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Veranda Ideas and Designs

Summer House
Summer House
Oliver Grahame Photography
Inspiration for a medium sized nautical veranda in Gloucestershire.
The Carney's
The Carney's
Welsh Oak Frame
This is an example of a farmhouse veranda in Other.
Ibiza Old finca restoration
Ibiza Old finca restoration
Karina Goncharova
This is an example of a mediterranean veranda with a pergola.
Country New Build, Buckinghamshire
Country New Build, Buckinghamshire
Janine Stone & Co.
Inspiration for a farmhouse veranda in Buckinghamshire.
Mechanicsville Porch and Deck
Mechanicsville Porch and Deck
Old Dominion Innovations, Inc.
Steve Fitchett
Inspiration for a medium sized classic back screened veranda in Richmond with brick paving and a roof extension.
Lakefront Craftsman // Farmhouse
Lakefront Craftsman // Farmhouse
Younger Homes
Photo of a large nautical back metal railing veranda in Austin with a fireplace, stamped concrete and a roof extension.
SECURITY GATES
SECURITY GATES
Iron Top Designs
Contemporary veranda in Houston.
Traditional Front Porch
Traditional Front Porch
Highland Homes, Inc.
Tuscan Columns & Brick Porch
Inspiration for a large traditional front veranda in New Orleans with brick paving, a roof extension and feature lighting.
Old Beach Road
Old Beach Road
Studio M Interiors
Scott Amundson Photography
Inspiration for a medium sized traditional back veranda in Minneapolis with a fire feature, natural stone paving and a roof extension.
Southern Living Idea House - Crane Island
Southern Living Idea House - Crane Island
Riverside Homes Custom
Photo credit: Laurey W. Glenn/Southern Living
This is an example of a nautical veranda in Jacksonville with decking and a roof extension.
Well Traveled Modern
Well Traveled Modern
Greeson & Fast Design
Cantilevered cypress deck floor with floating concrete steps on this pavilion deck. Brandon Pass architect Sitework Studios
Photo of a large retro front veranda in Other with concrete slabs, a pergola and a potted garden.
Apex Screen Porch
Apex Screen Porch
Catherine French Design, LLC.
Custom outdoor Screen Porch with Scandinavian accents, teak dining table, woven dining chairs, and custom outdoor living furniture
Inspiration for a medium sized rustic back screened veranda in Raleigh with tiled flooring and a roof extension.
A Family Affair
A Family Affair
Casabella Interiors
Kristada
Photo of a medium sized beach style back veranda in Boston with decking and a roof extension.
The Kelso
The Kelso
JayMarc Homes
Covered outdoor living includes full bbq station, ceilings heaters, brick fireplace, chandelier and dining/lounge seating.
This is an example of a large farmhouse back veranda in Seattle with an outdoor kitchen, decking and a roof extension.
Just hanging around
Just hanging around
Amy Storm & Company
Joe Kwon Photography
This is an example of a classic front veranda in Chicago with natural stone paving and a roof extension.
Sunrise Point
Sunrise Point
Wright Design
This transitional timber frame home features a wrap-around porch designed to take advantage of its lakeside setting and mountain views. Natural stone, including river rock, granite and Tennessee field stone, is combined with wavy edge siding and a cedar shingle roof to marry the exterior of the home with it surroundings. Casually elegant interiors flow into generous outdoor living spaces that highlight natural materials and create a connection between the indoors and outdoors. Photography Credit: Rebecca Lehde, Inspiro 8 Studios
Midtown Atlanta Renovation/Addition
Midtown Atlanta Renovation/Addition
Anne Architecture
Classic screened veranda in Atlanta with tiled flooring and a roof extension.
Porch
Porch
Rethink Design Studio
Exterior Paint Color: SW Dewy 6469 Exterior Trim Color: SW Extra White 7006 Furniture: Vintage fiberglass Wall Sconce: Barnlight Electric Co
Medium sized nautical front screened veranda in Atlanta with concrete slabs and a roof extension.
CLASSIC CAPE COD
CLASSIC CAPE COD
Erin Sander Design
Design ideas for a classic veranda in Dallas with decking and a roof extension.
While they may not be as large as their US equivalents, in the UK and Ireland verandas, pergolas, porches and porticos are still handy little halfway houses between your driveway and your front door or your garden and your back door. Verandas are structures that cover an area next to your house, usually over a patio or decked area at the back as part of your garden, and they offer a sheltered outdoor space that you can enjoy all year round. Pergolas are usually separate from your house but offer basic cover for outdoor dining or simply relaxing. Porches can either give you shelter from the rain (perhaps as you find your keys at the front door) in the form of a basic, open porch canopy structure, or be built out into a small room or vestibule where you can remove and store coats, shoes and umbrellas. Porticos fall into the former category of porch design but are much grander than regular porches, usually with colonnades at either side of the door supporting the porch roof and giving a regal touch to the exterior of your home.

