Verandahs can be a beautiful and seamless link from house to garden, giving you a space to enjoy the outdoors all the year round, whatever the weather.

Making the right decisions during the buying process can guarantee you a perfect new fixture for your home.

Installing a verandah is, however, a big commitment and you’ll want to be sure you get it right. This is where we at Australian Outdoor Living can help. We have brought together our 15 years of expertise to provide you with some helpful tips to help you through the buying process.

Determine the verandah’s use

Whether it will be a carport or a stylish al fresco dining area, knowing what you’ll use your verandah for will help you determine designs and match materials and finishes to its purpose. You may want a smaller, more stylized space if you’re creating a social hub, or perhaps you’d rather a simpler design for a workspace or carport.


Before you commit to one design, you’ll want to know it’s the best one. Find a company that invests its time in the planning and design process. Visit showrooms. Have a design consultant visit your home and assess your needs and requirements. Play around with the design; if the company provides a blueprint or 3D computer-generated tour of your hypothetical verandah, experiment with its shape and size.

Special features

Since the verandah will be a natural extension of your home, you’ll want to ensure it reflects the same unique characteristics. Decorative screens, sculpted pillars, or carved architraves may add that special touch that distinguishes your verandah from others while enhancing the existing features of your home. You may even want to try different construction materials.

Made to last

With such a big addition to your property, you want to know it’s going to last. Make sure the timber is resistant to nasty pests like the white ant, and that it is protected against dry rot. To ensure you’ve got the best quality, check that the verandah comes with comprehensive guarantees.

Choosing the right verandah for your home may be a big decision, but it doesn’t need to be an overwhelming one.

To help you make an informed choice we have produced a verandah buyer’s guide of our own. Click on the link below to download.

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