Rooftop gardens are somewhat magical, aren’t they? Unlike regular gardens, they can offer fantastic views, fewer disturbances, and under the right circumstances, might just make you feel like a celeb (a regular human being, but higher up).
While they might not be your go-to choice if you are not a fan of heights, there are plenty of reasons you should think about converting your roof into an outside space!
A rooftop garden is not only a great option for those who do not have the space for a back garden (often in urban areas and packed cities), but they are also extremely chic and practical too!
Let’s take a look at how you can create an extra tier of nature for your home.
What Do You Want Your Garden to Be For?
This is not a trick question! There are so many things you can do with a garden. Whether you want a cozy space for reading your book and drinking tea, having friends over for a bbq, or your want to get your green finger on, a rooftop garden can make all of those dreams come true – even together if you have space!
A cozy garden will see lots of pillows, soft materials, and probably a corner or two of privacy, whereas for those who love to entertain, think lots of seating, a place to put drinks and even a fire pit!
Construction of A Roof Top Garden
The hardest part of any rooftop garden is the construction of the space itself. What style of garden you want it to be can almost boil down to accessories as long as you have the main parts in place. Try to get a water source on your rooftop, that will be easier than carrying water up. It is also important to have a professional assess and install the roof itself to make sure it is safe and sufficient. This is important – do not do this yourself! Find a reputable company such as Wildwood Construction to get the fundamentals down and create the best base. After all – you cannot have a rooftop garden without the roof!
Roof Top Garden Layout
The layout of your rooftop garden will depend on what you are using it for, but for the most part, you can make this interchangeable. The main component to consider is shade. Both you, your friends and your plants will need protection from the wind as it can get a lot gustier the higher you go, so think about where things will be positioned. Another thing to bear in mind is the sun and how you want to be facing when you are out on your new converted roof.
Do you like the sun on your face when you are reading, or are you more of a sit in the shade type? Have you got some plants that need to stay away from direct sunlight or will they thrive in the heat?
These factors will make all the difference when it comes to the experience of your garden!