Oh the refurb is definitely needed. It should happen next year, but BRV is 2 years overdue now and still no sign of it happening as others jump the queue. So the BLT refurb is probably 2 years away.Having read reviews it looks like some rooms are really in need of a refurb. Your complaints are why I still haven't stayed there as a DVC member. There are consistent complaints about the pool and studios being small.
The restaurants being in another section are not really as big a deal in most of the other DVCs because either theuly have their own or are pretty dang close. I know at Beach Club the market is really close to the DVC building.
And the studios are small, that is universally agreed! A refurb though isn’t going to change that. The 1 & 2-beds though are big and much better comparatively, with the extra bathroom.
The Contemporary amenities are shared with BLT. Just like at BCV, BRV, BWV etc. It’s a shared resort. The only things different in the arrangements here is that the pool is only for BLT guests and the Lounge is only for DVC members.