Often when I’m walking around my apartment, I find myself quite content with the layout of the place. It’s got three stories, first off. The upstairs portion houses two bedrooms and a bathroom. The main floor has a few closets, a living room, dining room, and kitchen. And then the basement is actually big enough to have a lot of stuff in it. We choose to use it as the laundry room and a party room (adorned by a big couch, a TV, a dartboard, and a table to play cards at).
In all reality, it’s a dream of an apartment for its price and location. We’re located right along a strip of bars and just behind a brewery. Everything we need is within a few minutes walking distance, meaning we’re hardly ever driving anywhere we want to go. The locale, the culture, and the community is all exactly what we want here and now. There’s really not much else to ask for.
And did I mention we have a deck that butts up against a walking trail? I’ve got my grill and some patio furniture on the deck, so in the summer we’re often found just grilling, drinking, and people watching. It’s a dream.
But one thing I’ve found wanting for is some more natural lighting within the place. We’ve admittedly taken a big chunk of that away by putting a huge home entertainment center up against our front window (which is quite big in comparison to all the other windows in the place). The thing is, that’s the only place it would fit.
But in terms of other windows, they’re not as big or plentiful. Perhaps it’s my bias considering we’re still in the winter season and natural lighting has been scarce as it already is. But our lack of windows made me think about how apartments are generally set up in the first place. A big reason we don’t have more is because we’re smashed between two other apartments, so side windows are inherently not an option. That leaves the front and back of the apartment.
Well, as I already said, the front isn’t an option because of how we set up the place. So we’re left to want light from the back of the apartment.
And one of the biggest reasons I’ve been wanting more natural lighting is because we’ll be adding a few succulents in our apartment come this spring. So, there’s pretty much only one logical place to put them, and that’s on our main floor under the back window.