Integrating a balcony and living room has become the desire of many people who seek not only to have more space in their homes, but also to have a diversified and functional environment with exclusive decorations that favor comfort, leisure and practicality for the whole family.
However, before starting this process, it is important to analyze the pros and cons — and check the possibilities for making this change in the most agile, efficient and less costly way. With that in mind, we have prepared this special post with everything you need to know about the subject. Check out!
What are the advantages of integrating a balcony and living room?
To start with, let’s talk about the positive aspects that integration brings to the property — precisely what people expect. Are they:
One of the great advantages of integrating the environments is the expansion of the room. The room gains more free area for people to circulate due to this extension process, a detail that, at first glance, may seem simple. But believe me: this makes a lot of difference for those who like to receive friends and family. After all, having space is of paramount importance to offer comfort and a pleasant experience for all guests.
For those who want to integrate the spaces, but do not want to extend the room, it is possible to invest in the multifunctionality of the balcony without failing to harmonize with the other environment.
Dining room, game space, home office, exercise area — such as meditation, Pilates and yoga — and gourmet area are some of the options that bring more personalization and dynamics to your home.
Talking about the benefits of integrating the balcony and the living room and not mentioning natural lighting is an unforgivable mistake, isn’t it? With the elimination of partitions between spaces, the luminosity promoted by the sun’s rays intensifies and can even reach other rooms.
This detail brings more life to the property, allows the creation of a green area, influences the amplitude of the spaces and can also be (re)used to highlight aesthetic aspects of the decoration, such as a specific wall covering or works of art. arts — with the help of mirrors and metallic objects.
And what are the disadvantages?
Just as there are pros, there are also some cons to consider. Much of it is related to external factors, which can interfere with your family’s privacy and comfort—but can be corrected. Check out the details:
Imagine the two spaces integrated without any barriers and with total wind entering the interior of the property. Looks good? Believe me: not always. The reason for this is that the higher the floor, the stronger the gusts of wind, which can reach 15 km/h.
With this, the chances of decorative objects and other items suffering some damage, such as falling and breaking, are very high. Therefore, it is essential to consider the porch glazing — preferably with laminated material.
To put glass on the balcony, it is very important that you consult your manager, as the projects have aesthetic standards to be followed.
With the integration, in addition to excessive ventilation, the room is also subject to greater exposure to the sun, especially if the solar incidence on the balcony is in the afternoon, when it is more intense.
In this case, glazing or closing the balcony, which solved the previous problem, can cause discomfort here, since glass is a heat conductor capable of increasing the internal thermal sensation in the residence – and this can negatively impact your comfort, even more so in the summer.
Therefore, it is essential to use special glass, that is, a material that allows light to pass through, but blocks heat. Furthermore, curtains, blinds and sunscreens can also be of great value.
Another disadvantage is the lack of sound insulation caused by the absence of barriers or the use of incorrect glass when closing the balcony. Because of this, noises such as horns, pedestrian movement on the sidewalks and even conversations from neighbors are able to reach the interior of the apartment.
Fortunately, it’s possible to get rid of noise by using soundproof glass — which reduces the input (and also the output) of sound.
How to integrate
After weighing the pros and cons, you have decided to carry out a balcony and living room integration in your apartment, but are you unsure how this process can be put into practice? Do not worry! Below, we explain it better:
The first way to carry out the integration is through a renovation with the objective of eliminating the walls, which act as partitions between two or more environments. However, this is a process that usually causes a lot of headaches.
The work may take longer (and be more expensive) than planned, thus affecting the organization of the house and your family’s routine. In addition, as changes are made to the structure, it is necessary to consult the floor plans of the property and each step must be supervised by an architect and approved by the condominium.
If the renovation is not carried out correctly — and by competent professionals — plumbing and wiring are susceptible to damage, especially when you want to integrate the kitchen as well. Another risk is to break down walls that act to support the residence — which can be quite dangerous. So, remember: before starting a renovation of this type, approve your project with the condominium.
Integration with decoration
Lastly, there is an integration option that might be the best choice for you! The good thing is that this alternative does not require changes in the structure, but in the decoration of the rooms. The reason for this is that several apartments and houses already have adjoining spaces, but that do not “talk” to each other. As a result, there is neither harmony nor visual balance. In these cases, optimizing the décor is the simplest, fastest and most efficient solution to solve this problem.
Issues such as furniture arrangement, color palette, single coating for continuous flooring and lighting are some of the points worked with this objective. For this, be sure to have the help of an architect and a decorator. This way, you avoid unnecessary expenses and guarantee an ideal result for your style.
So that factors such as comfort, well-being and quality of life are always preserved, it is essential to analyze the pros and cons of integrating a balcony and living room before making this decision.
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