With the mighty Ohio River as their backdrop, several of this year’s homes are taking full advantage of the view from their tallest points. Terraces complete with gardens, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and dining areas are adding a cherry-on-top option for entertaining and relaxing.
If you are looking to add a bit of punch to your own fresh-air oasis, here are some ideas to gather from this year’s show. These elements work wonders regardless of whether your terrace reaches toward the clouds or is planted on terra firma.
Any rooftop terrace could become a small private garden. You can start with potted plants, or even build larger raised beds.
TAKE YOUR SEAT
Carve out separate lounging and dining areas to provide plenty of seating options when entertaining.
PLAY WITH FIRE
Extend the use of your terrace throughout all four seasons. An outdoor fireplace or fire pit is the perfect draw on a chilly evening.
SOAK IN THE SIGHTS
A hot tub is another luxurious thing to make your terrace the perfect place to relax after work.
Running the gamut from a charcoal grill to an expansive gas range, with a beverage bar and mini-fridge, an outdoor kitchen keeps everything you need at mealtime within easy reach.
String lights strung randomly across the space add a touch of romance. Glowing outdoor seating and planters make your terrace even more glam.
JUST ADD WATER
Add the ambience of waterfront sounds with fountains for the perfect combination of soft, soothing trickles to add an element of serenity.
SEE THE SHOW
If you have the space, consider a movie screen to add the perfect activity for summer gatherings. Or even a telescope to take in the show in the sky.
CATCH SOME Z’S
A shady spot on the terrace is a perfect place for an afternoon nap. Add a comfortable lounge chair or hammock built for the job.
GIVE IT SOME STRUCTURE
A pergola, built-in benches or any structure adds a functional element, as well as architectural interest.
PROTECT YOUR SPACE
Consider a fence made of plants, fencing or a trellis for privacy and wind protection. Whether your goal for your rooftop terrace is relaxing, entertaining, or even working from home, you can keep it simple with a bit of seating and shade, or take it to the max with built in luxuries and plush greenery. Just remember, the sky is the limit.