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Verandahs may be a traditional feature of Queenslander-style homes, but the modern understanding of the term isn’t so clear-cut. However, verandahs do contain certain common elements. Usually long, narrow spaces, they are attached directly to the home and can sometimes extend the whole way around. Most popular at the front of the home, verandahs can also be located to the side or rear of the home – but they are always located on the home’s lowest or ground floor.


The verandah has always been a popular fixture of Australian homes and it’s difficult to pinpoint just one reason. Because the verandah is narrower than other home additions like patios or pergolas, they are an ideal build if you’re on a smaller block of land. When space is limited, a covered verandah still provides you’re the chance to step outside the home and enjoy the fresh air while being shielded from the sun. While narrow, there can still be enough room for a comfortable chair or bistro-style dining set.


Looking to improve the façade of your home? A verandah could become its new beauty spot. Aside from the Queenslander-style home, verandahs are naturally suited to Victorian, Federation and Ranch-Style architecture. But they can also be a look great with Modern or Sustainable Modular-style homes. Tip: Choose a structure (skillion, pitched etc.) and COLORBOND® steel colour choice that complements your existing roofline for a streamlined look and enhanced kerb appeal.


Quite often the visible frontage of your home, verandahs are not a structure to sacrifice on quality. LYSAGHT LIVING® verandahs incorporate trusted, Australian-made COLORBOND® steel that is tested in Australia’s harshest environmental conditions. Our verandah kits are also precision engineered with design features such as rafters that intersect at 90 degrees, eliminating gaps and the potential damage caused by nesting birds.


They may be a quintessential spot for fresh air and shade, but verandahs can also be tweaked to allow natural light to filter through. Translucent roof panels are a relatively simple customisation which allows sunshine to filter into the space. If your verandah end faces north, try this insider tip: Use translucent sheeting instead of a regular panel for the gable end. It’s a practical way to flood your verandah with a natural morning glow.

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