One of the loveliest areas of the house is the enclosed verandah. Even though it would make a fabulous sitting area for grown ups, we’ve always let the kids have full run of it. As I type this, it’s littered with stuff: My Littlest Petshop metropolises, other toys, craft materials, Wii games, paper, pens and coloured pencils etc. I got the camera out to photograph it for this post as I never really took any ‘after’ photos back when it was done. Excuse the pigsty but that’s life, hey?
When we moved in, the only protection the verandah had from the weather was old-style bamboo blinds. They looked nice enough but they were impractical. You couldn’t roll them up and fasten them. Over time, the children’s toys, books and bean bags were ruined by mould mildew. When it was raining it felt cold and damp. And it rains BUCKETLOADS on the far North coast! We spent $7000 installing a long bank of sliding windows up the side of the house. For the front of the house we ordered casement windows. The look prettier and would be more in-keeping with the original style of the house. We used aluminium (white) as we figured they would be less maintainance in the long run. What a great investment. Suddenly the space was a real ‘room’! We can now use it; rain, hail or shine. A year or so back we bought an ol’ banger of a piano. Without the weatherproofing the windows provide, we could never have the piano in this room.