what does a verandah really cost

What does a Verandah Really Cost?

July 26, 2017

The verandah has been an architectural mainstay for centuries. You see them adjacent to homes of all shapes and styles, not just in Australia- but around the world. They’re functional and beautiful and one of the most popular home renovation projects that new and seasoned homeowners are embarking on.

They’re also a project that the VIC Underpinners team gets the most questions on. We are dedicated not just to reinforcing the foundations of your homes, but creating a base for you to build the home of your dreams. We know that this is a bit of an evergreen process. There will always be projects that you’ll want to undertake, small adjustments that you’ll want to make to the design of your home, and things that you’ll want to remove. We want to make sure that you have the references and the know-how to go forth confidently and creatively.

Budget is generally the biggest variable in any home renovation project. And there are many questions that you’ll want to ask yourself, and your contractor, before moving forwards. One of the best pieces of advice that we can give, is to properly budget in advance of any project. After all, you don’t want to get stuck with half of a finished verandah and no dollars left to spend on it!

There are some general categories that verandah costs fall into. These include- design, materials, council fees and contractor labour. Materials will be the most finite and easily referenceable costs, since you have so many resources at your fingertips. Here’s a brief rundown:

Decking will run you between $200 to $1,000 per square metre. This general window of costs depends on the materials that you have chosen. Not too concerned with the materials chosen? Treated pine is a great budget option while you can find hardwoods and composites at the more expensive end of the scale. Looking to lay outdoor paving? Then expect to incur slightly higher costs. A good ballpark is $40 to $100 per square metre depending on the materials that you’ve decided to move forward with.

Again, we know that there is a range of budgets. Think cement for smaller budget, concrete for a mid-range budget and stone for the greatest budget. For a concrete floor surface, you can expect to pay $60 to $85 per square metre for plain concrete. For a pergola to properly shelter your verandah from the surrounding elements, expect to pay $2,000 to $10,000. This number totally depends on the size and materials chosen. COLORBOND is a very popular material used right now.  Expect to pay $6680 for a flat freestanding COLORBOND roof (9m x 4.5m).

A good rule of thumb? VIC Underpinners recommends that you reach out to three different contractors before moving forwards with any project, including this one. That will give you a good idea of the breadth of costs, and the scope of services that different companies offer. Although we have to say, we’re a bit biased towards VIC Underpinners.