What is a Juliet balcony?
A Juliet/Juliette balcony, also known as a balconette or false balcony, is a narrow railing that sits just outside a set of windows or french doors. Taking its name from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, they are a popular design feature in Mediterranean countries and continue to grow in popularity in Europe and the UK.
Used on the upper floors of a building they are most commonly constructed from steel, glass or iron. They are designed to give the appearance of a full balcony when large windows or french doors are fully open.
It is not a type of balcony that can be stepped on, but a barrier made flush to your building to prevent falling or to add a decorative touch.
Why chose a Juliet balcony?
Attached with stainless steel fixings and made from high-quality materials, they are a versatile decorative option for your property.
One significant benefit of choosing a Juliet over regular steel balconies is their simplicity. While they are bound by building regulations, as with any building work, they require no planning permission. Not having to gain planning approval causes the installation process a quick and easy job. The balconies come pre-constructed for easy installation and can withstand heavy elements for a long period.
ifab is happy to offer different styles and materials which can be chosen. This allows us to blend a new balcony perfectly with the building it's attached too, or to suit personal taste.
Choosing glass Juliet balconies can provide a modern look to your upper floors while letting more light into your rooms. Toughened glass makes sure you have a safe barrier between indoors and outside and comes in clear and frosted options to suit your preference of style.
Wrought iron can add a classic look and comes in different styles and patterns, can be straight or curved and are incredibly durable. Steel, such as 316 marine grade stainless steel, looks sleek, polished and made to withstand the elements without degrading or rusting.
The balcony rail can also be matched to taste, available in different materials and styles with the option of having no rail at all.
The colour of the balcony is another option you need to consider. Different paints can achieve different looks and prices. Some standard colours are white, black, white, grey or graphite silver and are powder coated for optimal protection and to prevent the paint chipping away over time.
The versatility of Juliet balconies doesn't end with its materials. While typically attached flush to your property, a recess can be added to hold small plants or ornaments giving you a small amount of space with the same safety look and feel of a Juliet balcony.
Is it suitable for my property?
While a cheaper and simpler option to regular balconies, there are still regulations to Juliet balconies and the buildings that can accommodate them.
Juliet balconies usually require no planning permission; however, there are some notable exceptions:
- If your property is located in a conservation zone or a listed building, it is highly likely that you will require planning permission.
- If your Juliet balcony has a floor, no matter how small or slim, it will require planning permission. This is because having a floor of any size changes the balcony's classification to be a raised platform.
The balcony itself must follow two regulations:
- Gaps in any railings must be 100mm or less. It is essential to check this detail as you may wish for specific gap sizes due to children or pets.
- The minimum height of the balcony is 1100mm from the standing floor level.
If you do fall into one of the above categories, you may need to seek planning permission to install a Juliet balcony. To request permission, you will need to submit a planning application form and a fee to your planning office. This process may also require elevations of the property and the proposed changes to it, a certificate of ownership and a statement which explains the work you wish to carry out.
If you are unsure about Juliet balconies and your property, please contact your local planning office to seek advice.
Alternatively please give us a call to discuss any work you may be planning to start and how we can help with it.