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A balcony, which is usually used as a warehouse for storing old trash, can be easily converted into a functional room. To do this, it must be made part of the kitchen, that is, simply combined with it. It is important to remember that the full integration of the kitchen with the balcony, associated with the demolition of the balcony partition and leveling the floor, requires the consent of the municipal authorities, which is sometimes not so easy. In addition, it is often necessary to make changes to the heating system, which also requires approval. But even if you remove only the window, leaving the partition, you will still need a lot of costs for glazing the balcony and insulation of walls and floors.
Suitable insulation materials are mineral wool or foam. First of all, the ceiling surface and walls are insulated. A concrete screed with filler (expanded clay) is placed on the concrete floor for leveling and you can proceed to its insulation. If you are ready to put up with a different floor level between the kitchen and the attached balcony, then the floor can also be insulated with mineral wool or foam. Otherwise, you will have to foresee the costs of arranging a “warm floor”, it is not cheap, but comfortable, and the floor level practically does not change. When replacing a window structure, pay attention to the insulating properties of a glass unit, it is better to choose a three-chamber unit.
When combining a balcony and a kitchen, additional meters usually serve as a dining area. If, during the redevelopment process, the partition between the kitchen and the balcony was preserved, it can be used as a base for a dining table. Also, on the former balcony, you can arrange a resting place with sofas and a hookah.
Using the balcony area to install kitchen appliances, stove, dishwasher and sink & # 8212; one of the most radical and difficult methods of combining a kitchen and a balcony. Such alteration of the balcony is more difficult to implement, you need to think over the supply of water, the organization of draining water into the sewer, take into account the need to create the necessary slope for the drain pipe. But you get the maximum release of kitchen space, and the work area moves to a balcony filled with light, which will certainly have a positive effect on the quantity and quality of cooked food!
In addition to these options, there is another way to arrange the balcony area. It is more traditional, but that makes it no less interesting. For example, do not attach or glaze the balcony. Thus, it can be turned into an open terrace & # 8212; dining room. The consent of the authorities is not required for the implementation of this arrangement. The entire interior will consist of a table with chairs and boxes of flowers. True, you need to buy outdoor furniture, protected from moisture, and you can use such an impromptu dining room only in the warm season.
The advantages of combining a balcony with a kitchen include an increase in the usable area, natural light. However, all your enthusiasm can be broken by flaws. Especially the main one is the approval process, which sometimes takes up to six months. In some cases, it is not allowed to completely remove the side walls, window sill. Therefore, instead of one large room, an additional small one is obtained. In this case, the sections of the wall remaining from the partition can be used, for example, as a bar counter, such examples are in the photos of the redevelopment.
But it is better, in our opinion, to use the remaining partition as a basis for creating a kitchen island, as they call it accessible from two or more sides a working area that includes a hob, extractor hood, oven, sink and storage systems. The following photo demonstrates this idea as well as possible.
Refusal to combine the balcony with the kitchen is possible if the dismantling of the exit to the balcony will entail a decrease in the strength of the main wall and the whole house. It is forbidden to carry out redevelopment in houses that are a city architectural monument. In some houses, a balcony or loggia is the only way to evacuate, so they will not be allowed to modify either.
To obtain permission, a project is required, which can be obtained from a licensed construction and design firm … Or contact the design institute, which was engaged in drawing up the project of the entire residential building.
But, hopefully, you have already overcome all the difficulties and it remains to choose the most suitable redevelopment option, what examples of photos of combining a kitchen with a balcony will help you with: