Once in a post, long, long ago, I mentioned that we were planning to add a balcony above the kitchen.
Much wailing and gnashing of teeth has taken place surrounding the addition of this balcony, mostly having to do with arguments such as "We don't need a balcony". Hard to dispute, for sure, but once it was on the sketch it became a given, because, well ...
This is where it all began. Originally the church altar, this space was the perfect location for the kitchen.
In the early stages of demolition, it all seemed so simple. Too bad that was almost two years ago. Time flies, doesn't it?? Ahem.
Eventually, the opening for the balcony was framed in and dry-walled. It's beginning to look downright Shakespearean.
Notice how the platform above the cabinets is arching to create the step-out landing.
And meanwhile, more details of the balcony floor are being added.
Finished, at last! There are twenty-seven separate runs of moldings and bender-board applied to accomplish this "crown" treatment.
I'm so glad I wasn't responsible for the math necessary for this project.
The kitchen is looking ready for a balcony at this point.
And here it is, magically appearing while I was out of town. It was quite the surprise.
So beautiful, and so perfect in the space. I can't imagine that adding it was ever in question.
The lighting benefits are obvious. As are the aesthetics.
I love how the iron follows the bowed shape of the molding.
It seems shallow in these photos, but the balcony is actually quite deep. The flooring extends a few feet in to the upstairs room, giving it a very spacious feeling.
And if I am ever feeling the need for a soliloquy, this would be the perfect spot.
"To be, or not to be...".