Mezzanines: a trend that's here to stay

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In architecture, the Italian word mezzanine refers to a building level between the ground floor and the first floor that generally does not extend through the whole length of the other floors. Sometimes a mezzanine functions like a landing, acting as a transition space between floors, but, more and more, the mezzanine is being used as a room in its own right. The mezzanine is a low-cost architectural solution to adding space without having to take on the large task of constructing a whole new floor. With its continued growth in popularity, it looks like the mezzanine is here to stay! Today we take a look at some examples of stylish, trendy mezzanines.

The benefit of high ceilings

The mezzanine floor is a generally built into the house without covering the whole floor area and is reached by an access ladder. It is a very common construction in chalets or similar rustic, wooden houses. The use of a mezzanine can make the environment more modern and sophisticated. The structure may be constructed of concrete, steel or wood. 

This example is built into an area with a very high ceiling, so that even in the mezzanine, you can stand up with plenty of space above. The area has a large window that lets in plenty of natural light, which helps to create a welcoming atmosphere. As you can see, white is the primary colour that was used in this apartment, giving the mezzanine a very minimalist feel.

Under the stars

With a mezzanine, you can expand the size of your apartment or home, and there are many options for what to do with this new space.  It could be a bedroom, TV room, reading area, gym etc. 

As this image shows us, one of the most valuable qualities of a mezzanine is that it can feel very cosy! In this bedroom, the low ceiling provides a very homey feel. The windows on the ceiling let in a large amount of natural light, which brightens the room and ensures that it won’t feel too cramped. Plus, with these windows, you can sleep under the stars!

Saving space

What a lovely room! It is delicate, functional and simple. In order to save space, the homeowners here constructed a kind of stage for the bed that allows for storage underneath. It is not a typical type of mezzanine, but the idea is the same – to add more space by raising the floor in one part of the room. Upon entering this room, the light from the window draws you to the comfy bed, and the white colour increases the feeling of space.

Reading corner

Here we see a mezzanine made into a calm and relaxed reading corner that offers a wide view of the apartment. The floor is covered in carpet, and the chaise lounge is placed on a slightly elevated wooden step. This is a perfect place to spend a few hours reading in a peaceful and comfortable environment.

Futuristic design

The structure of a mezzanine may be constructed of concrete, steel or wood. Here the mezzanine is constructed in a bold, futuristic design that allows plenty of space for storage while also looking good! Little details, the desk that can be folded into the wall, help the homeowners to make the most of the space. Just another example of the ways that a mezzanine can be both useful and stylish!

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