If you’re looking to transform your bedroom, a balcony can work wonders. Not only do they add more space to your room, those large glazed doors bring in spades of natural light. And with sunlight triggering endorphins in our brains, you could say they make for the ideal happy space.
But which balcony is right for your home, and what does getting one entail? Let’s find out…
How to install a balcony
According to research by London estate agents Marsh & Parsons, having a balcony on your home could add up to 25% extra value to your property.
We mention this up front because actually installing a balcony can be a bit of tricky process, so it’s worth baring the rewards in mind before you get started. With the exception of the Juliet balcony, you will require planning permission to install a balcony onto your home.
Planning permission can sound daunting, but if you get a good architect on board to act as your planning agent, this can be a relatively painless process. We recommend an architect, as they will be best placed to design and submit plans your local authority will approve.
There are few issues all planning officers look for when assessing a proposed balcony, they are…
Impact on neighbours - will your balcony impose on their privacy? How will this be countered?
Upkeep of the property’s aesthetic - will your balcony blend in with the rest of your home? This is especially important for period properties.
Loss of light - will your balcony cause the rooms and garden areas below to become dark and overshadowed?
Fall safeguarding - You balcony must include a guard rail that is at least 1100 mm high and designed to prevent a sphere with a 100 mm diameter passing through any openings.
At Resi, we offer a comprehensive planning package, where our team will handle all the nitty gritty on your behalf. Why not give our team a call to learn more?