Elle Decoration, 2005
AndArchitects' Director Rachel was featured in an interview for “Modern Comfort – Versatile Style. Installing a mezzanine – Not sure where to begin?" in 2005. From the article :
'Installing a Mezzanine - Not sure where to begin? We asked Rachel Nogueira of AndArchitects to give us a few starting points.
- First, decide how the space is to be used: bathrooms, storage and kitchens work best below the mezzanine. Keep it as open as possible to maximise space and height.
- As a guide, there needs to be a minimum clear floor-to-ceiling height of 2.1m above and below the mezzanine. Remember to allow for the thickness of the floor.
- The balustrade should be between 0.9m and 1.1m high. If you choose a railing, the gaps between any bars should be less than 10cm.
- Consult a structural engineer to calculate the support required and to ensure that the building can take the additional floor load. Contact The Institution of Structural Engineers (020 7235 4535; www.findanengineer.com)
- The construction must comply with building regulations: make an application to your local authority’s building control department.
- If a mezzanine connects to a wall shared with a neighbour, you should appoint a party wall surveyor to arrange a party wall award. Contact the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (0870 333 1600; www.rics.org.uk)
- Unless the mezzanine changes the external appearance of the building in some way, then planning permission is not required.
- If it’s a listed building, apply for Listed Building Consent from your local authority.
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