A balcony can be seen as an extension of your living space. Depending on its size, it can be a place where you entertain, cook or simply relax. Here are a few things to consider when designing this space. Consult with a qualified professional to check your balcony’s load baring capacity. Think about how the space will be used throughout the seasons and what time of day the space will be used the most. When designing, try to layer the space to add more depth and make sure you choose furniture pieces that are appropriate in size and scale. It is also important that you use pieces that are all weather friendly, and if they are upholstered, make sure the fabric is suitable for the outdoors, i.e. treated.