Space is often limited within modern architecture, especially when it comes to inner-city and other urban environments. Even when it comes to residential property in areas where architects and designers are afforded more space to work with, there is a reluctance in the UK at least, to even consider adding a balcony to many properties. As we look for ways in which we can maximise the use of residential properties (especially where space is limited), it is vital to look at all areas where value can be extracted, and life improved for residents. One area where this is immediately possible, no matter the location of a building, is with the addition of a balcony to a residential property.

There is a very simple couple of reasons why a balcony benefits a property. The first is that it immediately adds that extra bit of space to a property. An architect adds a balcony because it provides that additional space that just doesn’t fit anywhere else in or around the property. The second reason is that the addition of a balcony immediately adds value to the property in question, due to the fact it adds genuine life value to whoever lives there and brings in plenty of natural light.

Balconies provide fresh air, and a space to sit and relax with a glass of wine and a book, a cup of coffee, to watch the sun go down in relaxing summer evenings, to gather with a couple of close friends, as an overspill for parties, or a smoking area for those who still smoke in this day and age. There are a few different styles of balconies that an architect chooses between. This could be a balcony stacked on pillars, cantilevered balconies, or hung balconies to name just a few. The choice of balcony an architect makes will depend on the style of the building, the weight consideration, and the desired use of the extra space.

Balconies must always be private – and this is one of the major differences when comparing with a terrace, as well as the fact a balcony can be on any floor and not just the top floor or ground floor. Balconies provide an extra space where plants, flowers, and greenery can be placed to exude a calm ambience and to help reduce energy consumption. A balcony helps to bring in fresh airflow, helping to reduce energy use as there isn’t as much need for air conditioning in warm summer months.

Think about how nice a balcony is on any property, how it can be used for inhabitants of a building to sit out when the weather is nice, add that bit of extra space where a greater level of natural light can come into the building, and where genuine value can be added to a property when it comes time to either sell the property or let it out to brand-new tenants. A balcony on a residential property can help to add greenery where there is less space inside a building, to help reduce urban heat, and to just increase the aesthetic pleasure that people get from a balcony.

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