Category Archives: Balcony Designs

Using a variety of materials on even a small balcony can create different spaces to enjoy your terrace. Stone is great under BBQ's and grass is loved by all but most of all your pets!

Grass and Stone Combo

Grass and stone combination with composite and even a green wall.

This grass and stone combination (with composite and a green wall) was built for a lovely client in downtown Toronto.

The grass is laid over an ultra-base solution that allows water and air flow and also provides a bit of a cushion that gives it a real "lawn" feel.  The customer's golden retriever immediately started rolling around and enjoying his new lawn!

The stone concrete pavers provide a solid base for the BBQ and allow for easy cleanup as well if there are any spills.

Instead of the standard glass partition with the neighbour, we installed a simple wooden wall and the customer began the process of turning it into a "green" wall with hanging planters.  A lovely idea!

The composite completed the final third of the balcony and provides a place for the heavier furniture and for entry into the condo.

Decking with Planters and Grasses

A wonderful client who requested a total remake of her balcony with some privacy screens added to the mix.  They decided on amazon grey decking from TruNorth Composites (my favourite composite company) and we custom built three planters for the space as well.

Just after installation and before the grasses started to grow!

 

 

 

 

 

The planters were designed with an open space at the bottom to provide some storage.  The planters themselves were dressed up with birch branches and some Karl-Foerster grasses to provide some privacy from nearby condo buildings.

The customer was thrilled with the installation and had this to say:

A huge thank you to Tim for turning my balcony into an oasis.  The new flooring and planters are fantastic!  Throughout the process, Tim was detailed, punctual, organized, clean and the best of all, he puts a ton of effort and enthusiasm into his work.  Thank you for the amazing work Tim and I would not hesitate to recommend you.

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Use a basketweave design on your l-shaped balcony to provide a seamless integration between the two sides.

Basketweave on L-Shaped Balcony

Basketweave on L-Shaped Balconies

The issue with L-shaped condo balconies is how to handle the corner where the two sides meet up?

There are a number of ways to deal with it of course but our favourite is to use a basketweave pattern of boards so that the two sides mesh into each other.

This pattern not only weaves the two sides together, it often results in some beautiful contrasts in the boards.  In this example, we did the weave using natural red cedar and you can see how the knots and patterns in the wood really come out.

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Changing the size and number of boards in your condo decking tiles can make a big difference in the look.
Larger condo deck tiles.

Larger condo deck tiles.

Long, Narrow Board Look

Long, narrow boards used in deck tiles can really change the look and feel of a condo balcony.  Compare this balcony with one that uses fewer boards and smaller tiles.

 

 

 

 

Smaller condo deck tiles.

Smaller condo deck tiles.

One isn't better than the other, they just show a different look and feel.  On a large balcony (like above) it is often better to have your deck tiles built larger and use more boards in each tile.  In the case above, I would normally recommend 6 in. boards (as opposed to 4 in. which are used here) as it will make it less "busy".

For a smaller balcony, narrower boards with fewer boards per tile will make this "parquet" look really come alive.

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