Trends Taking Over Rooftop Spaces in 2017

Tips from a world-renowned engineering and design firm to make sure your rooftop is keeping up with the times.

As a pioneer in the outdoor living industry in the United States, Don Maldonado, President and Designer of Chicago Green Design, has seen rooftop trends evolve in the residential space. Maldonado and his firm were the first to bring a residential basketball court to Chicago and have gone as far as advocating for projects in court in order to advance the outdoor design industry.

Maldonado shared some of the trends that he is noticing in the rooftop and outdoor living space with ESTATENVY that can help customers looking to upgrade their space make the contemporary choice.

Materials matter

It is essential to make the right choice in materials that will be able to withstand the stress and exposure to the elements. These materials have evolved over the years from simple wood to more posh and sturdy options like porcelain.

“You have to keep in mind the sun, the breakdown of materials is accelerated. The product that is out there has to be the higher end stuff because at the end of the day we want it to last because this is an investment,” Maldonado said. “The industry used to have the stigma of having to put cedar down and call it a day. Now we are taking two steps forward and using materials like porcelain.”

It’s what’s on the inside that counts

Making the proper choice in materials goes beyond durability. The industry is moving forward and considering what the interior of the residence looks like and trying to mirror it for a more cohesive feel.

“We are starting to take into account what happening on the inside,” Maldonado explained. “If there is porcelain on the inside we are putting it on the outside, we do full size kitchens. What’s happening inside is now able to happen outside.”

Anything is possible

With property sizes in cities shrinking year by year, residents are forced to get creative with their outdoor spaces. In addition to that, there are regulations like weight and stability that firms have to comply with. However, technology and engineering are allowing design firms to provide customers with safe rooftop alternatives to things like backyard basketball goals.

“Whatever you’re seeing other places we are bringing to the rooftops,” Maldnado said. “There is a lack of space in yards because houses are getting bigger and your green space is getting smaller. Going to the park is less convenient and less safe. The roof is accessible. We have done things like basketball courts, putting greens, chipping greens, pitching cages, batting cages, and climbing walls.”