Need Room for a Crib-layout attached
I have a guesthouse that I have rented to some super tenants. It is a one bedroom home about 950 square feet. They have a year old who has been sleeping in a crib in their bedroom. They'd like to get him out of there into his own space.
My dilemma: The house has only one bedroom!
There is also the issue of heat-the house is heated by a Jotul gas stove (which is not where it is shown in the layout diagram but actually on the living room wall where the couch is shown, by the entrance). The heat doesn't get to the back bedrooms and a space heater is needed for that. I was thinking of putting in a gas furnace.
We have a couple of thoughts and I'd like your opinion on what you think is the better solution also considering these tenants won't always be the occupants.
a) Put up a partition where the dining room is either permanent or using room dividers, forming a small "room".
b) Considering the bathroom is large, move the washer and dryer out of the mudroom into the bathroom (they are stackable) and use some of that space, perhaps moving the hotwater tank out of there too, leaving the mudroom for the crib.
Pro's of the partition: It's easy, quick and cheap.
Cons: Noise, does take away from living area.
Pros of the Mudroom: Separate room
Con's: The door to the outside deck is there, cost?
Also if I opt for a gas furnace can it be located in a bathroom or is that asking for moisture issues?
We originally planned on making the bathroom a bedroom and putting a bathroom where the dining room is but the quotes were about $20-$30K to do that. Not an option!
What would you do?