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These customers have a beautiful townhouse in downtown Toronto and they wanted a clean, splinter free, floor for their new child to play on. Our recommendation was composite from TruNorth Decking. We also recommended straight boards, without any breaks or gaps, to ensure that there was nothing to catch clothing on.

The initial job was to tear up their old deck which you can still see in some of the fencing. Not allowed to tear that down! We then built a raised sub-floor so that the balcony could run at the same height as their living room and it would be easy for the kid to step out into the backyard. A fun job with a place for a lot of toys and no risk of injury.

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

Simple designs from Asia are easily incorporated into Toronto and can make even the smallest of balconies a beauty!

Asian Balcony Designs

We get a lot of our input and ideas from scrolling through google and looking at Asian balcony designs.  The reasons are simple.  In general, condos and apartments in various Asian countries are smaller than in Canada and they have to use every inch to their advantage.  Also, a higher sense of style in utilizing their balconies.  Finally, a much longer history of using this often overlooked piece of real estate!

This is a nice, simple design with wooden decking and a lovely green wall with planter.  A small water feature has been built in as well which is very popular in Asia.  The lighter wood stain makes the balcony look much bigger than it is and of course, using some plants and greenery turns it into a lovely oasis.