Whilst many homeowners opt for DIY verandah kits because they want to save some money or they want to enjoy the satisfaction of putting the structure together with their own two hands, they often fail to take into account how long it actually takes for construction to be completed. If you don’t have an endless amount of time to get your verandah off the ground, you might find these time saving tips extremely useful in getting your project finished on time.
Avoid nightmares with careful planning
You need to consider the exact location of the verandah and how big it needs to be, then take the relevant measurements. You should mark out the area using builder’s chalk or small stakes and string. Next, consider the actual location – is the ground level and suitable for digging?
- Choose your materials and then price them
If you want to use hardwood floors because it’s everywhere else on your property or you love the look of a polycarbonate roof, find the best prices possible. See if you can compromise on other features, such as using recycled timber for the beams.
Keep low maintenance in mind
Remember that this area is being created for relaxation and welcoming guests to your home, so you don’t want to be spending every weekend trying to keep the verandah in shape. You should design and plan the space specifically for being low maintenance.
Work out house attachments in the beginning
As most homeowners like to connect their DIY verandahs to their homes, it is very important that you consider how you will achieve this before you start building. Don’t let yourself get halfway finished before realizing that you haven’t even thought about how you’re going to join it all.
- Research, research, research
If this is your first DIY project, it is vital that you take some time to research construction, specifically verandahs, so that you are prepared for anything. At the end of the day, the more you know the easier it your project will be to complete.
Decide whether you need electricity access
If you’re planning on watching television, cooking or hosting events in your verandah, it is important that you take the opportunity to plan exactly where you will need electricity access. Then, you will need a qualified electrician to come in and install it all for you.
- Consider how you will drain rainwater
Most builders recommend that, for adequate drainage, your verandah’s roof should possess a slope of 0.5cm away from the house for every 30cm stretch. If you insist on having a flat roof, you will need to ensure that you have fitted an adequate guttering system.
Whilst it is nice to attempt a DIY verandah project, it is important to keep in mind that your best intentions aren’t always going to be enough. If you simply cannot get the structure to work how you want, do not hesitate to call in a professional. Even though having a qualified builder come in is probably going to cost you a little more than you budgeted for, at least you will be left with a verandah that performs as it is meant to.