4 Benefits of Adding a Verandah
Feeling the need for more space? Adding a verandah or patio to your home could be the answer. Not all homes have a verandah; adding one will not only add value to the home, but will enhance your lifestyle as well. You will be able to sit out there on warm days and the children will have a place to play outside, but out of the rain and heat of the sun. There are many benefits of having a verandah apart from those just mentioned. Here are 4 of them.
- You can make it into an outdoor kitchen easily enough. That way you can all enjoy alfresco meals instead of the cook having to be in the hot kitchen. And there is no ferrying of food, plates, tables and chairs in and out every time you want to have a meal on the verandah. You will be covered by the roof if it suddenly starts to rain and you can easily install clear blinds that let in light but keep out the showers that would otherwise be blown in by gusty wind.
- Once you have a verandah, there is the potential to also create an extra room on one end of it. This can be a bedroom, office, or a study or games room for the children. It could be an entertainment room with a master television. It can be a spare room for visitors to bunk down in or a room for an aged parent to use if they need ongoing care.
- A verandah can shelter the side of the house making it both cooler in the summer and warmer in winter. This will likely save on the cost of heating and cooling, at least to some extent; more so if you fill it in. You may think that a verandah is not a verandah if it is filled in, but using windows instead of solid walls will give lots of light and a view – and the ability to let in all the fresh air you could want. It will also make the verandah more versatile by keeping out cold wind and letting in the warm sun in the winter.
- With a verandah you have a great space for entertaining. Not all homes have enough living space for entertaining more than two extra people. A verandah that goes the whole width of the house is quite big and will hold many more people. You can invite friends and guests over without feeling cramped and worrying about where to put them.
You can add comfortable easy chairs, a table, a chiminea, lighting and pretty pot plants to make your verandah the kind of space that everyone will enjoy.