8 Rooftop Deck Ideas for Outdoor Living

Creating comfortable places to gather outside has been a trend that has held strong since the start of the pandemic. Rooftop decks are one creative way to get outdoors when yard space is at a premium. Or when you want to maximize your view! In fact, we forecasted that roof decks would be a top trend of the year. And we’ve been hearing from all sorts of clients who have requested ideas to make the most of their flat roofs — including on top of garages. Read on for a handful of our favorite rooftop deck ideas.

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Rooftop deck above the second level of a retail building

#1 // Retail roof deck

This returning client wanted to see what a roof deck would look like above the second story of one of her retail buildings. A simple, modern pergola with a slatted roof allows for dappled sunlight while still providing a bit of shade when the sun is right overhead. Glass panels offer safety but a clear view to the street below. Finally, round tables and comfortable seating make this a great place for a lunch break!

Mediterranean style home with a small roof deck balcony

#2 // Roof deck over front porch

Outdoor living makes all the sense in the world when you live in Hawaii! But it also makes sense to provide some covered exterior spaces to protect from the sun or rain showers. The roof deck over the front porch on this home was previously uncovered. We suggested adding a flat awning extension, out from the roof, with built-in lighting to make the space more functional.

Garage rooftop deck on split-level home

#3 // Extended garage roof deck

A smart use of the front-loader garage on this California split-level home: a roof deck that extends beyond its confines. It provides maximum square footage for outdoor living! Our designers suggested two modern doors to allow excellent indoor-outdoor flow. We love the idea of soft seating here — a great place to read the paper and watch the neighborhood go by!

Rooftop deck that extends from second level of home

#4 // Space for a sauna

We love the fresh coastal aesthetic of this beachside home. The rooftop deck above the main level offers both beautiful views AND a place to enjoy a sauna. Didn’t notice the sauna off to the right? That’s because our designers suggested painting it in Benjamin Moore’s Black, to blend in with the new sliders, windows, and exterior lighting family.

Rear of home with roof deck extended from second level

#5 // Covered rooftop deck with privacy screen

The rooftop deck extends from the second level on the back of this California walkout home. Previously, this space was open to the sky above. Our designers provided a visualization for covering the space as well as a privacy screen on the deck’s exterior ‘wall.’ Beautiful and functional!

Small roof top deck on side of home

#6 // Roof deck on raised beach home

This new construction home on the Jersey Shore had plans that showed it raised on pilings 9′ in the air. That means the beautiful and simple rooftop deck off to the right is going to have some seriously stunning sweeping views of the ocean! Note how our designers used the same railings there and on the balcony and stairs up, for cohesion.

Red stucco Mediterranean-style home with a roof deck

#7 // Lush landscape, unique railing

The setting of this beautiful Mission-style home in Florida is lush and verdant. We’d love to sit on that rooftop deck and enjoy these surroundings! One of our favorite touches is the unique cathedral picket design on the railing, which is painted in Sherwin Williams’ Iron Ore. It’s a traditional touch in a modern execution, especially when paired with the flat awning overhang above the double doors leading out to the deck. So lovely!

Contemporary two-story home with a rooftop deck

#8 // Contemporary all the way up

This is a shared office building in an urban area. The owner requested that we give it some more modern curb appeal and that we add a rooftop deck. We kept with the contemporary building materials, suggesting a combination of clear glass and black metal for the railing as well as an aluminum spiral staircase that offers roof access directly from the ground on the rear side of the building.

Rooftop deck off to the side on a brick Victorian-style home

Rooftop deck ideas to get you outside!

Getting outside while still at home — with easy access to important conveniences like your refrigerator, bathroom, and phone charger — is one of life’s little luxuries. We love doing what we can to make outdoor living simple, enjoyable, and, of course, beautiful for our clients.

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