The benefits of current verandas are real: well-being, quality of life, aesthetics subject to know what you want. Let the pointer.

Why do we eat as much or we sit out the first fine day? Why deny the rest of the year? Sense of freedom, pleasure of a light and natural setting provide wellness and healing. A new space, opened or closed, neither inside nor outside! All the charm of the veranda is precisely in the place it occupies so special: it’s not home, this is not the garden. This is a new space, a new place to live for different uses that are to be invented by the occupants. But let us not be carried away by the appearance of fine or by reports showing magnificent achievements perfectly successful. Every so often touted advantages of the porch can become real problems when the project is ill conceived, poorly executed, poorly used. Here is some important information about it.

Glass roof, bow window, bay window, greenhouse or conservatory?

It is essential not to mistake what is really a veranda. Changes in design living spaces and their (s) use (s) lead architects and builders to provide habitats brighter, more open to the outside. Meanwhile, the renewed interest in the garden taste stimulus for greenhouses and skylights. But let it be said a veranda is neither one nor the other, and it would be a great mistake to think that adding a sunroom on existing buildings allows to break the walls to enlarge or a room in the house to the outside. Trust “blind” in the arguments of some unprofessional business risk in these subjects, to be followed by severe disappointments. Reflection needs to be much slimmer veranda is a space designed for himself, with building regulations, duties and recognizing its limitations.


Veranda: guidance is a key factor

Exposed to the north porch is totally devoid of interest, regardless of the region, because in all cases, it will turn into a cold trap in the winter. Exposure to the east is possible only in mild areas and subject to be sheltered from the north (wall, hedge,) and enjoy a sunny early in the morning. Exposure to the west is considered only if a certain shade protects the direct effect of the sun during the hot summer, otherwise, the risk of overheating is ensured. South-east, south or southwest exposures are to choose for your porch, in most situations. Wherever insolation is strong and rapid warming of the air, the need for an unglazed roof is needed, with an adjustable roof opening for ventilation.

The energy function of the veranda

# A porch should provide heat in winter and stay fresh in the summer. In summer, you have an air flow from bottom to top if the porch is high, or sideways if veranda is low. To this end, minimum 25% glazed area must open. In winter, the veranda saves on energy costs, helping to make your bioclimatic house.
# To effectively heat the house, the porch must have sufficient height so that all main openings are inside of it: bay windows, windows, doors.
# A porch must always be separated from adjacent rooms, as it undergoes temperature variations stronger than the house itself. Its use is thus enabled by appropriate gestures throughout the day and seasons: close doors and windows to the house whenever the temperature gets too hot or too cold in the conservatory.
# Advantage also safe: doors and windows are fitted better than the major glazing systems burglar.

By cons, no real function bioclimatic without walls adapted. A very thick wall (old stone house) accumulates the heat of the veranda the day, but is struggling to return to the inside of the house the evening or at night. This is the game by opening and closing doors and windows that the hot air of the day can be driven inward. Conversely, walls too thin, hollow blocks in cement, for example, can not store heat. The nature and mass of materials are not compatible. A wall in solid materials, like mud bricks encircled in a frame of reinforced concrete or cement blocks filled with sand, is ideal.

When the porch is not bioclimatic

Since the orientation and exposure are met, a veranda was always a positive side temperature and is therefore at least some bioclimatic. By cons, veranda must not be heated because it loses this feature.The aluminum structure is interesting for material stability and low maintenance, but wrought iron is a very nice choice, timeless and gives added value to the frame. If the goal of this new space is primarily to achieve a buffer zone between the outside and inside, the porch can become lobby and orangery for your pots , at the same time, even become relaxing space to each timing. But in all cases, to give the best possible integration with the built structure, it is advisable to use the same tile as the adjacent room to which it gives, and adopt the same material covering the roof when the solution Opaque is chosen to protect themselves from excess heat. Another tip of importance, consider check the rules on size and materials on the Local Development Plan, to obtain the necessary permits, and pay attention also to the settlement of estates, if any.