As London’s leading roof terrace contractors, we look into how the emerging trend of roof gardens is enabling a whole new level of space.
In recent years, there has been an emerging trend of blending the lines between indoors and outdoors. Rooflights, bi-folding doors and creative planting schemes have all helped to ‘bring the outdoors in’. As a result, now the emerging trend of roof terraces takes this to another level.
Roof terraces – the best use of space
One way to increase outdoor living space is by incorporating roof terraces. In many existing buildings, the roof area is under-utilised. Roof terraces can help to make the most of this space. They create a stylish, multi-purpose area perfect for relaxing, entertaining and even working. It’s no wonder that they have become a must-have for new developments in recent years.
Space is often at a premium in the UK. Around 20% of households live in flats, many of which have no garden or balcony space. The problem is compounded in London where just over half of the accommodation is apartments. Adding a roof terrace, in either a new-build or existing building, is an effective way to make the most of an otherwise unused area. The result: homeowners have access to a beautiful outdoor space while property developers see a higher return on investment.
We have recently installed the roof garden shown above at 101 on Cleveland, a development by McLaren. Image credit to 101 on Cleveland.
Roof terraces for offices
Outdoor space high above the city, sweeping views and facilities to relax, are one of the most sought-after features for office accommodation. The desire for green, biophillic workspace has been behind this surge.
Between 2017 and 2018, there was a 238% increase in businesses looking for roof terraces, according to research from office rental platform Hubble. With the demand at such a level, new-build offices are now invariably offering roof terrace space. In fact, they’re even offering it often at multiple levels.
Is it a roof terrace or a balcony?
As roof terrace contractors, we often hear the terms roof terrace and balcony used interchangeably. Although both can provide much-needed outdoor space in urban environments, they’re not actually the same thing.
A roof terrace is defined as an outdoor area that’s directly above an indoor space. But a balcony projects from the side of a building. Typically, balconies tend to be smaller and for the exclusive use of an apartment owner. Roof terraces, however, tend to be larger, communal spaces either for the private use of occupants or the wider public.