Outdoor rooms have been quite popular for several years now, and offer an ideal spot to escape, unwind and entertain.
In fact, as consumers discover the joys of outdoor living, a complete range of spaces – among them yards, gardens, decks, patios, porches, sunrooms, gazebos, courtyards, balconies and even rooftops – are being transformed into a seamless extension of the home, some equipped with amenities ranging from fully equipped kitchens to televisions.
Indeed, according to the 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Residential Trends Survey, homeowners want function, efficiency and fire pits in their outdoor space. The survey asked residential landscape architecture professionals to rate the expected popularity of dozens of different outdoor living and landscape features for 2011, with the top outdoor living features some of the most basic: light, fire, food and a place to sit and enjoy it all.
When space is limited, an ideal option is to install an outdoor living space on your roof, creating a private open-air sanctuary – which is really like adding an extra room. In keeping with the ASLA survey, a thoughtfully designed roof top terrace or deck will have a fireplace or chimenea, perhaps a fountain, hanging lanterns and of course, carefully placed seating to encourage camaraderie and conversation.
Additional tips for making a rooftop terrace ultra livable:
- Blend a variety of natural materials, such as wood and stone, to create a juxtaposition of textures and colors.
- Infuse depth, drama and interest through a carefully thought out lighting scheme.
- Add lots of color accessories, such as outdoor pillows, rugs and candles.
- Create a rooftop herb or vegetable garden.
When the architectural plan for Paseo La Jolla was put together, the goal was to maximize space. That’s why in select models, we have installed expansive rooftop decks – providing a compelling amenity and allowing homeowners a versatile extra outdoor living space, as well as sweeping views of La Jolla.