Verandahs not only add a finishing touch to many homes, but they also add living space, protect your family and your home from the elements, and they can even save you money in the long run. Here we’ll run through some of the reasons why the good old verandah is an important part of any home.
Benefits of having a verandah
First, let’s talk about how a home with a verandah looks. Depending on the style of home you have, whether it’s contemporary or classic, modern or nostalgic, adding just the right style verandah to the front, back or all the way around can finish off the home nicely.
2. Outdoor entertaining at any time of year
Living in Australia we are fortunate to have some of the best weather in the world. This means we love spending time outdoors. Verandahs are great for this, because not only do they provide shelter from the sun and rain but with some extra added bits a pieces like awnings and blinds your verandah can become an additional room in your home even during the winter months. Many people have a fan installed for added cooling, and for the winter time you can’t go past an outdoor heater to keep the chill away.
3. Protecting your family and your home from the elements
Verandahs help shade your home in Summer and protect it from the elements in winter. This means that your home stays cooler in summer and warmer in winter. When your home isn’t like a hot oven, you don’t need the air-conditioning running 24/7 and this will save you money in the long run. Not only will you save on your power bill, but a verandah also helps to reduce your carbon footprint.
4. Adding value
Having a verandah can actually boost the value of your home by up to $20,000. Not only because it gives your house a completed look, but because a well-designed verandah can also be used like another room in your home.
Depending on the positioning, a verandah can prevent hot rays of sunlight from entering your home. Shelter from the sun allows the internal rooms to remain cool on those hot summer days and reduces your cooling expenses significantly.
At Kitome we understand the value and appeal of verandahs. That’s why many of our designs from our Freedom and Prestige Series feature extensive verandahs that can be used for relaxing outdoors. Designs like the Hazelbrook home feature stunning wrap-around balconies that allow you to access your verandah through several doors in the home.
The Brighton design features a verandah on the top and bottom levels of the home, which is important if you have a view and want to be able to enjoy it or simply watch the sunset. No matter what size your home, a verandah is always a welcome addition that is sure to add value and appeal.