Meters of glass: how to make a balcony comfortable and functional

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Perhaps each apartment owner seeks to increase the usable area of housing – and a great help in this can become comfortable balconies. There are several options for the use of square meters in the apartment.
In the Mexico, unlike in Europe, the balcony was always very “utilitarian” attitude. In Germany, France, UK small decorative balconies tend to be used exclusively for planting flowers or hanging Christmas decorations. In southern countries – Italy and Spain – the balconies can be placed a small table with a chair, where the hosts drinking coffee in the morning in the warm season. Typically, these balconies have decorative fence and trellis in favor of the facade. However, even recessed glazed balconies and there are not used as additional parameters, but as a kind of “calling card” of the apartment owner, adorns the facade.
In the Soviet Union, by contrast, there was a practice of using the balcony as it is functional areas – the small size of apartments in the houses of mass building forcing people by any means to increase the usable area of housing. Traditionally, balconies become a place to store old things, seasonal sports equipment and clothing, domestic preparations and other products, that is, in fact, served as a closet.
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However, in modern homes, as experts say the company “Vector Investments” storage problems are solved more wisely – in most cases in the apartment already have a small room, and basements are often sold spacious storage room. In addition, the use of the balcony, as such, significantly affects the appearance of the apartment, and the modern consumer more meticulously relates to design issues.
What are the options for the rational use of the balconies have buyers of apartments in new buildings?
Virtually all options to maximize the usefulness of the balcony involve additional costs on their insulation. Minimum requirements – replacement of external glazing to double chamber and laying of insulation panels on the walls and floor. Modern insulation materials will not take a lot of storage space and it is quite budget. But after warming balconies are transformed into a full-fledged light miniature room.

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