Verandas for the perfect face for your home

Outdoors Dated:  Jan. 27, 2016
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Veranda Design Idea by Architect Benny Kuriakose

We don't just build houses for ourselves, we create a place we can call 'home' and create every inch of it to our choice and taste. We want it to be spacious,  with all the luxury we can afford, and most importantly give us a feeling of 'at home'. The flats or apartments we live in may give us the best of amenities, but with limited space and uniform structures it is hard to call them ours. But when we design a home, we give equal importance to exteriors as they are also the reflection of our inner selves just like the interiors.

Talking about the exteriors, veranda becomes an integral part of the entrance of a house. They are usually enclosed by railings and often extends across fronts and sides of the house. In short it is a wrap around porch at the level of ground floor.

Even if the interior is not palatial, a well created veranda can make it large for your house. Here are some design ideas that will inspire you to design one for your own.

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Verandas in the ancient times  were mostly enclosed with railings and pillars that used to stretch from front to sideways. The above shown is one such design. The steps lead to a small veranda just sufficient to seat two people. The house has one of its roofs extended to cover the veranda space.

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The veranda here is open with only pillars to give support, which makes it look spacious and connected to the exterior.  To catch some fresh breeze, a swing chair has been hung in the open veranda. Hanging flower pots are used to occupy the free vertical space.

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A design inspiration for smaller space.

The veranda is kept simple and looks like an extended floor of living room. The length is limited to the width of the main door while the rest of the portion is left for the plants. Though small, the veranda spares room for a sleek bench along the edge.

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A lavish veranda here serves more than just the obvious purpose. With a wide area left for the veranda, the space becomes the favourite spot for a tea time in the summer evenings. The floors are done in slate tiles to give it a rustic look. With lush green surrounding to become the perfect backdrop, guests will be happy spending their time outside.

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This veranda speaks volume about the royal ancestry through its majestic pillars. Instead of benches and chairs for an evening outdoors, a raised platform has been built adjoining the corners. Minute, intricate detailing of the pillar enriches the space with royalty.

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The veranda is unique in its own style. With the  floor at a considerable height from the ground, the veranda serves like a balcony to the view outside. Also, instead  of pillars and railings to enclose the space, low  benches have been wisely constructed at the edges serving both the purposes.

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