Now that we have things rolling for the construction of our balcony I've starting playing with some ideas for on and under it. We want to actually use our balcony this time around, as it pretty much just sat there before (which was probably a good thing as it was ready to collapse).
The balcony is going up fast! They just have to add the floor boards and railing. However, the railing has not been finalized yet, so there will be a time when we will have a completed balcony without a railing. Which is almost as safe as having balcony about the collapse, and neither very good with a small child around. So, for now our doors have become permanently closed windows.
On the Balcony
Here are a few ideas of things we would like to incorporate on the new balcony. We are going to place our small table and chairs out there that we have had at every house we have lived in. Then maybe we will get another comfy chair to sit in and read, and place it right outside out bedroom balcony doors. Perhaps it will entice us to use the new balcony more! We would also like to add some big planters with some hardy plants, as it can harsh up there in the direct sun. Plus, we would like to make a few small palette planters (like below) with tall grasses for privacy and shade. That was the biggest problem with the balcony, that there was no privacy. Not that this will add much, but it's something.
Under the Balcony
Under the balcony and to the side of the front door there is a cozy little area that isn't being used at all. It's completely private, until someone comes to your door, and gets the wonderful afternoon sun. Even to set something up to make the front entrance look more inviting would be great! We'd also like to add some planters down here just to brighten things up, and I would love to add a couch swing. Below are some examples of the look I would love!
We would also like to change out the outdoor lighting for something more modern. Right now the lights are a traditional look and white, and I think we would like something darker to match our new house numbers and the new balcony. I like the look of the light in the photo below. Soon the front of the house is going to look so good and new!