Outdoor living is one of the many perks of a townhome that features a “Rooftop Terrace” where you can enjoy the fresh air and an expansive view of your neighborhood and the city. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue during the dog days of summer, an al fresco dinner once the temperatures begin to drop in the fall, spending a cozy morning with a blanket and a cup of tea in the winter, or throwing spring’s first big soiree, a rooftop terrace in Charlotte, NC is truly a four-season living space.
But a rooftop terrace is only as functional as its setup, so make the most of your space by turning it into an area that you’re delighted to spend time in. From outfitting it with the proper furniture for the way you live to making sure there’s shade, adequate lighting for evening occasions, and even a few touches of greenery, here are 8 ways you can best utilize your rooftop terrace this summer and beyond.
1. Carve Out an Outdoor Seating and Dining Area
Outfit your outdoor space with furniture that will be the most functional for you, your family, and friends. Create a comfortable and inviting space with lounge chairs and sofas with outdoor cushions gathered around a giant coffee table, perfect for entertaining with a charcuterie board. Or, if you prefer to host dinner parties, opt for an outdoor dining table and chairs that will allow you to create that magical al fresco ambiance you’ve been dreaming of. And, of course, you can do both!
2. Create an Oasis with Greenery and Gardens
The sunny exposure of a rooftop terrace is perfect for growing plants, flowers, and herbs. Plus, they’ll add to a relaxing, serene atmosphere. Choose full sun-loving plants that grow well in containers, like citrus trees, lavender, basil, and succulents. You can also get creative with vertical, climbing gardens that make the most of your space. However, make sure to water your plants regularly since the sun exposure on a rooftop terrace can be intense, particularly on hot days.
3. Provide Shade and Privacy
Speaking of direct exposure to the sun, adding an umbrella can be a welcome respite on hot days. Spring for a table with an umbrella stand to give your rooftop a café-worthy look.
4. Install Lighting
Ambient lighting can elevate your rooftop terrace to feel like a chic hotel. Install string lights and lanterns to add that twinkly quality that not only lets you use your rooftop at night, but that makes it feel like a destination. Just imagine the lingering rooftop dinner parties you’ll host under the bistro lights.
5. Add Entertainment Options
Football season will be here soon and the only thing better than tailgating at the stadium is inviting friends over to watch the game on your rooftop terrace. You have all the benefits of the crisp fall air but with immediate access to your fridge. Install an outdoor entertainment area with a TV, sound system, and lounge seating, and you’ll be ready for every sporting event and movie night alike.
6. Dedicate a Yoga or Exercise Space
Outdoor yoga, stretching, or exercise is one of those pleasures in life that makes a weekday or weekend morning feel relaxing and indulgent. With fresh air and birds chirping, a down dog becomes an almost meditative experience. And all you need to create that feeling at home is an area on your rooftop terrace just big enough for a yoga mat. Keep a small outdoor trunk on your rooftop where you store various exercise equipment and you’ll always be ready to move.
7. Make a Cozy Relaxation Zone
Whether it’s a sunny spring morning or a chilly winter afternoon, relaxing on the rooftop terrace with a good book and a cup of tea instantly transports you to vacation mode. Make your own cozy relaxation zone by adding a few outdoor throw pillows and dedicating one blanket that you always use outdoors.
8. Work From Home on the Rooftop
If you work from home, there’s no reason not to take your WFH setup outside on a beautiful day. Grab your laptop and take a seat at your dining table, or get comfortable on your outdoor sectional transforming it into your own personal office. Have an extension cord handy in case you need to plug in.
Don’t Have an Outdoor Living Space (Yet!)?
If having your own rooftop terrace is a dream of yours, it’s time to check out Hopper Communities, where there are new construction townhomes for sale in Charlotte, NC, many with rooftop options. You can find all the perks of townhome ownership coupled with the advantages of indoor-outdoor living in these close-knit communities right in the heart of all the action. Whether you’re exploring a new neighborhood or the idea of owning a home that provides entertainment space on a new rooftop terrace, check out our homes available now and contact us today to schedule a tour.