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Architecturally speaking, mezzanine floors are intermediate floors between the main floors of a building… in simple terms, mezzanine floors are just cool.

Popular for industrial warehousing, distribution and manufacturing, the mezzanine can also be the statement style for your domestic domicile. In fact, as a residential room, mezzanines make a statement both in form and function.

So here are some tips for adding a suspended room to your home renovation.

Project planning: Planning is the key to negating regret. Make sure your space can accommodate a mezzanine. Talk to your architect and builder, perhaps even get a computer generated image put together.

Planned purpose: You should determine what your mezzanine is for; bedroom, library, or perhaps a work area. Make sure your available space is suitable for the function.

Upsies and downsies: Ensure the space above and below your mezzanine is appropriate – both ends should have enough space to stand in. Smaller spaces may still work, perhaps as storage space.

Lighting lover: Choose appropriate lighting for the function and ensure it can be controlled from both in the mezzanine area and from below, so you can turn the lights on and off even when you are not in the space.

Staircase to the stars: When designing a mezzanine, it is important that the stairs are accessible. Also, be sure that the stairs are safe. You can also be creative in your stairs design. Just be sure that it will not consume too much space. Some use spiral stairs to save space.

Materials matter: While you want a mezzanine which is visually appealing, strength is of even greater importance. Ensure materials will be sturdy. You can use wood, light metal, mild steel or concrete, or translucent materials will create even more openness.

Height of fashion:
Safety trumps appearance, every time. So don’t go crazy on the height, it will cost more and may compromise safety and security.

Suitable space:
Your dimensions will depend on your available space. The function of the mezzanine will depend on the available space.

When you design a mezzanine, you have to consider two things – heating and circulation. When heat rises, it might become too hot in your mezzanine. So, try placing an insulator so it won’t absorb heat. Keeping it open can also help with circulation.

A weighty issue:
Furniture will vary depending on the function and usage of your mezzanine, but lighter furniture is recommended so it will be easy to place and your mezzanine can bear its weight.

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