Do you need a place of escape? After a long day of work, do you want to sit outside and enjoy the sunset? A few minutes of fresh air and quiet could provide a bit of solace. This isn’t always possible if you live in an urban area with little yard. In this situation, roof decks could offer you an opportunity. Here are four things to consider if you plan on adding an upper deck.
Are you allowed to build on the roof? Before you invest money in this project, contact your local home owners’ association and the city permit department. Ask about any rules or procedures that you need to follow. Being proactive could avoid fines or additional red tape.
Next, spend time interviewing several potential contractors. Ask each one about their time-efficiency and cost. It’s also important to hire a crew that has experience with building on top of roofs. It’s trickier than land jobs, and they’ll need to be aware of adjustable deck supports. The parts help stabilize and level the decking in areas with slants. You don’t want a crooked floor.
Once you’ve decided on a company, sit down and work on your concept. How do you envision the space? Are you going to plant a garden? If so, you need room for boxes and access to water. Do you want to host guests for rooftop parties? For this, think about efficiency. How will you get food and beverage to and from the deck? Try to keep it simple. Ultimately, make sure you have a chance to enjoy the view.
With the project near completion, spend time purchasing items to fill the space. Look for high-quality, water-resistant pieces as these may make for easier upkeep. Don’t overdo it. You want space to move. Plus, you can always add more down the road.
With the project over, sit outside and wind down. Watch the sunset, and cherish the beautiful sight.
Mar 04, 2015 0