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Do you and your family love spending time outdoors? If so, you might want to consider building a verandah. Not only will it provide you with an outdoor space where you can sit and relax, but it will also offer protection from the elements, meaning you can spend time outdoors all year round.

The most important thing to consider when building a verandah is that you need to build according to the house you’re attaching to. That means carefully considering the design options available to you and selecting a verandah that looks like a seamless extension of your home, rather than an obscure addition. That’s why it’s incredibly important that you take advantage of the advice offered by the experts you’re working with and listen to their recommendations.

Keep reading to find out the top do’s and don’ts when designing your verandah.

DO prepare for an unpredictable climate

Melbourne is notorious for experiencing ‘four seasons in one day’. For budding verandah designers in Victoria, it can be a good idea to install fitted blinds in your outdoor living area for comfort, shade and protection. You can always roll the blinds up should you wish to let a breeze or sunshine into your space.

A great alternative is an Outback Sunroof, which features lourves that allow you to block out heat from the sun or allow a cool breeze to flow through when open. It’s a convenient and energy-efficient option, that’ll help you cater to the conditions of the day keeping temperatures down without added help.

DON’T build a verandah that’s too high

Although a verandah with a high ceiling may sound grand and luxurious, there’s a point where it may develop a cold aspect to it. When the ceiling of the verandah is too high, it gives the space an awkward and uncomfortable feel, which is not ideal when building an entertaining and relaxation area!

DO consider the roof style  

There are many different roof styles available to suit whatever your design preference and lifestyle may be, and each design offers its own unique benefits.

Some of our top recommendations include a flat roof, gable roof and sunroof, which are all beneficial for different reasons. A flat roof is a highly versatile, simple and cost-effective design, while a gable roof is suitable for larger outdoor areas. A sunroof on the other hand, will allow you to control the light and temperature of your outdoor area through moving slats.

Whatever roof style you choose, ensure you’re being smart with your design and choose an option that maximises light – both in your verandah and inside your home.

DON’T compromise on quality

A good verandah is all about quality. That is why it’s essential to select a reputable supplier and high-quality installer with a reputation for high-end products and exceptional customer service.

Choosing a verandah specialist will not only save you time and money, but reduce the amount of effort you’ll need to put in. A high-quality installer will be able to look after plans and permits, while maximising your yard space. They’ll also be able to consider things like stormwater drainage before starting on installation, and organise for a thicker concrete slab should your design require this.

DO choose an authorised Stratco deal

When it comes to Australian verandah suppliers, you can’t go past Stratco. Stratco’s philosophy centres on crafting market-quality products and backing these with qualified installers who offer friendly service and advice. These independent businesses are known as authorised Stratco dealers.

Stratco is Australia’s top choice when it comes to verandahs, and the process of being made an authorised Stratco dealer is tough, so you can rest assured you’re working with the best of the best when it comes to Stratco.


If you’re looking to work with an authorised Stratco dealer to create your new verandah design, get in touch with the experts at Innovative Verandahs today.

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