The Adelaide verandah – a great Aussie tradition!

Having a
verandah attached to your Adelaide home might make you as Aussie as Mick ‘Crocodile’
Dundee, but putting culture aside, verandahs are also highly practical and look
good too.

The good
looking Adelaide verandah

To have the
best Adelaide verandah in the street, get your Akubra hat and crocodile jacket on
(well, actually, these are optional!) and step outside your home to take a good
Captain Cook at where you want your verandah to go. Because the number one rule
of having a verandah that looks as good as it is practical is to factor in the
style of your existing home.

While there
are many styles of verandahs that can be built, there may be only one that will
perfectly match your house, flat or unit and this will generally be the best
choice. Take into account the roof style of your home, the materials and
colours used, and any special features that you may want to replicate in your
verandah.

The
practical Adelaide verandah

When it
comes to practicality, the most important aspect is the size. You’ll want a
verandah that matches the way you intend to use it. So, if you’ll mostly use
your verandah for relaxing with your small family or for intimate gatherings, a
smaller verandah will suffice. But if you have a larger family or entertain
regularly, you’ll need a larger verandah. To paraphrase Mick Dundee, “Call that
a verandah? That’s a verandah!”

Another
practical aspect of your verandah, and one that is also very important, is
where you want it to be located. The entry/exit points from your home will be a
major influence on this decision, but don’t forget to also consider the weather,
in particular the sun and prevailing winds.

For
example, and to state the obvious, a verandah situated on the eastern side of
your Adelaide home is going to get morning sun, while one on the western side
is going to get evening sun. The evening sun can get hot in the summer and
while you can control this (e.g. with outdoor blinds, natural vegetation and
screens) it is worth considering. If possible, a verandah on the north of the
home is perhaps best because it will receive protection from the high summer
suns while letting lower winter suns in.

Similarly,
with the prevailing winds, you may want to situate your verandah so you get protection
from the winds and the rain and hot or cold conditions it can bring. Again,
wind can be controlled with outdoor blinds to increase comfort under your
verandah.

Great
verandahs – no bull

To give you
an example of a verandah that looks as good as it is practical, take a look at
the bullnose verandah on this page, designed and built by Outside Concepts.

The origins of the bullnose verandah can be traced back to between
1840 and 1890, and they’ve been popular in Australia ever since. With
corrugated sheeting for the roof and often combined with cast-iron lacework,
bullnose verandahs are aesthetically pleasing. They also perform a great job of
keeping the elements out.

But bullnose verandahs suit older style houses –we have
plenty of great examples in Adelaide. If you have a more modern house, however,
go for a more contemporary style of verandah, like the other image on this page.

Concept to clean up. Call Outside Concepts for a free quote on 1800 601 674.

An Adelaide verandah that’s as practical as it is good looking. Strewth, that’s easy!
An Adelaide verandah that’s as practical as it is good looking. Strewth, that’s easy!

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