What is a Veranda?

June 4, 2024

If you’re planning on having a porch as part of your custom home design, you might have come across something called a veranda. Verandas and other porches share some similarities but there are some key differences. Here’s what you need to know about a veranda vs a porch:

What is a Veranda?

A veranda is a type of porch that wraps around at least more than one side of a home. Unlike typical wraparound porches, verandas are much deeper. Verandas are built to accommodate a lot of seating or dining furniture. They may or may not have a railing, but they always are covered by a roof.

Verandas typically do not have enclosures of any sort. They may have railings for decoration or safety, but that’s up to the designer. Verandas are often seen as an extension of the home for outdoor living.

This space is to be used for entertaining or relaxation, not just to be part of the aesthetic of the home. Blending the lines of indoor and outdoor living is a popular home design trend that adds a higher quality of life and a veranda fits right in.

Veranda vs Porch

There are some key differences between verandas and porches. Something helpful to know is that all verandas are porches, but not all porches are verandas. Verandas occupy at least two, if not more, sides of a home. They always have a roof and they always have enough space to accommodate outdoor living furniture.

Many popular architectural designs include porches. Porches are usually an extension of a front or back door and can be enclosed with either walls or screened-in windows. They can be any size and any depth. Porches always have a railing and they serve a variety of purposes, not just outdoor living.

3 Benefits of a Veranda

There are some benefits of choosing a veranda over a porch. Here are a few benefits of a veranda:

1. More Outdoor Living Space

While porches can offer outdoor living space, a veranda’s main function is to offer plenty of outdoor living space to accommodate a family and guests. It almost functions as a separate room and can be created to have different zones. These different zones can include lounging and dining.

Having a goal in mind for your outdoor living space is a helpful tip for creating incredible outdoor living spaces. If entertaining is your goal, make sure you have comfortable and ample seating and dining options. No one wants to be cramped around a small table or in uncomfortable seats.

2. Higher Quality of Life

Another benefit of a veranda is the option to enjoy the outdoors in a relaxing environment while still having some protection from the elements. Similar to wrap-around porch benefits, you can still enjoy the space if it’s raining outside. Plus, the roof will protect you from direct sunlight.

A veranda is a great place to entertain guests, complete with dinner parties or cookouts. It’s also a great place to spend time with your family. You can design this space to fit whatever your outdoor living needs are which can enrich your life substantially.

3. Increased Home Value

Verandas can be a home upgrade that adds value to your home. Homes that have functional and ample outdoor living spaces typically have a higher home value. This is especially true in places where outdoor living is possible for a good portion of the year. Adding this feature to your custom home design can increase your home value which is a huge benefit if you ever need to sell your home.

Design & Build Your Custom Home With CHG

This is just an overview of a veranda vs a porch. This outdoor living space is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, relax, and entertain family and guests. Whether you prefer a veranda or something else, the style of your front porch is just one of many details you think about when designing a custom home. It can be overwhelming to try to handle it all on your own.

However, working with a custom home builder with a design/build process can help minimize stress. They’ll handle the details and walk you through each step of the process, so you can stay excited about your dream home. If you’re ready to start bringing your dream home to life, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!