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In­stalling a mez­za­nine re­quires a pro­fes­sional builder. Larger ex­am­ples may need a struc­tural en­gi­neer.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion is un­likely to be needed, but you should con­sult your coun­cil on build­ing reg­u­la­tions in­clud­ing ven­ti­la­tion, fire pro­tec­tion and means of es­cape.

Re­stricted height is pos­si­ble if the plat­form is to be used only for sleep­ing or for chil­dren play­ing. Most ar­chi­tects rec­om­mend a 2.1m min­i­mum ceil­ing height.

For sim­pler mez­za­nines, ex­pect to pay a few thou­sand pounds. Ex­tra costs will be in­curred if wa­ter tanks have to be moved or sup­ports need to be in­stalled.

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