Transforming Your Balcony Into An Outdoor Living Space
Regardless of size or view, a balcony is one of those features that define a luxury home. There is nothing quite like relaxing outdoors on your balcony after a long day and you’ll be happy to hear that optimising your terrace could even add about 10 per cent to the value of your property. Balconies increase the architectural interest and character of your property.
You may not think that a balcony is worth it given the unpredictability of British weather but there are so many benefits to them. From taking five to enjoy a coffee outside or hosting friends on a sunny day, there is so much to enjoy. Here is how you can transform your balcony into a true outdoor living space:
Building regulations and protocols
If you’re looking to build your own balcony or veranda area, you need to get planning permission from your local planning authority before you start on any work. It’s essential to be compliant with the UK government’s planning guidance when building or making a major change to your building. Failure to do means you are committing a planning breach and you could be forced to remove your hard work.
If you live in a block of flats, you may need to contact your building manager or landlord for the necessary information.
Think about furniture
You’re not working with a whole lot of space, so you have to pay special attention to the furniture you include. Elevate your space by outfitting it with a trendy bistro table with a chair or two and an outdoor runner-style rug to keep it cosy.
Depending on the position of your balcony, you may opt for a privacy screen to keep your secret relaxing nook away from prying eyes.
Add some greenery
Having a balcony is a great opportunity to turn your outdoor space into a lush sanctuary where you can reap all the mental and physical benefits of a garden. Plants and flowers will help to enhance the illusion of outdoor space while needing only a fraction of the maintenance that big outdoor spaces require.
The decorative details of your balcony are what really make it special. You can spruce up your compact outside space and create a cosy feel for evenings by hanging solar lights. Paired with a couple of warm blankets and pillows, you can give your space some personality and wholesome vibes.
Tiling the floor of your balcony is the perfect way to make you feel like you’re on holiday in the Mediterranean.
Privacy is key
You might really like your neighbours but that doesn’t mean you want them to see you sunbathing on your balcony. Screens or water-resistant curtains provide the perfect solution to your privacy concerns and allow you to enjoy your balcony as you like.