Looking for a little extra outdoor space at home? Consider your roof! If you live in a city where it may not be possible to expand outward, like New York perhaps, why not expand upward to find that perfect spot to dine, entertain, garden, or just hang out? The beauty of rooftop living is — one, it’s already there, and two, you’ll have a view, no matter where you happen to live.
Are you looking for a little rooftop inspiration? Here it is:
If you live in a place where you are surrounded by a lot of natural beauty like a view of a lake, the sea, rolling hills or desert you can add lots of cachet to your home, as well as dollar value. And natural beauty isn’t the only kind of beauty that can be exploited with a roof deck. A cityscape view can be just as compelling:
Check local building codes to make sure a roof deck is legal.
Keep your neighbors in mind. Will their views be blocked? Will they feel that their privacy is being invaded by the view you’ll have of their backyard? If so, keep in mind that you may be able to design your deck so that your next-door neighbor retains privacy.
You’ll need to get a professional involved. A structural engineer can tell you whether your home can support the weight and assess the condition of the roof you are building over. A professional can also advise you on how you will replace the roof when the time comes. You will probably want to hire an architect who can advise you on how to integrate a roof deck with your home’s current design.
Keep safety in mind. You’ll want a roof deck where you can entertain without worrying that friends will fall off! That means creating railings, strategic planters, firepits and plantings that provide protection from getting too close to the edge.