Making the Most of Your Balcony

Making the Most of Your Balcony

A beautiful balcony can be transformed into a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city living. With just a lick of paint and a little TLC your balcony can become an outside oasis. Balconies can be revamped by the careful addition of plants and furniture to create an outdoor space which essentially brings the outdoors inside. 

Before giving your balcony a full makeover it is essential to check its load bearing capacity especially if you are planning to use large tubs or substantial pieces of furniture. 

A green oasis can be created by the addition of large shrubs or trees in pots and plants can be positioned in hanging baskets or on ladders to create the illusion of space. Hanging baskets need not cost a fortune and can be made from wicker baskets hung up with strong twine. Climbing plants can also be trained to cover unsightly walls.

If your balcony is not very large it is often best to limit the number of colours you use to avoid it looking too cluttered or fussy. Evergreen plants offer a good start as they will provide greenery all year round and you will have the option of adding seasonal plants for extra colour. You could even create a mini kitchen garden by planting herbs and soft fruits in boxes.

It is essential to choose your plants carefully as balconies can be a challenging environment for plants. Wind tolerant plants and plants which do not require a lot of water can often be a good choice. Whatever type of plant you finally choose don't forget plants need food and water. Water retaining granules or water balls which hold a reservoir of water can help your plants survive if you forget to water them.

Here at Bradfabs we manufacture high quality balconies designed to enhance your home from the outside and create extra living space inside. All our balconies are custom made from the finest steel. We are a nationwide company who offer a bespoke service which is competitively priced. Bradfabs design, manufacture and install individually crafted balconies. If you are thinking of installing a balcony in your home contact Bradfabs on 01274 400 401 or by email at Bradfabs are proud to offer a reliable service which delivers on design, quality and value for money.