With summer fast approaching, so too are the hot dry Australian days. For many of us, we have peace of mind that we can simply flick a switch and turn on a supply of cool air into our homes, but for many until the 1980’s air conditioning was unheard of.
With electricity also not widely available until the late 20th century especially in rural Australia, its citizens needed to be very inventive in order to keep their cool.
Shade was imperative for living comfortable and even those homes that could afford electricity it was still very expensive. This need for shade was the reason that Bullnose verandahs became normal for a large proportion of Australian homes, what better to shade the windows and outdoor patios of a property.
The unique look of the Bullnose verandah has made this a symbol of houses in this country and because of the low profile aspect of this design it is able to provide significant shade relief from the relentless Australian summer sun. The shade provided by this verandah allowed families the freedom to enjoy the outside area underneath it and this began the tradition of the great Australian outdoor barbeque.
The clever design of the original verandahs have been improved greatly since the early days. Today with improved technology there are many more innovative options available to every home owner. Bullnose verandahs not only provide necessary shade but can be made in such a way that precious light is not blocked from the home. Windows that are shaded can remain open and this allows a good airflow throughout the home, and on rainy days when windows were left open and the rain entered the house that is no longer a problem when the house is protected with a verandah.
In effect not only is the verandah a thing of beauty, it is a major part of reducing unwanted heat into the home during the summer months, therefore reducing the rising cost of energy bills. It also provides protection from rain damage during storms, allows the area beneath it to be used in all weathers and greatly adds value and style to any property.
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