Originally Posted by climbing_vine
Yeah, that' a good consideration. There's a spare bathroom, no windows, in the basement (for workmen, etc) that the landlord is going to let me use, and I'm storing the chemistry in our little storage locker on-site (making room for them by getting rid of a small boxful of parts spotmatics that I'm realistically not going to do anything with anytime soon). So the chemistry will be external to the apartment.
That's good that you have a basement. I missed that from when I was in college in Iowa.
Here in Texas we don't have basements, and the attic is either way too hot or too cold depending the season.
Another consideration on making your own enlarger is how quickly you'll want a bigger one
It took me by surprise how fast I went from 35mm negatives up to 6x7 now. And I still have that secret project still to be completed to get a 5x7 large format enlarger going.