A veranda or external seating area not only allows for alfresco dining during the summer months, but it can also add some much needed extra space. The simple answer to whether or not you can build a veranda into you log home, is yes. If you have ever installed decking in a garden, it will follow the same principles.
You generally won’t need planning permission to add a veranda to your log cabin. The exceptions to this are the amount of space it will take up and whether or not it will be a massive step away from your original agreed plans. If you are unsure, the it’s best to consult with your local planning council as they will be able to advise your further. Alternatively, you may wish to discuss this issue with a builder who can offer you advice.
Take one of the weight bearing logs and place it against the front of your log cabin. This initial log will lay outwards to be length of your veranda. Repeat this on the opposite side – this will help to form your veranda frame. Place the additional weight bearing logs at an equal distance between these two logs. Make sure that the logs are all level with each other – you can do this by measuring across the diagonals of the veranda. Once you are satisfied with the initial layout, you can firmly fix them into place.
Next, fit the decking sheets, or decking planks. To ensure that it’s secure, the best method is to fix your decking in the opposite direction to your weight bearing logs – vertical or diagonal decking works well and looks nice. Your decked veranda is now complete. You can add a bannister rail to complete the look if desired.
If you want to add a bannister, then you’ll need to attach the pillars. The best way to do this is to fix them into place in the four corners of your veranda. Note to two of these pillars may be attached to the external walls of your log cabin.
Once the main pillars are in place, you can start to attach the spindles that fit in between these. As with the weight bearing logs, you will need to make sure that the spindles are an equal distance away from each other. When the spindles are all secured in place, the you can attach the top or bannister finish plank
You will need to treat and seal your veranda. You can use a standard wood stain or wood sealer for this job. The sealer acts as a barrier to weather damage such as rain or snow. Remember that the sealant may have to be applied regularly to prolong the life of your veranda.