Having high ceilings in your home gives a wonderful sense of space and can add a sense of the luxurious to a house. After all, the most magnificent buildings throughout time have been built to draw in light and use space to create a sense of grandeur.
But when you are getting short on space, those high ceilings can become a real boon, albeit one you may have to partially sacrifice. Adding a mezzanine level to your home, especially in a bedroom, can create enough space to be worth a whole extra room and even cease a need to move. In a time when house prices are booming, adding such a level gets you out of the problem of grasping the slippery next rung on the property ladder, as well as potentially adding value to your home.
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The most simple mezzanine conversion consists of a simple play on the idea of the bunk bed, by raising your bed closer to the ceiling and providing a huge space below, which can be occupied by a home office, play area or even a living room. Hopefully the space below should be large enough to stand up in, but if it is not then it can still be useful as a storage area. An experienced DIY-er should be able to tackle this task, but do be aware that your structure will need to bear the weight of the bed and anyone in it. Always use a professional if you are not fully confident.
A full mezzanine level will require far more work, including stairs and secure flooring. But the investment can be worth it, especially when you have all that space just begging to be used. A basic structure starts from £1,000 but it can easily get into five figures for a large mezzanine with a staircase.
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It helps to use a trade member for this kind of mezzanine, as you will need to consider issues such as fire escape availability and building regulations. You won’t need planning permission in most cases, but your trade member will be able to advise you on this and check with the local authority planning department where there may be a doubt.
You will also need to think about safety issues, such as how the new level is to be divided from the room below and any areas that will need walls around them, be they glass or plasterboard, to prevent anyone falling off the edge. Glass or plastics tend to give the best effect, as they allow light in and don’t close off your mezzanine level so much.
In some cases you may want to consider a window or skylight to afford the new level (or the ground level) more light. But the majority of the time you will only really need to think about the flooring, any electrical outlets or lights needed and any extra plumbing that may be needed. This could be for an extra radiator or for waste water and mains water if you decide that you would like to use your mezzanine as a bathroom.
That said; do think carefully before adding an extra radiator, as heat rises and your mezzanine may be kept warm enough by the existing heating in the room. Most of the time, it is ventilation you will need, rather than heating. So make sure you have at least one opening window or vent that serves your mezzanine level.
A good builder will be happy to help you achieve the best mezzanine that you can in the space available, with most being more than willing to come out and measure up for you. Remember that the type of materials that you choose will largely dictate the cost of the job. So work out your budget before you call a trade member and stick to your self-imposed costs.
Finding a builder doesn’t have to be difficult when you use Rated People. We can help you find a selection of suitable builders to carry out your mezzanine conversion project and provide you with three quotes all from our website.