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The combination of grass and cedar makes for a beautiful terrace design and place to relax.

Cedar Condo Balcony With Grass

Artificial grass has come a long way and our friends at Design Turf are always there to supply us with terrific artifical grass.  This grass was their Natural 60 which is really quite incredible and I defy anyone to tell the difference except this stuff you don't have to cut!

This condo balcony in the heart of Toronto was designed using cedar on one side and artificial grass on the other.  The idea was to have a soft place for their child to run around as well as some nice decking to remind them of the cottage.

The cedar portion was installed using a staggered pattern to give the feel of a real deck (which it is) and was stained using Natural Cedar from Sansin stains.

 

 

 

 

Even the smallest of balconies can be enlivened with a simple wooden deck and a couple of comfy chairs.

Condo Balcony Staggered Decking

On a small condo balcony a lot can be achieved through the use of staggered decking and a beautiful stain.  Add a couple of comfy chairs and a table and you have a comfortable sitting area that you want to use as opposed to a piece of rough concrete with an old lawn chair!

This customer requested staggered decking which breaks up the pattern quite a bit and gives a rustic charm look.  As well, the boards were stained Weather Wood from the Sansin line of stains which I prefer because of their quality and beautiful range of colours.

Prior to me installing the decking, the customer had installed a set of sliding balcony windows across the front of their balcony which allowed them to use it all four seasons.  They are on a busy street of downtown Toronto so the windows also helped in keeping down the dirt that can float up from the street.

The use of modern colours change the look of your balcony and can even make it look bigger!
Cedar condo decking with baltic blue stain.

Cedar decking, framed look with Baltic Blue stain.

Baltic Blue Cedar Decking

Little by little, more and more condo owners are realizing the joy of using different stain colours on their cedar decking.  This small balcony was built using framed cedar decking but with a beautiful Baltic Blue stain. This is in downtown Toronto.

Baltic Blue is also a lighter stain and with a small balcony such as this one, the tendency is to make the balcony look bigger than it is.

Vertical boards make this small balcony look bigger than it is.

We also decided to go with a framed look, with vertical boards running up the sides and the middle.  Vertical boards also have the advantage of making it look larger as well.  The various sections give it all a structured look and compared to the dull, plain, concrete it was before, you now have a beautiful balcony to sit out on.

A traditional staggered pattern can bring back memories of summers at the cottage and on the dock!

Cedar Decking With Staggered Pattern

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Cedar Balcony Staggered Pattern

Many condo owners want to have a condo balcony that is reminiscent of a cottage deck and ask for cedar decking with a staggered pattern.  This is one example of an installation we did for one owner who also requested an unusual (and quite beautiful) mushroom coloured stain.

Cedar Decking Staggered PatternIn this case the staggered decking pattern repeats itself every two boards but it can be made more complex with different repeating patterns.

What a difference it makes for the rows of colourful planters to have a lovely wood deck underneath them as opposed to drab concrete!