One space that I haven’t mentioned so far is the mezzanine above the kitchen, and there is a very good reason for that! After ordering our kitchen units we needed to make room for them, which meant clearing out our makeshift storage area that the kitchen had morphed into. Now when I say clear out, I mean that we simply moved everything from this area to a new makeshift storage zone, which - you guessed it - was the mezzanine above the kitchen.
Now what kind of things did we store here? Literally anything and everything - drills, saws, sanding machines, sandpaper, tool boxes, buckets, paint, brushes, nails, brooms, masks, overalls, shoes, wood, plasterboard, insulation, primer… just to name but a few things! And needless to say, this storage area was a real bordel (as our French friends like to say meaning ‘a mess’). Closing my eyes I can still picture it now and unfortunately there is no photographic evidence to show… at the time it didn’t seem worthy of a picture, a choice I regret now!
We always envisaged this space becoming a guest room, or even a mini office in which we could put our sofa bed and perhaps a desk for the laptop. In winter it can be a great hideaway or snug since being tucked away on a higher level it becomes nice and cosy. However despite all these ideas, the point was that we didn’t need to complete this space before moving in, and considered it a space to occupy ourselves with once we were all settled. What’s more, as it was hidden away on a separate level, it was easy just to leave it as a storage area and forget the messy state it was in…out of sight out of mind as they say (or ni vu ni connu).
One thing we did need to think about however was the mezzanine barrier, and whether we preferred it being open or closed. For example, if we wanted an open barrier there were a number of different materials on offer – glass for a transparent modern effect, or iron or wood for a more traditional, railing style effect. In the end, our budget (or lack of) made the decision for us. While beautiful options, both glass and iron barriers are costly, and our budget simply did not allow this expense! The other difference we were aware of when choosing is that by keeping the barrier open, the room would feel more like an extension of the living room, whereas by closing it off it becomes that bit more private, creating an entirely different space altogether. As it was intended to be a space for guests, and potentially an office, we decided closing it off as a new space would be the preferred (and cheapest!) option.
As we had both wood and plasterboards left over, it seemed a cost effective method to construct a barrier from these materials, building upon the existing railing style wooden barrier. Check out the transformation in the pictures below.