The Difference Between a Balcony and Terrace

Adding a balcony or terrace to your house will not only increase the amount of space you have at your disposal, it will also increase the value of your property.  However, did you know there’s actually a difference between a terrace and a balcony?  Although both are additions to the outer area of your property while still being connected to the interior, the similarities end there.  This article will go over the main differences between a balcony and a terrace.

Size

One of the major differences between a balcony and terrace is that the terrace is usually larger.  As a balcony is typically smaller, the possible activities using it are somewhat limited.  Terraces, with a larger space, invite themselves to more possibilities.  This is not to say that a balcony is of lesser value to a property.  Depending on the size and layout of the house, the location of the balcony can make a much greater impact than a terrace on a different sized property.

Location

As the root of the word terrace suggests, a terrace is related to “terra” or the earth.  Terraces are understood to be built upon the earth or attached to a large, open surface area.  In the case of a rooftop terrace, the roof acts as the floorspace that the terrace is built on top of.  As for a balcony, it’s typically an extension off a room on an upper level of the property.  A balcony juts out from the building and, as such, isn’t built on the ground or other surface.  To reach a balcony you typically have to go through another room, whereas a terrace is normally accessible from an outer door.

Construction

A terrace could ostensibly work as a standalone construction.  Because it’s built on a surface separate from (or on top of) a building, it would still function on its own.  A balcony, on the other hand, is an elevated platform attached to the side a building without any surface below it for support.

Use

Because of the difference in size and location, terraces and balconies are usually used differently.  Because a balcony is smaller and entered from an interior room of the house it’s somewhat more private than a terrace.  For a balcony located outside a bedroom, it’s unlikely you’d want, or be able, to fit a large group of people.  A terrace, on the other hand, is typically larger and more easily accessible to large groups.

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