These relaxing alfresco spaces topped readers’ lists this year
This year’s most popular balconies and terraces offered many views and a wide range of sizes. But the one thing they all had in common: Picturing yourself outside to take in the vistas of oceans, mountains or skyscrapers. So take in a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy the 5 most popular balcony photos that Houzzers uploaded and saved to ideabooks in 2016.
Balcony Terrace 1: DANE AUSTIN DESIGN, original photo on Houzz
5. A favorite vacation to San Miguel de Allende,Mexico, inspired this colorful balcony in Boston. Bamboo shades, party lights, ceiling stencils and bright patterns make it a comfy spot to catch a breeze.
Balcony Terrace 2: Texas Construction Company, original photo on Houzz
4. A beautiful mix of stone, wood, steel and greenery warms this contemporary balcony-terrace and contrasts with the dark steel architectural elements. While the overall look is clean lined and minimalist, playful Acapulco chairs add just the right amount of whimsy.
Balcony Terrace 3: Zulufish, original photo on Houzz
3. Houzzers are often looking for the best ways to handle a tight space, as the popularity of this compact balcony demonstrates. A well-placed row of bamboo trees adds structure, color, height and a natural element.
Balcony Terrace 4: Gunn Landscape Architecture, original photo on Houzz
2. Conversely, Houzz users also dreamed big, like this expansive New York City terrace. Here, potted trees and long planters full of shrubs soften the urban space. Ipe decking, a teak table, rattan chairs and soft neutral upholstery compose a relaxing getaway in the middle of the busy city.
Balcony Terrace 5: Core Development Group, Inc., original photo on Houzz
1. This California terrace — which juxtaposes brutalist concrete architecture with the warmth of a fireplace and soft furnishings — won over readers this year. A skylight lets in the light and allows for an extra view of the surrounding tree canopy.