Verandas have been an integral part of Australian architecture since the 1850’s and can be seen in a variety of designs, but have you ever considered having a verandah built for your Melbourne home? Verandahs are a beautiful and valuable addition for any size or style of home and can raise the property value by quite a lot.
Verandahs in Melbourne not only increase the value of your home, but also increase your living space by combining indoor and outdoor living. An investment in a verandah will be a low maintenance and customised addition that gives your home a luxury look and feel.
Verandahs are flexible in design and can be customised to fit your lifestyle and the environment of your home. Let your personality show, through the design and choice of materials. Your choice of design can range from a modern verandah design, to a more traditional look and feel.
Flooring for a verandah can be done with timber, tile, or concrete, all of which are easy to maintain and clean. You’ll be able to choose the one that best reflects your personality and for how you’ll use the verandah. Verandahs are usually accented by an open railing, but you can also choose to have a balustrade, or a screen made of cast iron lace or wood fretwork.
You can even handpick the materials and style of the roof. Choose from tiles, glass, polycarbonate, or insulated roofing, to name a few options. The roof comes guttered to prevent water collection and is offered in styles such as, bull nose, curved, gable, flat, or hipped.
A verandah for a Melbourne home, brings versatility for enjoying outdoor living. Since verandahs are built to maximise your living space without compromising the garden area, you’ll be able to create a balance between an area for socialising or relaxing as well as enjoying your garden because of the unobstructed view.
The canopy of a verandah provides shade and protection from the outdoor elements as you relax outside or use it as a play area for children. Additional features can be added for more protection and comfort. Consider outdoor blinds or ceiling fans to provide more shade and cooling. Some people use this space to shelter plants in the winter, or use a section of it to create a greenhouse.
With some lanterns or lights strung up, it can be an idyllic place for summer entertaining.
The cover of a verandah not only keeps you cool outdoors, but can also help keep your indoors cooler and give your air conditioner a break. Depending where it is placed, the shade from the verandah can save you up to 40% on cooling bills.
You may have come to the decision to have a verandah built with one purpose in mind, but once you experience it, you’ll find that you are discovering more ways to use and enjoy it as a custom addition to your home.