Porch vs. Veranda
I’ll start with this comparison because there’s very little difference between the two. The only difference is a veranda is a porch that runs along 2 or more sides of a structure (usually a home). You wouldn’t be wrong to call a veranda a porch; it’s just referencing a 2+ sided porch as a veranda makes it more clear that the porch is wrapping around the home.
Another difference is a veranda connotes a “gallery” that can be not a deep as a porch. It’s a gallery to walk along to get to another part of the structure’s exterior. A porch, on the other hand, is a place for sitting or an exterior entry point into the home.
Deck vs. Patio
This comparison is also very similar.
A deck is built of wood and is either built on the ground, but more often elevated off the ground on a foundation or joists.
A patio is an outside area that is built onto the ground, usually with brick, rock, concrete or tile. It sits on the ground while a deck is off the ground.
Sometimes a deck functions much like a patio because it’s very close to the ground.
Finally, a deck or patio can surround a swimming pool. It’s a deck if built of wood or composite decking and sits slightly elevated on some form of foundation. A patio if built of other materials flush to the ground.
A balcony is an elevated platform on the outside of a structure. It’s elevated and extends off the side of a wall. Balconies are common with condos, apartments and off master bedrooms.
A picture says it all
Below are photo examples of each type of outdoor feature.
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