I’d love to build a rooftop patio, but I’m not sure where to start. What do I need to know before I start this project?
For such a complex project, you will want to talk with a professional remodeling company. You can contact one through NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) or NAHB Remodelers. It would help if you came prepared for such a meeting by asking yourself in advance whether you are looking for something with walls or just decking, a covered or open space, where you see it tying in with the roof, what type of railing you might like, and how the rooftop patio will access the house. Another big question is whether your local building department or homeowner’s association will allow it. See our slide show for some great ideas for all kinds of decks.