Verandah Design Ideas

A verandah requires careful planning because it is here that you transition from the outside of your home to the inside. A roofed and open, or partly open, portion of a house, a verandah is more than just an entryway to your house. It is here you can play games, sit on a swing chair while sipping lemonade, chat to neighbours, and watch the world go by.

Browse the photos on Houzz to see how you can breathe life back into your verandah, or build one onto your home with form and function in mind. You’ll find inspiration for Queenslander verandahs, those with flat, curved, concave and gabled roofs, as well as ideas for flooring and balustrades, to suit all styles of homes, big and small. If you want to dig a little deeper, make sure you check out the Stories or Advice section on Houzz, too.

What style of verandah should I add to my home?


This will be primarily dictated by your budget, space and overall style of your home. Typically, verandahs are integrated into a home’s roofline, so they will most likely always be a pricey renovation. Flat or skillion-roofed verandahs are popular home additions because they can be shaped to fit most house plans, or extend out to other zones, like a pool, for example. A pitched/gabled or curved roof will give you more height and a more open feel, while a concave roof looks best on a verandah attached to a period home. If you need advice, check out our directory of architects.

How can I decorate my verandah?


Your verandah decor should reflect your personality and lifestyle, but most importantly, how you will use the space. If you want it to encourage lounging and people watching, add a hammock, swing chair or daybed – the more seating you have, the more likely you are to use it with friends. Get more from your verandah by including a dining table and chairs, with some feature pendant lighting to draw attention to the zone. You could also go beyond seating, by adding the likes of a console or planters. If you’re spoilt with a view, you can also keep it utterly simple with just two comfy armchairs to sink back into. Add colour through wall hangings, potted plants, pillows and rugs, but remember to opt for fabrics that are waterproof and fade-resistant. If you're unsure, get help from a designer!
This is an example of a traditional front yard verandah in Perth with decking and a roof extension.

This is an example of a traditional front yard verandah in Perth with decking and a roof extension.
greenery along the verandah edge - webuser_996564090

Photo of a transitional verandah in Sydney with an outdoor kitchen, decking and a roof extension.

Mark Wilson
Photo of a transitional verandah in Sydney with an outdoor kitchen, decking and a roof extension.
Love the indoor outdoor kitchen - erin_bennett23

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Inspiration for a mid-sized beach style front yard verandah in Gold Coast - Tweed with a pergola and tile.

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Inspiration for a mid-sized beach style front yard verandah in Gold Coast - Tweed with a pergola and tile.
false grass stepping stones one level pool paving glass fence - kulbrick

Photo of a country verandah in Other with concrete slab and a roof extension.

Renovated entrance from the shady verandah with new french doors where the old kitchen once was. Exterior rendered and an updated paint scheme compliment rustic decorating. photo: Dan Paris
out door colours - glenda_brunke

Contemporary backyard verandah in Brisbane with a vertical garden, concrete slab and a roof extension.

Contemporary backyard verandah in Brisbane with a vertical garden, concrete slab and a roof extension.
alfresco with grey pavers + paving surrounds - aggie135

Contemporary verandah in Melbourne with decking and a roof extension.

Contemporary verandah in Melbourne with decking and a roof extension.
Use as a wind Break on a deck & window that looks out to the ocean view - kklug47

Inspiration for a country verandah in Brisbane with decking and a roof extension.

Mindi Cooke
Inspiration for a country verandah in Brisbane with decking and a roof extension.
love this outdoor old and natural - melanie_cotter

Design ideas for a contemporary verandah in Melbourne with concrete slab.

DERICK SWALWELL
Design ideas for a contemporary verandah in Melbourne with concrete slab.
Great indoor to outdoor - vicki_jardine

Photo of a contemporary verandah in Other with decking and a roof extension.

Architect: Bower Architecture // Photographer: Shannon McGrath // Featuring Delta Light Mono wall lights in anthracite and Inlite Deep Starr IP44 downlights in black
Overhang near hallway for shade? - johnson_claudia_c

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Transitional front yard verandah in Sydney with tile and a roof extension.

Pilcher Residential
Transitional front yard verandah in Sydney with tile and a roof extension.
Tiles - griffnick

This is an example of a mid-sized tropical backyard verandah in Sydney with a roof extension.

The owners wanted this outdoor area to feel like an extension of their indoor living area. Time is spent relaxing in this space all year 'round.
This is an example of a mid-sized tropical backyard verandah in Sydney with a roof extension.
Grouping of larger furniture in a small space - webuser_996564090

Inspiration for a beach style backyard verandah in Brisbane with decking and a roof extension.

Inspiration for a beach style backyard verandah in Brisbane with decking and a roof extension.
Could this be how the eastern roof line will look? - adrian_brandon45

Inspiration for a mid-sized beach style backyard verandah in Brisbane with a roof extension and tile.

This home was built as an investment project for some valued clients who wanted to create a traditional looking home with contemporary design touches that would suit a family today. Built in an inner Brisbane city suburb, this home needed to appeal to a discerning market who require quality finishes and a thoughtful floor plan.
the ceiling so rain doesnt wet the couches - narjas_albahrani

This is an example of a contemporary verandah in Melbourne.

Alfresco as displayed at Somerfield Estate, Keysborough.
This is an example of a contemporary verandah in Melbourne.
Timber look ceiling and deck flowing from house to outside. - mike_gregory31

Mediterranean backyard verandah in Melbourne with natural stone pavers and a pergola.

Latte poles are a perfect shading device. Used over the paved walkway and the outdoor terrace, they provide dappled light and shade both inside and outside.
Awnings like these maybe needed st entrance extension - trist02

Beach style screened-in verandah in Geelong with decking and a roof extension.

Beach style screened-in verandah in Geelong with decking and a roof extension.
Alfresco room idea - webuser_295990824

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Small scandinavian verandah in Brisbane with a roof extension and decking.

B&M Photography
Small scandinavian verandah in Brisbane with a roof extension and decking.
another good idea for a balcony - harveyc80

Photo of a traditional backyard verandah in Other with concrete slab and an awning.

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Photo of a traditional backyard verandah in Other with concrete slab and an awning.