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Balcony and Terrace


Balcony and Terrace
Can the top balcony of a building be called as a terrace?, I mean.. when it is bigger than the balconies below as there is no other flat above and also it is a recessed balcony. I am not sure if terraces must always been at ground level.
Thanks for your help!

2 Sep 2023      

United Kingdom

I always thought of a terrace as a kind of raised patio, bigger than a porch, and usually in the back garden. The exception is a roof terrace, which is an enormous balcony with lots of space. I often see them with Spanish "Attico" flats. However, if the top balcony is rather large, I think it can be called a "roof terrace" too. My wife used to live in a top-floor flat in Sanlucar de Barrameda that had an enormous balcony which could definitely have been called a roof terrace, even though her flat was not on the roof (atico).  I have managed to find this which may help. Differences:  I think you will find that the Spanish language will probably help redefine the concept a few years down the road from now and we could well find a more flexible use of the word.  All in all, "terrace" can be a bit of a grey area, sometimes.  Here is a Wikipedia definition which seems a tad more flexible and reflects it quite well. 

2 Sep 2023     


Thank you so much, spinney, for your great, great answer with so many details!!!

2 Sep 2023     

South Africa

A terrace is an open space that can be attached or detached to a building. In contrast, balconies are small elevated platforms that are affixed to a given room in the house. Whereas a terrace can have multiple access points, a balcony is typically only accessible through the room. Yes there is such thing as a roof terrace What is a roof terrace? noun. a garden on the roof of a building.

7 Sep 2023