Elle Decoration, 2005

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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;
  5. The construction must comply with building regulations: make an application to your local authority’s building control department.
  6. 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;
  7. Unless the mezzanine changes the external appearance of the building in some way, then planning permission is not required.
  8. If it’s a listed building, apply for Listed Building Consent from your local authority.

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