5 Tips to make the most of rooftop outdoor living spaces

5 Tips to make the most of rooftop outdoor living spaces

More and more homeowners are discovering the joy of rooftop decks as a fun way to extend the living space of their homes. Whether you live in a high-rise apartment, condo, or historic home, a well-designed rooftop deck can offer an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

However, many people don't know how to utilize this space effectively to make the most of their investment after it's built. This article covers five easy ways to help you make the most out of your rooftop deck for years to come.

Furnish it with comfortable and durable finishes

Furniture goes a long way to make your rooftop deck a functional outdoor living space. Opt for pieces designed to withstand the elements yet are comfortable enough to encourage leisurely lounging.

Go a step further and consider pieces that serve dual purposes, such as benches that provide both seating and storage. Make sure there are places for individual lounging, spending time with friends and family, and eating.

As you choose your furnishings, factor in your style and how the furniture pieces will complement the overall aesthetic of your deck and home. The more time you spend picking out the perfect furniture, the more your rooftop outdoor living space will feel like part of your home.

Include a functional outdoor kitchen

An outdoor kitchen elevates your rooftop deck from just a spot to relax to an entertainment haven where friends and family always want to hang out.

With the right setup, you can prepare meals while enjoying Chicago's summer weather and great views from your roof.

You might opt for a simple BBQ grill or go all out with a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, sink, and prep area. When you work with an experienced and professional team like Jates, the design-build will consider factors such as plumbing, electricity, and safety guidelines.

Add decorative greenery and vegetable and herb gardens

Adding plants to your rooftop deck creates a serene and inviting atmosphere. Besides their aesthetic appeal, plants can provide shade and help regulate temperature, especially during hot summers.

You can grow all kinds of plants on an outdoor rooftop living space, from decorative flowers to edible herbs and vegetables. Consider implementing planters, vertical gardens, or trellises to add a touch of nature without compromising space.

Install outdoor lighting to make the space shine

Great outdoor lighting can transform your rooftop deck into a magical evening retreat.

Lighting enhances safety and accessibility while setting the mood for your get-togethers and highlighting your favorite architectural features.

Experiment with different types of lighting, such as:

  • Ambient lights for general illumination
  • Task lighting for cooking or reading
  • Accent lighting to showcase plants or other features

Remember that you can keep down utility costs for your new outdoor living space with environmentally friendly solar-powered or LED lights.

Sunset light on rooftop bar in city

Include durable weather protection

You'll need to protect the space from the elements to get the most out of your rooftop deck. Get shade in the summer and shelter from the rain in the spring and fall by incorporating features such as:

  • Pergolas
  • Canopies
  • Retractable awnings

To spend even more time on your rooftop deck, add outdoor heaters or a fire pit to keep the space cozy and inviting. With the right weather protection, your rooftop deck can be an enjoyable outdoor living space three seasons out of the year.

Schedule a consultation with Jates to design and build a custom rooftop outdoor living space.

A well-designed rooftop deck extends your living space and provide a unique spot to relax, entertain, and enjoy city views. The five tips in this blog will transform your rooftop into a functional and inviting outdoor living space that you and your loved ones can enjoy for years.

Ready to elevate your rooftop deck to the next level? Contact Jates, the leading design, remodel, and build firm in Chicago. Our team of experts will guide you through our proven design-build process to create the rooftop deck of your dreams.