Ah… balconies with glass! Shut those glass doors and still see the world going by, keep noises away and still feel the hustle and bustle of the city. Inside, the veranda is a personal decorated island. Plants, bistro table and nice lights create a muffled world where one can paint, write, read, eat or rest. It’s a city life stacked on top of each other, but with character and style.
The sun will still come in, kiss the floor and infuse the room with warm energy. Watch the rain trickling down the glass or the wind ruffling up the trees and feel part of the nature.
Winter is out there and you are protected inside the veranda. The summer will encourage to open the glass doors of the veranda and let the curtains flow in the breeze. It is just a nice place to be.
(Above photo: Barcelona – via evysinspirations.tumblr.com)
In Italy my native country a veranda is an extension of a room with the view of the world below. It is a well-lived place, some people hang their laundry, some cook out there to keep the house free of cooking smells, some people sew and knit, some practice dance steps and others entertain in gossips. It is our way to be in company with the city, soak it in, knowing all that goes around without being a part of it.
In countries different than Italy, verandas only decorate buildings, they are not viewed as a social space and really no one sits to enjoy a nice piece of architecture.
A veranda is not a front porch or a roofed backyard patio.
A veranda is not an open balcony, or a terrace.
(Villa Necchi – Milano, Italy)
A veranda is a protruding space from a building, enclosed on all sides by a railing and glass, sometimes frosted glass, sometime plain transparent and sometimes decorated glass.
Some verandas are small and some are big enough to have a seating arrangements for a few people.
They are most popular in Southern Europe, New Orléans and some areas in South America, all places where life evolves from the start of the day well into the small hours of the night and where people welcome open doors.
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