Roof Terraces and Balconies
Balconies were originally built in two different styles. The first being the Traditional or Maltese balcony, a wooden closed balcony projecting from a wall. By contrast, the second, the balconet (or balconette) does not protrude out of the building.
Balconet is also used as an architectural term to describe a false balcony, or railing at the outer plane of a window opening reaching to the floor, and having, when the window is open, the appearance of a balcony. They are common in France, Spain, and Italy. They are often referred to as “Juliet balconies” after the scene from Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet.
In Watamu, we have put in several balconies some being quite large, large enough to entertain. There are many options to choose from with balconies but one must take good care in planning of waterproofing, drainage and balustrade structure strength etc. THL can certainly help you do this.
Roof Terraces have also become very popular along the East African coast and especially here in Watamu. Basically a cross between a Verandah and a Balcony on the first or second floor they allow for an entertaining area that can be enjoyed in the shade below the roof, but open to the view of the sea on two or three sides etc. They can give the house a very Swahili/Lamu feel to it.
THL and the Build in Watamu team have built several houses in Watamu with roof terraces that have worked very well indeed. If you would like to talk to us about balconies and roof terraces then please contact us. We will be more that happy to show you around the ones that we have built to give you a better idea.