It’s really no surprise that lanais have become so popular in Florida. We live in the perfect place for a “hybrid” kind of room that’s part indoor and part outdoor. It’s a chance to enjoy unobstructed views and to feel a gentle breeze. A lanai can be ultra casual and ultra chic at the same time.
Not all lanais, however, are created equal. While the rooms may share some common characteristics (in very broad terms you could describe a lanai as a roofed porch or veranda that is furnished like a room. It may have removable panels of glass, screen or plastic and would usually have a hard surface floor, similar to a patio). What an individual homeowner creates for a lanai is wide open.
Some lanais are glassed-in enclosures. Often the glass (at least in part) may be opened to let in fresh air. Other rooms are screened in spaces. Some are wide open to the back of a home’s property. It all depends on what you as a homeowner want to do with the space. The lanai you see pictured here that we created for a client is just one example of what you can do.
In this case, the pool and the adjoining hot tub are pretty much the focus of the space. The way the room is structured, the family can enjoy time outside and still be protected from the elements (rain, sun, and wind). And even though there is ample protection, the views are still unobstructed and inviting—and the openness of the lanai let’s plenty of natural light into the home.
Other options could include a fireplace or a somewhat more formal sitting area. Some homeowners include shades that can be lowered to keep the sun out of guests’ eyes. Others opt for a fireplace that provides an inviting place to sit in the evening. Still others elect to build an outdoor kitchen into the lanai that let’s them do even more outdoor entertaining (without worrying about bugs or the occasional rain shower).
The point is, that you can add on a lanais to match your home’s style and your lifestyle. In order to choose the best Lanai for your Florida home, it’s a good idea to talk to a professional designer first to make sure you’ve clearly identified your wishes and preferences. And of course, working with a design-build remodeler ensures that what you and your designer plan is what actually gets built.