Residential The mezzanine is a burning topic for me, because in my house I decided to abandon the floors and the attic in favor of the “big shelf”.

The room (alas, while the construction is still not an interior) immediately acquired volume, a lot of ideas appeared on how to use the space under the roof arch.

Personally, I plan to allocate a place to relax in just one room like a couch under the roof: retire, lie down, read a book.

I looked into the Internet, and there it’s not just options for a “carriage shelf” for sleeping, there are entire lounges and libraries.

Before igniting another design idea, you should carefully study the “materiel” and specifications 🙂
In the case of the second level of the interior, an important condition for its creation is the presence of high ceilings. Not all houses are designed in such a way that the ceiling height is sufficient for arranging a mezzanine.
But in most private houses, conditions can be created to increase this very height.

Method number 1. Remove the overlap between the floor and the roof.

Alas, this is not always realistic due to the too low skate. But even in this case, the ceiling will rise to the level of the roof slopes, and at the second level it will be possible to arrange at least a bench.

If the floor beams are too massive, they can be painted to match the color of the ceiling. This technique will make them visually light and not so noticeable.
Method number 2. Lower the floor level.
Most houses are built with a small plinth, due to which the floor level can be lowered. The technique is not new and its only drawback is the presence of steps at the entrance to the room or that particular area where the floor line is lowered.
Method number 3. Apply both options above.
This is the jackpot when you can afford to add extra living meters to your house in two simple tricks. Let there be not so many of them, but you won’t have to attach anything to the house either.
Imagine: you planned only a bathroom, but you can also afford a relaxation area without compromising your original plans.
IMPORTANT: according to building regulations, the minimum height of underutilized living quarters (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and bathroom) should not be less than 2.2 m.
In this case, non-residential utility rooms can have a height of 1.9 m.
However, if your second level was planned as a sleeping place or a play area for children, then the ceiling height there may be the same as on the top shelf of the compartment car – 1.5 m.
Thus, the idea of ​​creating a mezzanine can be applied even to standard houses with a ceiling height of 2.5 m.

We consider: 2.2 + 0.2 (shelf thickness) + 1.5 \u003d 3.9 m. If you reach this height, then you can begin to fulfill your fantasies. When literally 10-20 cm is missing – try method number 2 (see above).
The “upper shelf” can initially be planned in the project, and then its purpose depends only on your desire, up to placing a full-fledged living room there.
If the second level is the result of redevelopment, you will have to adapt to the existing realities: the configuration of the roof slopes and its height at specific points.

From non-trivial options:
  • a sleeping place with a bathroom (!), I think this is the case when you need to clearly calculate the load on the beams,
  • library-reading room, an option for avid bibliophiles when you really prefer this type of recreation,
  • office, this option will allow you to retire without seclusion, especially true for freelance moms.
And, of course, the standard: a sleeping place, a play area, a greenhouse.


On the lower tier it is most convenient to arrange

  • passage area (corridor with access to utility rooms and sanitary rooms),
  • kitchen,
  • bathroom and bathroom,
  • hozblok with washing machine and ironing board,
  • dressing room,
  • gym,
  • hobby workshop,
  • places for storing seasonal items, toys, regalia, etc.

Thus, by deciding to make a second level, you can significantly expand the functionality of your home.

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