The need for space and circulation is a minimum requirement no matter what the size: size of closet space/lighting and windows-doors (entry), etc. As the size of the bedroom increases, problems of layout decreases. (There is more uninterrupted space): Minimum closet space should consist of 2 ft. depth/3 ft. width/5 ft. clear hanging space/@ least 1 shelf with clearance space of 8 inches & a rod:

A little trivia about bedrooms: Bedrooms fluctuate from practical to the profane: the 21st Century bedroom has gradually evolved into a haven for rest and relaxation! The Caveman improvised with piles of leaves or straw OR the more fortunate threw down fur hides in a sheltered spot from the elements and most probably near a fire: simply "bed-room": the evolution of a separate room to sleep came slowly with the idea that beds should be elevated from the floor: Some Oriental cultures still rest on comfortable mats on the floor and other cultures, such as ours, have gone from "caves to waves" with the invention of the waterbed.

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