AREAS – VERANDAH & PATIO – Tropical Patterns
PUT VERANDAHS ON THE EQUATOR FACING DIRECTION FOR BEST SHADING.OF HOUSE
The sunshine side of the house needs its walls and windows shaded. Verandahs not only help shade but it is the prefered location for most people.
USE PLANTED OR POTTED VEGETATION ON VERANDAHS TO THE EQUATOR DIRECTION TO AID IN REDUCING WARMTH
Vegetation allows dappled shade and absorbs warmth and reduces temperature as much as 10 degrees C.
CONSIDER VERANDAHS WITH OPEN FLOORING FOR INCREASED AIRFLOW
Gaps between floorboards can help to increase air flow, particularly if the area has been closed in with flyscreen. Insects will not usually come up under the floor.
UNLESS USED AS WALKWAY ONLY, VERANDAH OR PATIO AREA LESS THAN 3.5M IS TOO SMALL FOR USE. CONSIDER TO 5M FOR FREQUENT USE AREA
Verandah and patio areas need to be able to accommodate a large table and seating to either side as well as allow movement past. 4m by 6m deck is good working size verandah or patio.
VERANDAH OR PATIO WITH SINGLE SEATING, 1.5m IS OK
For example outside hallway with seating against wall. Verandah that has screening for shade needs 1.7 to 1.8 as it can be claustrophobic if thinner. Verandah around 2m is waste for one seating and too small for table and chairs. Avoid unless it runs out to outdoor area.