If space in your home is at a premium or you live in a built-up area, a roof terrace or roof space can provide a fantastic alternative to a garden and allow you to enjoy the best of the weather outside in your own private space.
Of course, you may be fortunate enough to have a property that has both a garden and a roof space, but in many cases a roof terrace provides an alternative to a garden or can become one.
Having a home with a roof terrace means you can reclaim living space reconfigured to be utilised outdoors and make the most of the plot space. As they are usually high up, they offer the ideal space to enjoy the views near where you live.
How you use your roof garden is up to you and depending on the space there are many options. Two of the most popular ones are creating an al fresco entertaining space or setting up an urban garden. Each of these options usually includes an area to relax in too and all three elements, gardening, entertaining and relaxing can be combined.
Terraced roof gardens are becoming increasingly popular at the workplace with companies in urban areas using their roof to provide a space for employees’ to relax in their breaks.
Using pots, planters and your imagination, homeowners with a roof terrace can create a garden to grow produce and attract wildlife, providing an urban, green oasis in which to relax too.
Roof gardens are becoming increasingly popular, allowing urban dwellers to grow plants and flowers and become more self-sufficient.
Roof terraces and gardens create a hidden sanctuary, ideal for secluded relaxation as well as a summer living and entertaining option and a potential garden to grow your own fruit and vegetables.
If you live in an urban area but don’t have a garden, you can still enjoy outdoor entertaining during the British summertime.
For the home, roof gardens can offer a space to entertain guests or family, providing a quiet, peaceful haven in which to relax or a larger space to host a party.
Through the use of bi-fold doors, family and entertaining space can be extended in the fine weather or closed off during winter.
Roof terraces and gardens can also help your bank balance and environmental credentials because they reduce utility bills because there is less heating lost in the winter and the addition of plants absorbs some of the solar energy, leading to a cooler temperature inside of the property.
What House brings four great examples of new build properties that utilise roof terraces to provide a special open-air feature to these properties, all of whom have been entered into the WhatHouse? Awards 2016.
London Square, Putney (London Square)
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) designed each of the 30 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses at London Square to maximise light, using big windows, hardwood floors and clean lines.
Each apartment comes with a terrace, balcony or winter garden, using the Finnish Lumon system using bi-fold glass doors that open out fully onto the large south facing terraces during the summer months to provide open spaces that give the perfect environment to enjoy the long summer evenings and for al fresco entertaining, with views across London.
The outside floor space features bamboo timber decking and chrome finish external lighting.
These apartments are part of the Terrace Collection, offering seamless links to outside space are close to Putney High Street and between Putney mainline and Putney East train stations.
Priced: Sold out
Find out more www.londonsquare.co.uk ; 01895 627300
Beaulieu, Chelmsford (Countryside)
Situated in an area that was once King Henry VIII’s hunting estate, the Beaulieu development mixes traditional and contemporary architecture in a rich parkland setting.
The development is large scale, described by Countryside as a “brand new district” which will provide homes for around 10,000 residents through a series of individually designed neighbourhoods linked together by parkland and open spaces.
Beaulieu Heath, the first neighbourhood that visitors arrive at on the entrance road to the development, features townhouses which features roof terraces to maximise the roof space and offer a maintenance-free area of outdoor living space with views of the surrounding parkland.
Prices: From £450,000
Find out more www.beaulieu.uk.com; 01245 597277
Park View, Cambridge (Bloomhall Ltd)
Park View is a small development that uses engineering and uncompromising materials to produce homes with high architectural integrity designed to stand the test of time.
The quality of materials and design extends to the tiled roof terrace and balcony with glass balustrade. High glass sliding doors lead onto the roof terrace, adding to the view from inside the house of the garden and playing fields beyond.
At the top of the house, a study area has views towards the centre of Cambridge and opens onto a spacious roof terrace with more views and offering a private space that is perfect for quiet dinners or bigger parties.
Prices from: POA
Find out more http://www.parkviewcambridge.com/ ; 01223 459501
Merchant Terrace, London, W6 (Fruition Properties)
Merchant Terrace offers three outside living spaces for each property, a rarity for a terraced home in London.
The homes benefit from a first floor garden terrace finished with Spanish porcelain tiles by Saloni, a terrace accessed via the master bedroom and also an automated opening skylight to a large roof terrace on the fourth floor with far reaching views across London.
Located between Chiswick and Hammersmith, adjacent to the large Ravenscourt Park and just half a mile from the River Thames, perfect for riverside walks, Merchant Terrace is in a great location and offers easy access to the centre of London.
Find out more at www.fruitionproperties.co.uk; 020 8748 1200