A verandah is a roofed addition to the house that runs along one side or the back, or even along the front of the house. It usually extends to the whole width of the home and can give the inhabitants extra room and an outdoor living area to enjoy. However, there are many different styles of patios and verandahs, so before you go ahead you may want to consider which one would suit you – and your home – best. Here are some tips to help you.
- It is important to build a verandah that suits the architectural style of your home, whether that is a period home or a modern, contemporary one. It will need to be fully attached to the house.
- While some verandahs are quite narrow, if your property allows it, wider is better as it allows more room for relaxing and your toes won’t be run over by your toddler in their push along vehicle.
- Verandahs are usually rectangular, but they don’t have to be if your home suits a square or half round one.
- You can get more use from your verandah in bad weather if you fill in the sides and/or front. This can be done with blinds or more permanent windows. Or shade cloth may be all that is required to keep out bugs and reduce the glare.