Many expats I know are building their dream home in the Philippines. They often build large living rooms. After a while, they say they have built too big. If they were to build again, they would rather build a bigger veranda.
Since you are in the tropics, it is warm most of the time in most places. Don’t laugh, you Central Europeans, when it cools down to 25 °C or less in the evening and at night, it often feels more like a chill.
We are now staying with our daughter’s family in Dauin, Negros Oriental, right on the famous beach with its diving spots. A new veranda had to be built as the old one was made of tree trunks and bamboo. Despite precautions, the small termites had nibbled on these trunks a lot over the years. One quiet morning you could even hear them. They were constantly busy.
The new veranda was adapted to the size of the house with concrete pillars and built in a Mediterranean style. As you can see in the following pictures, there are several seating areas, an artist’s corner and a large table in the middle where you can work or play cards at the same time. My wife has given everything a lively look with her flowers and plants.
This is also the place for family celebrations.