Mezzanine Apartment
Architectural Design
Designed by John Lessels and constructed between 1874-1880, this building concluded a line of terraced townhouses in Edinburgh’s West End. Converted to a Royal Scottish nursing home from the early 20th Century until 2005, it was later transformed into flats. The apartment, annexed by the main entrance corridor and staircase, exhibited a plan that felt detached from the overall development. In comparison to the more spacious 2- or 3-bedroom properties on the ground and first floors, it never achieved the same level of functionality.

Photo by Chris McCluskie 100iso
Photo by Chris McCluskie 100iso
This apartment was our first home, purchased when we returned to Scotland from New York. The untapped potential of this beautiful space was immediately apparent to us, since we realised that designing a mezzanine would give us both a working studio space and a place for guests to sleep.


1. Bedroom

2. Kitchen

3. Bathroom

4. Dining Area

5. Formal Lounge

6. Home Office

7. Informal Lounge

8. Glass Floor
Lower Floor Plan
Upper Floor Plan
The main dining space on the ground floor features a custom-built dining table just off the kitchen, where we’ve celebrated many holidays and birthdays with family and friends.


1. Glass Balustrade

2. Staircase

3. Storage

4. Kitchen
Photo by Chris McCluskie 100iso
Photo by Chris McCluskie 100iso
The apartment has a bright and airy ambiance, courtesy of three floor-to-ceiling windows with original shutters. Making the most of this feature, we enhanced the space by incorporating a glass-floored reading nook and clear glass balustrades.
The Steadings, 4 Binny Stables,
Ecclesmachan, EH52 6NL