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Simple pavers integrated into a design can be used to allow access for window washing hooks on a condo balcony.

Hazelwood Condo Balcony

View from one end of the balcony.

A recent installation we did for a nice customer in the east end of Toronto.  A Hazelwood Balcony where the design had to be adapted for the window washing hooks which are quite common in condos.

In the photo to the left you can see the pattern chosen for this balcony - where multiple "rooms" have been built with double vertical boards to make it appear wider.

The composite is from TruNorth Decking who are our favourite supplier.  This Hazelwood is very popular and with the nice black markings it creates a beautiful floor.  The composite is made from 100% recycled plastic and rice hulls from Alabama which fits right in with our focus on environmental stewardship.

Full balcony showing paving stones for window washing hooks.

The second photo on the right show the inside part of the balcony where we integrated some simple paving stones into the design.  The gap on each side of the stones is to allow the customer to easily and quickly lift up the stones to allow the window washing crews access to the hooks. Just simple pavers but they did the trick and actually create a bit more structure in the design.

Wide boards can create a very sophisticated look for any balcony.

Indian Apartment Wide Board Balcony

A nice, straightforward, wide board balcony from our line of 15 Engaging Asian Balconies.  This apartment in India contrast some wide boards with porcelain tiles on the inside of the apartment to create a very sophisticated look.

A wide board look can be achieved with wood of course, but also with different tiles.  Many porcelain tiles are now manufactured with a faux wood look that is very impressive.  Each of the tiles has a different grain, colour and can create a fabulous look for a floor.

In this example, the boards are running perpendicular from the doors, making the balcony look much wider than it is.  Add a couple of chairs, a simple table and a bit of greenery and you have a beautiful step out balcony.  A nice job!

Porcelain tiles are an ideal solution for a condo balcony if you want zero maintenance and long life.

Japanese Balcony With Porcelain Tiles

One more in our series of condo balconies from around the world and this one features a Japanese Condo Balcony with porcelain tiles.  This is from an article called 15 Engaging Asian Balcony Designs that gives you a good look at all sorts of different ideas.

We've added a new line of porcelain tiles to our group of flooring products because they are a natural for our condo balcony designs.  Made from natural materials, they can withstand Canadian elements and still look beautiful year in and year out.  Several way to put them down on the floor, all respecting condo balcony rules about not affixing something permanently to the ground.

All condo balcony furniture is best designed and built to accommodate some storage for cushions and other useful items.

Sitting and Storage Bench

One of the issues most of our customers face is the lack of storage.  Therefore most of our bench designs and sitting solutions are built to house their own cushions.  This is a classic example as the customer had a very odd shaped balcony.  They wanted a bench and small table to fit one corner.  They had little room wanted a bench where they didn't have to lift up the seat each time but the cushion was right at hand.

This simple condo bench design and table was built by one of our artisans and installed on top of a cedar deck that we built and installed as well.  The bench has no back on it so as to not obstruct the view from inside.  In these cases we often recommend a wedge cushion that has a back and bottom for sitting and can be stored inside the bench.

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