Beautiful verandahs that will inspire you to spend more time outside

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Verandahs, also known as porches depending on where you are from, serve as the entrance to a person’s cottage or home. But they’re so much more than that; they are a place to gather, to read, to people-watch, and even somewhere to nap. In fact, my favourite place to nap at the cottage is on the verandah in the glider that has been there since I was a baby. Along with some good naps we often have large dinners on the verandah, since its length far surpasses that of our dining room.

If designed with careful consideration, verandahs often function as an additional multi-purpose room in your home or cottage. The beautiful spaces featured in this gallery may just inspire you to create a gorgeous, functional outdoor space of your own.