Designing a Veranda

The veranda is back in fashion, although many would say it has never lost its appeal to those in the know. As people choose more and more to stay in their home and shape it to the lifestyle instead of moving, the veranda is a cost-effective way to make a change that is enjoyable to use and beautiful to look at.

If you’re interested in making such a change to your home, this article offers a brief look at the range of possibilities currently available for the design of your veranda. It is important to note that whilst many veranda builds do not require planning permission, you should always check first. A reputable builder will know the regulations and be able to tell you when they give you a quote, as well as offer advice as to how you might design and locate your veranda to definitely avoid planning permission.

Traditional Designs
If you have a more traditional home then you may want to blend the veranda to fit with the original aspect. To achieve this you can combine slender columns, frieze panels and brackets with glass roof panels. A frieze panel here would be a decorative metal panel running along underneath the lower edge of the roof, having a slightly similar appearance to a decorative metal panel in a gate.

Even with an older home, a contemporary look can add interesting contrast. Here, minimalist is the key word. Gone are the frieze panels and slender columns, but the use of metal remains. Only here to achieve a more modern appearance, the glass roof panels can be finished with a simple lower edge and more solid columns.

This is a phrase you will hear frequently in veranda design. It is borrowed from the small cabins that now are most familiar in the American wilderness parks, such as the Adirondacks in up-state New York. They are structures made up mostly of a single roof, which leans against a back wall with no front elevation. They beautifully describe many veranda designs as the roof leans against the existing property, with columns only along the front to give support. The long line of the roof edge is parallel to that of the existing property.

Hipped Lean-to
The term ‘hipped’ refers to a type of roof design, which is also sometimes called a pavilion roof. Here, the veranda’s roof can resemble a canopy or gazebo, with four sides reaching in the same pitch to the top. The lean-to term refers here to the veranda resting against the side of the property, but the roof design is more complex and, as a result, more interesting.

Gabled Design
The roof of these verandas more closely resembles that of a regular roofing design, where two sides of the pitched roof have gables at the sides. Here, though, the gable would be in glass and follow the same lower edge of the veranda roof as a whole, rather than being part of the wall in a regular building. This type of veranda would emerge out from the property, with its long edge at a right-angle, rather than following the existing wall of the home.

There are many other variations that then emerge from these core designs, but the message is clear that whilst the veranda is an old idea that’s making a return, it’s back in many new and different ways. A reputable builder of verandas will be able to talk you through each of these different options and advise on what’s best suited for your home.