When you want to make the most of every space in your home, it's fundamental to see and use all the possibilities to their full extent. If your roof really only serves the purpose of covering the rooms beneath it but has the capacity to be a whole lot more (sadly not all roofs will meet the criteria) then why not transform it into a livable, enjoyable and stunning space.
One of the great advantages of this space is that it can have many uses. From a guest bedroom to a weekend BBQ spot, a study room or a rooftop garden, two things is clear—versatility is abundant and there is plenty that you can do with a space that was previously used only to cover your home. Today we provide you with 13 ideas to help you decide what you need, and what will work. It's also advised to check out what our professionals have to say, as they can help you implement the plans in the end.
Urban design: we give you 13 ideas for what you can do with the roof of your home
If you have an extra, unused room on the roof, then a small office is a great idea. It's also a space where you can set up a table and chairs for just about any activity that tickles your fancy. Considering the space likely gets a lot of sunshine, why not add some plants and turn it into a bit of a rooftop garden? Colorful flowers always brighten a space, after all.
A floor style here was built with one motive in mind—to make it a cozier space. With just a few seats nestled among large pot plants and a sturdy guardrail, the space functions not only as a scenic viewpoint but as a nice meeting place for friends and family. In this case, the view will always take center stage—but that doesn't mean the style of the rooftop itself should be ignored.
What do you think of this idea? A few flowerbeds couples with plants to brighten the environment and add life to the space that would otherwise be a bit industrial in appearance. Obviously the key ingredient here is the hot tub/spa/Jacuzzi which can be enjoyed by members of the family young and old.
You can mix up flooring styles, with various tiled options also completely viable.
For a true feeling of being by the beach—why not opt for a sand floor instead of something ceramic or wooden? It's economical, fast to install and not only interesting but appealing.
Imagine treating your guests to a stunning rooftop room, they'll surely be delighted. You could even choose to spend an occasional night in the room as a little staycation option.
All you need in this space is a good table, a BBQ (portable or built in, your choice) and some nice plant-life and greenery choices to make for a warm and cozy space in touch with nature. The backdrop does the rest of the talking.
If your idea is to turn the roof into a lively space with an elegant touch, then a pergola is a great option as it brings a great combination of practicality and sophistication.
If you have the light and space to sustain fruit plants, then there's no reason why you shouldn't do it. They look beautiful and they provide you with delicious snacks—so what are you waiting for?
This is the ultimate entertaining space, perfect for a big family or those who love having guests over.
A garden is always a good option, no matter where you choose to install it. In this case, it works on the rooftop because it blends beautifully into the surrounding environment and leaves space on the deck for other possibilities.
So, when we think of rooftops, of course the dream of having a pool comes to mind and one like this is only furthers that desire. The space is small and despite the pool being closer to the size of a bathtub, it looks like the most inviting and relaxing place to wind down after a long day
This stained/treated timber flooring option supports rain, hail and shine, making it a practical option but also one that is very easy on the eye.
Any space that gives the option of a large braai is a good one, and if you can find that space on your rooftop then that's even better. BBQ with a view? Yes please!
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