Having sufficient entertaining space is important. Too often new display homes are laid out to create the illusion that the entertaining space is large enough, perhaps with use of under sized furniture.
If you find that in fact the space allocated for entertaining is too small you need it skillfully designed to maximize it without compromising the look of the architecture
If existing a veranda is just a walkway then to be usable, it needs to be extended
With this Vermont home that is just what we did. Enlarge the veranda to make it usable and then the narrow space remaining was filled with a pool. Then meant that the children’s play space to the lawn was not compromised