DEVELOPMENT OF A BALCONY, LOGGII, TERRACE.
balcony, loggia, terrace allow you to get away from the closed apartment, they open up a wide space, allow you to observe the street, contact with greenery, the sun.
The disadvantage of the balcony and loggia, however, is the airiness that limits their full usability. Atmospheric changes are particularly troublesome – wind, rain or too much sun – which prevent the development of a balcony or loggia with permanent furniture (although for a loggia there are some options for arranging permanent furniture elements). These atmospheric annoyances should not, however, inhibit the architectural and gardening invention of the residents in arranging this part of the apartment..
A balcony surrounded by greenery and flowers is not only a small garden, but also a place of rest. Its shape, the color and design complement and enrich the often sad facades of buildings, emphasize the aesthetic appearance of the street. But how often balconies - instead of drowning in greenery and flowers, enriched with colorful awnings and supports with climbing vegetation - they are lumber rooms, unnecessary warehouses, things removed from the apartment.
Compared to the balcony, the loggia, which is like a recessed variety of the balcony, it gives the possibility to dispose of more space, and the side walls not only protect from the wind, but they create better conditions for growing plants and arranging cozy seating corners. On the side walls of the loggia you can install hooks for hanging flower containers, wooden grilles for climbing plants, install lighting. Several multi-level containers will allow you to grow even parsley and chives.
You have to think about the arrangement of the balcony and loggia in winter, and at the latest in early spring – preparing all the equipment. Our market is not able to meet all customer requirements, not only in terms of large and heavy furniture for apartments, but also the small ones, complementary. A lot of dreams about small things, like a shelf, console, a color box, stand for flower pots, collapses due to market failure. The way to get out of trouble is DIY; the slogan "Ludwik… to the hammer ”is the only chance to make your dreams of your own come true, the smallest "hanging garden of Babylon".
The first step in arranging a balcony or loggia should be to clean and paint the railing. With the aesthetics of the entire building in mind, the choice of color should be agreed with the neighbors, while giving up all kinds of motley – strips, dots and "Picasso" patterns.
After painting the railing and cleaning the balcony slab, filling any gaps with the use of cement, the boxes are attached, grids and supports and positions the containers. Traditional wooden flower boxes are used on larger balconies and loggias, tinplate or more commercially available plastic containers. Metal and plastic boxes should rather be avoided, because they heat up easily from the sun, which quickly dries up the soil and adversely affects the vegetation of plants.
Wooden boxes can be made by a DIY enthusiast; the most common are boxes with dimensions 100-120 cm in length, 25 cm wide and 18-25 cm deep. Long boxes are used on smaller balconies 75-100 cm, width 20-25 cm, and the depth 18-20 cm. Thick pine or spruce boards are best suited for boxes 2-2,5 cm. In the bottoms of the boxes you need to drill a few (2-4) holes in diameter 1 cm, which are used to drain excess water.
The boxes can be attached to the outside of the railing on holders welded to the upper or lower frame of the railing or placed on the balcony slab on the inside of the railing. If there are no permanently welded lugs, handles suitably shaped from a flat bar can be used, put on the railing. Strips should be nailed to the bottom of the boxes placed on the board to prevent the boxes from rotting. The outer surfaces of the boxes should be painted with oil paint in a color harmonized with the facade of the building and the color of the boxes of adjacent balconies. The boxes in the natural color of wood give the best plastic effect, drawn with colorless varnish. Internal walls should be impregnated, preferably by burning with a gasoline burner, or line the boxes with foil.