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Ballard Residence
Ballard Residence
SHD Landscape Architecture
Inspiration for a contemporary metal railing balcony remodel in Seattle with a roof extension
Doce Soles
Doce Soles
Luis Trevino. Architect
Luis Trevino
Inspiration for a tropical balcony remodel in Mexico City with a roof extension
Meydenbauer Bay Residence
Meydenbauer Bay Residence
Urban Restoration
Haris Kenjar
Example of a large trendy balcony design in Seattle with a roof extension
Echo Aventura
Echo Aventura
DESIGN SOLUTIONS
Balcony - large modern glass railing balcony idea in Miami with a roof extension
N Maney Avenue
N Maney Avenue
J Taylor Designs
Inspiration for a mid-sized farmhouse balcony remodel in Nashville with a roof extension
Modern Ski Chalet
Modern Ski Chalet
Stillwater Architecture L.L.C.
Modern ski chalet with walls of windows to enjoy the mountainous view provided of this ski-in ski-out property. Formal and casual living room areas allow for flexible entertaining. Construction - Bear Mountain Builders Interiors - Hunter & Company Photos - Gibeon Photography
1017 Seagate Drive | Delray Beach, FL | Beach Area Estate
1017 Seagate Drive | Delray Beach, FL | Beach Area Estate
Pascal Liguori & Son
Balcony
Mid-sized trendy metal railing balcony photo in Other with no cover
Chenault
Chenault
Michael Lee Architects
Example of a minimalist mixed material railing balcony design in Los Angeles with a pergola
Labron Residence
Labron Residence
mitchell garman architects
Charles Davis Smith, AIA
Trendy balcony photo in Dallas
Round Hill
Round Hill
Meyer & Meyer, Inc. Architecture and Interiors
The unique site, 11 acres on a peninsula with breathtaking views of the ocean, inspired Meyer & Meyer to break the mold of waterside shingle-style homes. The estate is comprised of a main house, guest house, and existing bunker. The design of the main house involves projecting wings that appear to grow out of the hillside and spread outward toward three sides of ocean views. Architecture and landscape merge as exterior stairways and bridges provide connections to a network of paths leading to the beaches at each point. An enduring palette of local stone, salt-washed wood, and purple-green slate reflects the muted and changeable seaside hues. This beach-side retreat offers ever-changing views from windows, terraces, decks, and pathways. Tucked into the design are unexpected touches such as a hideaway wine room and a nautically-inspired crow’s nest.
Vintage Treetop Cabin Deck
Vintage Treetop Cabin Deck
Tinsel House, LLC
Inspiration for a rustic balcony remodel in Sacramento
121 Highland Ave
121 Highland Ave
Travis Knoop Photography
Travis Knoop Photography
Inspiration for a victorian balcony remodel in Seattle with a roof extension
4396 Gordon Drive in Port Royal
4396 Gordon Drive in Port Royal
London Bay Homes
Balcony - coastal metal railing balcony idea in Miami with a roof extension
The Essex Plan
The Essex Plan
Loudermilk Homes, LLC
Oversized glass sliding doors in the family room can be tucked away for a seamless transition to the spacious covered outdoor room that features a custom gas fire feature and electric heaters so it can be enjoyed year-round.
Montecito 7945
Montecito 7945
Godden Sudik Architects Inc
A 'Colorado Room' at the rear of the house creates a covered deck that will allow you to entertain outside year-round.
Balcony - traditional balcony idea in Denver with a fire pit
Beach Style Deck
Beach Style Deck
Balcony - coastal balcony idea in Charlotte with a roof extension
Dyna - Portage Bay
Dyna - Portage Bay
Dyna Contracting
Clean and simple define this 1200 square foot Portage Bay floating home. After living on the water for 10 years, the owner was familiar with the area’s history and concerned with environmental issues. With that in mind, she worked with Architect Ryan Mankoski of Ninebark Studios and Dyna to create a functional dwelling that honored its surroundings. The original 19th century log float was maintained as the foundation for the new home and some of the historic logs were salvaged and custom milled to create the distinctive interior wood paneling. The atrium space celebrates light and water with open and connected kitchen, living and dining areas. The bedroom, office and bathroom have a more intimate feel, like a waterside retreat. The rooftop and water-level decks extend and maximize the main living space. The materials for the home’s exterior include a mixture of structural steel and glass, and salvaged cedar blended with Cor ten steel panels. Locally milled reclaimed untreated cedar creates an environmentally sound rain and privacy screen.
2013 Sustainability at Wa'ahila
2013 Sustainability at Wa'ahila
MOKULUA High Performance Builder
Balcony - small coastal balcony idea in Hawaii with a roof extension
Connecticut Barn - Pool House
Connecticut Barn - Pool House
Keuka Studios, Inc
Open and spacious multi-level great room with second level overlook and window wall that allows for lots of natural sunlight. Keuka Studios, inc. - Cable Railing and Stair builder, Whetstone Builders, Inc. - GC, James Dixon - Architect, Kast Photographic - Photography
Wood and Glass House
Wood and Glass House
Keuka Studios, Inc
Cable Railing posts embedded into Brazilian Walnut (IPE) decking.
Inspiration for a modern balcony remodel in New York with a roof extension

