5 important nuances for balcony design

5 important nuances for balcony design

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Even a small balcony is a great opportunity. Here it is good to rest, enjoying the views and fresh air, to work or to grow vegetables and herbs. Formally the balcony belongs to the apartment, but in fact it is a special space, in the arrangement of which there are important nuances. About them we propose to talk today.

Permissible changes

Often, people try to make the balcony a part of the room, thus adding useful space to the apartment. However, such changes require approval from the builder - private or public. Only in monolithic houses can the sill block and threshold be completely removed, again, after obtaining permission and drawing up the relevant documents.

The connected balcony is heated with the help of heaters or electric floor heating, as the radiators cannot be moved by extending the heating circuit arbitrarily either. Before starting work, it is important to understand whether or not it makes sense to bother with alterations, carefully weighing all the pros and cons.

The owners of the loggia should think about combining it. Unlike the balcony, it is surrounded on three sides by solid walls, it is much more spacious and less cold.

To glaze or not to glaze

In the middle latitude, where quite severe and long winters, extra glazing balconies - a big plus. Especially if you combine it with insulation. You get a small room, such as a workroom, which has become a necessity today, a creative studio or a winter garden.

The balcony is part of the street, its appearance affects the overall aesthetics of the house. Therefore, in historic buildings, unauthorized glazing is unlikely to be recognized as legitimate, if in this way the stylistics and architecture of an important for the urban environment object is violated. When the apartment has enough space and storage, there are quality double-glazed windows, and the windows "look" into the forest or a quiet green courtyard, it is good to leave the balcony open. Abundance of flowering plants and cozy garden furniture, which are not afraid of rainfall, will turn it in the summer into a paradise and will fully compensate for the absence of a summer cottage or inability to often go there.

Finishing

If you choose from natural materials, and they are in priority today, three options are optimal for balconies. These are the usual paneling or block-houses, ceramic tiles, including "under the brick" and porcelain tiles. All of these types of finishes are used for both cold and heated spaces. But porcelain stoneware has several advantages:

  • Resistance to ultraviolet light, frost and temperature fluctuations;
  • Zero water absorption;
  • High durability;
  • Ease of care;
  • Hygiene - the surface does not grow fungus and harmful microorganisms; durability.

Porcelain stoneware can accurately imitate any material, so lovers of wood or natural stone will not have to suffer the torture of choice. As an example, we will take the collections of TM Estima - Gabbro, as well as Dream Wood and Classic Wood. On the surface, such coverings are difficult to distinguish from their natural counterparts, but they will last several times longer, requiring less care and attention.

Furniture

It is desirable that the furnishings of the balcony or loggia correspond to the general style of the apartment. Also take into account the area of the terrace, the presence of glazing, the degree of insulation and functional purpose. In order not to increase the load on the load-bearing plate, the furniture is chosen compact and lightweight. It is also good if it will be transformable or foldable for rational use of space.

Unglazed balcony is better to furnish with weatherproof furniture made of plastic, aluminum or artificial rattan, which are usually used for the street.

Greening

A green balcony is cozy and beautiful. But plants need a comfortable microclimate: a sufficient amount of light, high humidity, no wind with plenty of fresh air. Optimal for most ornamental and vegetable crops is considered the eastern orientation of the balcony. In the south and south-west, during the hours of active sun, the plants will need to be shaded with a tent.