If you think your home could benefit from a sheltered outdoor structure, either for dining outside or just taking your coat and boots off as you enter your house, take a look at the porch, portico and veranda ideas, designs and photos from homeowners and designers to take inspiration.

How do I choose a veranda design?


Glass verandas are one of the most common veranda designs because they let in light, offer slight shade and still protect from the elements, while wooden verandas are also popular due to their traditional-looking style. If your garden and house exterior are styled classically then a wooden veranda or pergola may be the way to go and you may want to consider tiling the roof of the veranda with the same type of tiles you have on your main roof, so everything ties in neatly. Wrought iron and glass verandas can also look classic in their style, appearing almost Victorian, and if you have dark framed windows or other ironwork in your garden or home, this style of veranda could work nicely. Metal and glass verandas would better suit contemporary tastes, and if you don't want the normal pitched roof style, look at flat roofs and verandas and pergolas in unique shapes and designs.

You can choose to have either a supported veranda with posts, similar to a pergola structure, or a cantilever veranda that protrudes from a wall of your house without support via posts to the ground. Obviously if you want more space under your veranda then a cantilever veranda is the way to go, but the look of cantilevers is not always to everyone's taste. Otherwise you may only need posts at each end that won't have to be large and in the way if you need the room.

How do I choose a new porch?


Think about what you want from your porch – if, for example, your front door opens straight into your living room, you may want the added privacy of an enclosed porch rather than a portico-style covering. Appearance is, of course, all-important; the front of your house, after all, creates the first impression of your home. uPVC porches are great for insulation, but they may not look as good aesthetically. It’s important that your porch design fits in with that of your house, so keep brickwork and materials similar or complementary. Front doors provide a wonderful opportunity for dressing your house – embrace colour and gloss, and add attractive embellishments with door knockers, letter boxes and wall lights.

But don’t just take our word for it; take a look around for inspiration. Once you’ve decided which type and material of porch or portico would suit your house – whether it’s a brick, glass or an oak porch, you can now focus on the design and have a look at some great porch ideas from other Houzz users. Find images of traditional wooden porches that give a warmly welcome, large glass porch extensions that dramatically change home exteriors, and pictures of stone front porches and porticos.

Will I need planning permission for my veranda, pergola, porch or portico?


Usually verandas will need planning permission as they are not classed as permitted development under Class A, but there are exceptions, so check with your local planning authority first. Provided that your porch or portico follows the stipulated guidelines, it will be exempt from planning permission and building regulation approvals. Ensure that the external floor area of the porch is within three square metres and that its height does not exceed three metres. Finally, the furthest edge of the porch should not go beyond two metres of any boundary of the house and the road. If the porch or portico you want is bigger than these dimensions, make your life easier by employing a builder or porch specialist who will handle the planning and building regulations for you. Pergolas, as garden structure, also do not need planning permission as long as they adhere to standard regulations, but again, check online or with a professional before building one.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a veranda renovation or are building a designer veranda from scratch, Houzz has 125,047 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Rethink Design Studio and Casabella Interiors. Look through veranda photos in different colours and styles and when you find a veranda design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful veranda ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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