A veranda is an outdoor, open-plan area that extends out from the house and is covered by a section of the roof. You can get porches that run the front of the house or wrap around the sides. Verandas are reminiscent of the Spanish colonial, Mission Revival, and the Creole architectural styles popular in New Orleans around the early 1900s. The space is essentially a covered patio that combines the privacy of the indoors with the open, airy feel of the outdoors. Your veranda is a shady area with comfortable furniture where you can relax with a good book and a hot cup of coffee. A stylish wooden or metal railing can also be installed to add an enclosed appeal.

Similar to the Deck, the Verandah is Great for Family Time


Depending on the dimensions of your verandah, you can use it as a multi-use family room. Besides just relaxing in deep couches, you could also have meals with the kids or set up a work-from-home office. The area would be enclosed by vertical greenery to provide the necessary privacy. At the same time, the roof offers shade from the bright sun in summers and keeps the interiors dry in case of a sudden, unexpected shower.

Dress Up Your Veranda Just As You Would a Patio


Modern-day verandas can be covered entirely or have a pergola in place of a roof. Furnish the space with functional pieces of furniture like wicker sofas, coffee tables, or perhaps, a rocking chair or swing. Set up a few plants or a trellis with vines winding through it. Think hanging plants, curtain creepers to add privacy, and flowers. Depending on the space, you could also set up a small dining area for a lovely alfresco breakfast or lunch regaled by the songs of birds.

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