Remember the Rooftop
A well-dressed roof deck can instantly expand your living area. Here's how to make this space the crowning glory of your home
I'm a freelance writer and design enthusiast who believes the best design is collected, not decorated, and that homes should always be as comfortable and functional as they are chic. In addition to writing for Houzz, I work as the Head Copywriter for Layla Grayce and Zinc Door.
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It seems we never quite have enough space in our homes, especially if we’re living in the tightly packed quarters of a city. However, there may be one prime space that you’ve overlooked: your rooftop. Could you convert it into an entertaining space or a cozy afternoon reading nook? Maybe you’ve always wanted a small patch of garden — could your rooftop be the answer? Before lack of indoor space gets you discouraged, check out your rooftop. You may find that you see it in an entirely new light.
If you love throwing dinner parties, consider decking your rooftop with a full dining set. Candlelight always works to set a romantic glow, yet this wired chandelier completes the look with unexpected glam.
If you’re a lucky rooftop owner with loads of space, go all out by creating an outdoor living room. This is perfect for entertaining a group of guests or playing family games under the sun all day long.
For the ultimate entertaining rooftop, combine seating and dining. Consider incorporating an overhang of sorts, just in case the weather turns bad during your party.
Of course, not all rooftops come with a ton of space. But even the smaller ones can be furnished with a sofa or chair, creating the perfect spot for an afternoon read.
Maybe you’ve always wanted a little patch of green. Create a garden space on your rooftop and accompany it with simple seating so you can enjoy a cocktail while overlooking your beautiful flowers.
Even with a slim budget, you can still take advantage of your rooftop. The real treat is being outside; a patio table and chairs are all you need to enjoy a nice meal under the stars.
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Outside of basic seating and entertaining amenities, there are a few other elements you may want to consider. A fireplace will keep you warm and cozy late into the evening.
A grill and minifridge prevent the hassle of going back and forth from your kitchen indoors, making it much easier to dine on the rooftop. I wouldn’t mind flipping burgers with this view on a lovely summer evening.
In terms of aesthetics, don’t fear going bold. Make a statement with an unexpected color, like this bright orange. Weather-resistant materials are available in a large variety of options these days, allowing you to choose one that makes just the impact you desire.
Consider different layouts. Instead of incorporating freestanding chaise longues, add built-in benches around the perimeter to free up space without compromising seating.
Choose a rug made of weather-resistant artificial grass. It provides texture and color, and you'll feel as if you’re sitting in a backyard.
Ideabook updated on March 30, 2012.
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