A new staircase and playful mezzanine loft added to a Victorian cottage.
What began as a simple project, quickly grew in ambition. Being end of terrace with a hipped roof, and in a conservation area so not benefitting from permitted development, the loft space was too small for a traditional conversion. The clients wanted to use all available space, so we proposed a mezzanine which could be used as both an office and guest bedroom.
The mezzanine is open to the stairwell, a tall space with a roof light above. The main staircase was carefully detailed with square edged treads and risers and a flush balustrade, skillfully constructed on site from pre-engineered oak boards. This contrasts with access to the mezzanine itself which is more playful, via a storage unit of drawers which form tall steps, with a slender steel handrail, which contrasts with the solid oak handrail of the main stair. As much a piece of furniture as a staircase this sits on the landing in front of a stripped brickwork wall.
Elsewhere a new kitchen diner was created and the remaining house completely refurbished.