How to refine the balcony in spring: open the summer season
It just so happened that our balcony is considered to be a utility room where you can store unnecessary trash. Whether it is in Europe, where it has long been equipped in a comfortable room for gatherings with family and friends. And what prevents us from leaving the good old traditions and turning the balcony or loggia into a stylish room for various needs? That’s right, laziness and unwillingness to think creatively.
The answer suggests itself – free the balcony space from things, sorting them into necessary and unnecessary (we assure you, there will be much more unnecessary). Do not be sorry to say goodbye to objects of ten years ago, which you have never used. If you still find things used in the household, find another place for them (put them in the closet, in the closet, take them to the garage or to the cottage). After scooping up the old junk, carefully wash the balcony, not sparing any detergents or water. When the preparatory stage is completed, you can proceed to the most important thing – to repair.
If your balcony needs glazing, hire a brigade of workers and wait for the hour “X”. If you decide to leave the balcony not glazed, you must be prepared for weather conditions and in case of rain, hail, snow, hurricane furniture and decor will have to be taken from the balcony, but this is not the most interesting thing. So, you can insert the windows onto the balcony from different materials – wood, PVC eurowindows, frameless glazing. Recently, more and more often they prefer plastic windows because of their availability, wear resistance and functionality. Glazing the balcony will make the balcony warmer, and other sounds (the roar of cars, children’s cries, drunken companies at night) will not bother you.
The next very important stage in the improvement of the balcony is waterproofing. Firstly, this procedure will protect your balcony from adverse environmental conditions. The most popular materials are materials based on bitumen, liquid rubber and polymers. You can also use roofing material, special water-repellent primers and impregnations. After waterproofing your balcony is not afraid of any rain and snow.
An important step in preparing the balcony for landscaping is insulation. It is better if you warm the floor, walls, and ceiling (it will be more reliable). As insulators use foam, foam or mineral wool.
If possible, install heating on the balcony – it can be a warm floor or a full battery. When the installation work is more or less completed, it is the turn of the interior decoration of the balcony. Materials for finishing will depend solely on your preferences, financial capabilities and style decision. The ceiling, for example, can be suspended, lined with clapboard, drywall or simply painted with paint. The walls are lined with clapboard, vinyl siding, plastic panels. You can also lay the walls with stone or brick, glue them with wallpaper (ordinary or photo) or simply paint it in the color that, in your opinion, will most fit into the overall interior. To cover the floor, you can use laminate, parquet, linoleum, tile or carpet. But do not forget, if you decide on warm floors – the material will have to comply with them.
Winter Garden. For those who can not imagine their life without plants, we suggest to elevate the balcony by placing a winter garden in it. Just imagine – in one place you will collect your favorite flowers and find yourself in a heavenly place where you can not only hone your gardening skills, but also drink coffee at a small table surrounded by fragrant aromas that are intoxicating. For arranging the winter garden, you don’t really have to do anything – buy a small wicker furniture (a table and a couple of chairs), hang the shelves and arrange the flowers. The process is complete!
Bar. A smart idea would be a bar located on the balcony. He will not only become the decoration of the balcony, but also relieve the kitchen of excess furniture. It is advisable to place the bar counter directly in front of the window (just ask the builders to make a long and optimally wide window sill), so that while enjoying your favorite drinks you can contemplate the street panorama of the city. Place high stools near the bar, and place your favorite drinks on the shelves. Woo la! Now you own your own bar, where you are not ashamed to invite friends.