balcony / terrace / loggia: what’s the difference?

This one came up recently. So there does seem to be quite a bit of confusion about this one, with various people suggesting various answers. I would suggest the following as the best guide:

a balcony is a railed elevated platform projecting from the wall of a building and usually with a roof or ceiling


a terrace is usually meant as an open, often paved area connected to a building at ground level and serving as an outdoor living area. When a building has a flat roof which can be accessed and used by the residents, this is also referred to as a rooftop terrace.


a loggia is a space within the body of a building but open to the air on one side.



About Robert D. E. Senior

Fully qualified and experienced Professional English teacher / trainer UK native speaker BA (hons, first class) Linguistics and TEFL 15 years experience in UK, Spain and Austria FCE - CAE - CPE - BEC V - BEC H - TOEFL - IELTS Business, Academic and General English
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