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Create Your At-Home Oasis with a Balcony Addition

Jan 27, 2021 | Additions & Interiors, Balcony

Is there anything more picturesque than a balcony? They add a sense of timeless elegance to your home. Balcony additions enhance your home’s curb appeal while bringing in more natural light. Depending on where you plan to put the addition, it can also extend the space of your living areas.

Bedroom balconies are especially popular as they give homeowners a chance to create a private oasis without requiring a full-on addition to the home. Plus, they add plenty of romance and charm. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular ideas for bedroom balcony additions and tips for recreating the same look in your home.

Inspiration for Your Bedroom Balcony Addition

You spend nearly half of your life lying in bed. Why not make your surroundings as comfortable and inviting as possible? Balcony additions are a fantastic way to turn your master bedroom into the retreat you’ve always dreamed of. Plus, you can enjoy the outdoors without ever having to leave your bedroom!

We love the look of a small terrace balcony with iron railing and tile floors. All you need are some greenery and bistro chairs to feel like you’re on vacation in France. Likewise, an elongated balcony with floor to ceiling glass doors and wood flooring can bring that relaxing resort feeling to your home. They’re an excellent choice for waterfront properties. You can even create a balcony that spans the width of your second floor for an eye-catching, stately look.

Balcony flooring ideas

Besides the view, your balcony’s flooring will be one of the first things you and others notice. The balcony will be exposed to the elements, so it’s important to choose durable flooring. Luckily, there are plenty of options to meet your style and budget:

  • Wood: a classic option that’s easy to install, requires routine maintenance to keep it in good shape
  • Composite wood: looks just like real wood but requires less maintenance
  • Porcelain: resistant to the elements and available in a variety of styles
  • Cement: a durable, sturdy option that’s quite easy, so make sure your structure can support it
  • Terracotta: long-lasting and available in numerous finishes, quite porous, and requires regular sealing

Balcony railing ideas

There’s also your balcony’s railing to consider. The railing helps keep your balcony safe and private. The material you use can also help bring your vision for the overall design to life. Wood railings with cable infill are great for a contemporary style. Like wood flooring, this type of railing needs to be treated to protect it from the elements. Glass railings are a nice option if you want to make sure nothing obstructs your view. They can also cut down on any noise wind might cause.

Wrought iron railings are some of the most classic and come in many designs. The upkeep can be more time-consuming than other options because the material is prone to corrosion. You may also consider stainless steel for a more durable choice.

Balcony privacy ideas

Privacy is a common concern for many homeowners when considering a balcony addition. Depending on the infill you use for your balcony, you’ll likely have some open areas where light and prying eyes could get in. Thankfully, there are many attractive and easy ways to resolve this potential problem, including:

  • Strategically placed plants and furniture
  • Bamboo fencing
  • Privacy screens
  • Outdoor curtains
  • Trellis vines

Balcony lighting ideas

Planning to use your balcony at night? Then, you’ll definitely need some lighting. Wall sconces can add plenty of light and a bit of drama. They’ll also enhance the view from inside your master suite. We also love the look of string lights, which come in many styles from Edison to soft, frosted bulbs. Teak lanterns are great for playing up a rustic style. You can also hang spherical pendant lights for a more contemporary look.

We’re all spending a lot more time at home these days. Why not turn it into the retreat you’ve always dreamed of? Our team was able to do just that for homeowners in Carroll County who wanted a relaxing sanctuary to enjoy their surroundings. Whether you’re looking to create an intimate space for two or an outdoor entertaining area on your balcony addition, our team is ready to help you brainstorm ideas through a free consultation.