Whether you live in a small apartment or a large house, having a balcony is a serious asset. But if you’ve been neglecting your outdoor space or simply have no idea how to decorate it, it’s time to make a change! With just a little effort, it’s possible to turn even the most basic of balconies into a true outdoor retreat. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot to sunbathe and tuck into your summer reading, or a nook for enjoying afternoon drinks with friends, read on to glean some balcony ideas and inspiration.

1. Create a Garden of Potted Plants

Even if you don’t have a backyard, it’s possible to create a garden on the balcony with a multitude of potted plants. Opt for larger varieties if you want to create some privacy. Or add a flowering vine that will twist around your railing.

2. Small but Mighty

If you’re in need of small balcony ideas, focus on quality. It’s possible to create a cozy, inviting space even in tight quarters if you line it with luxurious details. Add some removable wood deck flooring, put in a small chair plus a warming light fixture, and you’ve got the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors.

3. Add Some Cooling Shade

Sunbathing on the balcony is nice, for about 15 minutes. Prolong the amount of time you spend on your outdoor ledge with a cover from the sun, like a shade sail, an awning, an umbrella or even a built-in wooden awning.

4. Squeeze in Seating

Think your balcony is too small for socializing? With the right setup, you might just change your mind. Add in a couple of chairs plus a small table, and you’ve got the perfect spot for summer cocktail hours.

5. Privacy, Please

A big part of making your balcony a place you actually want to spend time in is making it feel adequately private. Bamboo or lattice fences are affordable and can cover up wide gaps in your railing.

6. Soft Materials

Need some balcony ideas for a space that feels too cold, hard or simply unwelcoming? Think layers of soft and cushy materials. Add a hearty outdoor rug to the floor, line chairs with seat cushions and toss in some comfy throw pillows to lean against.

7. Lighting is Key

One of the best balcony decor moves is to bring in some warm lighting that’ll up the ambiance. Candles in lanterns, string lights or one glowing pendant light are all great options.

8. Focus on the Floors

Basic concrete floors aren’t all that inviting, but you’ve got several options to create a more warm and welcoming space. If you own your condo or home, consider adding balcony tiles in a pretty mosaic pattern. Renters can opt for removable vinyl tiles, wooden decking or simply an outdoor rug.

9. Make a Statement

Remember, this is your little spot to enjoy the view, breathe in some fresh air and soak up the sun! So have fun with your balcony design. Hang a hammock or a swinging egg chair, add an orange tree or a tomato vine, install a living wall planter — whatever makes your space feel special.


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