From the Reddit “McMansionDesign” thread comes this interpretation of an interior Juliet Balcony:
For when you want to lord it over your domestic kingdom and watch your lowly familial subject go about with their useless lives and hobbies.
Snarkiness aside, I could imagine two uses for such a balcony beyond the Big Brother implications:
1. It looks like this balcony is simply a cut in the wall from a hallway. That looks like a pretty dull hallway except for the overlook. Dark hallways are rather drab so why not liven things up with a balcony as you walk by?
2. Perhaps there are people who would really want to entertain from such a balcony. Isn’t that the point of a two-story great room with an open concept? Perhaps a music performer could play from there. Perhaps it could be the site for a celebratory speech. Or, how about some impassioned Shakespeare reading?