Are you looking to build outdoor extensions for your home? If so, you may be overwhelmed by numerous options in verandas and balconies. However, it is important to start with the basics: knowing what these terms mean and their differences. Outdoor extensions vary, and working with a professional can help you choose one that suits your needs.

A veranda and a French balcony are different exterior additions. Verandas are an extension of the ground floor, usually covered to create outdoor living spaces. French balconies are constructed on the upper level of the house or apartment and are typically small, with railing in front of glass doors. These are some of the architectural differences that serve varying purposes.

French Balcony

As stated, balconies are extensions on the upper levels of an apartment or house with a railing or a wall. Depending on the design specifications, some can be enclosed, creating a basking extension of your living room. Also called a Juliet balcony, these additions are the smallest kind of balcony but add extra flair and detail to any building.

French balconies are more than just a small outdoor addition with railing in front of glass doors or large windows. Although you can’t host a party or stand with your friends, balconettes allow people to grow plants, bringing a little green space into the apartment. If your windows extend from top to bottom, a French barrier can act as a safety barrier, and we can help install cable railing for enhanced safety, function, and appeal.


Verandas are larger structures, typically open-air porches found on most homes across the Bay area. These ground-level structures are covered and attached to the main building. Based on the design, they can stretch across the house and may have railings. They are a popular option in areas with warmer climates, like the Bay area, because they create open-air extensions that allow you to enjoy fantastic weather with some shelter.

While verandas are often confused with porches, the difference is the roof which is always present. These beautiful and elegant outdoor spaces have been part of American architecture since the 19th century as symbols of luxury. Whether you want to enjoy an amazing outdoor experience or entertain guests, verandas are the best option. Professional contractors can customize your design by gracing your veranda with an elegant roof and distinctive pillars.

Why Choose a French Balcony or Veranda?

French balconies and verandas are the extremes of outdoor extensions to your apartment or home, ranging in application and size. If you plan to list your building for sale, we recommend adding a French balcony to enhance the property’s value and overall aesthetics. Balconies require little financial outlay because of their size and can only be used on upper levels.

Contrarily, verandas are more spacious and are built on the ground floor. The vast size of these exterior additions and the long construction time means they cost more, and property owners must meet building codes. Whichever you choose, both are designed to the value and comfort of your home.