What exactly is a Juliet or Juliette balcony? A Juliet balcony is simply a balcony with a railing link to the building face but no deck to walk on; it is not, as many people believe, a glass balcony. The word comes from the name of the character in Romeo and Juliet who lived in one of these balconies.
They were usually located over the entrance door and sometimes had windows of their own. They were often used as bedrooms because they gave you a good view of the street below and could be cold in winter if you didn't have window coverings. Also, they were easy to clean - just scrub away! - and less likely to get damp than other parts of the house. You can still see Juliets all over Italy where buildings use stone rather than wood for their construction. As well as being used for bedrooms, they are also useful for small offices or guest rooms that don't require a lot of space.
In most cases, houses built before 1978 didn't have any kind of requirement that living spaces increase at a rate faster than other parts of the country so Juliet balconies are very common in Italy.
They are particularly popular in cities where space is at a premium and where going up stairs is not an option for health reasons. These balconies can be seen outside many houses in Rome's Monti district, for example.
A Juliet balcony is simply a safety barrier installed on the exterior of full-height windows or doors on the property's higher stories. When the doors are open, it creates the sense of space by bringing fresh air into the room and boosting the overall impression of openness.
They were first introduced in Italy by architect Antonio Sant'Elia as part of his "New Architecture" movement in the early 20th century. The name comes from the fact that they resemble the balcony at the palace of Prince Romeo di Montague, which is why these doors are sometimes called "Romeo" doors.
Juliet balconies are most commonly found in European homes built before World War II, but they continue to be popular today with both new and remodeled houses. They can add character to a residence and make up for lack of natural light, but they also require regular maintenance to ensure their durability. Wood rot can develop under wet conditions, especially if it has been painted or stained. Any wood that is exposed to moisture should be treated periodically with a mild wood preservative such as WD-40 or Simple Guard. If possible, cover any damaged parts of the wood with wood filler before painting or staining to prevent further deterioration.
The main advantage of a Juliet balcony is that it allows people to stay outside even when the house is not available.
Compact design Simply said, a Juliet balcony is a very thin balcony or railing that rests just outside a window or pair of French doors on a building's top story. The name comes from the character Romeo's response to his love's refusal to marry him: "Aye, he cometh, I see him not". Since then, Juliet has become the standard for characters in plays and movies who refuse to marry their lovers.
There are several types of Juliet railings: plain, turned, corbelled, finialed, and paneled. A plain Juliet balcony is simply an open frame with horizontal members on the exterior face of the building side. The space within the framing is open to the room inside the house or apartment. A turned Juliet railing features a half-cylindrical section at the base of the balcony that fits tightly against the wall inside the house or apartment. The horizontal members of the framing remain outside the walls to provide support for the railing. Corbelled railings have two or more levels of circular or other shaped sections stacked one on top of another. These sections may be flat or shaped like cylinders or balls. Finialed Juliet railings feature a small platform at the end of the railing with no flooring. Paneled railings are made of wood panels set into the wall surface of the house or apartment interior.
You are not permitted to sit on a Juliet balcony. These balconies are usually located in front of French doors or huge windows that can be opened and are intended to function as a guard rail rather than a balcony. Although the jutsus used by Romeo and Juliet are capable of breaking glass, these incidents are rare.
Generally speaking, no. Juliet balconies are designed to protect people from falling over the side of the building. If someone fell from one of these locations they might get hurt. The owners of the property may allow you to sit on your balcony if they want to promote a feeling of luxury or charm. Some properties allow this as a matter of course while others will ask you not to sit on the balcony if there is anyone outside who might not like such behavior. In any case, only agree to sit on your Juliet balcony if you are confident you will not fall off.
This depends on the property's policy and how old the wall art is supposed to be displayed. Most properties allow guests to write on their walls as long as it isn't too messy or offensive. You should discuss this issue with the property owner before writing anything on the walls of your Juliet balcony.