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By : Andrew Potter    99 or more times read
Before getting started on your new roof terrace, what do you need to know? Below is a simple and easy guide that will assist you in determining whether your roof could be potentially converted into a roof terrace and how much you can expect the project to cost.


Is my roof a candidate for a roof terrace?

Your roof can be potentially converted into a roof terrace as long as there is sufficient outdoor space that either is already reinforced or can be reinforced. In addition, you need a window that can be converted into a door or possibly a loft space that can provide you with access to the roof.


What if my roof isn’t flat?

It will be much simpler and easier to create a roof terrace if you already have a flat roof, but even if you do not have a flat roof that doesn’t mean that you have to give up on the idea of creating a roof terrace altogether.

There may still be options available even if you have a pitched roof. Flat surfaces can be established by building an inverted dormer or an external wall in a section of the roof that is removed. This can help to establish a recessed sliding door that leads out into the outdoor space.


How large should my roof be?

The amount of space you need for a roof terrace often depends on the privacy issues you might have. For instance, if the area where you envision your roof terrace looks out over a neighbor’s bedroom or patio area, this could potentially be a problem. In this case, it is a good idea to create a boundary line. The boundary line is the minimum amount of distance between your neighbor’s property and your terrace. Also, screening can be put up to offer additional privacy.


How much can I expect to pay for my roof terrace?

You should anticipate spending a minimum of $10,500 to construct a roof terrace. The final cost is usually dependent on what you need to build the terrace and also the size. Keep in mind that roof terraces typically recovery a minimum of 100% of the cost, so it is usually well worth it to make this type of improvement to your property.


Before Beginning…

It is imperative to ensure that before you begin any work you consult with an architect and determine whether you need a permit. You should also be aware that even if a planning permit is not required, you should always inform your neighbors of your plans. This is a goodwill gesture that can help to reduce possible future complaints.


Accessorizing your Roof Terrace

Plants: Shrubs and plants should be placed in lightweight plastic containers to assist in minimizing weight on the roof. Remember that roof terraces are typically exposed to the sun and the wind, which should be taken into consideration when selecting plants. Opt for plants that are capable of surviving conditions that are relatively dry. Bamboo and grasses tend to lend themselves well to exposed areas while Mediterranean plants are better left to areas that are more sheltered.

Furniture: Select furniture that are durable and lightweight. If the furniture come unassembled, take care of the assembly on the terrace.
This article was written by Andrew Potter who runs My Online Estate Agent. My Online Estate Agent is one of the United Kingdom's leadingonline estate agents.

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