A balcony with a glass balustrade.
Size: Choosing the right size balcony for your outdoor space and the adjoining room are important factors to consider. Homeowners should take into account what the balcony will be used for. A seating area can be relatively smaller than a space intended to be used for entertaining or storage. A professional architect or designer can help you decide on the appropriate size for the space. The size of your home and proximity to your neighbors will also determine the type of balcony you can design and construct. Larger homes may accommodate outdoor seating or gardens in the space, whereas smaller homes may require a smaller and cheaper “Juliet” type balcony.
A typical Juliet style balcony
Before building your balcony, you must consult your local authority to obtain approval and proper permits. This will ensure that the balcony is designed per code and maintains the integrity of your home. A licensed contractor will be able to guide you through the permitting process and help you choose a design that fits your budget and space.
Cost of Building a Balcony
The cost to build your new balcony will depend on several factors including size, height, materials, cost of labor, and finishes. According to HomeAdvisor, the average homeowner spends anywhere from $2000 total to build a smaller deck and about $7000 for a 200 by 500 square foot deck. The materials selected, such as wood, plastic or composite will also have varying effects on pricing. The good news, though, is that a well-done balcony can have a nice return on your investment should you decide to sell it one day.
Why Hire a Professional?
As always, it is important to hire a licensed engineer when designing and building your dream balcony. They will ensure your plan is up to code, streamline the planning and construction process, and likely save you money and time in the long run.
Fortunately, with the help of proper planning and a reputable builder, a new balcony can provide you with a safe and enjoyable outdoor space for years to come! Contact our professionals at Design Everest to help you with your new addition by calling 877-704-5687.
*Note: The content published above was made in collaboration with members of Design Everest.
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