‘Build it and they will come’ is a famous line from the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams. The ‘it’ referred to in the movie was a baseball park and the ‘they’ the baseballers and a ghost of a famous player. If you live in Launceston, we reckon the build it and they will come line is also apt, although we’re not suggesting you should go out and build a sports park. No, we’re talking about a verandah and the myriad of guests that you can invite around once it is built.
The legendary verandah
In Australia, verandahs are about as legendary as some Hollywood actors.
Although not strictly invented by Aussies, it is true that the first verandahs did appear on Australian buildings soon after the first home was built. Back then, they were used to shield the hot Australian sun and rain off work boots, working dogs and working people.
Today, the Launceston verandah has a slightly different purpose. Yes, you may find shoes by the door, a dog taking shelter and people underneath, but it’s less to do about work and much more for relaxation and entertaining.
The style of verandahs has also changed over the years. Back in the early years of European settlement, verandahs often wrapped around most of the home, but they were usually relatively narrow. Although more elaborate verandahs, such as some that can be seen on historical homes in the Launceston area, did appear soon after. These days, verandahs are often more significant structures and, of course, the style has also been modernised.
By the way, if you’re wondering what the difference is between a verandah and other outside structures, like patios and pergolas, the truth is the names are reasonably interchangeable. Although there is one important qualification and that is that a verandah will always be attached to the house, while a patio and pergola can be attached or freestanding.
5 tips for the perfect Launceston verandah
- When it comes to design, always make sure your new verandah matches or complements your home.
- Consider the size verandah you need. If you just need a structure to keep the rain and sun off your front door, or to relax in, it might not need to be significant. If you want to entertain large groups you’ll need a larger structure.
- Think about the best place to locate your verandah. For relaxing and entertaining, off the living area is the best choice. Also consider the prevailing winds and the sun.
- What’s your budget? If budget is tight, Outside Concepts’ Launceston branch can help you get the most out of your dollars. It’s one of the things we specialise in.
- Once built, style your verandah with outdoor furniture, a bbq, lighting, pot plants and other items.
From concept to clean up, you can rely on us. Give Outside Concepts a call on 1800 601 674 to organise a free quote.