Making a mezz

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ceil­ings are a fan­tas­tic fea­ture and can en­able you to cre­ate an ex­tra room by adding a mez­za­nine level, some­thing that can be use­ful day- to- day and add value to your home. A mez­za­nine is an in­ter­nal bal­cony or plat f o rm over­look­ing the space be­low, and can be put to all sorts of uses.

typ­i­cally used as a den, home of­fice, stu­dio, spare room, bed plat­form or play area in a child’s room – bed plat­forms are also pop­u­lar in high- ceilinged stu­dio apart­ments.

How­ever, there are lots of prac­ti­cal con­sid­er­a­tions. So that you can stand up com­fort­ably in both the mez­za­nine and the space un­derneath it, the room should have a ceil­ing height of around 4.2m (13ft 9in) or more, un­less it’s a small child’s room.

you use the mez­za­nine for, you’ll need some­thing to en­close it.

A balustrade or half-height wall are pop­u­lar choices be­cause you still get a feel­ing of spa­cious­ness, al­though you lose pri­vacy.

You’ll also need a stair­case up to the mez­za­nine.

Lad­der-style ones are usu­ally fine for kids, but not ideal for adults, while spi­ral stair­cases save space.

If there’s room for a con­ven­tional stair­case, you may be able to in­cor­po­rate more than just stor­age un­der it, such as a built-in home of­fice, or a toi­let or wet room.

thing you don’t want to do with­out is good sound­proof­ing, as this could af­fect your en­joy­ment of both the mez­za­nine level and the room be­low.

And don’t forget clever light­ing. De­pend­ing on where and how tall the room’s win­dows are, the mez­za­nine could lack daylight, so you may want bright ar­ti­fi­cial lights that can be op­er­ated from both lev­els of the room.

an ar­chi­tect to de­sign the mez­za­nine is a good idea, be­cause they should know how to make the most of the space and may come up with ideas you haven’t thought of.

The ar­chi­tect should also be able to ad­vise you on whether you need the ser­vices of a struc­tural en­gi­neer.

For smaller projects, a builder may be happy to de­sign and con­struct the mez­za­nine for you, or build it to a de­sign you’ve made your­self.

Costs for a mez­za­nine level vary hugely de­pend­ing on what’s in­volved, but com­pared to most types of build­ing work, a mez­za­nine is a quick and in­ex­pen­sive way to add a room.

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