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Do you use your balcony?

Postby Tabham » Thu, 10 Oct 2013 5:07 pm

Hey
We move to Singapore in a couple of weeks and are searching for an apartment for my husband and I and our 14mth old daughter.

My husband has previously lived in Singapore and "didn't use his balcony in the whole 5yr period cause it was too hot".

Im going to be home with our daughter and am worried about not having any outdoor space for her to play? Should we get an apartment with a good sized balcony or will we never use it?

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Postby BoroBoy » Thu, 10 Oct 2013 5:12 pm

I used to like sitting outside on a night listening to the insects supping a glass of wine and first thing on a morning at 7am drinking coffee and eating breakfast before work.

Never used it during the day because yeah it was too hot.

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Postby Stevie_W » Thu, 10 Oct 2013 5:16 pm

I'm probably the wrong person to speak to as i prefer the heat to the air con. It would be so much nicer for it to be not so hot, but i really hate the AC.
I've actually got a decent size balcony, effectively the size of a bedroom, not a big one mind you, but you could definitely stick a double bed there, plus wardrobe. I actually use it as my outdoor smoking room. Plus, as it's on the top floor and quite a distance from other high rise buildings, i find it quite nice to be able to walk onto my balcony for a smoke in my birthday suit.
Like i said, i'm probably not the right person for you to discuss this requirement with :)

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Postby durain » Thu, 10 Oct 2013 6:19 pm

if you can get one, definitely go for it. but do check it is secure and safe for your daughter.

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Postby x9200 » Thu, 10 Oct 2013 6:23 pm

When we had it we used it frequently but I can imagine it depends on the location (east, west...facing), design, surrounding.

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Postby beppi » Thu, 10 Oct 2013 8:15 pm

We removed the sliding doors betwen hall and balcony, so it became a larger, outdoorsy living room.
People who find Singapore weather too hot should probably live elsewhere.

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Postby x9200 » Thu, 10 Oct 2013 8:43 pm

We did the same. Well, did not remove it but it was 24/7 left open.

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Postby katbh » Thu, 10 Oct 2013 8:49 pm

If you get some shade out there, it can be nice and cool and breezy. You can have a blind and a fan, and it will be one of the coolest rooms in the house.

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Postby PNGMK » Fri, 11 Oct 2013 7:28 am

Most locals don't use their balconys.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 11 Oct 2013 7:54 am

PNGMK wrote:Most locals don't use their balconys.


Except for laundry poles and storage. Locals mostly don't use gas fired BBQ pits, either.

I don't think a balcony is a good place for a child to play... find something ground floor.

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Postby PNGMK » Fri, 11 Oct 2013 8:26 am

Strong Eagle wrote:
PNGMK wrote:Most locals don't use their balconys.


Except for laundry poles and storage. Locals mostly don't use gas fired BBQ pits, either.

I don't think a balcony is a good place for a child to play... find something ground floor.


+1 - locals don't like ground floor apartments that much IME... "no wind".

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Postby the lynx » Fri, 11 Oct 2013 9:20 am

Stevie_W wrote:Plus, as it's on the top floor and quite a distance from other high rise buildings, i find it quite nice to be able to walk onto my balcony for a smoke in my birthday suit.


There is always a chance that someone lives in the nearest building has a pair of binoculars...
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Postby x9200 » Fri, 11 Oct 2013 9:37 am

Only if there are higher buildings around or his balcony is a fishtank type.

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Postby PrimroseHill » Fri, 11 Oct 2013 9:48 am

We have a balcony at our house now and we use it all the time. Eating dinners outside. Listening to the insects and gentle lapping of the water fountain. Nice. BBQ on the balcony too.

At our previous rented place, no we never use it. Nakedish old local guy was always sitting on the balcony :lol:

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Postby x9200 » Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:13 am

PrimroseHill wrote:We have a balcony at our house now and we use it all the time. Eating dinners outside. Listening to the insects and gentle lapping of the water fountain. Nice. BBQ on the balcony too.

At our previous rented place, no we never use it. Nakedish old local guy was always sitting on the balcony :lol:

Was he smoking?


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