Watching the sun as it rises and sets is often the most wonderful part of the day.
How many times have you dreamed of sitting on top of your apartment block in a cosy yet classy environment, with friends and good food, watching the cityscape change and light up as twilight falls? Finding the time and space to enjoy such simple pleasures is a rare luxury, but it becomes a whole lot easier when you have a dedicated space to retreat to when all you want is a stunning view of the world around you.
Believe it or not, it's a luxury that most of us can afford and achieve. That's why today we will be showing off six of the best roof terrace ideas that work for almost any home or apartment with a little extra space on top. Pretty soon, you'll be wondering why it took you so long to set up your own little rooftop haven…
If you have an extra bit of space outside your home—especially if there is a handy set of French doors that makes it accessible—then why not install a pergola to create a transitional indoor/outdoor space where family and friends can gather to eat, talk, and watch the stars?
Pergolas can be made from a variety of materials to suit all budgets—wood, metal, bamboo—you name it, it's out there! They can be sturdy and structured, or lightweight and summery—the choice is yours!
What's the point in creating a roof terrace if you can't spend long, lazy evenings eating good food and talking with your family at a beautifully set dining table? When the days are balmy and dry, there is nothing better than enjoying an intimate meal with the people you love outdoors.
When setting up a roof terrace dining area, look for outdoor furniture that matches the styles within your home—you want to maintain the continuity inside and out, after all! Purchase a table that is big enough for your entire family and a couple of extra friends—you never know who will pop round at a moment's notice.
If you want something a little more informal for your roof terrace, why not swap the dining furniture for a comfortable sofa set, large, soft, pillows, and soft mood lighting for the day-to-night transition?
However, if you choose to take this route, make sure to install a decent canopy or awning—you don't want rainy season to roll around a little early and ruin all of your soft outdoor furnishings!
Obviously, an outdoor terrace needs furniture that is a little more resilient than the things we would put inside our home. As it will be exposed to the hot sun and torrential rain of monsoon season, furniture should be sturdy enough to withstand the elements and lightweight enough to move indoors.
If you can, choose lightweight yet waterproof cushions and soft furnishings. Make sure all wood and rattan is properly waterproofed, and weigh down plants, tables, and other potential breakables in case of heavy winds.
The perfect roof terrace needs the perfect floor to match! Even the prettiest outdoor space will look a little shabby with an untreated concrete floor.
Play around with wooden decking, polished concrete, large pebbles, or brick until you find the look you are going for. Alternatively, you could opt for a mixture of two or more surfaces—just make sure that rainwater is able to run off the roof—if it can't, it could get trapped under the new flooring and compromise the integrity of your roof.
If the space is large enough, then it is quite possible to use your roof terrace as a semi-permanent outdoor extension to your home. Especially in Malaysia, where the temperatures rarely drop below the teens, it is entirely possible to set up a summertime dining room on your roof terrace, thus freeing up space elsewhere indoors.
The possibilities for rooftop terraces are endless! Check out these truly incredible terrace transformations to find out what is possible.