Homes Magazine - Page 12 - Refined rooftops

Homes Magazine
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Refined rooftops
Trend report

By John-John Williams IV Baltimore at Home

Five trends in deck design

In Baltimore City, where rowhomes are the norm, rooftop decks are the outdoor space of choice. And they’re not just the bland, pressure-treated wooden structures typically associated with the home accessory.

“Decks have made leaps and bounds in the past 10 years,” says George Brown, president of Greenleaf Construction in Hampden. “People are giving it their style and characteristics. They want to make it beautiful and unique.”

With an abundance of decks in the region, we’ve come up with top trends that will allow your deck to stand out among the mass of others. So whether that means what colors to use or which decor aspect will give you more privacy, we’ve got you covered.


Typically associated with gardens, the grate-like wooden structures are growing in popularity for roof decks, according to Brown.

He first started seeing the structure used on decks three years ago. Although pergolas can come in any color, the ones that Brown has installed have been white. “It’s just personal taste,” he says. They can cost as much as $15,000, according to Brown, but the result is worth it, he says.

“It can create separate spaces within the deck,” Brown says. “It gives the space some flexibility. It makes it appear larger, with multiple rooms.”

The shade the structure provides is likely its best feature, according to Brown. “Sometimes the sun can be brutal in the afternoon. Sometimes you need a space to retreat to,” he adds.

Built-in function

Built-in design details — such as lighting, grills and bars — are the latest trend with decks, according to John L. Rhine III, president of Rhine Landscaping in Sykesville.