Verandahs offered a simple and effective way to adapt English building styles to hotter, sunnier conditions. They could be set low on the ground, and paved with stone flags (as at Clontarf Cottage) or elevated to form an imposing podium for a grander building (Balmoral House). The corrugated iron roof kept the rooms cool and provided a sheltered outdoor space.
The verandah posts in early colonial buildings ranged from simple stop-chamfered timber, (Clontarf Cottage) to stone or wooden Doric columns- easily produced with a lathe- as at Balmoral House. Flat cast iron posts were also used (6 Charles St).