What about a mezzanine floor?

October 10th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
What about a mezzanine floor?

In a fabulous open plan house in Chigwell, Woodford or Loughton adding a mezzanine to create a split-level room can be a great way to make the space feel more dynamic. A mezzanine storey can be a real design solution for a room with a double height ceiling or loft space above. It provides additional valuable floor area, together with the impressive sense of volume created by a high ceiling.
A mezzanine can come into its own in an Essex building of character like a former barn or church. It can also be a good design solution for a listed building, where horizontal roof beams spanning the space get in the way of a full additional storey. A mezzanine can even enlarge a landing area overlooking the stairwell, or create a gallery within the loft space above a bedroom.
Mezzanines are a great way to maximise the footprint of a single storey home with a high ceiling. For example, a sleeping loft over a living space can create guest accommodation where a room is not available. Where this is done, you must not cover more than 50 per cent of the room it sits over.
Access to a mezzanine level requires a conventional staircase the balustrade and stairs are an important design feature. A glass balustrade and a simple staircase, or a spiral flight, can work really well in a modern space. In a barn conversion The balustrade and stairs should be minimal or sturdy and practical. For a traditional look, spindles, a handrail and a cast-iron spiral flight are a classic solution.