London-based studio McLaren Excell recently added a floating loft to a renovated holiday home in Dorset, England. While old buildings can be converted into beautiful new homes, these spaces do not always have enough room for separate living areas. These architects found a creative way to maximize space in a converted schoolhouse.
The 'Merrydown' building is a former Victorian schoolhouse that now functions as a holiday home. The original building featured a monastic layout that was not conducive to a residential property. In order to create separate spaces within the home, the architects added a floating loft above the main living area. The loft was created by taking advantage of the unused space above the original ceiling. To give the room a greater level of privacy, the architects also added wooden hatches that can be folded shut to close off the space.
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