We Built a Verandah on Our Container House

After completing most of our container house we built a verandah all the way around the house with galvanised posts and framing. We used galvanised corrugated iron on the verandah which is the same as what was on the roof of the house.

The verandah is 4 metres wide from the house exterior to the outside edge.
The advantages of having a wide verandah are the weather can get very hot so having a wide verandah will protect the house from the extreme heat.

When it rains the spouting will collect rain water and fill our water tanks, the verandah will keep the area around the house and the BBQ, chairs and tables dry.

'Our container house surrounded by the steel footings ready to go in.'

The verandah structure had to be approved by a structural engineer to be sure it is safe and built correctly.

Starting construction of our verandah we had the footing holes dug to the correct depth  and in a straight line.

'The post holes have been dug 600mm (24") and 300mm (12") wide.'

The hole placement had to be accurate so all the posts will line up straight and have the right spacings between all the posts.

So then the framework will be able to bolt to the verandah brackets on the house which are already attached.

'The cement is being poured into the verandah post holes'

When all post holes were filled with cement they were checked to make sure nothing had moved and they were  in the right position to be attached to the roof.

'A verandah post is being lifted onto the footing with the tractor'

Each post was lifted up using the tractor which made this job much easier for us.
The post was then placed onto the steel footing and then checked for being straight.
Then secured at the right height to match the other posts.

'At last all the posts were standing up'

The concrete should be left for at least a week so that it can cure properly.
We came back several times to complete building the steel frame that the corrugated iron will be attached to.

It took several visits to complete attaching the corrugated iron as the first time it rained and rained so we did not get as much done as we had hoped.

But the next visit it was completed and looking amazing! Go to Finished Verandah page.

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