Balcony, veranda & terrace design ideas, inspiration & pictures

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When designing terrace or a balcony there are many aspects that needs to be taken into account, the materials to use, the shape of the place, how many people will be using it at once and are they able to access it, etc. If you need inspiration to design a terrace in your home, professionals at homify can help you. You can find pictures and ideas that help you to design and renovate your balcony and terrace on our website.

What furniture should I use to furnish my terrace or balcony?

Depending on how big it is and your budget, you can choose from normal products found in shops nearby or try and order them online. Choose furniture that fits the space just right. The most important thing, however, is to make sure your balcony is functional and what you have imagined it would be. What you’re actually going to use the terrace for will also dictate the specific furniture that you should buy—so make sure what you choose is what you actually need in this space and not just a typical piece of furniture for any terrace. Also, it’s a good idea to consider durable pieces, specially for balconies exposed to rain and sun. Surely dealing with discoloured plastic furniture is not something you would like to do in near future.

What are the most important elements of a balcony, terrace or porch?

The balcony, terrace or porch offers you an open space which is close to nature. You can utilize this space in the right way if you understand the size, weather conditions and other factors like the amount of sunlight it receives, the amount of rainfall expected and the view you get from these areas. You should use pots of plants and even vegetables to make these rooms look more green however you should be careful not to make them messy by keeping lots of things you don't even want or need.  A deck is a big space hence you can keep flowers while you can have appropriate furniture for the space depending on the theme and facilities that are available to you. A perfect porch requires a chair to relax and enjoy the view that you get.The outdoor spaces of your home need to be well protected from sunlight ,rain and other external factors, hence you should select furniture that are appropriate. We advise you to use water resistant materials because Singapore is a very rainy, otherwise, you have to keep moving the furnishings all the time. You can hire an expert if you are planning to renovate these spaces. If you are building your home from scratch, you should consider to take help of the architect anytime to create a perfect area for your family.

What type of flooring should I use for my patio?

 Picking the right patio floor, is all about getting the right mix of, practicality, stability and aesthetics and all at the same time! It sound complicated and it can be tricky. But there are a few guaranteed options that work well in the unpredictable Asian climate: 

Gravel or pebbles: A simple, fail-safe option, gravel or pebbles have the added bonus of being cheap and readily available. They also cover a multitude of sins and require virtually no maintenance. 

Wooden deck: This look is hard to beat, relatively inexpensive, and can be maintained easily if you’re prepared to fork out on a pressure washer. The downside is that wood can get slippery when it rains.

Shingle and slabs: Loose shingle and edge-perfect paving slabs are a match made in heaven as you get the benefit of easy-to-walk on surfaces as well as some natural texture. 

Concrete slabs: Another classic approach is to use concrete slabs for a durable, even surface. If you like rustic style you can experiment with unique paving or try leaving gaps between the slabs. 

Rustic stone: In a traditional garden, you really can't go wrong with some rustic stone slabs as your patio base. Endlessly durable, if a little unwieldy to install, they’ll provide a wonderful heritage finish.

How do I maintain my terrace?

It’s easy to neglect this area because we don’t often use it! But, to be able to ensure that you can enjoy this great space for years to come, it is important to do annual checks. See if there are any discoloration, some loose nails, metal rusts or moulds anywhere! Also, try to freshen up the area by rearranging the furniture often depending on your mood or the season! Here in Singapore, we only have two — wet and dry — so make sure that the furnishings matches the weather!

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