I recently stayed in a traditional shotgun apartment in New Orleans with my partner and one of my best friends. If you aren't familiar with the shotgun home layout, it's typically long and narrow, and made up of rooms that are directly connected to each other, directing you through each room to get to the next. The layouts were very popular in the South (especially New Orleans), but are also common in New York and Chicago. In our rental, my friend definitely woke me up a couple of times during the night when walking to the bathroom, so it's clear how the layout might present design challenges, whether living alone, with roommates, or when entertaining guests. Here are some beautiful spaces that make this tricky layout work.
from Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-layout-a-narrow-railroad-style-apartment-242839