Australians who want to bring the outdoors into their home will possibly consider constructing a verandah for the additional space it will avail them. This feature not only makes it all the easier to entertain during the summer, but a well-constructed verandah subsequently makes your property more valuable too! Therefore, it is critical for you to make sure you are making the right choices when coming up with your verandah plans or you could end up with a structure that does not enhance the visual appeal of your residence. The following article delineates the principal considerations to have when erecting a verandah.
Deliberate on the right design
The great thing about verandah designs is that you can be as creative as you want. Nonetheless, this does not mean you should not bear the architectural lines of your primary structure in mind. To start, you need to select the same roofing materials as your home to make sure there is continuity from the central structure to the verandah area. Secondly, pick your structural design based on the theme of your home. For instance, angular lines and steel materials would work best with a contemporary-themed home instead of a Victorian style residence that would be better suited to fancy trim.
Deliberate on lighting and shelter
The amount of light that permeates your verandah would largely be dependent on the overall design as well as your choice of roofing style. For instance, if you choose to have a closed off verandah in an attempt to protect yourself as much as possible from the elements, there will be minimal natural light in the space. Instead, you should consider keeping one side of the verandah open and install some skylights on the verandah roofing to promote increased illumination. For the areas left open, external shutters can be installed as this can be opened and closed depending on the prevailing climate. Lastly, you may want to invest in insulated roofing for the space if you would like your verandah to stay comfortable during hot Aussie summers.
Deliberate on the flooring
Timber tends to be a favourite flooring material for exterior space. Nonetheless, you should bear in mind the high degree of care that would be expected of you if the floors are to stay in excellent condition. If you would like flooring easy to maintain, concrete would be a good choice. You can then opt for decorative elements such as stamping or acid staining to make your verandah flooring as attractive as you would like it to be.
If you are planning to start a new construction project, you may be wondering about the best type of materials to use. About 6 months ago, I decided to carry out an extensive renovation of my home. This would involve demolishing one wall, extending the kitchen and the construction of a new patio area. I really wasn't sure which materials would be best. I consulted with a contractor and he explained the pros and cons of each material. In the end, I opted for wood and steel. I am really pleased with the end results. I hope this blog helps you to plan your construction project.