Hurrah! Today I spoke with the bureau of monuments and archeology about possibly allowing us a balcony. Turns out the guy in charge has actually advised the committee to grant us permission to create a small balcony in the middle part of the back exterior wall. It’s too early to cheer, the committee gets the final vote, but we might be able to sit outside this summer!
I can’t wait to go out and buy plants and pots and flowers!
He advised that we will likely be asked to swap the door opening with the current window. This means we have to turn the existing door into a window with a low windowsill again. As you can see on the photograph below, depicting our back wall, that means we will end up with opening doors in the middle of the house instead of tucked away in the corner.
I actually prefer that as we can then maybe put another little sofa of reading chair in the corner in front of the window for winter days when the sun is out.
Also, we will put a so called barre-de-fou (crazy folks barrier) in front of the window so we can put plants there too! Like the picture below.
I know, I know, I should really wait for the final OK to come through, and even then we still have to file for permission etc etc.. but the fun of planning and dreaming up the perfect balcony is jut too great to waste!
Please share pictures of your balconies for inspiration!