Bright white latticework planted with vines creates privacy on a small roof deck, just one of this home's four outdoor entertaining spaces. The plants extend onto an overhead pergola for partial shading. A wrought-iron table and chairs provide casual seating without overwhelming the narrow space.
The gridwork of lattice continues into the main roof deck, where clean-lined furniture and a natural color palette boast sleek style. Infrared heaters in the overhead structure make the space usable in cooler weather, while built-in speakers facilitate entertaining. Herbs grown in window boxes are harvested for family dinners.
Pretty plantings in a variety of colors and heights connect the home's various roof decks. An iron garden obelisk provides a place for vines to grow. Natural gas connects to the roof deck, allowing the family to cook on a grill for three seasons before moving it to the kitchen porch in the winter.
A sleek dining set with weather-resistant cushions makes a stylish spot for morning coffee or an evening cocktail with friends. Pear trees planted in large containers provide height and enhance privacy in the urban nest.
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This colorful roof deck extends from the hillside like a peninsula of blooming meadow. Bare-root plants in a custom soil mix create a wild, layered look for less while staying within load-bearing limits. A single umbrella and two chairs continue the casual vibe.
Drought- and heat-tolerant perennials create colorful drama on the home's living roof. Colorful low-growers sprout near walkways and line the low-key flagstone path. Rock borders keep soil from splashing onto walls, while a buried irrigation system keeps plants gorgeously green.
Informal seating, set back from the edge for safety, makes the roof deck a favorite hangout. Unfussy flagstone forms an embedded patio for the furniture.
An industrial-chic steel pergola frames and defines this impressive urban roof deck above a two-car garage. Despite the metal beams, the outdoor entertaining space stays warm thanks to Brazilian ipe wood floors. Pergola cross pieces fitted with wood lattice panels suggest a ceiling while still allowing plenty of light.
Translucent glass panels on two sides of the roof deck block wind but not treetop views. Two opposing sofas and a coffee table encourage conversation. Salvaged art and large, striking sculptures -- including a 3-foot-tall ornate metal lantern -- personalize the living space.
A fourth-level roof deck features a hot tub, grill, dining table, and dramatic view of the city skyline. A built-in nook holds chopped wood for a nearby fireplace. Garden containers filled with extra-tall plants define one edge of the deck.
Accessible from the home's kitchen, this garage-top roof deck was designed with entertaining in mind. A dining table seats six with ease, while a built-in grill and cabinets for storing table-service items reduce trips into the house. Large trees break up views of power lines and an alley.
A wood pergola, privacy screens, and overflowing planter boxes create a layered look on this urban roof deck. The seamless trio encloses the area while keeping it airy and blocks views of the neighbor's roof.
Built-in benches with plush cushions create a cozy reading (or napping) nook. The surrounding privacy trellises break up sunlight and are inspired by Burberry plaid. The pattern continues in the pillow covers. A ceiling fan keeps seating comfortable during warm summer days.
Sliding glass doors open to the upper roof deck, where a wooden planter with discreet built-in lighting adds color, texture, and impact. Soft uplighting hides among greenery to further illuminate the decks without overpowering them.
The upper deck's brick wall incorporates a crisp, geometric railing for sophistication and screening. Brick extends to the fireplace, while ipe wood flooring borrows the same design theme as the lower deck. Plush seating creates a relaxing place to take in sweeping views.