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Things to Consider When Choosing a Veranda

Adding a veranda to your home not only adds value and improve the overall look of your home, it creates a space for entertaining, relaxing, for the kids to play or just to sit and watch the world go by. A veranda is a must-have for may Aussie homes, and if you’re are considering making the addition to your own house, there are a few things to take into consideration. Size, style and which materials you choose will all impact on the way your veranda looks and the way your family enjoys it, so we have put together a few tips on how to make those big decisions and get the most out of your new addition.

Size

When it comes to the size of the veranda you’re installing, you have to consider a few elements. First and foremost, the limitations of the property itself need to come into play. How much room do you have in your backyard? How much ‘yard’ do you want left after the installation is complete? Obviously the size to which your veranda can grow is limited by the size of your home itself, so be realistic in your calculations about how it will look when finished. Secondly, budget will come into play in terms of how big you can build. There are, however, may ways that you can still build a large veranda on a shoestring budget, so make sure you discuss all your options with a professional.

Finally, when making the decision about how big your veranda should be, you need to think about the ways in which you and your family will use it. Will it be solely for entertaining or will it serve as a play-area for the kids as well? Do you just want a space where you can relax with your spouse at sunset or will you be taking most of your family meals outside? These considerations are important, and will ensure you get the perfect veranda for your needs.

Style

In terms of style, there are so many options to choose from, such as

Flat-roofed

Curved

Gable

Gazebo

Pergola

Heritage

Hip End

…and many more. When considering which style to go with, it is best to think about the way it will interact with your home stylistically. The design elements of your house will combine with the design elements of your veranda to give an overall look, and keeping that look as consistent as possible will improve your overall aesthetic.

Materials

The materials used for your veranda can vary. Depending on your needs, you could have a roof made of clear plastic, solid corrugated iron, tin or even a sun-roof style shade design which can be alternated to let more or less light in. Consider your budget, the environment and the purpose to which you’ll be putting your new veranda before deciding on materials, and speak with an installation expert before cementing (no pun intended) your choice.

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