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January 14, 2016
The roof may be the most underused part of any home—these six dwellings transform that space into an airy retreat.
modern fjallbacka sweden pine boxes vacation rooftop terrace

Architect Gert Wingårdh created this passionately outfitted vacation home for two midcentury furniture dealers on the western coast of Sweden.

A Fermob table and chairs are on the rooftop terrace. “The weather is unpredictable, to say the least. You want to be outside but you don’t want to sit in the middle of a gale,” says one resident. “But [at this house] you can always find a place that’s quiet.”

 

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Originally appeared in Modern, Rugged, and Cozy: This Countryside Home Has It All
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Wooden roof deck with olive trees in Echo Park

This house in Los Angeles' Echo Park makes the most of its narrow lot with open-plan spaces spread out over four levels.

Planted with three olive trees and drought-resistant shrubs, the roof terrace provides an entertaining space, where resident Simon Storey often has friends over for drinks and dinner. Storey made the deck out of clear-coated Douglas fir to save costs; it also echoes the cabinets inside, providing visual continuity. “[I wanted] to keep the variety of wood species you use to a minimum,” says Storey. 

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Anonymous Architects
Originally appeared in Home and Studio Maximizes Very Narrow Site in Echo Park
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green sustainable residence roof deck

Spatial efficiency meets energy efficiency in this Bay Area home designed by an architect for his parents.

Atop the home's 30-foot tower, a roof deck emerges through the trees, providing a unique vantage point of the structure below and the surrounding townscape.

 

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Originally appeared in A Sustainable Home in Silicon Valley
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Rooftop patio with Crate & Barrel couch and Hausers umbrella in San Diego renovation by Magnus Architects.

Filled with the resident's childhood memories, this quirky home's update kept it true to its San Diego heritage. What this cottage lacks in size is made up for by stunning views of the ocean. The homeowners lounge on a Crate & Barrel sofa underneath a Hausers umbrella.

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Magnus Architects
Originally appeared in A California Cottage Renovated for Easy Indoor-Outdoor Living
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Outdoor roof balcony area with garden

When plans for a prefab home flopped, Rian and Melissa Jorgensen were introduced to Jonathan Feldman of Feldman Architecture, whose custom design was able to deliver an environmentally conscious modern home that met all budgetary restrictions and exceeded all expectations.

"In this project, we got so much benefit out of this "secret garden" for the master suite along with all of these environmental benefits that the residents were excited to embrace. It's one of the pieces we are happiest about," says Feldman. 

 

Originally appeared in Bar Method
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Rooftop deck with sofa.

Armed with a keen eye for design and a yen for vintage furniture shopping, Glee star Jayma Mays and actor Adam Campbell revitalized a formerly jumbled Los Angeles house. Architect Mike Jacobs transformed the roof into a series of decks, this deck features Crate & Barrel’s Dune sofa and coffee table.

 

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Originally appeared in The Modern Renovated Home of Glee Star Jayma Mays
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modern fjallbacka sweden pine boxes vacation rooftop terrace

Architect Gert Wingårdh created this passionately outfitted vacation home for two midcentury furniture dealers on the western coast of Sweden.

A Fermob table and chairs are on the rooftop terrace. “The weather is unpredictable, to say the least. You want to be outside but you don’t want to sit in the middle of a gale,” says one resident. “But [at this house] you can always find a place that’s quiet.”

 

Photo by James Silverman.

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