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Design details: mezzanines

Whether used as a cosy retreat or practical area, this intermediate storey can be an eye-catching addition to an open-plan space, says Emily Smith
In this design by Viewport Studio, bifold panels can be pulled across in front of the glass balustrade to shut the mezzanine space off when needed

Mezzanines are areas that sit above a larger, double-height room, typically overlooking the space below. With open-plan living more popular than ever, these designs can offer a cosy, private zone or form a bright and airy gallery hallway to upstairs rooms.

Voluminous double-height structures lend themselves perfectly to this, which is why mezzanines are a popular feature in barns and other conversions. Houses with vaulted ceilings are another style that partners well, including designs that look to make the most of exposed structural frames. But mezzanines can be great for creating useful compact areas, too – integrating a raised sleeping platform with storage space below is popular, for instance. The golden rule is to keep the mezzanine in proportion with the area beneath it – avoid covering more than 50%.

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The October edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A 1960s property transformed into a characterful home (page 22) • 10 tips to make the most of your self-build plot (page 62) • The best glazed doors for your project (page 75) • Complete guide to building an eco home (page 81) • How to get the planners on side (page 105) … and more!