Designing a Luxury Rooftop Terrace

Rooftop ShadeDaniel Keeley, founder and principal of DK Design in Fayetteville, Arkansas recently redesigned two adjacent rooftop terraces on Fayetteville Square that exemplify urban outdoor living at its finest. Rooftop spaces present a unique atmosphere for entertaining and relaxing with friends and family.Rooftop Terrace Seating tions that impact the design and construction process. Here Keeley shares five considerations for homeowners who would like to transform their rooftop into a luxury living space.


For those considering a rooftop garden or outdoor living space, detailed planning and organization is crucial. The biggest challenge for Keeley and his team on these two terraces was logistics. bringing in equipment, materials and furnishings took creativity. A crane was used for the heavier items, while some of the plant material was brought up in the elevator.

“Be prepared to spend more than you would for a comparable outdoor living space at ground level, ” cautions Keeley. Working on a rooftop is more expensive because of the access issues mentioned. “You also have to be comfortable with workers passing back-and-forth through your home during construction, ” he adds.

Rooftop Fire Pit
A tented pavilion provides much needed shade for this sun-drenched rooftop, while boxwood hedges screen an unwanted view of a parking lot below. (Photo: Rett Peek)


At ground level, trees and structures provide shade and act as windbreaks. On a roof, extreme sun and wind can be nearly unbearable, making protection from these the main two priorities. On one of the terraces, Keeley added a tented pavilion from Jardin de Ville to provide shade over the seating area. “Because winds can reach up to 60 mph, we anchored the structure with steel reinforcement below the floor joists, ” he explains. Shade had already been addressed on another portion of this terrace with an existing cedar pergola attached to the condo. Furthermore, Keeley recommends built-in storage for furniture cushions that can easily be thrown around by a strong gust. On one of his terraces, a wall of stainless steel cabinets serves this purpose.

The existing pergola covers the dining space, while a seating area focuses on outdoor artwork which slides apart to reveal a television. (Photo: Rett Peek)

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First of all the way you wrote it here I didn't think the site would look nearly as nice as it is. The site does look like a more polished site, so good job.
In terms of constructive feeback, I have two thoughts:
1) The About me has to have much more information. People want to know who is behind it all. I would add a picture of the person who designs it (maybe even a few pics during different stages of the process of making one) and make the text more reader friendly. Even gramatically smoother like adding (I earned a AAS....not just list it as a resume. Make it more like a story)
2) I think the photography of each container garden needs to be clearer

Climate of change ahead for gardening  — Newsday
While many gardeners scan the newly arrived seed catalogs to plan their next growing season, the industry's visionaries are pouring talent and resources into products and ideas they hope will be sown in years to come. .. FLOWERS.

Message to a heartbroken widow: embrace your grief  — Irish Times
And go for a walk in the garden. Examine the dead plants and the frosty clay that was so full of flower last August.

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