The general opinion is that this balcony is probably ok for now, but who knows for how long.
We are having scaffolding put up in the next couple of weeks (it should be there until the end of September) for the mason to enlarge the balcony window and the one above so why not use the opportunity to get rid of the balcony. The English scaffolders said that 'they can soon drop that for you'.
When we had the barn converted we used some lovely guys to build the car port. So last night, mindful that it was the last day of July and they were bound to be on holiday for August and probably too busy anyway, I rang them. 'Pourquoi pas'. They are indeed on holiday for August but if I email the plan of what I want, they can get me a first estimate before September and there is a vague chance they might be able to do it while the scaffolding is up! And if they can keep the balcony railing .............
Last time, these two tiny guys turned up with a truck of huge timbers that they turned into a perfect 'abri' with ne'er a joint out of place. Brilliant to watch and beautiful job.