What’s the Difference between a Loggia and a Veranda?

difference between loggia and veranda

If you are looking for a new house, or are already an owner that want to improve your house, you may struggle to understand the difference between these two words: loggia and veranda

What’s the difference between a loggia and a veranda?
A loggia is included in the building facade, an inside room not closed but protected from wind and sun
A veranda is like an outside room, with glass walls, almost allowing you to enjoy staying outside in winter

After this short introduction, we can now look in detail to each word: loggia, then veranda and finally a comparison of both

Loggia

Definition

A roofed open gallery especially at an upper story overlooking an open court

Merriam-Webster

Loggia is an Italian word, designating a gallery, open but not completely
The important thing to know, in order to compare it to a veranda, is that a loggia is always designed by the architect on the building plan

Pictures

To make you see quickly what I’m talking about, here are two pictures from loggias:

Most of the time, we talk about loggia for a monument
As you can see on the pictures, they have nothing to do with a balcony, they are inside the building

History

The first loggias in architecture appeared in Italy, at the Renaissance (14th–17th centuries)
Then, many famous architects and artists in Europe use them in their buildings

For example, the “Palais Garnier” in Paris is one of the most known monument with loggias

Palais Garnier / Opera Garnier – Paris
(source: Peter Rivera [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Usage

I don’t know if usage is really the good title to this, but as loggias are always built from the architect plan, we can ask ourselves why they make this choice

Loggia has two main advantages comparing to other solutions (balcony, veranda, etc.)
The first is that thanks to the pillars or walls only on each side, the wind is not a problem. The loggia cuts the wind, so you can enjoy the outdoor air even with bad weather
Secondly, in summer, you can easily find shade to protect yourself from the sun. So, you will suffer less from the heat

Veranda

Definition

A usually roofed open gallery or portico attached to the exterior of a building

Merrriam-Webster

Do you remember the important thing to note about loggia?
Yes, they are included in the building plan

So for a veranda, the most important thing is that it’s a room “attached” to the building
And the definition don’t say that, but in a veranda, almost all the walls are glass walls

Pictures

On the first picture, we can see that this is an extension of the house
On the second one, you can see the glass walls from the exterior
And finally the third photo was taken inside a veranda

Advantages

Having a veranda at home has the main advantage of allowing you to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather, without being cold
Thanks to its glass walls, it offers a panoramic view of your garden, sheltered from wind and cold

In the winter, veranda are particularly appreciated in temperate regions

Differences between Loggia and Veranda

Architecture

The main difference between both is that a loggia is included in the original building plan
Most of the time, a veranda is added by the house owner after the construction

Manufacture

Generally a veranda is made with at least 80% glass walls, connected with aluminum parts
A loggia uses the building materials, there is no specific rule

Pros & cons

A loggia offers a tempered atmosphere, whatever the season or weather.
Protected from wind in winter, and from the sun in summer

A veranda is more useful in the winter, or cold areas in summer.
But you can’t use it during heat waves in the summer

Conclusion

That’s it, you now know the difference between loggias and verandas

A veranda is a closed room with glass walls, allowing you to enjoy your garden view all-year long
A loggia can protect you from wind and sun, so it’s the best option for people who don’t like extremes temperatures

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