A less maintenance-demanding choice of material is, for example, pressure-impregnated plank, concrete or perhaps stone tiles? A balcony/patio doesn’t actually have to be made of wood. Take the opportunity to see if you can reuse any material that is on the plot. Perhaps you already have a patio that you had intended to remove and throw away. Consider whether it is possible to rebuild instead. As with many things, planning your project can save you a lot of money. Regardless of whether you are going to build a brand new patio or just refresh the old one, you can take advantage of our tips on how to keep costs down.
Think about the purpose of the balcony
The first question you should ask Delta Market is what the balcony will primarily be used for. Should there be space for a large number of people to be able to hang out, or is a small area enough for just you and your sun lounger? Is it important that everyone can sit properly at a table and eat, or are you looking for a relaxed environment that can function as both a dining area and a sofa hanger?
Plan the size
A common mistake is to build a balcony that is too small. You don’t want to stand there at an outdoor table that you can’t get around and regret not building a bigger one. A tip is to plan how you will decorate the balcony before you start building. Quite quickly you will realize what you want to be able to fit on your balcony and that it will require a larger area than you initially thought.
Choose the right mode
Where the balcony should be placed to become a pleasant place depends on a combination of factors. Think about where there are the most hours of sunshine, in which direction the view is best and whether the location is protected from view. The position of the sun is a very important factor, ideally you want both sun and shade. The location of the balcony next to the house is usually a given, but think about having two balconies in different directions, or if you want to catch all the hours of sunlight, the best choice may be to build a free and separate wooden deck in the garden. The internet is full of pictures and inspiration on how others have chosen to build to achieve all the factors they desire.
Make a drawing
Now it’s time to make a drawing of how you want the balcony to look and what should be included: Parasol, Barbecue, Jacuzzi, Dining area, lounge area and so on. It is also good to draw in where any fences, trellises, hedges and other wind and privacy protection should be placed. Remember to draw with things like electrical outlets right from the start as electrical cables and outlets can be difficult to install afterwards.