20 Inspirational & Affordable Rooftop Garden Design Ideas

For years, restaurants and bars have built rooftop terraces to offer their customers the best view over the city while they enjoyed a drink or a meal. And if you enjoy hanging out in these places, why not have your own Rooftop Garden?

Nowadays, having a private rooftop garden seems to be more and more common, especially in big cities and urban places. It can be less expensive than an actual garden, it can be added to many houses, and the view over a city is just awesome.
But even if having a rooftop garden is trendy, there are not that many guides to help you design the best rooftop garden you can. And most of pictures you can see are from hotels or very special places, that means areas that not every one can afford.

There are so many “How to” guides to design your outdoor space, to find the perfect plants, furniture and accessories… but a rooftop garden has its own requirements, in particular with regards to its size and its height. Of course, you can just ask a landscape designer to do it for you, but it is often expensive, and you may feel less involved than if you were doing it by yourself. You may also want to try to apply garden design rules and tips to a rooftop garden and see if it works out… or, you can take inspiration from the web and design your very own outdoor space!

We strongly believe than taking inspiration from professionals and hobby designers is the best solution: simply mix’n’match what you like!
That being said, you can still adapt the 2014 Trends in Home Décor to your rooftop garden.


rooftop garden Crockett-ResidenceUsing Black and White borders and deck gives a very minimalist look to this patio. And it is topped up with colourful furniture and containers.


rooftop garden Chicago-Green-Design-modern-patio-chicagoColours, colours, colours: it is summer time!


rooftop garden Mill-Valley-CabinsThis garden is exactly what we can call a “rooftop garden”. Original and aesthetic, it is also insulating. The perfect way to save money on food and heating!


Rooftop garden Rosenthal ResidenceInstead of a round fire pit surrounded by armchairs, the chimney encrusted in the wall saves space. The use of modular sofas gives the impression of a quite big rooftop.


Cubbies rooftop gardenThree main parts of this rooftop are easily identifiable: the garden with the lawn, the dining area with the table and a place to relax or to spend time with loved ones.


Contemporary rooftop garden new yorkMatching light colours (lime green – off white – soft brown) enlighten and enlarge this space, making it an extraordinary terrace.


rooftop garden Hazelton-Lanes--YorkvilleThe sofa in the corner surrounded by plants is the best solution to have an intimate space on this small rooftop. And you can add folding chairs if more people want to join.


rooftop garden Capitol Hill One table, four chairs and benches all around the walls: inexpensive solution for a great result!


Rooftop garden Everett MediterraneanThe choice of common furniture makes the rooftop really cosy and intimate for two people who want to enjoy the weather and relax.


Rooftop garden East-VillageWhy not add some water and water lily to your rooftop? Great look guaranteed!


rooftop garden Queen-Street-RooftopBarstools definitely help to save room! And the sun loungers create a holiday atmosphere.


Rooftop garden the castleIt is always difficult to choose right furniture for a space longer than wide. A sunbed with deep cushions is perfect to relax and enjoy moments on your own in the sun.


Houzz william duffOpening a room onto the outdoor space widens the house really a lot. Also, having huge windows will make the indoor brighter.


Rooftop garden moroccan styleA transparent roof will help preserve your privacy if your rooftop is not the highest of the area, while still being able to enjoy fresh air. Even if no one can see you, a pergola is useful to protect your furniture in case of rain!


rooftof garden 3rd floorThis is clever! The rolling side table can be moved and stored very easily, which can be useful when the rooftop surface is small.


garden rooftop modern-patio-san-franciscoWhy hide the view when you can enjoy it every day from your own rooftop? Use resistant transparent windows instead of walls, it changes everything!


Garden rooftop Copper-Bay-HouseA layer of grass, real or fake, makes your rooftop look much more like a garden.


garden rooftop tankPlants all around the edge and on the deck keep the air fresh on the rooftop, and bring shadow when you need it.


rooftop garden ocean designerMatch accessories and plants colours to give the best look to your rooftop garden. You can also add features if you want a more thematic place (zen, oriental, modern…).


rooftop garden eclectic pationThe carpet in the center of the deck makes the rooftop garden looking like an indoor living room: cozy, comfortable and sophisticated.


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Image Credits
Image 1: Chris Pardo
Image 2: Chicago Green Design
Image 3: Feldman Architecture
Image 4: Dean Nota Architect
Image 5: Chicago Green Design
Image 6: Dufner Heighes
Image 7: Terra Firma Design
Image 8: CM Glover
Image 9: Summerour Architects
Image 10: Pulltab Design
Image 11: Terra Firma Design
Image 12: Van-Martin Rowe
Image 13: William Duff Architect
Image 14: Alexandra Lauren Designs
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Image 16: Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders
Image 17: Burns and Beyerl Architects
Image 18: Lynn Gaffney Architect
Image 19: Barbara Cannizzaro
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