A Beginners Guide to BalconiesBalconies are omnipresent in both urban and rural or suburban areas. They add function and aesthetic value to a building, making it more open. Balconies can come in many styles, each reflecting a certain vibe or utility.

If you’re thinking about adding a balcony to your home and are unsure if they are practical, you aren’t alone. In this post, we explore this diverse design element and help you determine if it is right for you.

What Is a Balcony?

A balcony is an outdoor extension of a house or apartment building. Balconies usually extend the upper floors of a building, but bottom-floor balconies can also exist, especially in apartment blocks.

Throughout history, balconies have performed many functions. In churches and other institutions, the balcony served as a ritual space where a speaker would stand. They also have practical uses, such as providing shade and ventilation.

The Differences Between a Balcony and A Deck

A deck differs from a balcony in that it is usually a tiled or wooden planked area built off the main floor of a building or home. It extends from an entrance and provides a walking space. You can add furniture and enclose the deck with a railing, glass panels, mesh or other materials.

In comparison, a balcony is defined by the fact that it’s usually on the upper floor of a building. It has an outdoor area that extends from the house but is always enclosed by a railing.

3 Different Types of Balconies

There are plenty of balcony styles that you can consider if you want to add one to your home. The variations depend on the architectural style and the purpose you want your balcony to have. Here are some of the most common balcony types:

  • Cantilevered balconies come with the building, as they rely on its internal structure for support. They are heavy but protrude from the building without the help of columns or cables.
  • Stacked balconies are typically found in apartment buildings. They stack on top of each other, getting support from external pillars or columns that will support the accumulated weight.
  • A Juliet balcony is an alternative name for a false balcony, and it’s easy to add as a renovation to an existing home. A Juliet balcony extends very little outside the building and often takes the form of a railing that is added to a large window or door.

Is A Balcony Right for Your Home?

Balconies add charm and style to any home. They also protect the bottom floors from the elements and facilitate proper ventilation. Adding a balcony to an existing home is possible, and our team of expert home builders here at Australian Heritage Homes would be more than happy to guide you through the process.

We can work with a home design specialist to ensure that all the official requirements for your home extension or renovation are in order. Contact us today, and let us help give you the beautiful balcony your home deserves.