As virtual outdoor rooms, waterside terraces, porches and balconies provide wondrous places to read, eat, sun or enjoy cocktails and conversation. Most especially, they provide magical vantage points from which to enjoy views of the water. Stone balustrades, turned-wood balusters, metal railings and plexiglass panelling are amongst the traditional and modern elements which define the character of terraces and balconies. The occasional canvas awning, swagged covering or umbrella provides temporary protection from changing light or climate conditions.
The word ‘terrace’ evokes a narrow level of earth usually overlooking a steep embankment down to a river, lake or sea. Manmade terraces, along with smaller porches and balconies, attached to houses located by the water provide a physical and visual link between it and the land. They are literally extensions out into watery space. These building forms can transform a residence from a self-contained, protective environment into a dynamic and dramatic setting for enjoying the ever-changing interrelationship amongst water, earth and air.
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