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Rooftop retreat? Once upon a time, that was only possible in big cities. The views, the ideal party venue… But new architectural trends are taking new homes vertical, and crowning rooftops with indoor-outdoor spaces to swoon over. Added bonus? They’re private. So how to make the most of a rooftop deck, and/or bonus room and turn it into the ultimate high-altitude asset? Check out these photos of some of our favorite stylish spaces and see.
#1 DINING DESTINATION
It’s a well-known fact that everything tastes better outside. Which is why the Italians coined a term for it: ‘al fresco.’ A covered rooftop space that’s protected from the elements can function like a proper dining room, making it as appropriate for formal celebrations as it is for weekend burgers. But it needs a visual anchor, like this hefty table that’s one part farmhouse, one part industrial warehouse.
It’s balanced by a whimsical sideboard, and an indoor-outdoor rug with its orange motif that echoes in the drapes and chair cushions, tying it all together. Buon appetito!
#2 LAIR WITH FLAIR
This rooftop retreat oozes resort style, in part thanks to that brilliant teal hue, repeated on draperies, cushions, an outdoor rug and even ceramic side tables. Also working? That pair of rattan cocoon chairs. Total relaxation!
But what makes this rooftop space a high-style party zone is the connection between the rooftop and the bonus room. Visually, it’s all about the colors on the outdoor drapes tying the two spaces together.
Functionally, it’s how you can drift from the wet bar to the pool table to the cool outdoor couch and back again. Remember, parties are all about circulation.
#3 ICING ON THE CAKE
This rooftop deck checks all the good-life luxuries. Outside, you’re ready to dine in style with a built-in grill, beer tap and beverage fridge.
Inside, there’s a full wet-bar and the perfect space for winding down the evening with a movie or board game. We think these two spaces are ‘wow’ as is. But below them, there’s still two more floors of awesome. So consider these third-floor spaces the icing on the cake.
#4 GREAT WIDE OPEN
Get your daily dose of vitamin D with an open-air deck that’s all about the stunning views. Blue skies! Mountains! We could lounge here all day! Plus there’s a full grill and wet bar. And a modern color scheme keeps the look casual, but cool. Perfect for parties or weekend get-togethers.
#5 HAVE IT BOTH WAYS
A covered rooftop deck that blends the best of indoors and out with cut-out windows to let the fresh air in, is perfect for year-round rooftop grilling. The sleek stainless built-in kitchen looks professional, and a glass table mirrors its shine. Balance out those polished surfaces with greenery, a patterned rug, and earthy wooden textures, and you’ve got a stylish space that literally sizzles.