Most houses in the United States are built to accommodate not only one person but two or more people with a terrace. Terrace balconies have quickly become a reality and will continue to grow as housing costs rise and family sizes remain stable.
In some places, a terrace has a romantic element, with many houses designed in a classical style of art Deco that includes decorative balconies and even panes of glass in their interiors. In other places, the terrace has a modern or even retro-style feeling. This depends upon the neighborhood and the tastes of the homeowners.
Terrace balconies come in many shapes and sizes. Some are built straight up from the ground and others slope up to meet the roof of the house. Some are extended to the point where they almost touch the roof of the house. In between there are a few low-sloping terraces that provide more privacy to the outdoor space.
As in any living space, a terrace offers a lot of options. There are several styles to choose from for your terrace. Of course, the height of the terrace and the shape of the house will play a big role in selecting the style. For example, if you live in a very high-rise condo, a curved terrace can be a good choice because the curved design draws attention to the curved edges of the house.
Standard styles include terraces with no view. With these, you will see out of the side windows. You may even choose to have a window with a view through it, but the effect will be minimal. Curved terraces with no view are very popular with many homeowners.
The most popular in design today is a curvaceous and graceful-looking terrace that is wider than the distance between the house and the building. It is also called a “mini-terrace”. These are the more popular because they provide a unique look and feel to a house. If you have one, you will want to display it properly so that the house itself looks like a new home.
A very long sweeping terrace looks very elegant and dramatic, especially when compared to the house itself. They look best with both contemporary houses and classic buildings. Even Victorian houses have these long, winding terraces. You can find them in European-style houses as well as Victorian.
Another choice is a terrace that is straight row of windows all the way across the length of the house. Some of these are so long that they are almost over the entire width of the house. In this case, the house appears much smaller than it really is. They offer the most privacy to the outdoors, since they do not really see out the windows.
They are ideal for making a huge statement. You can make the terrace large enough to accommodate a kitchen and small enough to hold a dining area and lounge. To save on space, you may want to hire a landscaper to design and construct the terrace.
The property most commonly uses terrace balconies is the master suite. In this space, the bedrooms, bathroom, and the living room face the terrace, which is the living space. The walls of the master suite normally do not extend far from the house. However, sometimes there may be a short wall of window on the right or left to look out onto the terrace.
Most houses with terrace balconies are fairly spacious and can have a lot of space to accommodate families of many people. If you are shopping for a house, remember that some will have this feature while others will not. It is a matter of taste and what is practical for your own situation.
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