Which is better - a loggia or a balcony

Do you think you know the answer to this question? They say, "the loggia is better because it is glazed, and the balcony is open to all winds, and it is uncomfortable in winter"? But in fact, the difference between the two is completely different! You can glass the balcony, but it will not turn into a loggia. You can remove the glazing on the loggia, but it will not become a balcony from this! So what's the difference? And which would be better to prefer?A balcony is called a fenced area that "sticks out" beyond the building. Its bearing base is the floor. As a rule, classic balconies are fenced to the waist to an adult of average height - railings, concrete tape, metal sheets or something else. The common balcony of the entrance most often looks like this. If you have a private balcony in your apartment, you have the right to glass and insulate it, but it will still remain a balcony, even if glazed and insulated.The loggia is a completely different matter. This is a kind of additional room that expands both the area and the functionality of the apartment. It is always "sunk" into the building. It is surrounded by as many as three walls - on the right, on the left and on the side of the dwelling, and the loggia always, unlike the balcony, has a ceiling. And only one face will be open to the outer space. Most often, the loggia is made closed, however, if all the glazing is removed, you will still get not a balcony, but an open loggia.An interesting solution is a semi-loggia. In modern buildings, it is somehow rare, but in books you may come across a "loggia-balcony". In addition, it can be chosen as an architectural compromise if you want to order a country house according to your project. This is an additional room, partially recessed into the building, partially extending beyond it, like a "half" balcony.The architectural flaws of the balcony are immediately visible. Firstly, you will not be able to conduct heating on it, and even if you manage, your actions will be meaningless. There are too many open faces. Of course, it is possible to insulate the balcony, but it will still be much colder there than inside the apartment. Secondly, when arranging this space, you will have to take into account the permissible load so that, sorry for the directness, your balcony does not fall off. Thirdly, due to the difficulties with heating, the balcony cannot be converted into an additional living room. But the loggia is possible.Due to its architectural features, the loggia in the vast majority of cases will look modern. There were no loggias in old houses, and you can create the atmosphere of the past only with a balcony (even if it is covered). The space under the balcony is interesting to creatively "beat" by placing stucco, futuristic supporting structures (which do not hold anything, just decorate) or curly brickwork. The loggia has no lower edge, which means there is no such artistic opportunity.The balcony has more open sides, it receives more sunlight, which is useful if you are going to glaze it and use it for growing seedlings. Most often on the loggia it has to be illuminated additionally with special lamps for plants. On the balcony, especially facing the sunny side, you will most likely do with natural light. And he, anyway, is more useful for photosynthesis than artificial.And the laundry dries very quickly on the open balcony! And the air is fresher there, which will be useful if you don't want to take the baby out into the yard in a stroller every time. On an open balcony, he will be able to "walk" with the same benefit as on the street. The balcony will also be a salvation for the elderly, who find it hard to climb and descend the stairs every time.One of the advantages of the loggia is its versatility. In boarding houses they do, most often, a kitchen. If the apartment is large, the loggia can be converted into anything - a greenhouse or a winter garden, a study or a gym. There are even cases when a sauna was arranged on the loggia!In addition, even an unheated loggia is an additional barrier between a cold street and a warm apartment. Or, on the contrary, between a cool apartment - and the scorching summer heat outside. The sun's rays have to get inside already through two layers of glazing. First, between the street and the loggia, and then also between the loggia and the apartment. In winter, this can be upsetting, and in summer it will be very useful, especially if you do not have air conditioning, and the windows overlook the sunny, hot side.On the gas-polluted streets, the loggia is also better because it detains "various muck" on its glass. Streams of dirty air flow around the house with loggias around, and balconies for them are just an invitation to come in. Of course, in any case, we breathe exactly the air that penetrates from the street, there is simply no other option. But the feeling that you are sniffing the exhaust pipe of a passing car will be stronger on the balcony.But on the loggia and enjoy the clean air will be worse! If your house is built in a country village, or in a village in general, you are more likely to smell kitchen aromas on the loggia than the smell of forests or wildflowers. However, in good weather, this disadvantage will not be very annoying - after all, you can always go for a walk, isn't it?..The loggia has another drawback. It will always be a "separate room" that looks serious, and often even heavy. You can't make a light decorative detail out of it. Balconies are not only huge, but also very small. Now a "French balcony" is often called a covered structure, but initially it was called a small-sized platform. It jutted out of the building by only a foot's width, and was framed by an exquisite wrought-iron lattice. No one smoked or sunbathed on such balconies. They existed to add grace to the exterior of the building. You may want to decorate a country house with such balconies, especially if it is made of brick and made "in the old spirit".Yes, as for the imitation of antiquity, there is also such a curious architectural detail as a bay window. It is, in fact, neither a balcony nor a loggia, but it still has something in common with them. The bay window is like a semicircular projection, slightly increasing the area of the living space. It happens more often in old houses, occasionally in buildings "antique". It has more decorative than utilitarian meaning. Houses with bay windows always look original - both from the outside and from the inside. And more sunlight gets into a room with a bay window, because there are more windows in it. Interestingly, the bay window was not invented at all for peaceful purposes, although it looks so cute! They were built in the towers of fortresses in order to place more archers at the loopholes during an attack, and at the same time also increase the area that they can shoot through. Ready to dive into the world of online betting? Bons offers a top-notch sports betting platform along with an exceptional casino experience. Sign up today, log in, and start placing your bets to win big!