Many homeowners want a protected outdoor space for their new home where they can spend relaxing hours with family, friends and guests. Depending on the size of the plot and the style of the house there are different options to make this dream come true. The decision, e.g. in favour of a roofed balcony or a conservatory, depends largely on personal preferences.
The name loggia sounds seductively like holidays in Bella Italia and Dolce Vita. Loggias are an integral part of classical architecture in southern countries. Integrated into the structure of a house, the protected retreats are surrounded by walls on three sides. They offer protection from sun, wind and rain. Loggias can be designed in any size. The side facing outwards can be designed with a railing, glass or a combination of both elements. Balconies hang on the building and are not part of the floor plan. While loggias offer good protection from prying eyes and capricious weather due to their inward orientation, a balcony is exposed. When it rains, being on the balcony is not much fun. An extendable awning, a glass canopy and an extended roof overhang allow for more frequent use. They do not provide the protection offered by a loggia. The advantage of a balcony is that no square metres of valuable living space have to be sacrificed and homeowners gain space.
Terrace canopies made of plexiglass and clear glass protect against rain and strong sunlight. In summer, the terrace turns into an open-air kitchen and a popular place to hang out for the whole family. Patio furniture, BBQ grill, whirlpool and decoration remain mostly dry. Conservatories are basically terraces glazed on all sides. There are heated and unheated versions. In spring, the first rays of sunshine gather in south-facing conservatories and heat them up, making them the perfect place to hang out after the cold of winter. If you own a heated conservatory, you don’t really need to bother about the weather. In these oases for green plants, homeowners can enjoy the valuable daylight to the full, even in cold months. If you want to enjoy the light summer breeze and be closer to nature, open the large sliding doors. Integrated into the energy concept of the house, a well-planned and carefully built conservatory can reduce the energy costs of a property. Well-insulated houses have a low energy requirement and can store the heat of each sunbeam. In summer, automatic or manually operated shading of the glass roof prevents excessive heating of the living spaces.
When planning your new home, carefully examine your family’s living habits and wishes. If you attach great importance to privacy, you will prefer a loggia over a conservatory or balcony. Through clever floor plan planning, e.g. in a U-shape, terraces can be integrated into the overall architectural concept without obstructing views. For small plots with little garden space, a completely or partially covered roof terrace can be the perfect solution. Some areas are heavily exposed to wind. In this case, being outside quickly becomes unpleasant. Conservatories and closed loggias offer sheltered retreats where the glazing can be opened as needed. If in doubt, building owners can ask their architects for advice. Specialists recognise opportunities and create architectural masterpieces that do justice to the style and energy concept of the house as well as the wishes of the future residents.