Thinking About Adding a Small Balcony to Your Home – What You Need to Know Before You Begin

Thinking About Adding a Small Balcony to Your Home – What You Need to Know Before You Begin
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    There are all kinds of renovation projects that are seen as typical and common, and while there is nothing wrong with those projects, that may not be the look you’re aiming for.

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Maybe you are looking to do something that holds a lot of impact and can really transform the way your house looks, and even the way you use the space. Adding a balcony to an existing house is something that can offer dramatic impact, and provide you with a whole new outdoors space to enjoy. Not only do balconies add beauty and interest to your home, they can also help to boost its property value.

Of course, adding a balcony isn’t just a quick weekend job as there are plenty of factors to keep in mind before deciding to go ahead with the project. So before you go ahead and make a decision, here are some things you should be aware of.

Keep it Simple with a Juliet Balcony

If you want the drama and elegance of a balcony but you’re not prepared to go all out and take on a huge and often expensive project, then a Juliet style balcony is usually the best answer. This style of balcony usually starts around £300, including professional installation. Because you aren’t actually changing the structure of the home, these are quite easy to install.

A Juliet balcony is made up of a balcony rail on the outside of a door opening. The idea is that you open up the door to the railing and it gives the sense of a balcony without actually have balcony space to walk out on. Experts recommend that this is the best option for flats. Keep in mind you will need to consult with the local authorities and get a permit, and you will likely need to ask for permission from the freeholder before going ahead with the work.

Looking for a Bit More Drama and Useable Space

For those who want more drama with their balcony and want actual useable space, then a traditional balcony is likely going to be the right option. With a traditional balcony you will have a door leading out to it and you can then walk out and sit on the balcony. You may want enough space for your grill, patio furniture, perhaps some potted plants, etc.

A few things to keep in mind when you are building this kind of balcony are function and space. How do you plan to use the balcony and how much space do you need? As far as the cost goes for these styles of balconies, it will obviously depend on the size and complexity of the project, but it’s normal to start around the £3,000 range and go up from there.

This is a project that will absolutely require a permit and a professional builder who has experience in installing balconies.

A Balcony Could Add the Drama and Elegance You’re After

While a balcony is not a simple DIY job and does require a permit and a professional builder/installer, the end result can be the drama and elegance you have been after.

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