You guys have it backwards. An older or worn clutch is going to disengage much further into the pedal stroke, and disengage much quicker in the return stroke.
Dead space at the end of the pedal stroke is sign of a new clutch. This happens because of the fingers on a new pressure plate don't require as much travel to disengage and engage the clutch plate.
This is how my new clutch felt, if I pushed it all they way to the floor there was a lot of "dead" space before it would begin to engage. It's hard to explain, it's just one of those things where you have to replace a clutch yourself and see how everything works and mess with it a bit. It really is an incredibly simple system.
In other words, OP, that clutch is newer.