If you intend to host large barbecue parties regularly, you should ideally have direct access to the kitchen from the balcony so that you do not have to carry food and drink from one end of the place to the other, as shown in this Terrace plan. The terrace's orientation to the sun is a critical consideration. A south-facing balcony is ideal for sun worshippers who want to soak up the rays all day. You will enjoy the late morning sun and some evening sun if you face the southwest. If the midday sun is too hot, face your terrace west. According to this Terrace plan, this will allow you to spend the late afternoon and evening in pleasant, warm sunlight.