I have often blogged about why the covered area of an apartment is a good indicator of an apartment’s worth. After all, Balconies are also a part of your apartment and you will use these balconies for a variety of purposes.
In this post, I will describe the benefits of having a big balcony and why I think it is a good idea to buy an apartment with a big balcony.
An apartment with a bigger balcony will enable you to enjoy the outdoors without actually having to leave the house. In these times of Covid, one can enjoy brisk walks and outdoor time in the comfort of his/her home with a large balcony. Add some furniture and some potted plants and you have a very pleasant place in the form of the balcony.
Here are 9 advantages of an apartment with a balcony:
- Rooms that have a big balcony have the best start to the mornings
- Big Balconies are great for small social gatherings
- Big Balconies enable kids (and the pets) to play outside when they get tired of indoors.
- Big balconies are ideal for home gardens and greenery
- A balcony is a perfect place for a cup of tea and a newspaper.
- Big Balconies allow plenty of fresh air & sunlight into the house
- Work from home is easier with bigger balconies
- Taking in the views
- Storage and utility
1. Rooms that have a big balcony have the best start to the mornings
You would love to wake up in a room with a big balcony.
For example, my room has a big attached balcony and I can hear the voice of the peacocks singing in the morning. It is just the best feeling to start my day with.
The sound of the nature and the birds fills me up with hope and joy in the morning and instantly brightens my mood.
A room with a big balcony will help you to wake up early and have an early start to your day.
Big balconies allow you to have small social gatherings with your friends and family.
You can easily place some chairs and table on one side and a bbq on the other.
You can place the eatables and the drinks on the table easily and still have enough space for people to move around. Big balconies allow you to have the flexibility to host small parties at home.
3. Big Balconies enable kids (and the pets) to play outside when they get tired of indoors.
I have a 2-year-old boy at home and he gets very cranky indoors sometimes. I am sure this is the case with all the other kids as well. The kids like being outdoors.
My little one takes my hand and asks me to take him outside. Having a big balcony allows me to take him outside without actually going out.
We live in a high rise building and it is not possible for me to take him to the park every time he wants to.
Having a big balcony comes really handy in such times. Similarly, for pets having an outdoor area will help them to escape being indoors the whole day.
And the above points are really important in times of covid since we cannot take our kids and the pets outdoors as we used to earlier.
4. Big balconies are ideal for home gardens and greenery
I know a lot of people who have always wanted to have their own small home garden. You can easily add a whole new dimension to your house by adding plants or a home garden on your balcony.
Imagine the happiness you will get when you wake up and see your home garden from your bedroom in the morning.
Tasty fresh organic vegetables are an added bonus.
5. A Balcony is a perfect place for a cup of tea and a newspaper.
The balcony is my place to relax and have a cup of tea with a newspaper in the morning. I like to wake up early and sitting on the balcony with a cup of tea helps me plan my day.
Even in the evenings with a nice cool breeze flowing, I enjoy my time playing with the baby on the balcony.
In India, summers can be quite brutal. Bigger balconies will allow you to enjoy the cold breeze early morning and late nights.
6. Big Balconies allow plenty of fresh air & sunlight into the house
One of the most important advantages of having a big balcony is the sheer amount of sunlight and fresh air that comes into your house.
Two of my bedrooms get sufficient sunlight and the whole house gets plenty of air because of big balconies and doors.
Ventilation will not be a problem for houses with big balconies and doors/windows. Indian housewives love big balconies because it allows them sufficient space to get the clothes dried in the sunlight.
7. Work From Home is Easier with bigger balconies
Covid-19 has caused a lot of people to work from home. I know of many people who are having troubles staying indoors the whole day.
Always staying indoors affects mental health. Having a large balcony will allow you to work outdoors and will bring a change in the regular schedule.
You can easily create an outdoor work station. Trust me it will work wonders for your productivity and mood.
8. Taking in the views
A big balcony will allow you to take in views of the surroundings.
I live in Zirakpur from where I can easily see the mountains. There is also an airport nearby so I can see the aircrafts taking off and landing.
My son loves seeing helicopters take off.
9. Storage and utility
A big balcony will allow you to store kids bicycle strollers and other miscellaneous stuff. While I do not recommend it, some people construct a temporary store on the balcony.
Most apartments here in Zirakpur do not have a store attached so many people get a temporary store made in the balcony.
I would like to point out here that I am not someone who has a lot of stuff in the house so maybe I don’t need the extra storage space but this is not the case with most households.
Is an extra balcony worth the extra money?
An apartment with a bigger balcony will definitely be more expensive than an apartment with a normal balcony.
That is why I always advice my readers and customers to compare the covered area and not the carpet or the super area.
The answer to the above question, in my view, is an emphatic Yes. If you have the money to spare always prefer to buy an apartment with extra balcony space.
For example, some housing societies have big U shaped balconies on the first floor. It is one of my favourite types of apartments just because of the extra space. There are two main reasons for me saying a big yes to an apartment with a big balcony.
- If you want to resale or rent you will get a higher price.
- If you want to live yourself a bigger balcony will definitely increase the quality of life.