When owning a home we all have that space above our building that can be converted into a beautiful oasis.
As you imagine, building and owning a roof garden is not as easy as owning an outdoor garden, but with good research, planning design, such project can substantially improve your lifestyle.
A roof garden is generally used as an additional outdoor living space in urban environment. Roof terrace gardens in the sense of rooftop gardens can be ornamental or functional, and they are usually designed with container plants to make the terrace easier to manage. Plants can be trellised around a terrace for privacy or shade, or used to create a pleasant recreation area for residents and guests of the home.
The first and most important step involved in making roof terrace garden is to identify the area of terrace where you plan to build a roof terrace garden.
1.Weight and climate
If in the process of designing your home, you take in consideration the roof terrace garden, then your structural engineer will run calculations for various types of loads, including the weight of water or snow( where applicable).
If you are renovating, and decided to convert your roof to a garden, and doing any kind of significant roof design, you must bring in a structural engineer. The potential risks to your home from roof damage far outweigh the cost of an evaluation.
In terms of design layout, the garden will be exposed to 360 degrees of weather 365 days a year. You’ll need a hardscape and plants that can deal with a lot of sun, wind, and freeze conditions. That means materials that wear well, and plants that are drought-tolerant and sun-loving.
2. Design the layout based on your needs
How your family use the garden?
The correct way is to write down all your preferences which will dictate the idea of your design.
If you love gardening, you’ll want more planted beds, but if you don’t have time, go for more hardscape with planted areas.
The best is to hire an interior designer or landscaper which will draw the layout and show you first ideas for your garden.
Don’t forget your decorations should not always be pricey, sometimes in addition, it depends upon which furniture fits the design best.
3. Get the right materials and furniture
You can get really inspired and be creative when choosing furniture and materials for your garden.
The most important note is to choose materials and furniture which will resist the heat, freeze, humidity and wind.
The materials used should be specifically for outdoor and can be a mix of hardscape and greenery, depending on your preferences.
The furniture can be designed in so many ways, depending on how many people you want to gather and the purpose of your garden.
If you want to easy your life, the built in furniture is a great options. You can spice up with cushions and accessories and the garden is done.
But if loose furniture is your option, then only outdoor furniture is appropriate and should be chosen correctly.
4. Add a shade
The pergola is one of the most used shade for gardens. It can be purely decorative, protect you from rain, dust and sun, or you want to convert your garden into something more special.
There are so many ways to help you build your own pergola along with the pleasing decoration ideas for your garden. Ensure that you consider hiring a professional to build the pergola designed.
Roof Gardens are increasingly becoming multi-functional spaces that add to people’s living experience. Within these projects, whether you are dealing with sculptures, water features, dining terraces or paths, each element needs to be carefully considered and given its own lighting treatment in order to create a truly memorable setting.
The lighting enhances the outside space and extends the perception of the interior. However, unlike the interior, which always has a general level of illumination, the night time garden can be viewed as a black canvas onto which you can decide what is seen and what is left in shadow. You can actually direct people through the landscape by the way it is lit.
Lighting also offers a unique opportunity to present the space in an entirely new way than what is seen in daylight you can create a completely different garden at night.
6. Make a intimate garden
Anyone spending their time in their garden wish to have a cozy and peaceful time without anyone’s eyes on them.
Luckily you don’t need to built a wall to get your privacy. Plants with some transparency are ideal for a roof garden—they give a sense of privacy without blocking the view. Talk to your landscaper which plants are tall enough and can resist the weather in the country you live in.
“You can have a garden on top of your house without buying more land. If it’s done right, you’ll completely forget you’re in a city—and you don’t need to work that hard to maintain it.”Julie Farris
The benefits of roof gardens are numerous, and include creating a place for beauty and enjoyment, adding livable square footage to your home and thereby increasing its property value, and having a positive effect on the environment by reducing pollution.