With the layout of our flat, there are only two rooms that you can actually go into and close a door behind you, giving a fully private space. These are the bedroom and the bathroom.
While we hadn’t made much progress on the bathroom yet (since we didn’t want to destroy a room in which certain appliances were still very much in use…!) the bedroom just so happened to be the space we were most advanced in. The beams were exposed, the ceilings and walls insulated and plastered up, and all surfaces had been painted with two coats of primer. For that reason, it became the ‘White Room’ and quickly became our kind of save haven throughout the rest of the renovation process. In the room we set up a little table and chairs and would often escape from the construction zone next door to enjoy some peace and ‘finished-ness’.
Spending a lot of time in here got us thinking about what we were wanting from this room, as well as how we could make best use of the space. While the room is an average size, it has a very high ceiling height at 3.6m. There was more than enough room for the bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and other bits and bops that make up a bedroom. However, it seemed a real shame keeping all these elements at floor level, without maximising the height we had on offer.
After some research, we decided to construct a small bedroom mezzanine on which we could place the bed and free up some more storage space on the ground floor. I loved the idea of a cosy bedroom hideaway, with the bed sitting snug under the wooden beams, Plus, a raised space would give us a great view out of the window and offer a different perspective on the rest of the bedroom below.
Again this is something we could have hired a carpenter to do, but with a stubborn boyfriend and great friends (some of whom luckily happen to be engineers and mathematicians) this job turned more into a fun weekend challenge for them all!