Ask an Expert: Is it ok to put a kid in a windowless 'bedroom'?
Q. I've seen some apartments advertised as one-bedroom with a "home office" that can be used as a bedroom. Often they're used as children's rooms, which is what my wife and I are thinking of doing.
Is it legal to put a child in a windowless "bedroom"? Is it safe? (I'm thinking about fires, air quality etc.) Pricewise, what's the right discount for this type of apartment versus a "true" two-bedroom?
A. These "home offices" are often found in office buildings converted into residential use, where apartment layouts tend to be deep and narrow, says real estate broker Gordon Roberts of Warburg Realty. He notes that many adults claim these spaces as master bedrooms because they have a "cocoon-like blackout-quality."
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