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Not so long ago we talked about how to insulate a gazebo and prepare it for winter. But this is not the only option, because the veranda can also be converted in the country. And now, today on the agenda is a winter veranda, its equipment and maximum increase in comfort.
Not everyone in the country has a gazebo, as, in principle, a veranda, but since we talked about a winter gazebo, which you can move to during a cold snap, we think that we should also think about the veranda. We will not describe the process of building the veranda again, which is already an article on the site, and we will not talk about warming. And we will spend time on the description of how to put the veranda in order and make it really winter. After all, it is here that it will now be possible to drink morning tea, dine during the day, talk before bedtime, or even get together on the weekend, under a barbecue and strong drinks.
So, the “turnkey” winter veranda, or the most comfortable equipment for this room, which after our recommendations you can completely transform.
Comfortable winter veranda requirements
To make the veranda comfortable in winter, you should look at it from a completely different perspective. This is not the same recreation area where in the summer you basked with lemonade under the fan, and in the evenings you gathered for a family dinner. Now this is a closed room, which should be comfortable and warm, and therefore it needs to present slightly different requirements so that you can really feel good on the veranda at any time. You can learn how to build a porch in the country with your own hands.
Repair of the veranda
Begin with repair. After the summer, all the materials of the extension were slightly worn out due to frequent visits, due to changes in humidity and temperatures, and therefore it is necessary to put the veranda in order. Puttying and painting surfaces, replacing some parts, updating walls and preparing them for winter, easy cosmetic repairs. Someone may need a major one, but it was necessary to think it over in the summer, since in the fall, when it is damp and cool outside, a lot of things to do on repair are not recommended. Wallpaper disappears due to humidity and drafts, putty on the walls does not dry, just like varnish on wood, the smell of paint does not disappear for a long time. Therefore, overhauls are now transferred to the spring, but we preliminary study the finishing materials in this article!
Without special details (as you can read about quality insulation here), but just for the sake of reminder. The veranda will be warm if you work with quality insulation materials. This can be polystyrene foam or rockwool, foaming joints, eliminating drafts and minimizing cold bridges, from which the temperature seriously changes. You can familiarize yourself with the material - a winter garden with your own hands.
Also, if you turn an ordinary veranda into a winter one, you need to take care of the windows, because they will stop the penetration of the cold inside.
You can install new windows, or you can simply repair old ones, which we suggest reading in a good article on window restoration and the creation of high-quality double-glazed windows.
Arrangement of a veranda
Each owner will have a winter veranda different from others, and this is a fact. Someone will make a small enclosed space from this annex, where food will be stored in winter, someone will equip it with a simple smoking room and a place for morning coffee, while “waking up” in the morning, but many will bring the veranda to mind by installing furniture and appliances , heaters, chairs or even a sofa for sleeping, because it is very real. This is what we want to talk about in more detail, about what needs to be done in the veranda in order to be cozy and comfortable.
Furniture for the winter veranda
Surely, in this room there is already something from the summer terrace - table chairs, ottomans, lockers.
All this is good, but it’s possible to supplement the package a little, because for convenience it is necessary a little more than we indicated.
We recommend that you install on the veranda a good table for eating, a small table for cooking and cutting products, several chairs or benches near the table, as well as items of upholstered furniture.
A sofa and several armchairs for lovers of conversations are late, when you can wrap yourself in a blanket and chat until midnight, several shelves for dishes, a cupboard under a bar or a coffee service - all this will be very useful here.
Decorating the veranda
If in summer we needed little on the veranda, today it is a full-fledged room in which maximum comfort is needed. And cosiness is created by accessories and decor. Well, this is already the concern of our hostesses, who can hang beautiful curtains on the windows, spread a tablecloth on the table, and a rug on the floor.
Pictures, good lighting, dishes, a small coffee table, pillows and blankets - all this can be useful on the veranda, if the place allows!
The open autumn veranda can be heated by gas heaters, the characteristics and principles of which we have given in this article. But if the room is closed, then heating appliances that do not emit toxic substances in the form of combustion products will be needed.
To decide on the choice of a heating device for the veranda, we recommend reading this material, from which you can learn about useful heating devices, not only for giving, but even for home!
By warming the room and installing a small oil radiator or infrared heating here, you will forget that it is raining or snowing, wind or frost ... it will always be warm inside, which is very important!
The winter veranda is a closed room, and if it is in it for a long time, then the air in this room will be stagnant. Therefore, the veranda needs good ventilation.
It will be enough to let in fresh air from the street through new windows, whose wings open, but you can also install several hatches with special valves, or an hood that forcibly draws air into the street or even automatically replaces it with fresh.
Arrangement of a veranda
The winter veranda is warm, cozy, you can sit in a comfortable chair, drink warm cocoa or have dinner with your family. But in such situations, light music will not hurt. Therefore, here you could install a radio or a small music center. If you like to watch evening news or your favorite series, then a small TV, and maybe a DVD player, will not hurt. In general, only you should think about technology, but we recommend not to forget about it, because a complex of work and sleep (without any entertainment) quickly leads to a state of apathy.
The problem of cutting off the cold
Veranda - a room immediately after the entrance, that is, from the porch directly into the house. And this is understandable, but a serious problem remains, which allows a huge amount of cold to penetrate inside. As soon as you open the doors and enter, cold air immediately comes after you, and part of the heated from the veranda irretrievably leaves for the street. This issue is solved in many ways, and one of them is the insulation and lining of the porch. This topic will be definitely raised, as it is quite relevant, but for now, we will advise you to use cut-off devices - special devices that prevent cold air from entering the interior. If you have the opportunity, be sure to consider these devices.
Arranging a winter veranda is a matter of just a few days. It is clear that this time and certain financial costs, but just think that literally over the weekend you can add another living space to your cottage - quiet, warm, cozy and comfortable.