Do you love being outside and miss the warm evenings? Are you blessed with a decent back garden? Then, a veranda could be a good idea. Especially in the Netherlands, where you never know what weather you can expect.

Did you know that a few centuries ago, there were orangeries in the Netherlands? These were attachments to houses, made of wood and glass, where they kept tropical plants like oranges and lemons. It was only for the rich to show others their richness. You can still visit some of them. For example: Paleis ‘t Loo still has one.

What is a veranda?

A veranda is a construction mounted on your house. It’s a covering of the garden, and it’s used for relaxing. Mostly, there is a base from tiles or wooden slats, and a roof to stay dry and sit outside. Side panels and sliding doors are options too.

The construction can be made out of wood, aluminium strips or PVC. This can be combined with transparent panels made from glass or plastic. The most popular ones have a transparent roof, so you feel like sitting outside. Mostly, there is no heating system.

The advantage of a veranda is that it gives you more (outdoor) living space, especially during the spring, summer and autumn. In your decision, remind yourself that the veranda can affect the daylight in the rest of the house.

Types of verandas

The most commonly used type is aluminium profiles with transparent acrylic panels for the roof and sides. Acrylic panels are tougher than glass panels.

There are several options to choose from:

– PVC, wood or aluminium profiles. Aluminium and PVC profiles are low-maintenance materials.

– Sunshades for limiting the heat in summer.

– Glass, acrylic or polycarbonate panels.

– (Sliding) doors at the front.

– Sides or no sides.

– Flooring: tiles, wood or even carpet.

– Lighting, for example, light strips.

To give you some insight into the price:

Sonya wants a 5-meter wide and 3-meter deep veranda. She chooses white aluminium-coated profiles and a roof from polycarbonate plates. She doesn’t need sides, as the veranda can be mounted to the neighbours’ attachments. However, she also wants glass sliding doors to close up the space. The foundation is the current pavement in her garden. This will cost around €9.000 including mounting.  And, with sunshades, it will cost around €12.000 including mounting.

The usual delivery time is 1–3 months at the moment.

Rules and regulations for placing a veranda

In most cases, there is no permit needed for placing a veranda. It depends on the size of your garden, the size of the veranda and other house extensions, and the rules of the municipality you live in. You can check the rules for your house on this website.


In Dutch culture, it is common to ring the doorbell of your neighbours. Especially, when you are planning for an extension. You can ask them if they have any remarks or ideas, and inform them when the work will occur. Mostly, this is not a problem.


A veranda is a good way to extend the living space in your house, especially for the use in spring and autumn. It’s cheaper than a house extension, and mostly you do not need a permit to build this. There are many companies specialized in building veranda’s. Also, a large variety of materials are used. My advice would be: choose a material with low maintenance and a high life span. Quality pays out.

Do you doubt about which company is reliable or the quotation itself? Just send a message, so we can assist you in the process.


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