If you’re lucky enough to have a loggia, veranda or balcony attached to your house, it’s the perfect place for relaxing or entertaining outdoors.
The Italian concept of the loggia is all about leisure. In its original form, this space was used by the Romans as a walkway around a courtyard garden, and you can still see examples of this style in Pompeii. When the principles of classical architecture were revived during the Renaissance, loggias often occupied the upper floors of buildings, with one side open to the air, supported by columns or arches. Similar in nature is a veranda, a long open room with a roof that may extend around several sides of a building, or round the entire house. Whatever you choose to call a space like this, it’s a delightful thing to have, allowing you to experience all the charm of sitting outside, but with protection from the worst of the weather. Read more, ‘The 5 Worst Patio Decorating Mistakes- And How To Avoid Them.’
There are many different styles of loggia, verandas, and balconies, each originating in different periods of architecture and geographical locations.
It’s not uncommon for English country houses based on Palladian principles to include a stone loggia, while lighter wooden verandas are more reminiscent of Indian, American or Australian architecture.
Whatever style you have (or choose to build), they’re the perfect place for sitting outdoors, and a wonderful alternative to a totally open area of patio or decking.
As a space for outdoor dining, they’re incredibly useful, since they eliminate any worries about rain or harsh sunlight, and they also protect your garden furniture from the worst of the elements.
Most loggias and verandas are fairly simple, informal spaces, and many of the examples pictured make stylish use of rattan or wooden furniture, deckchairs, loungers and even hammocks.
It’s perfectly possible to make them extremely glamorous, with painted walls or even fabric-covered walls and ceilings for extra sumptuousness.
And if you plan to entertain in a loggia, make sure you have some electricity and lighting installed, so that it can be used in the evenings as well. They’re a great place to set up some plant pots and make a small container garden, bringing the lushness of the garden into the space.
Parts of this article first appeared in House & Garden UK.